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Dr Sarah Morgan-Trimmer

Dr Sarah Morgan-Trimmer

Research Fellow

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 +44 (0) 1392 726035

 College House 2.02

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Health Research, University of Exeter Medical School. I specialise in social science, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to understand how complex health interventions are implemented, how they change participants’ behaviours and health outcomes, and how interventions are affected by context. I develop and advise on process evaluations of complex interventions in the Medical School and Psychology Department; most of the studies I am involved in are clinical trials which aim to change health behaviours in the general population (e.g. physical activity levels), to prevent disease or improve the management of chronic diseases such as asthma. I also provide methodological advice as a member of the Methodology Advisory Group for the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit, and for the PenCLAHRC Qualitative Research Advice Clinic.

Qualifications

- PhD Social Policy

- MRes Social Policy

- MSc (Econ) Social Development Planning and Management

- BA (Hons) Philosophy

- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Career

I have experience in process evaluation, qualitative methodsethnography, mixed methods, public health research, research on social inequality, and conducting research with children and young people. Before coming to Exeter, I worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) at Cardiff University where I contributed to process evaluations of several RCTs of health behaviour change in children and families. Prior to this I did a PhD at the University of Bath on community participation in urban regeneration, using governance theory and working with both the Governance Research Group at Bath and the European CINEFOGO Network group on governance in Trento (Italy) and Prague. Before academia, I worked as a consultant researcher on child poverty programmes and employment services, and as a researcher for a substance abuse agency in New York where I conducted qualitative and quantitative evaluations of programmes for low-income groups. I have also worked for several voluntary organisations, including an education charity in the South Bronx where I was assistant director of a girls’ education centre.

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Research

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding not just whether health interventions work but how they work, through developing process evaluation methods for complex behaviour change interventions. This involves: adopting social science perspectives to understand health behaviours, organisational processes and social contexts; using theory to clearly describe how complex interventions work; and bringing different types of qualitative and quantitative data together to understand the complexity of how interventions operate.

I also have a particular interest in public health, health inequalities and how health interventions might reduce inequalities, especially understanding: lived realities of groups experiencing social disadvantage; social and political contexts of public health; and the relationships between public services and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.

Research projects

Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team (D-PACT) (NIHR PGfAR)

Goal-oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias: Multi-centre Single-blind Randomised Controlled Trial (GREAT)l (NIHR HTA)

Identifying and Understanding Mechanisms of Action in Group-based Health Behaviour Change Interventions (MAGI) (MRC/NIHR)

Evaluation in Public Health Series (Public Health England)

Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools (STARS) (NIHR PHR)

Skills for Weight Loss and Maintenance (SKIM) (NIHR)

At-Risk Registers Integrated into Primary Care to Stop Asthma Crises in the UK (ARRISA) (NIHR HTA)

Helpmedoit! a web and text based intervention to facilitate social support to achieve and maintain health related change in physical activity and dietary behaviour (NIHR PHR)

Seal or Varnish? A Randomised Trial to Determine the Relative Cost and Effectiveness of Pit and Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish in Preventing Dental Decay (NIHR HTA)

Preventing Substance Misuse: Randomised Controlled Trial of the Strengthening Families 10-14 UK Programme (SFP) (NPRI)

The DECIDE Study: Delivering Early Care In Diabetes Evaluation. Hospital Versus Home Management at Diagnosis in Childhood Diabetes:  a comparison of psychological, social, physical and economic outcomes (Diabetes UK)

Trial of Acute Femoral Fracture Fixation (TrAFFix) (NIHR HTA) Steering Group Member

Self-Consent for the HPV Vaccine Study (NIHR RfPB) Steering Group Member

Research networks

- Methodology Advisory Group, Exeter Clinical Trials Unit

- Qualitative Research Group, Institute of Health Research

Research grants

  • 2015 MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluation (EME) programme
    Mechanisms of Action in Group Interventions (MAGI) study
  • 2015 Researcher-Led Initiative, University of Exeter
    Developing Expertise in Process Evaluation Seminar Series
  • 2013 National Institute for Health Research
    'Helpmedoit!' a web and text based intervention to facilitate social support to achieve and maintain health related behaviour change
  • 2012 Children and Young People's Research Network
    Health Improvement for Looked After Children

