Dr Lauren Matheson

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Qualitative Researcher

Current Project: Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Study (LAPCD)

Lauren is working on the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Study (LAPCD) which is funded by the Movember Foundation in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK. This is part of a collaboration between Oxford Brookes University, the University of Southampton, the University of Leeds, Queen’s University Belfast, and Public Health England. The study aims to identify how a diagnosis of prostate cancer impacts a man’s daily life with a view to informing the way that service provision can be improved for prostate cancer survivors in the future. Lauren is part of the qualitative work stream of the study, conducting in-depth interviews with men and partners to complement the wider survey.

Academic Background

Lauren has a PhD in Psycho Oncology entitled ‘Psychosocial adjustment to cancer in young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma or testicular cancer: transitions to survivorship’ which was supervised by Prof Eila Watson, Prof Mary Boulton and Dr Verna Lavender in the Cancer Care Research Group at Oxford Brookes University. Lauren obtained an MSc (merit) in Health Psychology from the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2008, following her BSc in Psychology (2:1) at the University of Southampton in 2007.


While working on her PhD, Lauren was also a part time staff member at Oxford Brookes University assisting with the PROSPECTIV study (a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention for prostate cancer survivors). Before joining Brookes, between 2009- 2011 Lauren was employed as a Research Assistant, working on various Health Psychology-related projects, mainly using qualitative methodologies. Lauren has worked on projects investigating; the experiences of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), older patients’ experiences of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and partners’ experiences of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Previous Research Appointments

  • 2014- 2015. Assistant Study Coordinator, Cancer Care Research Group, Department of Applied Health and Professional Development, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2010- 2011. Research Assistant, Centre of Paediatric Pharmacy Research, UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London
  • 2010- 2010. Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Westminster
  • 2009- 2010. Research Assistant, Cancer Screening Group, Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

Research Interests

Lauren’s interests include the psychosocial impact of illness, especially cancer; patients’ and family’s experiences of illness and healthcare; psychosocial oncology, cancer survivorship and health psychology. She is interested in young people’s experiences of illness, the impact of cancer on men, psychosocial interventions in health care and has predominately used qualitative methodologies including Grounded Theory, IPA and thematic analysis.

Publications

  • Matheson, L, Watson, E, Nayoan, J, Wagland, R, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P & Rivas, C (in press). A qualitative metasynthesis exploring the impact of prostate cancer and its management on younger, unpartnered and gay men. European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Rivas, C, Matheson, L, Nayoan, J, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P, Wagland, R, and Watson, E (2016). Ethnicity and the prostate cancer experience: a qualitative metasynthesis. Psycho Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4222
  • Downing, A; Wright, P; Wagland, R; Watson, E; Kearney, T; Mottram, R; Allen, M; Cairnduff, V; MsSorley, O; Butcher, H; Hounsome, L; Donnelly, C; Selby, P; Kind, P; Cross, W; Catto, J; Huws, D; Brewster, D; McNair, E; Matheson, L; Rivas, C; Nayoan, J; Horton, M; Corner, J; Verne, J; Gavin, A; Glaser, A. Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Protocol for a UK-wide patient-reported outcomes study (2017). BMJ Open. 6:e013555 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013555

  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V, Collins, G, Mitchell-Floyd, T & Watson, E (2016) The experiences of young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma transitioning to survivorship: a grounded theory study. Oncology Nursing Forum. 43(5). DOI: 10.1188/16.ONF.E195-E2014
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V, Protheroe, A, Brand, S & Watson, E (2016) Dismantling the current and future threats of testicular cancer: A Grounded Theory of positive and negative adjustment trajectories. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10 (1), 194-205
  • Rivas, C, Matheson, L, Wagland, R, Corner, J, Wright, P, Gavin, A, Glaser, A and Watson, E. Exploring the quality of life and wellbeing of men with prostate cancer and their partners or carers, and related care needs and gaps in service: protocol for qualitative meta-synthesis. PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015017836 Available from http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO_REBRANDING/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015017836
  • Matheson, L, Asherson, P, Wong, I, Hodgkins, P, Setyawan, J, Sasane, R & Clifford, S. (2013) Adult ADHD Patients’ Experiences of Impairment, Accessing Services and Treatment Management - A Qualitative Study in England. BMC Health Services Research, 13:184
  • Simon, A.E, Wardle, J, Grimmett, C, Power, E, Corker E, Menon, U, Matheson, L & Waller, J (2011). Ovarian and cervical cancer awareness: development of two validated measurement tools. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare. , 38 (3), pp.167-74
  • Matheson, L., Harcourt, D. & Hewlett, S. (2010). “Your whole life, your whole world, it changes”: Partners’ experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis. Musculoskeletal Care, vol 8 (1), pp. 46-54.
  • Matheson, L., Harcourt, D. & Hewlett, S. (2009) “Your whole life, your whole world, it changes”: Partners’ experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis. UWE postgraduate papers, vol 6.

