Kirsten Ashley

Kirsten Ashley


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Academic Biography

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have a PhD in Health Psychology. 

My research and experience is focused on the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions in populations with long-term conditions. I have experience with both the design and systematic development of evidence-based interventions and the implementation of interventions within a health setting. I have previously developed and delivered a theory-informed training intervention to equip lifestyle behaviour coaches with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver a behavioural intervention to adults with type 2 diabetes in the UK, the Netherlands and Dussledorf. 

My PhD research aimed to systematically develop a theory-informed and evidence-based training intervention for healthcare professionals to support their heart failure patients to increase their levels of physical activity. The development of the training intervention is informed by a systematic review, interviews and collaboration with healthcare professionals, and is guided by the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW). The training intervention and resources developed aim to optimise consultation behaviour and improve the translation of the latest evidence into routine practice. 

I am now a Research Associate conducting a feasibility study to establish the feasibility, acceptability and fidelity of the multi-faceted BeActive-HF intervention.

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Doctorate, Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology, The British Psychological Society

May 2018Dec 2021

Award Date: 3 Dec 2021

Master, MSc Health Psychology, Northumbria University

Sept 2016Sept 2017

Award Date: 8 Nov 2017

Bachelor, BSc Psychology , Northumbria University

Sept 2013Jun 2016

Award Date: 16 Jun 2016


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