Liz Sparkes

Liz is Course Director for the MSc Health Psychology. She has lead on the Interactions and Outcomes in Healthcare Practice module, M97PY. Having completed her MSc in Health Psychology at Coventry University, she went on to work in behaviour change.

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.

Bashir, S., Sparkes, E., Anwar, K., & Olander, E. K. (2012). Postpartum women’s views of celebrity weight loss. Women and Birth, (study undertaken by students on the MSc Health Psychology programme)

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.

Sawkill, S., Sparkes, E., & Brown, K. (2012). A thematic analysis of causes attributed to weight gain: A female slimmer’s perspective. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 

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. 


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