Emma Harris


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Emma joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2016 as a research fellow based in the Centre for Applied Research in Health.

Emma started her academic career in the field of Sport and Exercise Physiology, completing her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2013. Following this she worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (2014 – 2016) where her responsibilities included the management, conduct, coordination and analysis of three clinical studies in patients with inflammatory diseases (e.g. polymyalgia rheumatica).

Emma's current role at the University of Huddersfield will focus on generating research outputs and impact in the area of patient education and communication.

Research Grant Income

  • Research Innovation Funding, University of Huddersfield: Development of an educational resource on informed consent. Nov 2017: £5000.

  • West Yorkshire Research and Development, NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group: Improving capacity to support self-management in primary care- a scoping and feasibility project. March 2017: £23,245. Co-I.

  • Collaborative Venture Funds, University of Huddersfield: Optimising sleep quality through environmental noise reduction for patients in ward settings. May 2017: £2500: Co-I.
  • University of Huddersfield: Service Improvement for Night Time Noise Reduction on a Medical Admissions Unit. Nov 2016: £17,000 (minus £5k from CLAHRC YH and £5k from CHFT) Co-I.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Patient education and communication 
  • Quality of written communications between doctors and patients 
  • Self-management of long-term conditions

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2012 2018

  • 9 Article
  • 2 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Review article
Open Access
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Giant Cell Arteritis
Diabetes Mellitus

Preliminary concurrent validity of the Fitbit-Zip and ActiGraph activity monitors for measuring steps in people with polymyalgia rheumatica

Chandrasekar, A., Hensor, E. M., Mackie, S. L., Backhouse, M. R. & Harris, E. Mar 2018 In : Gait and Posture. 61, p. 339-345 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Equipment and Supplies
Video Recording

Should patients still be copied into their letters? A rapid review

Harris, E., Rob, P., Underwood, J., Knapp, P. & Astin, F. 25 Jun 2018 In : Patient Education and Counseling.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Health Literacy
Health Policy

Concurrent validation of activity monitor–based step counts in people with polymyalgia rheumatica

Chandrasekar, A., Hensor, E., Backhouse, M. & Harris, E. 1 Apr 2017 In : Rheumatology. 56, suppl 2, 126

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Interval Exercise Increases Angiogenic Cell Function in Postmenopausal Women

Harris, E., Rakobowchuk, M. & Birch, K. M. Jul 2017 In : BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 3, 8 p., e000248

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Stem Cells
Cell Count
Brachial Artery

Activities 2015 2017

  • 2 Publication Peer-review

Scientific Reports (Journal)

Harris, E. (Reviewer)
Oct 2017

Activity: Publication Peer-review

BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation (Journal)

Harris, E. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication Peer-review