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Pernille Woods

Research Assistant

My Research Vision

Although my career in research is only just beginning, in my first role as an assistant psychologist I really enjoyed being able to apply my undergraduate knowledge in real world settings, which inspired me to pursue a career in applied psychology. Working in a general hospital, I began to develop a real interest in the interaction between physical and mental health, and the role of health psychology. Having now developed a foundation in research, I hope to continue building on this whilst working in CTEHR and to eventually work towards completing the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.


Pernille completed her undergraduate Masters in Psychology and Psychological Practice at the University of Birmingham, during which she completed a clinical placement as an assistant psychologist with the innovative RAID psychiatric liaison service in Birmingham (BSMHFT). After graduating, Pernille continued working in the RAID programme as a Research Assistant, helping to evaluate and improve the service through various projects and evaluations, and presenting posters and oral presentations at RCPsych conferences. While in this role she had her first publication of a service evaluation which was completed after collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society to improve the level of support given to people receiving a diagnosis of dementia in the hospital. Together, these experiences of research and clinical skills have led Pernille to join CTEHR to further develop her research skills as part of a larger funded study with real-world implications.

Selected OUTPUTS

Selected Projects

  • WorkPlan. The WorkPlan intervention targets known psychological factors within an intervention to improve work-related outcomes among cancer survivors. This study aims to evaluate this theoretically-led intervention in a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial with a 12 month follow-up.
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Research Assistant

Building: Security House
Room: 1.1