Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Neda Mahmoodi
About Dr Neda Mahmoodi
Neda Mahmoodi is a Chartered Psychologist. She joined the School of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.
Neda has a PhD in Psychology (2015) from Keele University on "the experience of Shared Decision Making for women with breast cancer". She also has successfully completed a PGCE Psychology (2010), a MRes Clinical Psychology (2008) from Birmingham University, and a BSc (Hons) Psychology (2007) from Sheffield University.
During and since her studies, Neda has worked as a psychology Research Fellow at Manchester University, Leeds University, Leeds Beckett University; and various NHS secondary care trusts across the North West, Yorkshire, and Staffordshire. Neda has also experience of working as a secondary school / college teacher, teaching A-level Psychology and Sociology, and the BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Currently Neda is teaching, and acting module leader, on variety of modules on the BSc and MSc Psychology course at Leeds Beckett University. She has experience of supervising undergraduate final year projects and PhD students. She also has particular expertise and interest in teaching research methods, health and clinical psychology, and critical / philosophical debates in psychology.
Neda has a background in critical health psychology. Her research expertise and interests involve investigating medical decision-making, and to evaluate health service interventions which help people think differently about their healthcare decisions and/or to improve their quality of life. Her approach to research uses qualitative methods, and combines a theoretical reworking of the way language, the ‘lived’ experience, and psychology are understood, with detailed technical analyses of empirical data using conversation analysis (CA) and thematic analysis (TA). Her research interests include shared decision-making, doctor-patient communication, quality of life measures, and complex health intervention for behaviour change, with a special focus on oncology and women's health.
Neda has collaborated on research focusing on:
- Exploring and improving doctor-patient communication within breast cancer consultations
- Developing and evaluating new services for women with breast cancer to improve quality of life
- Exploring the psychological impact of different management strategies in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration
- Developing a complex health intervention to improve diabetes outcomes in people severe mental illness
- Mapping of Behaviour Change Techniques/Taxonomies onto health interventions within delirium care
- Evaluating the feasibility of a health intervention for managing diabetes in people with learning disabilities
Currently at Leeds Beckett University, Neda is working with Professor Georgina Jones on a research project funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research called ‘Cancer Fertility & Me'. This is a three year, prospective, mixed-method study across Yorkshire, to develop and evaluate a patient decision aid (PtDa) for teenage and adult women of a reproductive age, diagnosed with any cancer ,who need to consider fertility preservation choices before starting cancer treatment.