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Ms Michelle Holmes 

Postgraduate research student

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Ms Michelle Holmes is Postgraduate research student within Psychology at the University of Southampton.


BSc (Hons) Natural Therapeutics, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster (September 2013)

MRes Clinical and Health Research, Health Sciences, University of Southampton (November 2014)

Research interests

Research interests: My primary research interest is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). I have just completed a research project exploring how breast cancer survivors use the web to make decisions about using complementary therapies. Other research interests include: mindfulness, CAM education in the UK, and the treatment of long-term conditions. My studies so far have been on chronic pain, stress, emotion, and mindfulness meditation.

Research project: Reconceptualising patient-reported outcome measures as active components of complex interventions.

Supervisors: Dr Felicity L Bishop (Psychology, University of Southampton; Dr David Newell (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic); Professor George Lewith (Primary Care, University of Southampton)

Funding body: FSHS VC Scholarship, University of Southampton with the Anglo European College of Chiropractic, the Royal College of Chiropractors, and the Southampton Complementary Medicine Research Trust.

Research group

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)

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Holmes, M. M., Bishop, F. L., Kendrick, T., & Lewith, G. (2014). Research protocol for a feasibility study: The effect and mechanisms of mindfulness meditation on professional caregivers of dementia patients. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 6(5), 615-616.

Bishop, F.L., Holmes, M.M., (2013). Mixed Methods in CAM Research: A Systematic Review of Studies Published in 2012. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013.

Conference presentations:

Holmes, M.M., (2014). How and why people affected by cancer use the internet and the implications for self-care: the preliminary findings of a systematic literature review. College of Medicine Summer School. London: Kings College London.

Holmes, M.M., (2014) Research Protocol for a Feasibility Study: The Effect and Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation on Professional Caregivers of Dementia Patients. CAMSTRAND. Manchester: Christie Hospital.

Holmes, M.M., (2013). Becoming a CAM Researcher. MSc Complementary Medicine Scheme – CPD Conference. London: University of Westminster.






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