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Dr Yvonne Tommis


Job Title: Research Fellow, WISERD (Quantitative Research team)


Yvonne Tommis is a graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and completed her PhD at Bangor University in 2001. Since then she has been involved in a number of health and social care research projects, initially with the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development (CSPRD), followed by the North Wales Research and Development Support Service (NWRDSS), before becoming a member of the All Wales Alliance for Research and Development in health and social care (AWARD) at its inception in 2004. She is now a member of the Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation Sciences and combines this with a post within the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and methods (WISERD).

Research Interests

Yvonne is primarily interested in quantitative methods, questionnaire design and analysis, longitudinal research and multilevel modelling. She is also very interested in developing methodologies to facilitate the meaningful combining of qualitative and quantitative data and research techniques. 

Current and recently completed Research

Carer interventions assessed, Tommis, Y. and Robinson, C.A. Funded by the Wales Office of Research and Development. (policy work core contract) 2008-2009

Carers for people with mental health problems: needs assessment to service provision (Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. and Bowen, S.). Funded by the Big Lottery health and social care research fund, (£297,000), 2005-2010. 

Unified assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families (Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y and Woods, R). Funded by the Wales Office of Research and Development (£168,000) 2008-2010.

Recent Publications

Mann R, Tommis Y, 2012, ‘Public sentiments towards immigration in Wales’ WISERD/RRS 009

Tommis Y, Robinson CA, Seddon D, Woods RT, Perry JK, Russell IT , 2009, "Carers with chronic conditions: Changes over time intheir physical health" Chronic Illness 5 pp 155–164 (Available here)

Robinson C A, Tommis Y, Zinovieff F, 2009, "Carer Interventions Assessed’ Final report to Welsh Government

Robinson C A, Russell I T, Seddon D, Tommis Y, Woods R T, 2007, "Rural-urban differences in the effects on mental well-being of caring for people with stroke or dementia" Aging & Mental Health 11(6) pp 743 – 750

Reeves C, Robinson C A,  Russell I T, Seddon D, Tommis Y, Woods R T, 2007, "In their own right: assessment of carer needs" British Journal of Social Work 37 pp 1335–1352



Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
28 March, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Executive Boardroom, Visualisation Centre, Aberystwyth University

As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.


26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.