Dr Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca Barnes has been a Research Fellow in Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol since 2012.  She works within the Centre for Academic Primary Care in the School for Social & Community Medicine. Rebecca‘s undergraduate degree was in Psychology from the University of Plymouth. She went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods and a PhD in the same institution. Her main expertise lies in qualitative research methods. In 2002 she won an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award which she used to develop her skills in conversation analytic methods by attending a taught summer school at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

After this she worked with Professor Charles Antaki in the Social Sciences Department at Loughborough University on an ESRC funded study of psychotherapy interactions and then moved to the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry. Here she worked her way up from postdoctoral researcher to senior research fellow in clinical education. Whilst here she became a pastoral tutor for undergraduate medical students, was an early career researcher representative on the Research and Innovation Committee, and supervised postgraduate research students from a mix of disciplinary backgrounds including social psychology, clinical psychology, medicine, social science and speech and language therapy. With the support of Professor Nicky Britten and the Foundation for the Sociology of Heath and Illness, she also instigated the biennial ‘International meeting on conversation analysis and clinical encounters.’  

Rebecca has always had an interest in studying communication in medical care and was very happy to move to Bristol when a qualitative primary care research fellow post came up. Since taking up her post she has relished the opportunity to embrace being a primary care social scientist and to experience the role of being chief investigator on her own NIHR-funded projects. She has also developed a new short course in Bristol entitled ‘Introduction to using conversation analysis to study health care encounters’; a mindfulness training course for trainee GPs in the Severn Deanery School of Primary Care; and is currently sharing the post of SPCR training lead.