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Dr Rebecca Dimond  

Career Profile

Rebecca’s work and recent studies have been within the field of medical sociology. Rebecca has worked on several research projects within Cardiff School of Social Sciences, exploring the implications of genetic disease for patients, families and professionals. Her PhD, completed in 2011 and supervised by Professor Paul Atkinson and Dr Katie Featherstone, examined the social construction of a rare genetic disorder, 22q11 deletion syndrome. This was a multi-sited ethnography, drawing on observation of clinical consultations and conferences, and interviews with families and health professionals. Before this, she worked as a research assistant examining communication strategies of patients and carriers of haemophilia. Following her PhD, she worked as a research associate focusing on the patient experience of mitochondrial disease in the context of emerging reproductive technologies (PI Professor Ruth Chadwick). Rebecca gained an MSc in Social Science Research Methods whilst studying for her PhD and has a BSc and MA with the Open University.

Rebecca is one of the organisers of the Medicine, Science and Culture group (MeSC) within SOCSI and is a co-convenor of the BSA Medical Sociology (Wales) group.