Louise Davey is a trainee counselling psychologist from the University of West England. For her doctoral thesis she is researching how ideas, attitudes and practices associated with hair and hair loss affect life for people with alopecia areata, totalis and universalis. She is interested in this because someone dear to Louise lives with alopecia universalis. As a trainee counselling psychologist, Louise hopes the study will help to increase understanding around what it is like to live with hair loss resulting from alopecia areata, totalis and universalis.
This research is supervised by Dr Victoria Clarke, an Associate Professor in Qualitative and Critical Psychology and Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson, a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology. If you have any queries about the research you can contact Victoria at the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of West England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BD16 1QY.
Louise will be collecting information through an online qualitative survey. Most of the questions are open-ended which means that you give your answers in your own words rather than by ticking boxes. You can write as little or as much as you choose but it will be really helpful for her research if you can provide detailed answers. At the beginning there will be some short click box questions about you. This is because it is helpful to have a sense of the people who have taken part in the study. Louise hopes lots of different people will be able to share their experiences.
The survey includes additional participant information and can be accessed by clicking here.