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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Antoinette Davey

Dr Antoinette Davey

Research Fellow


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Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Antoinette completed her PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2021 examining cyclical variations in patient-reported outcome measures across three chronic conditions (depression, osteoarthritis and asthma). Prior to this she worked for the Department of Primary Care in the Medical School on several GP patient survey projects, then on a number of studies on the Improving Patient Experience Programme Grant, before working on the CADENCE trial in 2015. In March 2020 she took a postdoctoral position project managing a NIHR-HS&DR grant entitled: The Effectivenes and cost effectiveness of community perinatal Mental health servIces (ESMI-II) in the Department of Psychology.


  • BA (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MPhil Psychology
  • PhD in Medical Studies 
  • Cert in Transactional Analysis

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Research interests

Antoinette’s research interests include primary health care provision for young adults aged between 16 and 24; experience and provision of health care for offenders in the community; and how patients’ evaluations of a consultation compare with their GP’s evaluation of the same consultation. She also has a keen interest in mental health, specifically the various methods of therapy available to patients. More recently Antoinette has a keen interest in the effects of the human biological rhythms on how patients experience their chronic condition, which is the focus of her PhD research. 

Research projects

Antoinette has worked on four projects within the NIHR-funded IMPROVE (Improving patient experience) study. One project involved video-recording GP-patient consultations with a view to comparing both the patient’s and GP’s evaluation of that consultation. Following on from that another project involved conducting video elicitation interviews with a selection of patients following their videoed consultation to explore their evaluations further. The most recent project she was involved with was an exploratory trial investigating whether real-time feedback might be a feasible and acceptable means (with or without facilitated reflection) of identifying ways in which practices can improve patient experience. Prior to her PhD, she worked alongside Dr Suzanne Richards and Professor John Campbell on the CADENCE trial which is a pilot RCT assessing the acceptability, clinical and cost-effectiveness of Enhanced Psychological Care in cardiac rehabilitation services. 

She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow working with Professor O'Mahen in the Department of Psychology managing a NIHR-HSDR funded project. The focus of this project is producing evidence of what types of community perinatal mental health teams are effective in improving mother and infant outcomes, and in what circumstances. This project is due to finish in May 2023. 

Research networks


Research grants

  • 2020 Researcher-Led Initiative, University of Exeter
    EREA grant looking at developing relationships between support services for pregnant women in domestic abuse situations who are under the care of perinatal mental health services
  • 0 Department of Health and Social Care Health and Wellbeing Fund
    The project is designed to bring about system change that enables better and more equal access for children and families to health services from pre-conception to post-partum across Devon and Torbay, particularly for families who are the most disadvantaged and/or who experience the most complex needs.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

  • Co-chair of Mixed Methods Special Interest Group of International Society for Quality of Life Research
  • Co-opted member of the TA Theory Development and Research Committee (TDRC) for the European Association for Transactional Analysis
  • Chair of the Research Committee for United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis

Editorial responsibilities

Peer reviewer for

  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
  • Pilot and Feasibility Studies
  • Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes

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My teaching interests span the methodological aspects of conducting research including qualitative methods and carrying out literature reviews. I tutor on different modules in Psychology and Medical Sciences. I co-supervise on final year Medical Sciences projects, and MSc Health Research Methods. 

CSC4020 - co-supervise final year research projects

PSY2216 - tutor on Qualitative Methods Practical

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