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Lucy Hives

Senior Research Assistant
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Lucy is based in the Research Support Team (Faculty of Health and Wellbeing), where she works on a range of health-related projects. To date, Lucy’s research has focussed primarily on health screening and assessment (e.g. type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, dysphagia) and prevention of disease (e.g. hypertension and CVD). Her areas of expertise are: systematic review and scoping review methodologies, working with public involvement groups, assisting with applying for research grants and research ethics.

Lucy is currently involved in two distinct areas of research: 1) the screening and assessment of dysphagia and aspiration with Dr Elizabeth Boaden (including a Cochrane review of the diagnostic accuracy of screening tests and a survey of Radiographers and Radiologists exploring current videofluoroscopy practice; the latter funded by Liverpool CCG), and 2) a scoping review of the health and wellbeing harms experienced by victims of interpersonal violence with Dr Philippa Olive and Dr Neil Wilson, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Lucy's other roles include reviewing on the HEALTH ethics review panel and assisting with teaching on the Principles and Methods of Systematic Review (NU4094) Master's module.

Lucy started working as a Senior Research Assistant in the Research Support Team in November 2018. She previously worked as a Research Assistant for over 2 years in the School of Dentistry and for a year in the Allied Health Professions Research Unit, following completion of her M.Sc. in Health Psychology, at UCLan, in 2014. As well as her experience in health research, Lucy has supported many people with mental health conditions. Before joining UCLan, Lucy worked as a healthcare assistant caring for people diagnosed with different types of dementia in nursing homes, as an Assistant Psychologist within the Children’s Psychological Service at Royal Preston Hospital, and as a voluntary befriender for Lancashire County Council.

  • MSc Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, 2012
  • 3rd place poster prize, 6th International Health and Wellbeing Research with Real Impact Conference, UCLan, 2020
  • Best clinical research poster, Clinical and Biomedical Sciences Research Day, UCLan, 2018
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Reducing social inequalities
  • Dementia and end of life care
  • Homelessness in the UK.