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Dr Stephanie Tierney

Dr Stephanie Tierney has worked as a researcher in health and social care since 2001. Her particular interests include eating disorders, diabetes and cystic fibrosis. Her PhD focused on the care of young people with anorexia nervosa and involved a systematic review, looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for this patient group, and interviews with teenagers who had the condition, and with their parents. She is currently developing projects on a) chronic anorexia (what constitutes such a case and how best to treat patients defined as thus), b) eating disorders among people with type 1 diabetes, c) eating disorders in pregnant women.

She has received some funding from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (University of Manchester) to carry out a series of interviews with women who have an eating disorder and are pregnant, to get an in-depth understanding of these women’s experiences at this time.

She was awarded a grant from Diabetes UK to research eating disorders in type 1 diabetes and conducted a qualitative investigation, exploring the views and experiences of practitioners in diabetes clinics (doctors, nurses and dieticians) in relation to working with this group. She now hopes to secure some additional funding to develop a self-help manual for these patients.

Stephanie is interested in disseminating research information to practitioners and the public to ensure that findings are translated into practice.

Email: stephanie.tierney@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 306 7651 or 0161 291 5856