Dr Nicola Gale is the Principal Investigator for the project. She is a sociologist who specialises in the fields of health beliefs and behaviours, patient accounts of illness, self-management and complementary and alternative medicine.

Mrs Marie Crook is Project Co-ordinator and is responsible for administrating the study, storing and management of data, and arranging project steering group meetings and dissemination events.

Expert Steering Group

  • Dr Carol Wolkowitz is Reader in Sociology at Warwick University, and author of ‘Bodies at Work’ (2006) the ground-breaking monograph on the interface of the sociology of the body and the sociology of work and employment, and will provide theoretical support for the project.
  • Prof Sarah Stewart-Brown is medically qualified and holds a Chair in Public Health at Warwick Medical School. She also is a cancer survivor who used CAM during her treatment.
  • Prof Stephen Tyreman is an osteopath, and Professor of Osteopathy and Philosophy at the University of Bedfordshire. He will provide clinical expertise to the steering group.
  • Dr Sheila Greenfield is Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Birmingham University and the PI’s line manager. She has a track record of publishing peer-reviewed articles in the field of CAM is an expert in qualitative research methods in healthcare, and will offer support and guidance to the PI in all stages of the research.
  • Prof Nick Crossley is Professor of Sociology, and co-founder of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. He will provide expert support for the PI in terms of social network analysis and the use of the concept of ‘reflexive body techniques’ to understand how embodied knowledge and practices change post-graduation, within the context of the ‘realities’ of practice (financial, regulatory, policy etc), not just in terms of the practitioners’ own knowledge/body practices but also