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Mia Closs (previously Nelson) is a Research Fellow working at the Centre for Population Health Sciences. Mia holds a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education.  She is also a registered nurse and midwife.

Mia undertook her clinical training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, where she continued to work in the care and management of acute and chronic medical patients.  Her clinical practice later specialised in the field of communicable diseases and sexual health, working in medical hepatology wards, infectious and tropical disease isolation units, and HIV centres around London and the South East of England.

Research Interests

Mia has a broad experience of research design but specialises in qualitative and mixed methodologies in applied research. Her research interests draw equally on her psychology, nursing and midwifery backgrounds and her clinical experience facilitates particular insight into the theoretical, organisational and social issues important for studies conducted within the NHS.  Mia's work focuses on the experience of health, illness and healthcare provision and she has a specific interest in inequalities in service access and provision, quality-of-life, and end-of-life care. 

Current Research Interests

Mia is currently involved in a 2-year qualitative study at the University, embedded within a clinical trial.  The study aims to understand and explore how using/not using hard collar management following a dens fracture affects older/frail adults’ everyday QoL. 

Previously, Mia was the Qualitative Research Fellow on the recently completed SCREEN Project, examining Cervical Screening in minority ethnic populations in Scotland, led by Dr Christine Campbell, and was one of a team of Research Fellows on the ROADMAP project working to provide the foundation for an integrated data platform for real-world evidence in Alzheimer’s disease across Europe. She was also involved in the initial stages of the LUNGSCOT study, piloting Lung Cancer Screening in Scotland.  

Outside the university, Mia has worked as an independent researcher, Co-leading a 3-year project undertaking an independent evaluation of a Hospice@Home service in central Scotland.


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