Bristol Team

The University of Bristol team are based within the School of Arts and the School of Social and Community Medicine.

Professor Havi Carel (Senior Investigator)
C0107708 HSS brochure - Jessica and Havi case studHavi leads Life of Breath at the University of Bristol. She is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches medical students. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. Havi has a particular interest in augmenting the naturalistic approach to illness with a phenomenological perspective to improve our understanding of the experience of illness, enhance communication between healthcare practitioners and patients and identify focused interventions.

Dr James Dodd (Researcher)
James DoddJames is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine at the Academic Respiratory Unit, University of Bristol. His research focuses on the multi-system impact of lung disease and he is currently undertaking neuroimaging studies of brain pathology and cognitive function in patients with COPD. His clinical work is at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he has responsibility for the care of patients with complex COPD and asthma.

Dr. Kate Elswit (Researcher)
Kate ElswitKate is Reader in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, cultural studies, and experimental practice. She recently undertook an artistic residency in the Respiratory Unit of Southmead Hospital as part of her larger collaboration Breath Catalogue, which combines choreographic methods with medical technology to externalize breath as experience.

Jess Farr-Cox (Project Manager)
20140418_122742Jess’s role in the Life of Breath team is to co-ordinate and support the Bristol team’s activities. She is also a freelance proofreader, copy-editor, indexer, teacher and writer. Her writing skills- and UCAS-related teaching includes working with students in Bristol and PR China, and her academic background is in literature.

Prof Gene Feder OBE (Researcher)
Gene FederGene is a professor of primary health care and a GP in north Bristol. His research has focused on the management of chronic conditions, particularly respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and the health care response to domestic violence and abuse. He conducts randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and qualitative studies, depending on the expertise of statisticians, economists and social scientists. Gene was recognised for his work on domestic violence in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List with an OBE.

Dr Alice Malpass (Researcher)
Alice MalpassAlice has two methodological interests and areas of expertise: using meta-ethnography to synthesise qualitative research findings; and the use of cognitive interviewing techniques. Since 2006 Alice’s research has focused upon  mental health, in particular the use of Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy as an intervention for respiratory patients with anxiety and/or depression; the decision making relationship between patients and GP’s in a new episode of depression; the use of a psychological intervention for women referred by their GP to a domestic violence advocate agency.

Oriana Walker (Researcher)
Oriana WalkerOriana joined the Life of Breath project in January 2016, and expects her PhD from Harvard University to be awarded in the next few months. Her post-doctoral research project will focus on a history of COPD, among other things. She will be working in Berlin at the Max Planck Institute until June 2017.

Tina Williams (PhD Student)
Tina WilliamsTina is the philosophy of medicine PhD student on the Life of Breath project. Her research focuses on the philosophy of breathing and breathlessness in physical illnesses, mental disorders, and everyday life. With a background in philosophy, she is also qualified in cognitive behaviour therapy managing depression and anxiety disorders in both primary care and a holistic charitable setting. Her interests include the philosophy of medicine, phenomenology and existentialism and the philosophy of psychiatry.

Dr Ronit Yeoli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Ronit-Yoeli-TlalimHaving studied at Tel-Aviv University and gained her PhD from SOAS, Ronit now works on aspects of medicine, history, religion and spirituality and the interactions between these ideas, particularly in Asian cultures.