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DHP 2022: Pre-Conference Workshop 2

27 June 2022 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Refocusing the lens: Using visual/creative methods in health research to increase accessibility and amplify patient voice

Interactive group workshop on incorporating visual/creative methods within qualitative health research to increase accessibility of research and amplify patient voices.

The workshop aims to provide a background in these methods which are designed to facilitate in-depth explorations of the lived experience of individuals with physical and mental health conditions.

Visual/creative methods are being increasingly used within the field of health psychology to explore the experiences of individuals living with a wide range of conditions.

These methods have various benefits including making research more accessibility to particular groups (e.g., young children, individuals with learning disabilities, reducing language barriers).

This workshop will present a range of case studies of the use of visual/creative methods in health research (e.g., experiences of treatment, psychosocial adjustment).

We will also discuss how these methods can be particularly appropriate for exploring sensitive or emotive topics.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to take part in interactive group work, which will encourage individuals to actively apply and practice some examples of these visual methods

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of a range of visual/creative qualitative methods
  • Consider how these methods can increase of research for certain underrepresented groups
  • Gain experience of using visual method data collection techniques.
  • Consider how visual/creative methods could be applied to the attendees’ own field of work.

Target Audience: Professionals who are interested in understanding lived experience and learning about novel qualitative methods.

University of the West of England
Lecture rooms, Arnolfini,
16 Narrow Quay,

Event Location: 
14:00 Introduction
14:05 Background of visual/creative methods
14:20 Activity: benefits and challenges of visual/creative methods

Case studies 

  • Case study 1: photo-elicitation and IPA to understand adjustment to a chronic condition 
  • Case study 2: activity-orientated focus group to explore experiences of parents of children with chronic conditions
15:00 Activity: what groups could visual/creative methods be beneficial for? 



Using visual/creative methods to increase accessibility of research

  • Disability, language barrier
  • Sensitive or emotive topics/experiences
15:45 How to implement visual/creative methods
16:05 Activity: group work practicing photo-elicitation interview and feedback on experience
16:36 Summary and Final Questions



Ms Maia Thornton

Maia Thornton is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research. Her work is focussed on the experience and psychosocial impact of living with appearance-affecting conditions or injuries, otherwise known as visible differences. Maia has a particular interest in developing evidence-based interventions to support the psychosocial adjustment of these individuals and their families. Maia has experience utilising a variety of methodologies including mixed methods and visual/creative methods. 

She is also currently completing a PhD which is focussed on the development of psychosocial support for parents and carers of children and young people with a visible difference.  

Maia enjoys working closely and collaborating with charities, health professionals, and other external organisations. She values the input of individuals with lived experiences and prioritises the inclusion of public involvement in her research design and implementation.  

Dr Ella Guest

Ella is a Research Fellow with a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology based at the Centre for Appearance Research. She works within the VTCT Foundation Programme of Research, which aims to develop psychosocial support for individuals and families affected by appearance-altering conditions.

Ella's research relates to understanding the psychosocial impact of living with appearance-altering conditions, with a particular focus on positive adjustment and positive body image. Her work also includes developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for individuals with appearance-altering conditions and exploring how social media can be used to increase acceptance of appearance diversity and reduce appearance-related stigma. She has a particular interest in the psychosocial impact of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, and congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN). Her doctoral thesis examined positive adjustment in young people with the birthmark mark condition CMN using photo-elicitation interviews

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DHP Members


BPS Members £48.50
Non-Members £80.00

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