Dr Marie Falahee BSc PhD CPsychol

Marie Falahee

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): 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 publications


Bywall, K, Veldwijk, J, Hansson, M, baecklund, E, Raza, K, Falahee, M & Kihlbom, U 2021, 'Does being exposed to an educational tool influence patient preferences? The influence of an educational tool on patient preferences assessed by a discrete choice experiment.', Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.013

Mirza, M, Siebert, S, Pratt, AG, Insch, E, McIntosh, F, Paton, J, Wright, C, Buckley, C, Isaacs, J, McInnes, IB, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2021, 'Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment to clinical research studies in rheumatology', Musculoskeletal care.

Russo, S, Monzani, D, Pinto, CA, Vergani, L, Marton, G, Falahee, M, Simons, G, Whichiello, C, Kihlbom, U & Pravettoni, G 2021, 'Taking into account patient preferences: A consensus study on the assessment of psychological dimensions within patient preference studies.', Patient preference and adherence.

Falahee, M, Simons, G, DiSantostefano, R, valor-mendez, L, Radawski, C, Englbrecht, M, Bywall, K, Tcherny-Lessenot, S, Kihlbom, U, Hauber, B, Veldwijk, J & Raza, K 2021, 'Treatment preferences for preventive interventions for rheumatoid arthritis: protocol of a mixed methods case study for the innovative medicines initiative PREFER project', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 4, e045851. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045851

Zemedikun, DT, Gokhale, K, Chandan, JS, Copper, J, Lord, JM, Filer, A, Falahee, M, Nirantharakumar, K & Raza, K 2021, 'Type 2 diabetes mellitus, glycaemic control, associated therapies and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a retrospective cohort study', Rheumatology (Oxford, England). https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab148

Birch, B, Simons, G, Buckley, C, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2020, 'Development and formative evaluation of patient research partner involvement in a multi-disciplinary European translational research project', Research Involvement and Engagement, vol. 6, 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-020-0178-7

Bywall, K, Kihlbom, U, Hansson, M, Falahee, M, Raza, K, baecklund, E & Veldwijk, J 2020, 'Patient preferences on rheumatoid arthritis second-line treatment: A discrete choice experiment of Swedish patients', Arthritis Research and Therapy, vol. 22, no. 1, 288. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13075-020-02391-w, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13075-020-02391-w

Mosor, E, Stoffer-Marx, M, Steiner, G, Raza, K, Stack, R, Simons, G, Falahee, M, Skingle, D, Dobrin, M, Schett, G, Englbrecht, M, Smolen, J, Kjeken, I, Hueber, A & Stamm, T 2019, 'I would never take preventive medication! Perspectives and information needs of people who underwent predictive tests for rheumatoid arthritis', Arthritis Care & Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.23841

Falahee, M, Simons, G, Raza, K & Stack, R 2018, 'Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of risk in the context of genetic testing for the prediction of chronic disease: a qualitative metasynthesis', Journal of Risk Research, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 129-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2016.1153503

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Schaper, M, Raz, A, Falahee, M, Raza, K, Timmermans, D, Garcia Gonzalez, E, Schicktanz, S & Wöhlke, S 2020, Direct to consumer personal genomic testing and trust: A comparative focus group study of lay perspectives in Germany, Israel, the Netherlands and the UK. in M Hansson, U Kihlbom & S Schicktanz (eds), Ethical, Social and Psychological Impacts of Genomic Risk Communication. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429341038

Wöhlke, S, Falahee, M & Beier, K 2020, Genetic testing and risk perception in the context of personalized medicine. How familial relationships matter? in M Hansson, U Kihlbom & S Schicktanz (eds), Ethical, Social and Psychological Impacts of Genomic Risk Communication. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429341038

Hansson, M, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2020, Genomic and biological risk profiling: From medicalization to empowerment. in M Hansson, U Kihlbom & S Schicktanz (eds), Ethical, Social and Psychological Impacts of Genomic Risk Communication. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429341038


Falahee, M & Raza, K 2021, 'Rheumatoid arthritis prevention – Any takers?', RMD Open. https://doi.org/https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/7/1/e001633

Review article

Russo, S, Jongerius, C, Faccio, F, Pizzoli, S, Pinto, CA, Veldwijk, J, Janssens, R, Simons, G, Falahee, M, de Bekker-Grob, E, Huys, I, Postmus, D, Kihlbom, U & Pravettoni, G 2019, 'Understanding patients’ preferences: a systematic review of psychological instruments used in patients’ preference and decision studies', Value in Health, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 491-501. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2018.12.007

Special issue

Falahee, M, Finckh, A, Raza, K & Harrison, M 2019, 'Preferences of patients and at risk individuals for preventive approaches to rheumatoid arthritis', Clinical Therapeutics, vol. 41, no. 7, pp. 1346-1354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2019.04.015

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