Val Tadić

Valerija Tadić PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Val has been at the University of Greenwich within the School of Human Sciences since October 2018. Before this, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Population, Policy and Practice Programme at UCL Great Ormond Street (GOS) Institute of Child Health in London.

Val's academic expertise and interests are at the intersection of developmental psychology and health services research. She has worked on several interdisciplinary, applied research projects, drawing on multidisciplinary collaborations across social and population health sciences and clinical practice, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods and drawing on public and patient involvement in her research.

Val's research is concerned with improving quality of life of children and young people with disabilities and/or chronic conditions, with a primary focus on development and wellbeing of children and young people with visual impairment. Her PhD, which she completed at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009, examined development of social communication and social cognition in children with early onset, severe visual impairment or blindness. Her postdoctoral research centred on understanding and measuring the impact of visual impairment on children and young people, focussing on the visually impaired child's and young person's lived experience and using this to inform development of child-appropriate questionnaire (patient-reported outcome measures or PROMs) to measure their quality of life and fictional vision from their perspective.

Her current interests centre around a) application of such measures in professional practice and b) identification and understanding of the predictive factors and resilience mechanisms that shape quality of life outcomes for children and young visual impairment and their families with a view to identifying the targets for family-oriented interventions.

Val teaches topic in Developmental Psychology on undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology courses at University of Greenwich.

Post previously held:

  • 2008 - 2018, Research Associate. UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • 2009 - 2014, Workshop and seminar organiser (honorarium). Mary Kitzinger Trust charity, UK
  • 2004 - 2005, Research Assistant. Institute of Child Health, Neurosciences Unit (Developmental Vision Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital)
  • 2002 - 2004, Research Assistant. Psychology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

Responsibilities within the university

  • Module leader - Developmental Psychology (Level 5)
  • Module leader – Child and Adolescent Psychology in Practice (Level 6)
  • Programme leader - PGCert Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology Placements and Partnership Lead

Recognition

Ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders; Child: Care, Health and Development; International Journal of Disability, Development and Education; Pediatrics; British Journal of Ophthalmology; Quality Reviews in Ophthalmology; Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics; Quality of Life Research

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Childhood onset visual impairment: epidemiology, and psychosocial and functional outcomes
  • Health-related and vision related quality of life of children and young people: theory, measurement and application
  • Resilience, quality of life and family impact in the context of childhood disability or chronic conditions
  • Mixed methods research
  • Questionnaire design and patient-reported outcome measures

Key funded projects

Current projects:
2018, NIHR Clinician Scientist Award
Project: Childhood Uveitis Signs and Symptoms Study (ChUSS)
(as a collaborator, with Dr Lola Solebo [Principal Investigator] at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

2017, Fight for Sight PhD Studentship
Project: 'Promoting vision-related quality of life (QoL): first stage development of a model for intervention from evidence of what matters most to visually impaired children and their families' (as a co-Investigator, with Professor J.S. Rahi [Principal Investigator] and Professor M. Cortina-Borja at UCL Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health).

Completed projects:
2017, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Clinical Starter Grant
Project title: 'Measuring and applying patients' perspectives - a pilot study of optimal routine use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in paediatric ophthalmology (as a co-investigator, with Professor J.S. Rahi [Principal Investigator] and Dr A. Liasis at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health).

2014, Child Health Appeal Trust (CHRAT) PhD studentship/ UCL Institute of Child Health.
Project title: 'Living with a visual disability through a key transitional stage: development of patient-reported outcome measures of quality of life and functional vision for young people with visual impairment aged 16-18 years' (as a co-Investigator, with Professor J.S. Rahi [ Principal Investigator] and Mrs P. Cumberland at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health)

2012, Fight for Sight (UK Charity) Project Grant.
Project tile: 'Functional Vision and Vision-related quality of life of children and young people: development of age-appropriate patient reported outcome measures for use in paediatric ophthalmology' (as a co-Investigator, with Professor J.S. Rahi [Principal Investigator ], Mrs P. Cumberland, Professor G. Lewando-Hundt, Ms L. Davies, Dr A. Liasis and Mrs C. Brown at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health)

2012, Medical Research Council, Patient and Public Involvement Grant.
Project title: 'Engaging young people and their families to inform implementation of patient-reported outcome and experience measure in routine paediatric care' (as the principal investigator; co-investigators: Dr R. Knowles and Professor J.S Rahi at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health).

2011, Medical Research Council, MRC Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology - Small Grant.
'The child's perspective of health and health care: Strategies for investigating self-reported outcomes and experiences' (as the principal investigator; co-investigators: Professor J.S. Rahi and Dr R. Knowles at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health)

Recent publications

Article

Robertson, Alexandra , Tadic, Valerija, Rahi, Jugnoo (2021), This is me: A qualitative investigation of young people’s experience of growing up with visual impairment. Public Library of Science. In: , , , . Public Library of Science, PLoS ONE, 16: e0254009 (7) 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254009).

Robertson, Alexandra O. , Tadić, Valerija, Horvat-Gitsels, Lisanne A., Cortina-Borja, Mario , Rahi, Jugnoo S. (2021), Differences in self-rated versus parent proxy-rated vision-related quality of life and functional vision of visually impaired children. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, American Journal of Ophthalmology, 230 . pp. 167-177 ISSN: 0002-9394 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2021.05.017) NB Item availability restricted.

