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Dr Kathryn Fackrell BSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Research on Research, NETSCC

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I am a Research Fellow for the Research on Research (RoR) programme at the NIHR, Evaluations, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC).

I joined the RoR team part-time in September 2018. I am responsible for contributing to, designing and delivering high quality research projects which explore the implementation of continuous improvements in research processes and working practices associated with grant allocation within NETSCC and the NIHR. The current RoR programme of work incorporates two broad research themes: Peer Review and Decision-Making, and Post-Award Management.

Prior to joining NETSCC, I was a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, working in the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis team within the hearing theme of NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. I worked on projects that focused on standardising research processes in hearing. In particular, I worked on an EU COST Action international project, with part-funding from Action on Hearing Loss and British Tinnitus Association, which used Delphi methodology to gain consensus on the most important outcomes that should be measured in every trial for tinnitus from key stakeholders in tinnitus. Following this, I led a stream of work in hyperacusis, including qualitative analysis of clinical data, validation of a hyperacusis question and most recently a James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) for hyperacusis funded by British Society of Audiology, Action on Hearing Loss and NIHR Nottingham BRC. This work has involved working in collaboration with colleagues and patients to develop the research and the materials that are provided.

In November 2018, I was awarded an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship in which I am undertaking a development and evaluation of a digital intervention for hyperacusis part-time over the next 6 years.

My PhD was a longitudinal multi-site national project evaluating whether a new tinnitus questionnaire was an adequate measure of tinnitus severity and treatment-related change in UK clinical and research populations using traditional and modern psychometric techniques.


Appointments held:

Research Fellow in hyperacusis, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham

Research Fellow in Tinnitus, NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham

Research interests

PhD Supervision

Second Supervisor: Harriet Smith: Development of a questionnaire measure of tinnitus in children. University of Nottingham

Second Supervisor: Iskra Potgieter: Development of a questionnaire measure of hyperacusis in children. University of Nottingham

Third Supervisor: Asma Ali K. Elarbed. Tinnitus and Stress: The Role of Cortisol. University of Nottingham

Affiliate research group

Research on Research

Member of British Tinnitus Association Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Special Interest steering group

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Lecturer for yearly masterclass in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis at University College London Ear Institute

Dr Kathryn Fackrell
NETSCC, University of Southampton, Alpha House, Enterprise Road, Southampton, SO16 7NS

Room Number : Chilwth Beta/Beta House/C1

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