Helen Hooper

Helen Hooper

Joint Course Leader

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA111

+44 (0) 1772 89 6217


Subject Areas: Medical Education; Health and Educational Psychology

Full Profile

Helen joined the School of Medicine in June 2019 as one of the two Course Leaders for the post-graduate Medical Education programme.

From a primary education advisory teacher role through to higher education postgraduate course leadership and professional training, Helen has a wealth of experience in planning, delivering and assessing educational courses at all levels. Her teaching roles in Higher Education have included: sport, exercise, educational & health psychology; postgraduate research methods courses in psychology and medical education; postgraduate research degree supervision and professional training in education, coaching and leadership.

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Helen moved to the USA to undertake a Masters’ degree focusing on health education whilst designing, and instructing on, teacher training courses. After completing her PhD with Manchester Metropolitan University, Helen worked as a research fellow at Keele University Primary Care Sciences Research Centre for five years conducting research into adult learning; patient and professional experiences of low back pain and its treatment pathways; patient satisfaction with an expanded role for community pharmacists; and an examination of coping strategies used by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (& their families).

Outside of her role as Course Leader in Medical Education Helen retains a professional interest in outdoor education, providing practical training courses in caving and advising outdoor education companies that specialise in provision of outdoor activities for individuals with additional needs.

  • BA (Hons) (Ed), Physical Education & Science, University of Exeter, 1992
  • Secondary (11-18) teaching qualification, Physical Education and Science, 1992
  • MSc, “Affective and motivational components of the flow state”, University of North Dakota, USA, 1999
  • PhD, “The role of methodology in the construction of knowledge”, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001


Hooper, H. & Ong, B.N. (2005). When Harry met Barry, and other stories: A partner’s influence on relationships in back pain care. Anthropology and Medicine, 12(1), 47-60.

Hooper, H., Ryan, S., & Hassell, A. (2004). The role of social comparison in coping with rheumatoid arthritis: An interview study. Musculoskeletal Care, 2(4), 195-206.

Ong, B.N., & Hooper, H. (2006). Comparing clinical and lay accounts of the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Sociology of Health and Illness, 28(2), 203-222.

Ong, B.N., Hooper, H., Jinks, C., Dunn, K.M. & Croft, P. (2006). “I suppose that depends on how I was feeling at the time”: Perspectives on questionnaires measuring quality of life and musculoskeletal pain. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 11(2), 80-88.


Fellow of HEA; General Teaching Council

Research Activities

Research interests include:

  • Development of professionalism / professional identity
  • Critical thinking
  • Gender and professional training

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Course leader on PGCert/PGDip/MSc Medical Education Programme
  • Contribution to MBBS SSC 5: choice block in Medical Education
  • Supervision of PG taught MSc dissertations (module leader)


  • International Association for Medical Education (AMEE), Vienna, August 2019
  • Coach Education for Adventure Sport Performance, Plas Y Brenin, Wales, January 2018
  • 6th International Adventure Therapy conference, Hraba Scula, Czech Republic, September 2012
  • 5th International Outdoor Education Research conference. Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Jutland, Denmark, July 2011