I am a psychology and neuroscience researcher, with particular expertise in Qualitative Methods and Health Service Research. My PhD focused on experiences of memory loss in older adulthood. I have previously worked on a large randomized-controlled trial of an educational intervention for people with epilepsy, and recently a project concerning dementia prevention.
In June 2017, I have joined the Ego-Media team to work on a project designed by Professor Leone Ridsdale. The topic is “The Impact of New Media on People with Epilepsy”. It has research ethics approval from King’s College London (reference: PNM/13/14-18). Epilepsy Action advertised for volunteers with epilepsy to be interviewed on their use of social media. Dr Rebecca Roach interviewed 14 volunteers from across the UK. These interviews have been transcribed.
I’m particularly interested in understanding how people with epilepsy represent themselves online using social media, and hope the findings will be useful in developing interventions to help people with epilepsy. The plan is for me to analyse and write-up the results using qualitative methods. We plan to present and publish the findings from this Neuroscience theme in the Ego-Media programme in academic peer-reviewed journals.
It’s great to be involved and I’m looking forward to working on this project, particularly as the focus on social media is a new area for me.
-Dr Alison McKinlay, King’s College London