Having completed her MSc in Health Psychology at Coventry University, Liz went on to work in behaviour change.
Dr Liz Sparkes (@lizzeduarte) leads a module on the course and also leads our sister course MSc Mindfulness & Compassion. She has interests in mindfulness, pregnancy and pain management. She also writes for @HuffPostUK
Liz has previously worked for the NHS where she supported the set up of a service for patients wishing to make changes to their health behaviours within mental health settings; she has experience in brief interventions in CBT, motivational interviewing and mindfulness. Liz has also been involved in overseeing the running of service/campaign evaluations for local PCT’s, including breast feeding and smoking cessation services.
Liz’s research interests include pain psychology/ management, the impact of mindfulness practices and contested/hidden illness experience from both the patient and health care professional perspectives. Liz recently completed her PhD for which she was awarded a scholarship, investigating the psychological factors that impact on the long term efficacy of treatments for chronic pain.
Duarte, R. V., Raphael, J. H., Sparkes, E., Southall, J. L., Le Marchand, K., & Ashford, R. L. (2012). Long-term intrathecal drug administration for chronic nonmalignant pain. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 24(1), 63-70.
Raphael, J., Ahmedzai, S., Hester, J., Urch, C., Barrie, J., Williams, J., . . . Sparkes, E. (2010). Cancer pain: Part 1: Pathophysiology; oncological, pharmacological, and psychological treatments: A perspective from the British Pain Society endorsed by the UK Association of Palliative Medicine and The Royal college of general practitioners. Pain Medicine, 11(5), 742-764.
Raphael, J., Hester, J., Ahmedzai, S., Barrie, J., Farqhuar-Smith, P., Williams, J., . . . Sparkes, E. (2010). Cancer pain: Part 2: Physical, interventional and complimentary therapies; management in the community; acute, treatment-related and complex cancer pain: A perspective from the british pain society endorsed by the UK association of palliative medicine and the royal college of general practitioners. Pain Medicine, 11(6), 872-896.
Sparkes, E., Duarte, R. V., Raphael, J. H., Denny, E., & Ashford, R. L. (2012). Qualitative exploration of psychological factors associated with spinal cord stimulation outcome. Chronic Illness, 8(4), 239-251.
Sparkes, E., Raphael, J. H., Duarte, R. V., Lemarchand, K., Jackson, C., & Ashford, R. L. (2010). A systematic literature review of psychological characteristics as determinants of outcome for spinal cord stimulation therapy. Pain, 150(2), 284-289.