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Clare L, Kudlicka A, Oyebode JR, Jones RW, Bayer A, Leroi I, Kopelman M, James IA, Culverwell A, Pool J, et al (In Press). Goal-oriented cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias: a multi-centre single-blind randomised controlled Trial (GREAT). Health Technology Assessment Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Hutchings S, Playle R, Morgan-Trimmer SA, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (In Press). Seal or Varnish? a randomised controlled trial to determine the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealant and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. Health Technology Assessment Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Hutchings S, Playle R, Morgan-Trimmer S, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (In Press). Seal or Varnish? a randomised controlled trial to determine the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealant and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. Health Technol Assess, 21(21), 1-256. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bleiker J, Knapp KM, Morgan-Trimmer S, Hopkins SJ (2018). “It's what's behind the mask”: Psychological diversity in compassionate patient care. Radiography, 24, S28-S32. Abstract.
Segrott J, Murphy S, Rothwell H, Scourfield J, Foxcroft D, Gillespie D, Holliday J, Hood K, Hurlow C, Morgan-Trimmer S, et al (2017). An application of Extended Normalisation Process Theory in a randomised controlled trial of a complex social intervention: Process evaluation of the Strengthening Families Programme (10–14) in Wales, UK. SSM - Population Health, 3, 255-265. Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Playle R, Hutchings S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (2017). Fissure Seal or Fluoride Varnish? a Randomized Trial of Relative Effectiveness. J Dent Res, 96(7), 754-761. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Matthews L, Pugmire J, Moore L, Kelson M, McConnachie A, McIntosh E, Morgan-Trimmer S, Murphy S, Hughes K, Coulman E, et al (2017). Study protocol for the 'HelpMeDoIt!' randomised controlled feasibility trial: an app, web and social support-based weight loss intervention for adults with obesity. BMJ Open, 7(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S, Wood F (2016). Ethnographic methods for process evaluations of complex health behaviour interventions. Trials, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S, Channon S, Gregory JW, Townson J, Lowes L (2016). Family preferences for home or hospital care at diagnosis for children with diabetes in the DECIDE study. Diabet Med, 33(1), 119-124. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2015). Improving Process Evaluations of Health Behavior Interventions: Learning from the Social Sciences. Eval Health Prof, 38(3), 295-314. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2015). People-centred Public Health. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 37(5), 799-800. Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2014). Policy is political; our ideas about knowledge translation must be too. J Epidemiol Community Health, 68(11), 1010-1011. Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2013). 'It's who you know': community empowerment through network brokers. Community Development Journal, 49(3), 458-472. Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Chadwick BL, Hutchings S, Playle R, Pickles T, Lisles C, Kirkby N, Morgan MZ, Hunter L, Hodell C, et al (2012). Protocol for "Seal or Varnish?" (SoV) trial: a randomised controlled trial to measure the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. BMC Oral Health, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Chapters

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.
Denford S, Abraham S, Smith J, Morgan-Trimmer S, Lloyd J, Wyatt K (2016). Intervention design and evaluation: behaviour change imperatives. In Spotswood F (Ed) Beyond behaviour change Key issues, interdisciplinary approaches and future directions, Bristol: Policy Press, 49-70.  Abstract.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2012). Participation outcomes in governance networks: the role of network ties. In Enjolras B, Bozzini B (Eds.) Governing Ambiguities New Forms of Local Governance and Civil Society, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company. Abstract.

