Professor Rebecca Jayne Stack

Rebecca Stack

Founding MBChB Assessment Lead, Equality Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Professor of Student Success and Medical Assessment


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I am the Head of Assessment for the MBChB programme at Three Counties Medical School and my primary responsible is the design, development and implementation of the MBChB assessment strategy. My title is Professor of Student Success and Medical Assessment and reflects my passion for developing inclusive approaches to teaching and inclusive approaches to assessment. I am passionate about widening participation and the development of strategies to support students succeed in higher education. I also have a number of external roles in the field of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and I am the Three Counties MBChB lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Three Counties Medical School and the University of Worcester have fantastic widening participation, and access and participation strategies, and I’m very proud to work for an organisation leading innovation in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.


  • BSc (hons) Psychology (2002) Coventry University.
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods (2005) Open University.
  • MSc in Health Psychology - Stage 1 independent chartership (2008) British Psychological Society.
  • PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009) University of Manchester.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2010) University of Salford.
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practitioner Course (2014) University of Birmingham.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Foundation Course (2015) University of Birmingham.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2017) Nottingham Trent University.

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Research Methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Statistics
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Education

Research Interests

Medical Education

  • Student approaches to and perception of assessment and success in Medical Education.
  • Approaches to addressing differential attainment/the awarding gap, particularly, approaches to promoting inclusive curriculum and assessment practices.

Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology

  • The impact of beliefs about treatment and Illness on wellbeing and behaviour
  • The way that people interact with health services including help seeking behaviour and adherence to medicines.
  • The impact of stress on self-management of chronic illness. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered Member)
  • Advanced Higher Education (Senior Fellow)
  • Medical Schools Council (member of the assessment alliance and equality, diversity and inclusion board)
  • Association Study Medical Education (representative on the educator development committee, and equality, diversity and inclusion committee) 

