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Dr Michelle Myall PhD; MA, BSc (Hons)

Senior Research and Implementation Fellow, Senior Academic Tutor for Postgraduate Research

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Dr Michelle Myall is social scientist with a background in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has worked in research for across a range of academic disciplines including health sciences, sociology and history, and in the third sector where she led a Research Unit in a second tier women’s organisation. Michelle has extensive experience in leading and conducting research in healthcare and methodological expertise in qualitative research, particularly ethnography and the application of ethnographic methods.

I am committed to research that is relevant and responds to the needs of health and social care, patients and carers.

Michelle’s research focuses on decision-making at end of life and improving patient and carer experience for those living with life-limiting conditions. She also has particular interest in research relating to gender/women’s health, including domestic abuse.

Michelle’s work also focuses on the translation of evidence into practice and the development and implementation of innovations in organisations. Her current role is the Senior Research and Implementation Fellow in NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR ARC) Wessex.

Michelle is an experienced supervisor of doctoral students and is the Senior Academic Tutor for Postgraduate Research. Formerly, the Chair of the Health Sciences Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Michelle is now the lead for Athena SWAN in the School.

Research interests

  • Death and dying
  • End of life care and decision-making
  • Development and implementation of health and social care innovations
  • Gender and health
  • Domestic abuse

Current research:

  • Eye Donation from Palliative and Hospice care contexts: investigating Potential, Practice, Preference and Perceptions (EDiPPPP)
  • Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) in mental health settings: an implementation study
  • Co-construction and implementation of web-based, family-focused support for those bereaved during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Rapid insight into system changes in response to COVID-19: case study of remote patient consultations in Wessex

Recently completed research studies:

  • Death and dying in pre-hospital care: what are the experiences and issues for healthcare professionals, families, and bystanders?
  • Making shared decisions about treatment: the development, implementation and evaluation of Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs) as a mechanism for communication as end of life approaches
  • An investigation of the natural history of decision-making around treatment escalation in seriously unwell patients: a retrospective case note review

PhD supervision

Student: Yanxia Lin

Supervisors: Dr Michelle Myall & Dr Tracy Long-Sutehall
Falling leaves return to their roots”: families’ experiences of decision-making when transferring patients home to die from an intensive care unit in China.

Student: Laszlo Penzes

Supervisors: Dr Michelle Myall & Dr Joanne Turnbull

Sudden death in the Emergency Department: Understanding the lived experience of staff and the implications for the provision of care.

Student: Yvonne Middlewick

Supervisors: Dr Tracy Long-Sutehall & Dr Michelle Myall

The Volcano Within: A study of women’s lived experience of the journey to natural menopause".

Student: Nicola Andrews

Supervisors: Dr Sue Duke and Dr Michelle Myall

Running Side by Side: An Ethnography of Multi-Professional Involvement in the Advance Care Planning Process in Two Nursing Homes.

Student: Sophie McCambridge

Supervisors: Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds & Dr Michelle Myall

Continuity of carer in midwife services.

Student: Susan Wellstead

Supervisors: Dr Michelle Myall & Dr Sarah Bailey

NIHR funded Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research theme

Health Needs


Research Project

RESTORE: Development and testing of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to live with cancer related fatigue in the year following primary cancer treatment.

Research project(s)

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes

NIHR Wessex Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Wessex CLAHRC) - Theme 6: Complexity, Patient Experience, Organizational Behaviour

Wessex CLAHRC is partnership of providers, commissioners, patients, public, clinicians and researchers. It aims to put into practice what we learn from undertaking research. The focus is on improving the health of the people of Wessex and the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Through increasing engagement of stakeholders, Wessex CLAHRC aims to bring about a stepped change in integration of pathways of care for people with long-term conditions and reducing hospital admissions through more appropriate use of health care. The complexity theme focuses on improving the experience of patients, families and professionals by looking at ways of minimising complexity and maximising improvement in experience of for those affected by long term, life-limiting conditions.

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Current teaching focuses on helping students to develop and apply research skills to inform their clinical and academic practice.

Module Lead: Clinical & Health Research Project 2
MRES Clinical & Health Research

Senior Academic Tutor for Postgraduate Research

Dr Michelle Myall
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/4053

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