Rebecca Stack

Rebecca Stack

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Rebecca is a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She teaches a range of modules including research methods, health psychology, trauma in childhood and psychological wellbeing.

Rebecca is also an active researcher. Her research interests include understanding patient help-seeking behaviour at the onset of chronic illness and identifying barriers to patient self-management of chronic illness, especially co-morbid illness (such as arthritis and heart disease) and multi-morbidity.

She has also conducted a range of studies which explore the ways that people take and self-manage their prescribed medicines. Rebecca is actively involved in promoting the involvement of patients and members of the public in the design, delivery and dissemination of research.

Career overview

Rebecca's first degree was in Psychology and she has MScs in both Psychological Research Methods and Health Psychology. Rebecca's PhD at the University of Manchester explored the way that people make health decisions when they are prescribed multiple medicines.

Rebecca's post-doctoral at the University of Birmingham was a multi-centred exploration of reasons for patient delay at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis funded by the National Institute for Health Research. During this time Rebecca supported the work of Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre in promoting patient self-management of arthritis.

Following her post-doctoral Rebecca worked on a European Union funded study exploring patient perceptions of predictive testing, risk and strategies to communicate risk. She is a co-applicant on studies funded by Dunhill Medical Trust, Arthritis Research UK and the Swedish foundation for Humanities (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond – Sweden), and supervised postgraduate students and foundation year doctors undertaking behavioural medicine projects. Rebecca was appointed as a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Tent University in 2015.

Research areas

Rebecca's research focuses on behavioural medicine, micro health economics and illness behaviour. Recently Rebecca's projects have explored the way people make decisions to seek help, use medicines, adjust to long-term illness and engage with health services.

Rebecca's main research areas are:

  • understanding patient drivers and barriers to seeking help at the onset of chronic illness and developing strategies to promote rapid access to care
  • adjustment and adaption to chronic illness
  • promoting the self-management of chronic illness such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Sj?gren's Syndrome
  • understanding the way that co-morbid illness and multi-morbidity influences self-management
  • understanding the way that patients understand prescribing practices and self-manage their prescribed medicines
  • promoting resilience in chronic and long-term illnesses
  • exploring the way that people understand risk and make decisions to engage in risk reduction (e.g. screening, predictive testing, protective behaviours).

External activity

  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Health Professional in Rheumatology Education Committee

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Professor Karim Raza, Professor Simon Bowman, Dr. Ben Fisher, Dr. Francesca Barone, Dr. Gwenda Simons, Dr. Marie Falahee, Zahira Latif - University of Birmingham
  • Professor Christian Mallen, Dr Sara Muller, Navjeet Manga, Sam Hider and Dr Claire Jinks - University of Keele
  • Professor Mats Hanson - University of Upsalla
  • Dr. Kanta Kumar – University of Manchester


Tiwana, R., Rowland, J., Fincher, M., Raza, K. & Stack, R. J. (2015), 'Social interactions at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and their influence on help-seeking behaviour: A qualitative exploration'. British Journal of Health Psychology.

Simons, G., Mallen, C.D., Kumar, K., M., Stack R.J*. &Raza, K.* (2015) 'A qualitative investigation of the barriers to help-seeking amongst members of the public presented with symptoms of new onset rheumatoid arthritis.' The Journal of Rheumatology. *Joint senior authors

Stack, R.J., van Tuyl, L.H.D., Sloots, M., van de Stadt, L.A., et al. (2014). Symptom complexes in patients with seropositive arthralgia and in patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis: A qualitative exploration of symptom development. Rheumatology Sep;53(9):1646-53

Stack, R.J, Deighton, C., Kiely, P., Horne, R., Kumar, K., et al. (2014). Integrating patient and public involvement into the development, validation and testing of a questionnaire to measure help seeking behaviour in patients with new onset rheumatoid arthritis. Health Expectations.

Stack R.J. Llewlyen, Z., Mallen, C.D., &Raza, K. (2014). GP perspectives of interventions to promote help-seeking at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Scandinavian Journal of General Practice. Mar;32(1):37-43.

Stack R.J., Simons, G., Kumar, K., M., Mallen, C.D., &Raza, K. (2013). Patient Delays In Seeking Help At The Onset Of Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Problem, Its Causes And Potential Solutions. Aging and Health. 9(4)425-435.

Stack R.J. Shani, M., Mallen, C.D., &Raza, K. (2013), Symptom complexes at the onset of RA: A qualitative synthesis of the literature. Arthritis Care and Research. 65(12)1916-1926.

Stack, R.J., Shaw, K., Mallen, C.D., Herron-Marx, S., Horne, R., &Raza, K. (2012) Help-seeking behaviour in Rheumatoid arthritis: A qualitative synthesis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 71(4):493-7

Stack, R.J. (2011). Psychological Context of Healthcare Settings. In. Birchenall, P & Adams, N. Nursing Companion. Palgrave Student Companions Series. Palgrave Macmillan

Raza, K., Stack, R.J. Kumar, K., Filer, A. et al (2011) Delays in assessment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: variations across Europe. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 70(10):1822-5.

Stack RJ, Elliott RA, Gibson JM, New JP, Noyce P, &Bundy C (2011). Patient perceptions of treatment and illness when prescribed multiple medicines for co-morbid Type II Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity.(4)127-135

Stack RJ, Bundy C, Elliott RA, Gibson JM, New JP, &Noyce P (2010). Intentional and unintentional non-adherence in community dwelling people with type 2 diabetes: the effect of varying numbers of medicines. Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease.10(3)148-152.

Stack, R., Elliott, E., Noyce, P. &Bundy, C. (2008) A Qualitative Exploration of Multiple Medicines Beliefs in Co-morbid Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Diabetic medicine(25)1204-1210.

Press expertise

  • Adjustment to chronic illness
  • Help seeking behaviour relating to illness
  • Medicine taking and patient barriers to taking prescribed medicine