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Dr. Gemma Pearce's research focus is on long-term conditions, women's health, physical activity promotion and co-creation. She specialises in research on hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). She currently has funding with multidisciplinary teams to co-create tools to improve maternity care for people with hEDS/HSD (Coventry University) and to co-create a physical activity programme for people with POTS (PULSE project - British Heart Foundation).

She is currently the UK PI for the Erasmus+ Co-Creating Welfare project developing and delivering co-creation training and tools across welfare settings in Europe, including embedding co-creation within NHS England practice. During 2013-2015, she had an embedded knowledge mobilisation post in the Public Health Department at Coventry City Council.

Her previous job was at Queen Mary University of London collaborating with a team to produce a systematic overview of the evidence for self-management support interventions in people with long-term conditions. This involved developing a Taxonomy of Self-Management Support. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham examining the role of menopausal symptoms on body image concerns, physical activity behaviour and psychological well-being, and developed a synchronous text-based online interviewing tool.

She previously worked as a researcher in sport and education at the University of Roehampton, after earning an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Chichester. Her previous research includes publications in the field of doping and supplemenation in sport, participation of sport and exercise across the lifespan, gifted and talented education and sport pedagogy / coaching.

Research Interests

Self-Management Support ; Long-Term Conditions ; Co-creation ; Systematic Reviewing ; Patient Involvement ; Implementaion ; Impact; hypermobility; Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; Physical Activity

Vision Statement

My research focuses on supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions, co-creation, implementation and impact. I have a special interest in patient involvement, systematic reviewing and using innovative methods.

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2008 2019

Erasmus+ Project: Co-Creating Welfare

Magee, P. & Pearce, G., 2019, (In preparation)

Research output: Other contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)

Self-management support intervention for parents of children with developmental disorders: The role of gratitude and hope

Martin, F., Clyne, W., Pearce, G. & Turner, A., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 28, 4, p. 980-992 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
developmental disorder
Self Care
5 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Supporting self-management for people with hypertension: a meta-review of quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews

Shahaj, O., Denney, D., Schwappach, A., Pearce, G., Epiphaniou, E., Parke, H., Taylor, S. & Pinnock, H., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Hypertension. 37, 2, p. 264–279 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Care
3 Citations (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Quality of Health Care
3 Citations (Scopus)
267 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care

Activities 2007 2019

  • 14 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Co-creation Conference 2019

Paul Magee (Co-organiser), Gemma Pearce (Co-organiser)
Feb 2019May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology

Gemma Pearce (Speaker), Sally Pezaro (Speaker), Joanne Parsons (Speaker), Andy Turner (Speaker), Paramjit Gill (Speaker), Tracey Norris (Speaker)
Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Co Creating Welfare

Gemma Pearce (Organising Committee), Paul Magee (Co-organiser), Emily Darlington (Member of Programme Committee), Sandie Bernard (Member of Programme Committee), Charlotte Jorgensen (Member of Programme Committee), Helle Hende Staermose (Member of Programme Committee), Graca Carvalho (Member of Programme Committee), Henriette Hansen (Member of Programme Committee), Zelia Ferreira Cacador Anastacio (Member of Programme Committee)
Nov 2017Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Society for Academic Primary Care annual conference

Gemma Pearce (Speaker)
4 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Highly Commended Status

Gemma Pearce (Recipient), Sally Pezaro (Recipient) & Emma Reinhold (Recipient), 21 Nov 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media

Fragile Links Magazine

Sally Pezaro & Gemma Pearce


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research