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.

Jordan Collver (Project Administrator)
Jordan’s role in the Life of Breath project is to co-ordinate and support the Bristol team’s activities. He is also a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and science communicator with a focus on the convergence of science and art. His academic background is in history with religious studies, and science communication.

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.

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.

Dr Coreen McGuire (Researcher)
Coreen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. Her work for the Life of Breath project focuses on the historical use of the spirometer in measuring and assessing lung capacity, and its role in creating a definition of COPD. This work will trace the epistemic authority of the spirometer and explore the problem of mechanical objectivity vs individual subjectivity in a historical context.

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.