Conferences

Clare L, Kudlicka A, Oyebode JR, Jones RW, Bayer A, Leroi I, Kopelman M, James IA, Culverwell A, Pool J, et al (In Press). Goal-oriented cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias: a multi-centre single-blind randomised controlled Trial (GREAT).
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Tarrant M, McCabe R (2017). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP-BASED INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: a FRAMEWORK OF CHANGE PROCESSES IN GROUP-BASED HEALTH INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Morgan-Trimmer S, Gregory J, Townson J, Channon S, Chestnutt I, Chadwick B, Murphy S, Hutchings S (2017). Understanding intervention acceptability: changing participant views over time and the importance of context. Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. 5th - 8th Sep 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Full text.
Simpson SA, Matthews L, Pugmire J, Moore L, Kelson M, McIntosh E, McConnachie A, John E, Morgan-Trimmers S, Murphy S, et al (2016). MOBILISING SOCIAL SUPPORT: INSIGHTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF a WEB AND APP BASED INTERVENTION FOR WEIGHT LOSS.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Clare L, Kudlicka A, Oyebode JR, Jones RW, Bayer A, Leroi I, Kopelman M, James IA, Culverwell A, Pool J, et al (In Press). Goal-oriented cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias: a multi-centre single-blind randomised controlled Trial (GREAT).
Clare L, Kudlicka A, Oyebode JR, Jones RW, Bayer A, Leroi I, Kopelman M, James IA, Culverwell A, Pool J, et al (In Press). Goal-oriented cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias: a multi-centre single-blind randomised controlled Trial (GREAT). Health Technology Assessment Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Hutchings S, Playle R, Morgan-Trimmer SA, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (In Press). Seal or Varnish? a randomised controlled trial to determine the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealant and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. Health Technology Assessment Full text.
Chestnutt IG, Hutchings S, Playle R, Morgan-Trimmer S, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (In Press). Seal or Varnish? a randomised controlled trial to determine the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealant and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. Health Technol Assess, 21(21), 1-256. Abstract.  Author URL.

2018

Bleiker J, Knapp KM, Morgan-Trimmer S, Hopkins SJ (2018). “It's what's behind the mask”: Psychological diversity in compassionate patient care. Radiography, 24, S28-S32. Abstract.

2017

Segrott J, Murphy S, Rothwell H, Scourfield J, Foxcroft D, Gillespie D, Holliday J, Hood K, Hurlow C, Morgan-Trimmer S, et al (2017). An application of Extended Normalisation Process Theory in a randomised controlled trial of a complex social intervention: Process evaluation of the Strengthening Families Programme (10–14) in Wales, UK. SSM - Population Health, 3, 255-265. Full text.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.
Chestnutt IG, Playle R, Hutchings S, Morgan-Trimmer S, Fitzsimmons D, Aawar N, Angel L, Derrick S, Drew C, Hoddell C, et al (2017). Fissure Seal or Fluoride Varnish? a Randomized Trial of Relative Effectiveness. J Dent Res, 96(7), 754-761. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Tarrant M, McCabe R (2017). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP-BASED INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: a FRAMEWORK OF CHANGE PROCESSES IN GROUP-BASED HEALTH INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Matthews L, Pugmire J, Moore L, Kelson M, McConnachie A, McIntosh E, Morgan-Trimmer S, Murphy S, Hughes K, Coulman E, et al (2017). Study protocol for the 'HelpMeDoIt!' randomised controlled feasibility trial: an app, web and social support-based weight loss intervention for adults with obesity. BMJ Open, 7(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S, Gregory J, Townson J, Channon S, Chestnutt I, Chadwick B, Murphy S, Hutchings S (2017). Understanding intervention acceptability: changing participant views over time and the importance of context. Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. 5th - 8th Sep 2017. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Morgan-Trimmer S, Wood F (2016). Ethnographic methods for process evaluations of complex health behaviour interventions. Trials, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S, Channon S, Gregory JW, Townson J, Lowes L (2016). Family preferences for home or hospital care at diagnosis for children with diabetes in the DECIDE study. Diabet Med, 33(1), 119-124. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Denford S, Abraham S, Smith J, Morgan-Trimmer S, Lloyd J, Wyatt K (2016). Intervention design and evaluation: behaviour change imperatives. In Spotswood F (Ed) Beyond behaviour change Key issues, interdisciplinary approaches and future directions, Bristol: Policy Press, 49-70.  Abstract.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Full text.
Simpson SA, Matthews L, Pugmire J, Moore L, Kelson M, McIntosh E, McConnachie A, John E, Morgan-Trimmers S, Murphy S, et al (2016). MOBILISING SOCIAL SUPPORT: INSIGHTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF a WEB AND APP BASED INTERVENTION FOR WEIGHT LOSS.  Author URL.

