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Dr Liz Shaw

Dr Liz Shaw

Associate Research Fellow


 +44 (0) 1392 722396

 South Cloisters 3.09


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

I currently work within the Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre within the University of Exeter Medical School. We have just completed a rapid systematic review exploring experiences of the Nearest Relative provisions of the Mental Health Act. We are currently working on a large systematic review, examining the effectiveness of organisational interventions aiming to manage the length of hospital stay for older adults admitted for planned procedures.


2011: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Hull)
2008: Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (University of York)
2007: BSc Psychology (University of York)


I trained as a clinical psychologist and have previously worked within Community Teams for Adults with Learning Disabilities. My thesis, carried out as part of my clinical psychology training, focused on the experience of recovery for people receiving methadone maintenance treatment.

I have previously worked on a PenCLAHRC affiliated Systematic Literature Review within the Evidence Synthesis Team, aimed at exploring the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the mental health of young people with long-term physical conditions. This review had three parts; a quantitative part to review the effectiveness of the interventions and their cost-effectiveness, a qualitative part to review the experiences of young people, their parents and those administering the interventions and an over-arching synthesis of the information gathered though parts 1 and 2. This review took place over 15 months
starting in January 16. I really enjoyed working alongside medical and mental health experts within the field and the young people with lived experience of LTC.

In 2015 I worked on a randomized control trial at Plymouth University to explore the effects of debt counselling on the recovery of people with money worries who were also living with depression.



Research interests

I have an ongoing interest in research aiming to improve mental health in vulnerable populations and enhance coordination between services to support individuals with multiple and complex needs.

Research projects

3 Systematic Reviews within the Evidence Synthesis team examining:

1)  The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting mental health for children and young people with LTCs and symptoms of mental distress.

2)  The effects of such interventions on other key aspects of social and family functioning.

3) The factors that may enhance, or hinder, the effectiveness of the above interventions and / or the successful implementation of interventions 

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