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Paulina Pérez-Duarte Mendiola

Paulina is a 2nd year PhD student exploring how children behave before, during and after they interact with Hospital Play Specialists and what children think of these interactions.

Paulina is a 2nd year PhD student supervised by Prof Paul Ramchandani. Her career as a clinical paediatrician and medical anthropologist has focused on improving the holistic outcomes of children’s health and the human rights of hospitalised children. Her previous research explored the profound impact of ‘play’ on sick children’s development, learning and healthcare experiences.

The objectives of her doctoral research are to carefully understand and evaluate children’s perspectives of ‘Specialised Play’ in paediatric-healthcare-settings and discover ‘how’ and ‘why’ it has the potential to transform a child’s hospital experience, as well as the potential benefits for their developmental-wellbeing.