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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Alison Pearson

Dr Alison Pearson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 South Cloisters 2.08


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Alison completed a PhD in Education in 2022: her research investigated the experiences of long-serving secondary school teachers in order to explore what has challenged and sustained them through their teaching careers, including their views on teacher “resilience”.

Prior to her PhD, Alison has worked in the further education sector in a range of roles, including as teacher, tutor, manager and senior leader, particularly within land-based education. She has also worked as a self-employed consultant carrying out training, coaching, quality assessment and qualification writing, including both regional and national projects.

Alison is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Care Under Pressure 3 project, using a realist approach to investigate mental health and well-being interventions for hospital doctors. She also teaches on a range of leadership modules within the Masters in Education programme. Her research interests primarily relate to wellbeing and leadership, including professional wellbeing within different vocational areas. She is also a passionate advocate of children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families, and works as a trustee for a national charity as well as participating in patient-participation work related to health and education.


  • PhD in Education
  • MSc Educational Research
  • PGCE (Further, Adult and Higher Education)
  • BSc (Hons) Agriculture.

ORCID: 0000-0003-4341-1267

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Research interests

  • Professional wellbeing
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Qualitative methodologies.

Research projects

 Care Under Pressure 3: Optimising the delivery and impacts of interventions to reduce hospital doctors’ mental ill-health in the NHSNIHR HSDR  

Research networks

Centre for Research in Professional Learning

Relational Health Group

Health professions education & wellbeing research group

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Journal articles

Pearson A, Carrieri D, Melvin A, Bramwell C, Scott J, Hancock J, Papoutsi C, Pearson M, Wong G, Mattick K, et al (2024). Developing a typology of interventions to support doctors' mental health and wellbeing. BMC Health Serv Res, 24(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Dimitrellou E, Koutsouris G, Pearson A (2024). Has the explicit teaching of emotions a place in the secondary school curriculum? a small-scale PE-based study. Pastoral Care in Education
Bramwell C, Carrieri D, Melvin A, Pearson A, Scott J, Hancock J, Pearson M, Papoutsi C, Wong G, Mattick K, et al (2023). How can NHS trusts in England optimise strategies to improve the mental health and well-being of hospital doctors? the Care Under Pressure 3 (CUP3) realist evaluation study protocol. BMJ Open, 13(11), e073615-e073615. Abstract.
Pearson A (2023). Who cares about the carers? a call to action on behalf of mothers of disabled children. Front Sociol, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson A (2015). WHAT YOUR PATIENT IS THINKING Never say never about our child. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 350  Author URL.

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