Robertson, Alexandra O. , Tadic, Valerija, Rahi, Jugnoo S. (2020), Attitudes, experiences, and preferences of ophthalmicprofessionals regarding routine use of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 15: e0243563 (12) 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0243563).

Robertson, Alexandra O. , Tadić, Valerija, Cortina-Borja, Mario, Rahi, Jugnoo (2020), Feasibility of using patient-reported outcome measures with visually impaired children/young people attending paediatric ophthalmology clinics. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 106 (7) . pp. 687-692 ISSN: 0003-9888 (Print), 1468-2044 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-318991).

Kellett, Salomey , Rahi, Jugnoo S, Dick, Andrew D, Knowles, Rachel , Tadic, Valerija , Solebo, Ameenat Lola (2020), UNICORNS: Uveitis in childhood prospective national cohort study protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research. In: , , , . F1000Research, F1000Research, 9: 1196 2046-1402 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.26689.1).

Robertson, Alexandra , Tadic, Valerija, Cortina-Borja, Mario, Rahi, Jugnoo (2020), A patient-reported outcome measure of functional vision for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years with visual impairment. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, American Journal of Ophthalmology, 219 . pp. 141-153 ISSN: 0002-9394 (Print), 1879-1891 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2020.04.021).

Elsman, Elen B. M. , Tadic, Valerija, Peeters, Carel F. W., van Rens, Ger H. M. B. , Rahi, Jugnoo S. , van Nispen, Ruth M. A. (2019), Cross-cultural validation of the functional vision questionnaire for children and young people (FVQ_CYP) with visual impairment in the Dutch population: challenges and opportunities. BMC. In: , , , . BMC, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19: 221 1471-2288 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-019-0875-9).

Tadic, Valerija , Robertson, Alexandra, Cortina-Borja, Mario, Rahi, Jugnoo (2019), Age-and stage-appropriate measurement of vision-related quality of life (VQoL) of children and young people with visual impairment. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Ophthalmology, 127 (2) . pp. 249-260 ISSN: 0161-6420 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.08.033).

Robertson, A. O. , Tadić, V., Rahi, J. S. (2017), Transition from paediatric to adult ophthalmology services: what matters most to young people with visual impairment. Springer Nature. In: , , , . Springer Nature, Eye, 32 (2) . pp. 406-414 ISSN: 0950-222X (Print), 1476-5454 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/eye.2017.203).

Tadić, V. and , Rahi, J. S. (2017), One size doesn’t fit all: time to revisit patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in paediatric ophthalmology?. Springer Nature. In: , , , . Springer Nature, Eye, 31 (4) . pp. 511-518 ISSN: 0950-222X (Print), 1476-5454 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/eye.2016.316).

Knowles, Rachel Louise , Tadic, Valerija, Hogan, Ailbhe, Bull, Catherine , Rahi, Jugnoo Sangeeta , Dezateux, Carol (2016), Self-reported health experiences of children living with congenital heart defects: Including patient-reported outcomes in a national cohort study. Public Library of Science. In: , , , . Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, 11: e0159326 (8) ISSN: 1932-6203 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0159326).

Tadić, Valerija , Cumberland, Phillippa M., Lewando-Hundt, Gillian, Rahi, Jugnoo S. (2016), Do visually impaired children and their parents agree on the child's vision-related quality of life and functional vision?. BMJ Publishing Group. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group, British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2017: 101 . pp. 244-250 ISSN: 0007-1161 (Print), 1468-2079 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2016-308582).

Tadic, Valerija , Cooper, Andrew, Cumberland, Phillippa, Lewando-Hundt, Gillian , Rahi, Jugnoo S. (2016), Measuring the quality of life of visually impaired children: First stage psychometric evaluation of the Novel VQoL_CYP Instrument. In: , , , . , PLOS ONE, 11 (2) . pp. e0146225 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0146225).

Tadić, V. , Hundt, G. Lewando, Keeley, S., Rahi, J. S. (2014), Seeing it my way: living with childhood onset visual disability. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Child: Care, Health and Development, 41 (2) . pp. 239-248 ISSN: 0305-1862 (Print), 1365-2214 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12158).

Tadić, Valerija , Hogan, Ailbhe, Sobti, Nidhi, Knowles, Rachel Louise , Rahi, Jugnoo Sangeeta (2013), Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in paediatric ophthalmology: a systematic review. BMJ Publishing Group. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group, British Journal of Ophthalmology, 97 (11) . pp. 1369-1381 ISSN: 0007-1161 (Print), 1468-2079 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-303350).

Tadić, Valerija , Cooper, Andrew, Cumberland, Phillippa, Lewando-Hundt, Gillian , Rahi, Jugnoo S. , Vision-related Quality of Life Group (2013), Development of the functional vision questionnaire for children and young people with visual impairment: The FVQ-CYP. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Ophthalmology, 120 (12) . pp. 2725-2732 ISSN: 0161-6420 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.07.055).

Tadić, Valerija , Pring, Linda, Dale, Naomi (2013), Story discourse and use of mental state language between mothers and school-aged children with and without visual impairment. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 48 (6) . pp. 679-688 ISSN: 1368-2822 (Print), 1460-6984 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12040).

Dale, N. J. , Tadić, V., Sonksen, P. (2013), Social communicative variation in 1-3-year-olds with severe visual impairment. Wiley-Blackwell. In: , , , . Wiley-Blackwell, Child: health, care and development, 40 (2) . pp. 158-164 ISSN: 0305-1862 (Print), 1365-2214 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12065|).