Dr Marie Falahee BSc PhD CPsychol

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Lecturer in Behavioural Rheumatology

Contact details

Rheumatology Research Group
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (IIA)
University of Birmingham
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham B15 2WB
United Knigdom

Patient perceptions are key predictors of clinical outcomes and health behaviours, and a central focus of Dr Falahee’s research is on understanding the perspectives of individuals with, or at risk of musculoskeletal disorders and the development of psychological and/or educational interventions to improve clinical outcomes or enhance shared decision making.

There is an increasing research interest in the development of predictive biomarkers and preventive strategies for rheumatoid arthritis, and Dr Falahee has a particular interest in the measurement of patient preferences in this context, in order to facilitate the efficient translation of this work and to inform the design of future clinical services that are effective and acceptable to patients and other stakeholders. She is also involved in the development of international evidence-based recommendations on the methodologies used to integrate patient preferences into decision making throughout the lifecycle of medical products as a partner in the European Union Innovative Medicines Initiative funded consortium PREFER.

Dr Falahee is passionate about patient and public involvement in research and as academic coordinator of the Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2): http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/r2p2 she facilitates patient involvement across the Rheumatology Research Group, ensuring that our research is informed by patients’ needs, experiences and expectations and is sharply focussed on public benefit.


 Lecturer in Behavioural Rheumatology:


  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society 2017
  • PhD School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Class 1. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1992


2017                Lecturer, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham

2014                Post-doctoral Researcher, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham

2000                Career Break

1997                Lecturer in Psychology, Aston University

1995                Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

1992                PhD School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

1989                BSc University of Birmingham

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Falahee supervises doctoral students in areas related to her research interests and welcomes enquiries from self-funded PhD students with a background in behavioural / social science or medicine who have an interest in behavioural rheumatology.  Dr Falahee is currently co-supervising an Arthritis Research UK funded PhD student (Imogen Wells) examining stakeholder perspectives on preventive approaches to rheumatoid arthritis


Dr Falahee is interested in the application of behavioural science to improve outcomes for those affected by musculoskeletal disorders. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Developing programmes to facilitate the implementation of preventive treatments for individuals at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • Enhancing understanding of patient decision making about treatments or investigation strategies for inflammatory arthritis
  • Enhancing understanding of outcomes that are relevant to patients with inflammatory arthritis
  • Developing approaches to reduce delays in access to care/treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Other activities

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Allied Health Professional Member of the British Society for Rheumatology
  • Member of the United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Member of the EULAR Study Group for Risk Factors for RA
  • Member of the EULAR PARE Study Group for Collaborative Research


Recent peer-reviewed publications

  1. Simons G, Lumley S, Falahee M, Kumar K, Mallen CD, Stack RJ and Raza K (2017). The Pathway to Consultation for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Exploring anticipated actions between the onset of symptoms and face-to-face encounter with a healthcare professional. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18(1); 258. DOI: 10.1186/s12891-017-1619-9
  2. Falahee, M., Simons, G., Buckley, C. D., Hansson, M., Stack, R. J. and Raza, K. (2016). Patients' perceptions of their relatives' risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and of the potential for risk communication, prediction and modulation. Arthritis Care & Research. 69; 1558-1565. DOI:10.1002/acr.23179
  3. Pollock J, Raza K, Pratt AG, Hanson H, Siebert S, Filer A, Isaacs JD, Buckley CD, McInnes IB, Falahee M. (2016). Patient and researcher perspectives on facilitating patient and public involvement in rheumatology research. Musculoskeletal Care. DOI: 10.1002/msc.1171
  4. Falahee M, Simons G, Raza K and Stack RJ (2016) Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of risk in the context of genetic testing for the prediction of chronic disease: A qualitative metasynthesis. Journal of Risk Research. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2016.1153503
  5. Stack R, Stoffer M, Englbrecht M, Mosor E, Falahee M, Simons G, Smolen J, Schett G, Buckley C, Kumar K, Hansson M, Hueber A, Stamm T and Raza K (2016) Perceptions of first degree relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis about their personal risk of, and predictive testing for, rheumatoid arthritis: A cross-European qualitative study. BMJ Open. 6(6): e010555
  6. Bayliss K, Raza K, Simons G, Falahee M, Hanson M, Starling B and Stack RJ (2016). Perceptions of predictive testing for those at risk of developing chronic inflammatory disease: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Journal of Risk Research;DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1119183
  7. Simons G, Belcher J, Kumar K, Falahee M, Mallen CD, Stack RJ and Raza K (2016) Symptom recognition and perceived urgency of help seeking for the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, compared with bowel cancer and angina: A mixed method approach. Arthritis Care and Research. 69; 633-31. DOI: 10.1002/acr.22979
  8. Simons G, Mason A, Falahee M, Kumar K, Mallen C D, Raza K and Stack R J (2016).Qualitative exploration of illness perceptions of rheumatoid arthritis in the general public. Musculoskeletal Care; 15; 13-22. DOI: 10.1002/msc.1135