Dr Mari Carmen Portillo
Dr Mari Carmen is Associate professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton since 2015. She received her MSc Nursing (2000) and PhD (2006) at King's College London where she worked with health professionals to help neurological patients and caregivers improve their social life in the community.
Mari Carmen has also led the research area of Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care at the University of Navarra in Spain and coordinated interdisciplinary research teams for several years. With a sound mixed methods profile, her research mainly focuses on long term conditions management in the community and she has especially worked on strategies to promote a positive living with a long term condition and quality of life not only for patients but also for family-carers (developing, implementing and evaluating interdisciplinary interventions and measuring instruments). She has also wide experience in the involvement of voluntary organisations in research teams and in negotiating and promoting their participation in the management of chronic illness in the community.
Mari Carmen was also a lead of a work package of the EUWISE European Project looking at the role of voluntary organisations in the implementation of self- management programmes and the operationalisation of the health policy agenda.
Her current research aims to disseminate the balance training LIFEGUIDE module (to manage dizziness) within open systems through the involvement of voluntary and community groups, using GENIE as a network-mapping tool.
Projects by Dr Mari Carmen Portillo