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Dr Clare Lockyer-Stevens (née McDermott) MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Clare Lockyer-Stevens (maiden name Clare McDermott) is a Research Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton. 

I am a post-doctoral researcher based at the Primary Care Research Centre, University of Southampton.  

I completed my PhD in 2016 at the University of Southampton, funded by the School of Primary Care Research as a NIHR doctoral student. My PhD included a mixed-methods feasibility study of a community based intervention for severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME (CFS/ME) and a national scoping exercise on service provision for severe CFS/ME in England.



Current role:

Research Fellow, Primary Care Research Centre, University of Southampton

Having worked over the past 18 years both in qualitative research and clinical trials, my current areas of interestinclude:

I also have a particular interest in Patient and Public Involvement, especially the co-development of new interventions in partnership with current and/or recovered patients.


Previous appointments:

Research interests

  • Qualitative research methods, especially the use of qualitative research methods to maximise recruitment in Randomised Controlled Trials and to inform interpretation of RCT results CTs
  • Mixed methods research (combining qualitative and quantitative research methods)
  • Medical communication
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
  • Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement 

PhD title: A feasibility study of a community based intervention for severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.

Supervisors: Prof George Lewith, Prof Geraldine Leydon, Dr Caroline Eyles

Primary Medical Care, University of Southampton

Funder: National Institute of Health Research, School of Primary Care Research

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)

MACRO - Defining best management for adults with chronic rhinosinusitis

Empathica: Expectation Management for Patients in Primary Care: Developing and Feasibility Testing a New Digital Intervention for Practitioners

Dr Clare Lockyer-Stevens (née McDermott)
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : 9590 AHC/122

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