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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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Research Output

Help to Overcome Problems Effectively for Cancer Survivors: Development and Evaluation of a Digital Self-Management Program

Martin, F., Wright, H., Moody, L., Whiteman, B., McGillion, M., Clyne, W., Pearce, G. & Turner, A., 19 May 2020, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 5, p. e17824 17 p., e17824.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)
  • Co-creating Welfare: Training course material preparing professionals to co-create welfare solutions with citizens

    Ferreira Cacador Anastacio, Z., Bernard, S., Carvalho, G., Christensen, F., Darlington, E., Hansen, H., Masson, J., Magee, P., Pearce, G. & Vilaca, T., Sep 2019, Universidade do Minho. Instituto de Educação. Centro de Investigação em Estudos da Criança. 88 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Erasmus+ Project: Co-Creating Welfare

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

    Research output: Other contribution

    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., 13 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 28, 4, p. 980-992 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    28 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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

    3rd International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) Scientific Meeting

    Gemma Pearce (Speaker)
    5 May 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