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2020-2021 Research Seminars

Research Seminar Series

Wednesday Research Seminar Series - Biopsychosocial implications of living with Multiple Sclerosis: An Interpretative phenomenological study

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START DATE 25 November 2020


END DATE 25 November 2020

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held online on 25 November from 4pm via Microsoft team platform.     

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008 and has featured more than 280 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions.  Seada and Lynda will deliver seminar on:   

Biopsychosocial implications of living with Multiple Sclerosis: An Interpretative phenomenological study

Seada Kassie and Lynda Hyland 


A demyelinating chronic disease of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis (MS) is estimated to affect over two million people worldwide (National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2016). The biopsychosocial model of health recognises interactions between biological, psychological, and social issues in illness, including those relating to illness management. Examples of psychosocial factors include personality, coping, social support, and family relationships. These collectively contribute to the overall experience of those diagnosed with MS. Various aspects of life with MS have been examined through a biopsychosocial lens, including pain (Kerns et al., 2002), fatigue (Wijenberg et al., 2016), resilience (Black & Dorstyn, 2015), and quality of life (Strober, 2018). This idiographic study used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the experiences of eight UAE-based patients diagnosed with MS. Three superordinate themes were identified from patients’ candid accounts of their experiences of MS, highlighting issues of illness management, gratitude, and adaptive coping. The study emphasised the importance of adopting the biopsychosocial model to treat and manage MS. Additionally, it highlights the need for routine assessment and early, multidisciplinary intervention in MS to improve patients' quality of life. This research seminar will share the findings of our study and will involve our own reflections on the process of conducting the study.       


Ms. Seada Kassie is a Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. A certified clinical research professional and currently pursuing a graduate certificate program in Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School, Seada holds an M.Sc. in Applied Psychology from Middlesex University. Her research interests include trauma-related disorders, adolescence mental health, cognitive flexibility, neuroplasticity, health-related quality of life, and chronic illness management.

Dr. Lynda Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. A chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the American Psychological Association, Lynda holds an M.Sc. in Health Psychology from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Science (Psychology) from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her research interests include social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood, student wellbeing and performance, health inequalities, and chronic illness management.  Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!  

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