Chelsea Coumoundouros has successfully defended her dissertation!

2023-11-24

Congratulations to Chelsea, who recently defended her dissertation titled 'E-mental health interventions for informal caregivers: Development with a focus on implementation.'

Chelsea Coumoundouros
PhD Chelsea Coumoundouros

In her PhD project, Chelsea took some initial steps to develop an online mental health program for caregivers (family and friends) of people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Chelsea hopes that the project and her thesis will benefit not only caregivers and individuals living with CKD but also the broader research field and practitioners.

– My hope is that this research not only helps caregivers, but also contributes to the work being done by researchers and healthcare professionals dedicated to supporting people living with CKD and their caregivers, Chelsea explains.

Chelsea completed her PhD as part of the ENTWINE research network, a collaboration focusing on informal care between researchers and PhD students from five different countries. Chelsea believes that building relationships during a PhD is as important as gaining research skills.

– You get to meet a lot of people during the PhD, and I think it’s important to value and take advantage of that, says Chelsea. It has been nice to be part of a cohort of students in the ENTWINE network. Even though we are in different countries and have different backgrounds, we go through similar experiences and can learn from each other.

Chelsea regards her time as a PhD student as a journey, reflected in her choice of cover for her thesis and the quote from ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse’ that opens it.

–I think of a PhD as a journey with lots of ups and downs - a big part of doing a PhD is being resilient when faced with challenges and being able to problem solve.

Chelsea Coumoundouros’ main supervisor was Assistant Senior Lecturer Joanne Woodford. Her co-supervisors were Professor Louise von Essen and Professor Robbert Sanderman. Chelsea’s thesis is available to read and download via DiVA.

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Last modified: 2023-03-24