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Research interests

Research Interests

  • Including the voices of those with lived experience in research
  • Patient and Public Involvement in health and social care research 
  • Dementia (young onset and those living in care homes)
  • Physical activity and dementia
  • Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Older people living in the community and care homes
  • Access to primary care

Research Expertise

  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitatative analysis (NVIVO)
  • Quantitative analysis (SPSS)
  • Appreciative inquiry 
  • Normalisation process theory
  • Conducting research on sensitive topics (reproductive health, mental health, homeless, HIV/AIDS)

Teaching Specialisms

  • Qualitative data analysis 
  • Patient and public involvement (impact, evaluation)
  • PhD supervision
  • Supervision of NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) fellows 

Community and Public Engagement

Elspeth is a member of the Public Involvement in Research group (PIRg) based in CRIPACC. She is also a member of Service User and Public Involvement Group (SUPI) which bring together colleagues in the School of Health and Social Work interested in service user involvement in teaching and learning.  Elspeth's research involvement works with local community groups and organsations such as local dementia groups, Stevenage Borough Council, Hertfordshire Healthwatch and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. In her spare time she volunteers with AgeUK Dacorum. 






Dr. Elspeth Mathie has over 30 years of research experience across the life course, from young people, contraception, reproductive health to older people, care homes and dementia.  Special focus on involving those with lived experience and members of the public in health and social care research.   She has a geography degree from Manchester University and gained her MA and PhD at Exeter University at the Institute of Population Studies. 

Elspeth is co-lead of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England, Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-led Health and Social Care Theme.  She is Assistant Director and Reader in Health and Social Care Inclusion in the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC), University of Hertfordshire.  CRIPACC sits within the School of Health and Social Work and is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research centre into health and social care.  

She has led or been co-investigator on a number of national research studies.  Her research interests include improving patient and public involvement in research, older people, care homes, end of life care, dementia. 

Recent research into Public Involvement in Care Homes, inclusion of peopel with Learning Disabilty, Dementia Frienldy Communities and improving "Feedback" to Patient and Public Involvement contributors resulted in co-designed PPI Feedback Guidance which has been named as a resource on the National Standards for Public Involvement. 

Elspeth is a member of at National ARC PPI lead Public Involvement Community. 

Qualifications: PhD (University of Exeter), MA (University of Exeter) and BA(Hons) Geography, University of Manchester.


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