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Nicky Ashley is a research assistant in Children and Families Research Theme at the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research at Coventry University. She graduated with a Psychology (Hons) degree in 2008 at Coventry University and is currently undertaking an MSc in Psychology of Health part time at Coventry University. Nicky has worked with the Children and Families Research team for six years now. She has worked, under the leadership of Professor Jane Coad, on the first Department of Health's Children's Palliative Care Funding Pilot to take place nationally along with the Big Study for Better Care for Children.

More recently she has led on projects funded by Teenage Cancer Trust evaluationg high impact events for teenagers and young adults and WellChild evaluating the WellChild Nurse model of care particularly from a user's perspective. Nicky has an interest in children and young adult cancer, health psychology and technology enabling support for children and young people within the community. Her methodological expertise ranges from in depth interviews with health professionals and families to constructing surveys particularly with new innovative systems such as Filemaker which she has run training sessions on in order for other professionals to use them. Nicky has a passion for working with children and families to develop innovative, fun and interactive ways to engage in research through group activities and arts based sessions. Nicky is also an advocate of Mindfulness and has completed an 8 week mindfulness course and is currently conducting research using mindfulness interventions with children and families with long term conditions. Nicky is also part of the HLS Athena Swan committee and representitive for CTEHR, attending meetings on gender equality and issues of relevence to HLS. 


Area of Expertise:


  • Conducts research which supports children, young people and their families health and wellbeing – giving them a real voice.
  • Conducts interactive and engaging techniques to involve children and their families in research evaluations.
  • Implements engaging technology apps to undertake surveys with a wide knowledge of filemaker, and has run training sessions on their usefulness.
  • Experienced in teenage and young adult cancer, user involvement evaluations and public health psychology.
  • Conducts qualitative research with in depths surveys, focus groups and events.
  • Mindfulness 

Research Interests

Children and young adult cancer, psychosocial issues of children and young people with long term conditions, autism spectrum disorder, community lead nurse support for children and families with long term conditions, mindfulness, and health psychology interventions. 

Vision Statement

Nicky Ashley is passionate about working with children, young people and their families involving them within research. She hopes that by working with families both in acute and community settings it will help to continue to give them a real voice to improve their lives and shape new processes which will benefit them directly. She hopes to continue to implement new, interesting and exciting techniques in order to do this.

Education / Academic qualification

Degree, Coventry University

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Research Output 2015 2015

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 1 Article
5 Citations

Exploring the Perceived Met and Unmet Need of Life-Limited Children, Young People and Families

Coad, J., Kaur, J., Ashley, N., Owens, C., Hunt, A., Chambers, L. & Brown, E. 2015 In : Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 30, 1, p. 45-53

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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