Dr Mark Pearson
Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science
South Cloisters 2.19
I have a clinical background in Nursing and have conducted both primary and secondary research in health services using a range of methods - from ethnography to surveys, systematic reviews of effectiveness to theory-driven reviews of implementation. The common thread in all of my work is a better understanding of how evidence-informed change can be implemented (or, put another way, how knowledge can be ‘mobilised’) in health services and public health systems.
- 2008 PhD (Plymouth)
- 2004 MRes (London)
- 2003 BA (London)
- 1995 DipHE (Bournemouth)
- 2014-present Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), University of Exeter Medical School
- 2013-2014 Senior Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis, ESMI, University of Exeter Medical School
- 2009-2013 Research Fellow, PenTAG, University of Exeter Medical School
- 2008-2009 Associate Research Fellow, PenTAG, University of Exeter Medical School
- 2005-2008 ESRC CASE PhD studentship, University of Plymouth
- 1995-2004 Staff Nurse (Adult) - Rehabilitation (Bristol), Elderly Medicine (Poole), Medical Oncology (London)
My research focuses on the interplay of social, psychological and organisational factors that occur when evidence-informed changes in policy and practice are implemented in health services. Others refer to this field of research as knowledge transfer or knowledge mobilisation. Working closely with stakeholders, I use theory-driven methods to conduct research that addresses two stages of the MRC Complex Interventions Framework:
1. Development - Identifying and building the implementation and impact theories that underpin the ways in which complex interventions are proposed to work.
2. Evaluation - Identifying and refining understanding of implementation mechanisms that are transferable across fields of practice.
My research harnesses scientific rigour and the practical learning of stakeholders to improve health outcomes and research impact. My role within PenCLAHRC includes teaching, facilitation and methodological development so that practitioners', service users', decision-makers', and researchers' capacity to conduct Implementation Science is increased.
I would be pleased to supervise research post-graduate students in the areas of Implementation Science, Knowledge Mobilisation, and/or the application and development of realist research approaches. If any of these are of interest please indicate this in an email to UEMS Graduate Research (UEMSfirstname.lastname@example.org) who will assist you further with your enquiry.
I am a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation & Synthesis' Advisory Board and a member of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Realist Approaches to Evaluation & Synthesis
- 2015 NIHR
Antenatal Prophylactic Pelvic floor Exercises and localisation (APPEAL) Programme. NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.
- 2015 College of Policing
The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation (ExPERT) Project
- 2015 NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research
Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing in doctors in training: a realist review - Award 13/97/24
- 2011 Australian Agency for International Development
Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health and crop productivity in developing countries effective? (Award 59617)
- 2011 NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation
The effective and cost-effective use of intermediate, step-down, hospital at home and other forms of community care as an alternative to acute patient care: a realist review - Award 10/1012/07
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I contribute a session (2013-2014) on conventional and theory-driven approaches to systematic review to the MSc Environment and Human Health programme
I previously contributed (2011-2013) an introductory session on systematic reviews to the Universities of Exeter & Plymouth’s MClinEd
I am interested in supervising PhD studies in the following areas:
- Methodological development of realist approaches to evaluation and synthesis
- Theory-driven inquiry into implementation and knowledge mobilisation processes
I’ve trained as a mentor through the UEMS Mentoring Scheme, supported by the UEMS Equality & Diversity Group, and would be available to provide PhD, peer and other mentoring opportunities. Please feel free to contact me, in confidence, so we can discuss this further.