Dr Alison Rodriguez

Dr Alison Rodriguez


Alison Rodriguez is a Lecturer in Child and Family Health, in the School of Healthcare and a managing member of the Maternal, Family and Child Health research group. Alison is a chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with extensive teaching, research and research supervision experience in health and critical health psychology. Her first degree is in Psychology, she has a Masters in Health Psychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a PhD in Health Psychology - Palliative Paediatric Care. Alison has worked as a lecturer since 2007, originally as a course leader and senior lecturer in psychology, moving to the department of healthcare in 2015.


Research interests

Alison's research predominantly focuses on the health and well-being needs and experiences of children and young people with life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their carers/family members. There are three main streams to Alisons research; each have the common aim of improving well-being, communication, support and the quality of care for both service users (and carers/families) and providers:

1. Meaning-making and generativity in life-limiting and life threatening conditions.

Alison is interested in developing Dignity Therapy Interventions for children and young people with life-limiting and life threatening conditions.

2. Spirituality and quality of life in individuals with long term conditions.

Alison is interested in how spiritual beliefs influence healthcare decisions and how spiritual support can enhance perceived health and well-being. In particular, Alison is interested in developing supportive spiritual interventions for people with degenerative conditions.

3. Well-being management and self-care

How do individuals with long term conditions maintain their wellbeing? What are their experiences and relationships with supportive services? What actions do they take themselves to promote their well-being, adjustment and transitions? Alison is interested in the resources and capabilities that exist across communities, groups and individuals and in developing self-care interventions.

Alison has used and supervised a range of research designs (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods). Her methodological passion however, is phenomenology and she has drawn on both descriptive and interpretive approaches in her work.

Alison is a grant reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (HTA and Fellowship programmes), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and other charitable organisations. She has also acted as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sporting Cultures, Journal of Sport & Health and the International Journal of Sport & Society. She is a book reviewer for Pearson Education (discipline: Health Psychology), Springer (Health Psychology & Palliative Care) and Ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of sporting Cultures, Journal of Sport & Health, the International Journal of Sport & Society, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Journal of Pedatric Nursing.

Alison would be interested in supervising and examining PhD students with research interests in the following areas:

1. Meaning making and generativity in life-limiting and life threatening conditions.

2. Bereavement support for children, young people and families.

3. Palliative care experiences across the lifespan.

4. Experiences of spirituality and QOL in individuals with long term conditions.

5. Well-being management and self care in long term conditions.


  • PhD Health Pschology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • PCPD
  • BSc (hons) Psychology

Professional memberships

  • BPS
  • FHEA

Student education

Alison's teaching predominantly focuses on the health and well-being needs and experiences of children and young people with life-limiting  and life threatening conditions/complex care needs and their carers/family members. Her undergraduate teaching includes research methods training, developmental and health psychology subject areas. Alison is a personal tutor and also provides research supervision to children's nursing undergraduates and healthcare postgraduates. Alison to date has supervised 11 postgraduate research students to completion, including 7 PhDs, 1 professional doctorate and 3 MSc by Research studies. Alison has examined three PhDs and has internally examined over 20 internal progression to PhD reviews.

Research groups and institutes

  • Maternal, child and family health

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>