Conference Abstracts

 

  • Collaço, N, Rivas, C, Matheson, L, Nayoan, J, Wagland, R, Alexis O, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P, Watson, E  (accepted for poster) Prostate Cancer and the impact on couples: a qualitative metasynthesis. British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference. March 2017
  • Rivas, C, Matheson, L, Nayoan, J, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P, Watson, E  & Wagland, R (accepted for poster) A metasynthesis of qualitative papers that highlights the change processes in men navigating the prostate cancer journey. British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference. March 2017
  • Wagland, R, Nayoan, J, Matheson, L, Rivas, C, Wright P, Downing, A, Butcher H, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Watson, E  (accepted for poster) The quality of treatment decision-making amongst men with prostate cancer: preliminary qualitative findings from the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD) study. British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference. March 2017
  • Rivas, C, Matheson, L, Nayoan, J, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P, Watson, E  & Wagland, R (2016). Special considerations in the management and experience of prostate cancer in less studied ethnic groups: a qualitative metasynthesis. British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference. March 2016
  • Matheson, L, Rivas, C, Nayoan, J, Wagland, R, Glaser, A, Gavin, A, Wright, P & Watson, E (2016). Marginalised men with prostate cancer: a qualitative metasynthesis exploring the impact on younger, gay and unpartnered men with prostate cancer. British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference. March 2016 (Oral presentation)
  • Watson, E, Frith, E, Shinkins, B, Faithfull, S, Walter, F, Neal, R, Weller, D, Hamdy, F, Sooriakumaran, P, Neal, D, Kastner, C, Willkinson,C, Campbell, C, Wolstenholme, J, Perera,R, Butcher, H, Matthew, M, Matheson L (2015). Delivering a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention to prostate cancer survivors in primary care – findings from a pilot randomised controlled trial (PROSPECTIV). NCRI cancer conference.
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V & Watson, E (2014) ‘Dismantling the Threats of Cancer - Regaining a Sense of Security, Perspective and Normality’- A Substantive Theory of Psychosocial Adjustment in Younger Adult Cancer Survivors. International Psycho oncology society (IPOS) conference, Lisbon, Portugal. October 2014 (Poster presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V & Watson, E (2014) Younger Adults’ Experiences of Adjustment to Testicular Cancer during early Survivorship: A Grounded Theory Study. The British Psycho Oncology Society (BPOS) conference, Preston, UK, February 2014. (Awarded BPOS student bursary to attend conference and present Poster).
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V & Watson, E (2014) Younger Adults’ Experiences of Adjustment to Testicular Cancer during early Survivorship: A Grounded Theory Study. Midlands Health Psychology (MHPN) conference, Northampton, February 2014 (Oral presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V & Watson, E (2013) The Significance of Testicular Cancer for Younger Adult Survivors: A Conceptual Model. Psycho Oncology, vol 22 (supplement 3), p80. International Psycho oncology society (IPOS) conference, Rotterdam, Holland, November 2013. (Oral presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Asherson, P, Wong, I, Hodgkins, P, Setyawan, J, Sasane, R & Clifford, S (2012). The Experiences of Adults with ADHD regarding Impairment, Accessing Services and Treatment Management. Midlands Health Psychology Conference, Birmingham, February 2013 (Oral presentation)
  • Cartwright, T, O'Connor, J, Clow, A, Matheson, L, Evans, P, Peters, D, Lee, C,  Blunt, C, & Elkin, S. Trough, peak and plateau: longitudinal qualitative study of patients’ experiences of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. BPS Health Psychology Conference, Liverpool, September 2012.
  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V and Watson, E. (2012). Transitions in Cancer Care: The experiences and needs of younger adults with testicular cancer or lymphoma following treatment completion. PsyPAG Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. (Oral presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Asherson, P, Wong, I, Hodgkins, P, Setyawan, J, Sasane, R & Clifford, S (2012). The Experiences of Adults with ADHD regarding Impairment, Accessing Services and Treatment Management. PsyPAG Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. (Oral presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Asherson, P, Wong, I, Hodgkins, P, Setyawan, J, Sasane, R & Clifford, S (2012). Adult ADHD Patients’ Experiences of Impairment, Accessing Services and Treatment Management – A Qualitative Study in England. European Psychiatric Association Conference, Prague, March 2012. European Psychiatry, vol 27, Supplement 1, pp.1. (Poster and oral presentation)
  • Matheson, L, Asherson, P, Wong, I, Hodgkins, P, Setyawan, J, Sasane, R & Clifford, S (2011). Adult ADHD Patients’ Experiences of Impairment, Accessing Services and Treatment Management – A Qualitative Study. UKAAN Conference, London, September 2011 (Oral presentation)
  • Cartwright, T., O’Connor, J., Matheson, L., Evans, P., Clow, A., Lee, C., & Elkin, S. (2010) Hope for a more meaningful life: COPD patients’ expectations of pulmonary rehabilitation. EHPS Health Psychology Conference, Romania, Sept 2010. Psychology and Health, vol 25, supplement 1, pp. 22. (Oral presentation)
  • Cartwright, T, Matheson, L, O'Connor, J, Elkin, S, Lee, C & Clow, A (2011) ‘This has given me my life back’: A prospective qualitative study exploring COPD patients’ experiences of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. BPS DHP Annual Conference, Southampton, September 2011.
  • Matheson, L, O'Connor, J, Cartwright, T, Blunt, CH, Clow, A, Lee, C, & Elkin, S. (2010) COPD Patients derived benefits from attending PR: ‘This has given me my life back’.  British Thoracic Society, Winter Meeting, Westminster, London. Thorax. Dec 2010, vol 65, supplement 4, pA95. (Oral and poster presentation)
  • Matheson, L., Harcourt, D. & Hewlett, S. (2009) “Your whole life, your whole world, it changes”: Partners’ experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis. British Society for Rheumatology, Glasgow, 2009. Rheumatology, vol 48, supplement 1, pp. 160. (poster presentation)
Lauren Matheson

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