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Dr Rebecca Cassidy

Research Associate and NIHR RDS SE Research Adviser



I joined CHSS in July 2016. My interests are within qualitative research, patient-experience, long-term medication use, adherence, stigma,  health systems, inequalities, HIV/AIDS.

I completed my BA in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998. I completed an MA in Anthropology of Development at the University of Sussex in 2005. Following this I obtained a 1+3 ESRC/MRC joint studentship at IDS, University of Sussex, for my DPhil research ‘Changing Understandings of HIV and AIDS through Treatment Interactions’ – an anthropological study of people living with HIV, and their understandings of and experiences with HIV treatments in the Gambia.

I am currently working on the KeMiST project which aims to reduce the chance of recurrent strokes or cardiovascular events, and develop a long term support service for patients beyond stroke rehabilitation. Little is known about how stroke/TIA survivors’ perceive the burden of using long-term medicines, their needs and preferences for medicines support, or how these change over time.  This project aims to understand the experiences of stroke and mini stroke (TIA) survivors with their medicines as well as their likes and needs for support with their medicines.  Based on the information given by stroke & TIA survivors, we aim to design a medicine support service to meet the needs of Stroke / TIA survivors. 

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Sarma, P., Cassidy, R., Corlett, S. and Katusiime, B. (2023) 'Ageing with HIV: Medicine Optimisation Challenges and Support Needs for Older People Living with HIV: A Systematic Review', Drugs & Aging. Springer, pp. 179-240. doi: 10.1007/s40266-022-01003-3.
Stevens, A., Hughes, C. E., Hulme, S. and Cassidy, R. (2022) 'Depenalization, diversion and decriminalization: A realist review and programme theory of alternatives to criminalization for simple drug possession', European Journal of Criminology, pp. 29-54. doi: 10.1177/1477370819887514.
Stevens, A., Hughes, C. E., Hulme, S. and Cassidy, R. (2021) 'Classifying Alternative Approaches for Simple Drug Possession: A Two-Level Taxonomy', North Kentucky Law Review, pp. 337-354. Available at: https://chaselaw.nku.edu/content/dam/chase/docs/lawreview/v48/Vol48No2/48NKyLRev337.pdf.
Cassidy, R. (2010) 'Global expectations and local practices: HIV support groups in the Gambia', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. Taylor & Francis, pp. 1598-1605. doi: doi:10.1080/09540121.2010.525612.
Cassidy, R. and Leach, M. (2009) 'Science, Politics, and the Presidential Aids 'Cure'', African Affairs. Oxford University Press, pp. 559-580. doi: 10.1093/afraf/adp057.
Book sections
Cassidy, R. (2012) 'Contested status: The politics of HIV treatments in the Gambia', in Saine, A. and Ceesay, E. (eds) State and society in the Gambia since independence: 1965-2012. Africa World Press.
Cassidy, R. and Leach, M. (2010) 'Mediated health citizenships: Living with HIV and engaging with the Global Fund in the Gambia', in Gaventa, J. and Tandon, R. (eds) Globalizing Citizens: New dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. University of Chicago Press. Available at: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/G/bo20849848.html.
Cassidy, R. and Leach, M. (2009) AIDS, citizenship and global funding: A Gambian case study. Institute of Development Studies. doi: 10.1111/j.2040-0209.2009.00325_2.x.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]
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