Pia is a Research Associate working part time in the End of Life Care group and part time clinically in the CPFT Eating Disorder Service. She is a clinical psychologist trained in Germany. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Pia worked in both clinical service and clinical research with a focus on mental health. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate psychology training at the University of Muenster (Germany). Pia’s PhD in psychology (Ruhr University Bochum) investigated risk factors for eating disorders in elite athletes
Pia’s research interest is bereavement care. To move towards evidenced based guideline for bereavement care in Primary Care her research focuses on the scope of current provision of bereavement care in in the community, the bereaved person’s view on support and complicated grief. Pia is the project lead on the Bereavement Support Study which aims to assess the experiences of, and preferences for, bereavement support of recently bereaved individuals in Primary Care. The study is a pilot mixed-methods longitudinal study with a novel recruitment approach.
Pia is also a member of the Medical Education Research Group. She is working on the Cambridge DIME and the National DIME (Data for the Improvement of Medical Education) studies, which seek to identify and understand those factors in medical students which might influence the quality of patient care. Pia’s particular interest is in death anxiety and medical students’ attitudes towards end of life care.
Clark, G., Fistein, E., Holland, A., Barclay, M., Thiemann, P., & Barclay, S. (2017). Preferences for care towards the end of life when decision-making capacity may be impaired: A large scale cross-sectional survey of public attitudes in Great Britain and the United States. PlOS ONE
Quince, T. A., Kinnersley, P., Hales, J., da Silva, A., Moriarty, H., Thiemann, P., . . . Benson, J. (2016). Empathy among undergraduate medical students: A multi-centre cross-sectional comparison of students beginning and approaching the end of their course. BMC Med Educ, 16, 92.
Quince, T., Thiemann, P., Benson, J., & Hyde, S. (2016). Undergraduate medical students’ empathy: current perspectives. Adv Med Educ Pract, 7, 443-455.
Costa, P., de Carvalho-Filho, M. A., Schweller, M., Thiemann, P., Salgueira, A., Benson, J., . . . Quince, T. (2016). Measuring Medical Students’ Empathy: Exploring the Underlying Constructs of and Associations Between Two Widely Used Self-Report Instruments in Five Countries. Acad Med.
Thiemann, P., Quince, T., Benson, J., Wood, D., & Barclay, S. (2015). Medical Students’ Death Anxiety: Severity and Association With Psychological Health and Attitudes Toward Palliative Care. J Pain Symptom Manage, 50(3), 335-342.e332.
Thiemann, P., Legenbauer, T., Vocks, S., Platen, P., Auyeung, B., & Herpertz, S. (2015). Eating disorders and their putative risk factors among female German professional athletes. Eur Eat Disord Rev, 23(4), 269-276.
Barclay, S., Whyte, R., Thiemann, P., Benson, J., Wood, D. F., Parker, R. A., & Quince, T. (2015). An Important But Stressful Part of Their Future Work: Medical Students’ Attitudes to Palliative Care Throughout Their Course. J Pain Symptom Manage, 49(2), 231-242.