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 Caroline Farmer

Caroline Farmer

Research Student

 Washington Singer 306


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Caroline is in the final year of her PhD in the Mood Disorders Centre, supervised by Dr Paul Farrand, Dr Heather O'Mahen and Dr Anna Rabinovich. Caroline completed an Msc in Psychological Research Methods also at the University of Exeter, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. Caroline expects to finish her PhD in summer 2013.


Formal Qualifications

Msc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter

BA Psychology & Sociology, Hons, University of Sheffield (BPS accredited)


Disseminating research; Working with the Media

Designing complex health interventions

Risk management in research

Data analysis using NVIVO8

Working with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour

Personality Disorders: Issues and Practice

Working with Vulnerable Adults

Motivational Interviewing

Research group links


Research interests

Caroline's research interests lie in understanding patient experiences of ill health and treatment in order to (i) inform the structure and delivery of treatments and support services and (ii) to inform the development of treatments to improve patient wellbeing and self-management of illness.

Research projects

PhD research

Thesis title: Understanding poor help-seeking rates for Major Depressive Disorder

Brief synopsis of research: Effective treatment of depression is severely undermined by poor help-seeking rates. My research aims to improve understanding of the reasons why depressed individuals do not seek treatment. 

Research skills

  • Designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research
  • Experience in conducting semi-structured interviews (telephone and in person) and online focus groups; experienced in thematic analysis, grounded theory, and content analysis; experience using NVIVO8
  • Experience in recruiting and retaining difficult to reach depressed population from across the UK
  • Experience administering online surveys
  • Familiar with managing large datasets  and advanced statistical data analysis, (SPSS & AMOS)
  • Trained in administering and scoring  the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-IV)
  • Experience developing questionnaire measures
  • Management experience of research teams

Msc Research

Dissertation title:  ‘Illness perceptions in depression; the relationship between causal beliefs, coping strategies, and symptom severity’ (Distinction).


Farmer CS, Farrand P, O'Mahen H: 'I am not a depressed person': How identity conflict affects help-seeking rates for major depressive disorder. Bmc Psychiatry 2012, 12(1):164. [highly accessed]


Current Teaching

Caroline teaches on several undergraduate modules, including Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Qualitative Research, and Research Methods, and provides private tutoring for undergraduate statistics. Caroline is also a Personal Tutor for two second-year undergraduate tutor groups, and is currently co-supervising two undergraduate dissertation projects

Supervision / Group

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