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Dr. Gemma Pearce currently works as a Research Fellow at Coventry University in the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science. Her research focus is on long-term conditions, women's health and co-creation. She specialises in research on hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). 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.

Research Interests

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

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 2008 2019

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., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 28, 4, p. 980-992 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Care
Open Access
Quality of Health Care
Open Access
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care

Supported self-management for people with type 2 diabetes: a meta-review of quantitative systematic reviews

Captieux, M., Pearce, G., Parke, H., Epiphaniou, E., Wild, S., Taylor, S. & Pinnock, H., 14 Dec 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 11 p., e024262.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Care
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Randomized Controlled Trials
Administrative Personnel
Delivery of Health Care

Activities 2007 2019

  • 13 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

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

Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP: International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education)

Gemma Pearce (Speaker)
3 Mar 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Society for Academic Primary Care annual conference

Gemma Pearce (Speaker)
4 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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