Congratulations to Dr Pia Thiemann, who joined Dr Stephen Barclay’s group in 2013, for her newly awarded PhD from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.
Pia was encouraged to progress her PhD alongside her Cambridge work on the DIME studies, which explored those factors in undergraduate medical education which might influence the quality of patient care provided by students in their medical practice. During the last phase of her PhD, Pia developed a new research focus. She is now looking at bereavement support in Primary Care. Together with Brooke Swash, Derek Fraser and Stephen Barclay, Pia is running a pilot study examining peoples’ experiences of, and preferences for, bereavement support from their GP and the Primary Care team. The ongoing study test a new recruitment method in this vulnerable participant group.
Despite the very different subject matter, Stephen really encouraged me to continue with my PhD. The flexible time, practical help and moral support that he and the members of the Palliative and End of Life Care research group offered made an enormous difference for me”
– Dr Pia Thiemann
Pia’s thesis, awarded July 2016, supports the assumption that sports pressure regarding weight, body size and appearance is a risk factor for disordered eating among female elite athletes and describes a robust association between eating pathology and sports pressure.The study demonstrates that proportionately more female athletes from aesthetic sports (17%) compared to those from ball game sports (3%) and age-matched non-athletes (2%) suffered from eating disorders. More prevalent than eating disorders were disordered eating attitudes and behaviours. 27% of all athletes reported one or more disordered eating symptoms. The findings highlight the possible negative influence of professional sports on eating behaviour and attitudes of female athletes and Pia emphasises that efforts from the sports environment should be directed towards reducing sports pressure.
About Dr Thiemann
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. European Eating Disorders Review, 23(4), 269-276.
Thiemann, P., Legenbauer, T., Vocks, S., Platen, P., & Herpertz, S. (2014). Validierung einer deutschen Version des ATHLETE Fragebogens für Hochleistungssportlerinnen. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 21(1), 23‒37.