Melissa Pilkington

Research Assistant

Melissa is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology.

E-mail: m.pilkington@chester.ac.uk

Qualifications

Melissa graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Psychology in 2010. Melissa then went on to achieving her MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. Melissa then joined the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she began her PhD which is exploring psychosocial interventions to support breast cancer patients who are affected by treatment-related hair loss. The first stage of the research involved conducting a systematic review of psychosocial intervention for individuals experiencing hair loss. The findings from this study helped to design the next two studies: Study 2: evaluation of Breast Cancer Care’s HeadStrong service (this has 2 distinct arms – study 2a a quantitative evaluation, study 2b a qualitative study); Study 3: questionnaire study assessing the feasibility of an expressive writing intervention. Melissa is currently in the final stages of writing up her PhD thesis.

Overview

Melissa is a Research Assistant and member of the Psychosocial Oncology Research Group within the Psychology department at Chester.

In addition to her role at Chester, Melissa is an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University. Melissa teaches on the Undergraduate Psychology degree programme in the Department of Psychology.

Melissa has also been a member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) Executive Committee as the student representative since 2013.

Published work

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Pilkington, M. (2014). Expressive writing interventions for individuals with appearance concerns. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 3(8), 390-393.

Pilkington, M. (2013). Supporting patients who are affected by chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 2(9), 456-457.

Rodham, K., McCabe, C., Pilkington, M., & Regan, L. (2012). Coping with chronic complex regional pain syndrome: advice from patients for patients. Chronic Illness, 9(1), 29-42.

 

Conference Publications and Invited Presentations

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2015). You're actually mourning a loss”: Breast cancer patients’ experiences of a camouflage based support service for treatment-related hair loss”. Poster presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2015, Leeds.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2014). “Your hair’s your crowning glory”: Breast cancer patients’ experiences of treatment-related hair loss and a camouflage based support service. Presented at the early career researcher event at International Psychosocial-Oncology Society conference, 2014, Lisbon.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2014). “This is a journey, this isn't just a quick fix”: Breast cancer patients’ experiences of treatment-related hair loss and a camouflage based support service. Presented at the Appearance Matters 6 conference, 2014, Bristol.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2013). “This is a journey, this isn't just a quick fix”: Breast cancer patients’ experiences of treatment-related hair loss and a camouflage based support service. Poster presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2013, Preston.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2013). Patients’ experiences of cancer-related hair loss and a camouflage-based support service’. Poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Conference, 2013, Brighton.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2012). A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to improve psychological outcomes for individuals affected by hair loss. Presented at the Appearance Matters 5 Conference, 2012, Bristol.

Pilkington, M., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., O’Connor, D., & Brennan, J. (2012). A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to improve psychological outcomes for individuals affected by hair loss. Poster presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2012, Southampton.