Dr Jessica Bollen
Trial Manager/ Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Smeall building JS08
Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Jessica Bollen is a Trial Manager/ Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at the University of Exeter. Prior to this she was an Associate Research Fellow in the Primary Care Group working on the REtirement in ACTion (REACT) project. http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/projects/retirement-in-action/ This is a multi-centre randomised control trial (Bath/ Bristol, Birmingham and Devon) to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a group, community based physical exercise programme for people who are beginning to show signs of mobility related disability. This study has now colcluded, with results due out early 2020.
With an undergraduate degree in Human Biology and Sport and Exercise Science, Jessica has a keen interest in the human body, how it functions and the changes that can be brought about by exercise, aging, diseases and disabilities. Through working in gyms specialising in rehabilitation, an area of particular interest, Jessica was intrigued by individual’s attitudes to rehabilitation programs and their outcome expectations. This lead her to apply for the PhD she competed in February 2017. The end result was to create a valid and reliable questionnaire for stroke survivors to determine which individuals may be having particular problems conducting their rehabilitation programs and therefore, possibly not obtaining the outcome in terms of recovery they may like to achieve. More recently she has become interested in physical frailty and how this can be assessed in a clinical setting.
- PhD in Medical Studies (2017) with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
- CYQ gym instructor level 2 (2013)
- BSc Joint Honours, Human Biology and Sport and Exercise Science (2011)
Broad Research Specialisms
- Questionnaire development
- Physical activity & health
For her PhD Jessica researched adherence to exercise based rehabilitation programmes in individuals who have had a stroke. The eventual outcome is that a questionnaire will be created which is psychometrically sound.
A mixed method approach has been used in developing this questionnaire; interviews and focus groups were conducted with stroke survivors, exercise professionals and, physiotherapists resulting in items for the questionnaire. The subsequent data from the completed questionnaires will undergo Rasch analysis in addition to other statistical tests to assess the validity and reliability of the measure.
In her 2014-2015 Associate Research Fellow role in the Mental Health Group Jessica researched inflammation responses and the effect they may have on cognition and information processing. In addition to this she is also supporting Leanne Trick a PhD student, aiding with recruitment and administration on a project looking at the role of worry and rumination in predicting depression in people with coronary heart disease.
Following this she was an Associate Research Fellow on the REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study which is a multi-centre (Bath/ Bristol, Birmingham and Devon) randomised control trial. This study is looking at the efficacy and cost effectiveness of a comunity group based exercise programme for people over the age of 65 who may be beginning to experience mobility related disability and having some difficulities with getting in and out of low chairs and climing stairs. During this role she developed a keen interest in frailty, how to assess it, and ways to establish if a patient is frail/ becoming frail, and how this could be feasibly measured in a clinical setting. the REACT study is now closed and the findings will be published shortly.
Currently she is a Trial Manager/ Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Clinical Trials Unit at Exeter, working on a study looking to improve Self Efficacy for people diagnoised with dementia (SHAPE), and another study evaluating the effectivness of one-stage and two-stage revision surgery for prosthetic knee infection (MIKROBE).
- Clinical Trials Unit- Management of Infected Knee Replacements-Obtaining Best Evidence (MIKROBE)
- Clinical Trials Unit-Self-management and HeAlth Promotion in early-stage dementia with E-learning for carers (SHAPE)
- Primary Care Group- The REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study
- Mental Health Group- The role of perseverative negative thinking in predicting depression in people with coronary heart disease: A prospective cohort study.
- PhD with the PAtH Group- Developing a Stroke Rehabilitation Exercise Adherence Measure (StREAM). A self-report tool assessing the likelihood of adherence.
- University of Exeter Annual Fund grant (£15,000 over a three year period)
- PhD Studentship