Meet the Team

The Continuing Bonds Project is a unique collaboration between archaeology and clinical sciences at the University of Bradford and LOROS Hospice, Leicester. As such, we have a diverse team of researchers, each bring their own area of specialism and their own perspectives.

Principal Investigator:

Karina (head shot)

Dr Karina Croucher (Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Bradford)

Karina’s research focuses on mortuary archaeology from the Neolithic of the Middle East, and she is author of Death and Dying in the Neolithic Near East (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and her teaching and research both reflect her interest in the role of the past in the present.

You can follow her blog here.


Christina (head shot) (cropped)Prof Christina Faull (Professor of Palliative Medicine, LOROS, Leicester)

Christina has worked as a consultant for 20 years and been at LOROS since 2003, where she is Lead for Research and Medical Lead for Education. She has served on the National Association for Palliative Medicine Executive Committee, chairing the Education Committee and sitting on the specialty committee of the Royal College of Physicians. Christina was awarded an Honorary Professorship by De Montfort University in 2013.

Laura (head shot) (cropped)Laura Middleton-Green (Marie Curie Researcher, University of Bradford)

Laura is a Clinical Academic Research Fellow in End of Life Care. She is based at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford and is affiliated to the University of Bradford. Her background is as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, and she has also worked as a lecturer in palliative care, a community nurse, and a hospice nurse.

Her doctoral work is an observational study of dying older people in an acute hospital ward, in which the principles of sensory ethnography were used to explore suffering and compassion.

Laura is an avid tweeter and blogger.

Post-Doctoral Researchers:

Head-shot2Dr Lindsey Büster (Archaeologist, University of Bradford)

Lindsey is an archaeologist with a specialism in later prehistoric Britain and Europe. Her research focuses on both domestic and funerary aspects of the past, and particularly, the way in which people created and maintained social bonds across the generations. Her other current research projects include the publication of complex later prehistoric funerary rites at the Sculptor’s Cave, north-east Scotland, and excavation of cave sites along the Moray coast.

J Dayes head shot (cropped)Dr Jennie Dayes (Counselling Psychologist, University of Bradford)

Jennie is a counselling psychologist who works in both therapeutic practice and research. In her private practice, Jennie works with adolescents and adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. As a researcher, she specialises in qualitative research methodologies, particularly ones which focus on exploring and understanding individual experience.

Team members and collaborators 2020

Project Assistant:


Aoife Sutton (Doctoral Researcher, University of Bradford)

Aoife is a doctoral researcher in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at The University of Bradford. Her research focuses on the ethics, display and conservation of anatomical wet specimens dating to the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain. She also writes a blog entitled ‘The Pathological Bodies Project’, and undertakes training in embalming practices and mortuary work.

You can read her blog here:

Twitter: @pathbodies  and Instagram: pathologicalbodiesproject



Dr Eleanor Bryant (Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Bradford)

Dr Eleanor Bryant is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford. As well as research interests surrounding eating behaviours and appetite in both children and adults, she has also led the development of a Masters programme, which she currently leads (MSc Psychology of Health and Wellbeing). She is also the PG Director of Studies for Social Sciences. She teaches a range of modules regarding eating behaviour, health and quantitative research methods.


Dr Louise Comerford Boyes (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bradford)


Professor Peter Mitchell (Head of School for Social Sciences, University of Bradford)

Prof. Peter Mitchell is the head of the School for Social Sciences at the University of Bradford. His area of specialism is in the field of person perception and developmental psychology, including developmental disorders. He’s the author of of a first-year undergraduate textbook on developmental psychology (Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology, published by Psychology Press/T&F).


Dr Paul Sullivan (Reader in Psychology, University of Bradford)

Dr. Paul Sullivan is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Bradford. He has a track-record of research in the social psychology of identity, mental health, qualitative analysis, theoretical psychology and organisational psychology. He’s the author of Qualitative data analysis using a dialogical approach (Sage).

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