Dr Marie Falahee BSc PhD CPsychol

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Research Fellow

Contact details

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

Marie Falahee has been a member of the Rheumatology Research Group in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences since October 2014. She is a psychologist whose research aims to improve outcomes for people with musculoskeletal disorders. She has a particular interest in patient reported outcomes and preferences relating to therapeutic / preventive approaches to rheumatoid arthritis. Marie is also an academic coordinator of the Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/r2p2.


  • PhD School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Class 1 Division 1. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1992


Marie trained in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, where she became a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in 1995. In 1997 she became a Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University until 2000, when she took a career break to raise her family. She returned to full-time research in October 2014, when she joined the Rheumatology Research Group here at the University of Birmingham.


Marie focuses on research that improves outcomes for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, and has particular expertise in patient reported outcomes and preferences for therapeutic / preventive interventions relating to rheumatoid arthritis. She currently contributes to the EU-FP7 project EuroTEAM (Towards Early Arthritis Management), and ‘Mind the Risk‘; a multidisciplinary, European consortium funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative project ‘PREFER’ http://www.imi-prefer.eu/ [Patient Preferences in Benefit-Risk Assessments during the Drug Life Cycle]. Marie has a strong interest in public and patient involvement in research, and is an academic co-ordinator of the Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2).

Other activities

Marie coordinates the Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2); a group of around 50 patients and carers with experience of rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus, who actively contribute to the work of the Rheumatology Research Group at the University of Birmingham and across University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS trust. For more information please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/r2p2.


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, DOI:  10.1186/s12891-017-1619-9

Falahee, M., Simons, G., Buckley, C. D., Hansson, M., Stack, R. J. and Raza, K. Patients' perceptions of their relatives' risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and of the potential for risk communication, prediction and modulation. Arthritis Care & Research. 2016. doi:10.1002/acr.23179

Pollock J, Raza K, Pratt AG, Hanson H, Siebert S, Filer A, Isaacs JD, Buckley CD, McInnes IB, Falahee M. Patient and researcher perspectives on facilitating patient and public involvement in rheumatology research. Musculoskeletal Care. 2016. doi: 10.1002/msc.1171

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. doi: 10.1002/acr.22979

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

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

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

Simons G, Mason A, Falahee M, Kumar K, Mallen CD, Raza K and Stack RJ (2016) Qualitative exploration of illness perceptions of rheumatoid arthritis in the general publicMusculoskeletal Care. DOI: 10.1002/msc.1135

Stowell M, Falahee M and Woolf H (2016) Academic standards and regulatory frameworks: necessary compromises? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 4(41):515-31