Recent Publications

  • Cartlidge, S., Stack, R.J., and Ward, D. (2022) Adaptations in Clinical Examinations of Medical Students in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review. BMC Medical Education
  • Simons, G., Ismail, N., Sandhu, K., Mallen, C.D., Stack, R.J., Raza, K., and Falahee, M (2022) The potential role of community pharmacy staff in reducing patient delay in consulting with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative study. BMC Rheumatology.
  • Stevenson, C., Wakefield, J. R., Kellezi, B., Stack, R. J., & Dogra, S. (2021). Families as support and burden: A mixed methods exploration of the extent to which family identification and support predicts reductions in stress among disadvantaged neighbourhood residents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 02654075211050071.
  • Wells, I., Zemedikun, D. T., Simons, G., Stack, R. J., Mallen, C. D., Raza, K., & Falahee, M. (2021). Predictors of interest in predictive testing for rheumatoid arthritis amongst first degree relatives of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Rheumatology.
  • Simons, G., Ismail, N., Sandhu, K., Mallen, C. D., Stack, R. J., Raza, K., & Falahee, M. (2021). The potential role of community pharmacy staff in reducing patient delay in consulting with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative study. DOI:21203/
  • Stevenson, C., Costa, S., Wakefield, J., Kellezi, B., & Stack, R. (2020). Family identification facilitates coping with financial stress: A social identity approach to family financial resilience. Journal of Economic Psychology, 102271.
  • Mosor, E., Stoffer‐Marx, M., Steiner, G., Raza, K., Stack, R. J., Simons, G., ... & Englbrecht, M. (2020). I would never take preventive medication! Perspectives and information needs of people who underwent predictive tests for rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis care & research, 72(3), 360-368.
  • Simons, G., Mahoney, G., Wyatt, N., Stack, R. J., Raza, K., & Falahee, M. (2020). P205 The potential role of pharmacy staff in reducing patient delay in consulting with symptoms of RA. Rheumatology, 59(Supplement_2), keaa111-200.
  • Stack, R. J., Nightingale, P., Jinks, C., Shaw, K., Herron-Marx, S., Horne, R., ... & Raza, K. (2019). Delays between the onset of symptoms and first rheumatology consultation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the UK: an observational study. BMJ open, 9(3), e024361.
  • Kumar, K., Reehal, J., Stack, R., Adebajo, A., & Adams, J. (2019). Experiences of South Asian patients in early inflammatory arthritis clinic: A qualitative interview study. Rheumatology Advances in Practice.
  • Kumar K, Stack RJ, Adebajo A, Adams J. Health-care professionals' perceptions of interacting with patients of South Asian origin attending early inflammatory arthritis clinics. Rheumatol Adv Pract. 2019 Oct 29;3(2):rkz042. doi: 10.1093/rap/rkz042. eCollection 2019
  • Simons, G., Stack, R.J., Stoffer-Marx, M., Englbrecht, M., Mosor, E., Buckley, C.D., Kumar, K., Hansson, M.G., Hueber, A., Stamm, T.A., Falahee, M., Raza, K. (2018) Perceptions of first-degree relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis about lifestyle modifications and pharmacological interventions to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis development: a qualitative interview study . BMC Rheumatology, 2(1), 31.
  • Kumar, K., Raizada, S. R., Mallen, C. D., & Stack, R. J. (2018). UK–south Asian patients’ experiences of and satisfaction toward receiving information about biologics in rheumatoid arthritis. Patient preference and adherence, 12, 489. Impact Factor: 1.798
  • Van Beers-Tas, M.H., ter Wee, M.M., van Tuyl. L.H., Maat, B., Hoogland, W., Hensvold, A.H., Catrina, A.I., Mosor, E., Stamm , T., Finckh , A., Courvoisier , D.S., Andrew Filer, A., Sahbudin, I., Stack, R.J., Raza, K., van Schaardenburg, D (2018). Initial validation and results of the Symptoms in Persons At Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis (SPARRA) questionnaire, a EULAR project.. RMD open, 4(1), e000641. doi:1136/rmdopen-2017-000641
  • Muller, S; Hider, S; Machin, A; Stack, R.J; Hayward, R ; Raza, K; Mallen, C. (2018). Searching for a prodrome for rheumatoid arthritis in the primary care record: A case-control study in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Journal of Internal Medicine. WB Saunders.
  • Stack, R.J., Southworth, S., Fisher, B., Barone, F., Buckley, C.D., Rauz, , and Bowman, S.J. (2017). A qualitative exploration of physical, mental and ocular fatigue in patients with primary Sjögren’s Syndrome. PLOS one. 12(10), e0187272.
  • Stack, R.J., & Meredith, A (2017). The Impact of Financial Hardship on Single Parents: An Exploration of the Journey From Social Distress to Seeking Help. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. DOI: 10.1007/s10834-017-9551-6.
  • Simons, G., Lumley, S., Falahee, M., Kumar, K., Mallen, C.D., Stack, R.J. and Raza, K., 2017. The pathway to consultation for rheumatoid arthritis: exploring anticipated actions between the onset of symptoms and face-to-face encounter with a healthcare professional. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18(1), p.258.
  • Fisher, B.A., Jonsson, R., Daniels, T., Bombardieri, M., Brown, R.M., Morgan, P., Bombardieri, S., Ng, W.F., Tzioufas, A.G., Vitali, C. and Shirlaw, P., Haacke E, Costa S, Bootsma H, Devauchelle-Pensec V, Radstake TR, Mariette X, Richards A, Stack R, Bowman SJ, Barone F. Standardisation of labial salivary gland histopathology in clinical trials in primary Sjögren's syndrome. Annals of the rheumatic diseases, 2017 Jul;76(7):1161-1168. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210448.
  • Simons, G., Belcher, J., Morton, C., Kumar, K., Falahee, M., Mallen, C.D., Stack, R.J. and Raza, K., 2017. Symptom Recognition and Perceived Urgency of Help‐Seeking for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Diseases in the General Public: A Mixed Method Approach. Arthritis care & research, 69(5), pp.633-641.
  • Simons, G., Mason, A., Falahee, M., Kumar, K., Mallen, C. D., Raza, K., & Stack, R. J. (2017). Qualitative exploration of illness perceptions of rheumatoid arthritis in the general public. Musculoskeletal care, 15(1), 13-22.