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Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall has a background in Health Psychology and is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. She is currently the MPhil/PhD programme lead and significantly contributes to the delivery of high quality doctoral research training across the school. Her research contributes to three core areas: 1) Understanding patients’ experiences and users’ views regarding the use of health technologies in rehabilitation, 2) Amputation and prosthetic use in children and adults with upper and lower limb loss and 3) Promoting adherence to exercise, rehabilitation and falls prevention in long term conditions.

Gaining an in-depth understanding of the patients views and experience is fundamental in delivering holistic healthcare that takes into account both physical and psychological aspects of care and rehabilitation

Research interests

After completely her MSc in Health Psychology in 2000, Maggie spent four years working as a Research Fellow on several projects exploring psychosocial issues and rehabilitation. This involved running a three year randomised controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation and a series of studies in the area of the prevention of falls in older people. She was awarded her PhD in 2007 which involved exploring factors related to adherence to vestibular rehabilitation.

Since joining Health Sciences in 2004, her research has developed and relates to three core areas that link to psychosocial issues in health and rehabilitation: 1) Understanding patients’ experiences and users’ views regarding the use of health technologies in rehabilitation, 2) Amputation and prosthetic use in children and adults with upper and lower limb loss and 3) Promoting adherence to exercise, rehabilitation and falls prevention in long term conditions.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Research project(s)

A systematic Exploration of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury: Stage 2, An International Questionnaire Study, INSPIRE

Study to find out the opinions of the spinal cord injury community about Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ES) so that the knowledge can be used to direct research, technical development, and clinical and service provision.

Does Behaviour Change Counselling increase levels of physical activity in patients with asthma? - Dormant

A study to assess the feasibility and patient acceptability of Behaviour Change Counselling in negotiating the role of physical activity in the management of asthma (2009-2010).

The experiences and expectations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients referred to Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes

A PhD programme of qualitative work exploring patients perceptions of pulmonary rehabilitation and their COPD (2008-2012)

Iterative User-Centred Design of a Paediatric Upper Limb Prosthetic Device

The objective of this project was to investigate the views of the child with regard to their prostheses and to provide an insight into the potential improvements that could be made to existing designs to make them more acceptable to children.

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With a background in Health Psychology and being a mixed methods research, Maggie contributes to Health Sciences objectives in aligning education and research in an effective way at doctoral, MSc and Undergraduate level. She is involved in a wide range of teaching and currently runs a module exploring ‘Psychosocial relationships in Health and Social Care’. Maggie is currently working with the British Association of Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation’ (BACPAR) and has developed a range of flexible and innovative multidisciplinary learning opportunities.

 

Maggie is also the Programme Lead for the MPhil/PhD Programme which is situated within the Graduate School and is delivered alongside the Integrated PhD, the Doctorate in Clinical Practice (Led by Dr Tracey Harding) and the MRes in Clinical and Health Research (led by Dr Bronagh Walsh). This is a growing and vibrant doctoral programme involving a diverse number of different pathways and student groups, such as Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships, CLAHRC studentships and a growing number of International students from all around the world.

 

 

Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4003

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