Natasha is a mixed methods researcher currently based at UWE in Bristol. Natasha completed her PhD exploring social support in palliative care at the University of Liverpool in 2021. Her educational background is in neuroscience and psychology, and she has experience in systematic reviews, online surveys, qualitative interviews, participant observation, focus groups, and the use of patient-reported outcome measures.

In her PhD, Natasha used realist evaluation to research social support within hospice day services -developing evidence-based explanations of how social interventions in palliative care can lead to potential outcomes for the patient, their family, healthcare professionals, and wider society.

Natasha has led work for the Disabled Children’s Partnership to report on digital disadvantage of disabled children, young people, and families during the pandemic. She has also worked with The Bevan Commission, contributing to applied research examining the processes of innovation adoption and adaptation within the NHS.

In July 2021, Natasha joined UWE at the Centre for Health & Clinical Research, as a Research Fellow in Realist Evaluation and funded by the local CCG. Natasha is developing research into digital exclusion and health inequalities, and further exploring social support processes for patients. Natasha can advise on the appropriateness of realist methods and provide resources to support realist evaluation.