2015

Morgan-Trimmer SA, Spooner S, Audrey S (2015). Health, health behaviours and health promoting services for care leavers: perspectives of young people and LAC nurses, CASCADE Paper 03.  Abstract.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer SA, Spooner S, Audrey S (2015). Health, health behaviours health promoting services for care leavers: Perspectives of young people and LAC nurses, Research Briefing 04.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2015). Improving Process Evaluations of Health Behavior Interventions: Learning from the Social Sciences. Eval Health Prof, 38(3), 295-314. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Morgan-Trimmer S (2015). People-centred Public Health. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 37(5), 799-800. Full text.

2014

Morgan-Trimmer S (2014). Policy is political; our ideas about knowledge translation must be too. J Epidemiol Community Health, 68(11), 1010-1011. Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Morgan-Trimmer S (2013). 'It's who you know': community empowerment through network brokers. Community Development Journal, 49(3), 458-472. Full text.

2012

Morgan-Trimmer S (2012). Participation outcomes in governance networks: the role of network ties. In Enjolras B, Bozzini B (Eds.) Governing Ambiguities New Forms of Local Governance and Civil Society, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company. Abstract.
Chestnutt IG, Chadwick BL, Hutchings S, Playle R, Pickles T, Lisles C, Kirkby N, Morgan MZ, Hunter L, Hodell C, et al (2012). Protocol for "Seal or Varnish?" (SoV) trial: a randomised controlled trial to measure the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. BMC Oral Health, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2007

Morgan-Trimmer SA (2007). An Experiment in Visual Ethnography.  Full text.

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Awards

ESRC 3+1 PhD studentship, 2004-2008

Travel award for substance abuse conference, National Institute for Drug Abuse, Philadelphia, USA, 2001


Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor, Pilot and Feasibility Studies


Conferences and invited presentations

Panel member for ‘Future Directions in Qualitative Research and Collaboration’, at the Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, Bath, 2016

Introduction to Process Evaluations of Complex Interventions, ‘Think Tank’ Seminar, Mood Disorders Centre, School of Psychology, University of Exeter,2016

Health Improvement for Looked After Children, invited presentation at 'New Belongings' Care Leavers Week 2014, Cardiff University/Voices from Care, Cardiff, 2014


Workshops/Conferences organised

Co-organiser of international workshop ‘Thinking Critically about Governance: Explorations of Power in Practice’, University of Bath, April 2009

I teach on the following courses:

CSC2007 Introduction to Health Research (Introduction to Qualitative Analysis), BSc Medical Sciences

HPDM055 Qualitative Research and Process Evaluation, MSc Applied Health Services Research 

Supervisor for one PhD (Jill Bleiker – The Conceptualisation, Operationalisation and Implementation of Compassionate Care in Radiography Education)

Methodological advisor for three PhD students: Jo Butterworth (To facilitate the inVolvement of OLder patients with muLtimorbidITy in decisION-making about their healthcare during general practice consultations (VOLITION); Nick Luscombe (Engagement and feasibility of an evidence-based activity toolkit for people with severe dementia living in care homes); Jason Weetch

Pastoral Tutor for two further PhD students.

I am interested in supervising students in the areas of process evaluation methodology, qualitative methods in health research, and health inequalities.

I also provide consultation and advice on process evaluation methods; coordinate and deliver seminars and training on process evaluation; and advise on qualitative methods for the Qualitative Research Advice Clinic.

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