Jenny's PhD studies to focus on the impact of cardiomyopathy on patients and their families

8th September 2016

Support volunteer Jenny Rees has won a fully-funded place on a PhD course after conducting research into the psychological effects of cardiomyopathy.

Jenny, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at six weeks old and also helps run the Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiomyopathy Support Group, has completed a psychology degree at the University of Chester, taking a special interest in clinical and health psychology.


For the next three years at Liverpool John Moores University, she will be studying the personal impact of cardiomyopathy on patients, families and carers.

Jenny was awarded the University of Chester’s psychology department’s prize at the university’s annual prize-giving service for her dedication to her studies.

She said: “The psychology degree has enabled me to fulfil a life-long dream to become an ‘expert’ in the field of health psychology.

“The knowledge, guidance and range of experiences I have gained through my time at the University of Chester has been essential to securing a place on a fully-funded PhD course and has given me the confidence to build a career around my passion for the subject.”

During her PhD studies she will be able to gain a teaching qualification which allows her to lecture nursing students on illness-related mental health.

She plans to continue researching the psychological impact of heart disease and discovering new ways health services can be improved to benefit patients.

Jenny, who runs her support group with her mother Julie, organised her research with support from Cardiomyopathy UK.