My research interests are in risk communication and lifestyle behaviours.
Kammin T, Fenton A,
Thirlaway K (2014). A Genetic Lung Cancer Susceptibility Test may have a Positive Effect on Smoking Cessation
Journal of Genetic Counselling. DOI 10.1007/s10897-014-9766-8
Street R, Mercer J &
Thirlaway K (2014) "Experiences of Physical Activity: A Phenomenological Study of Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis"
Journal of Health Psychology.
Thirlaway K and Davies L ( 2014) Lifestyle Responses to Genetic Susceptibility to Type 2
Diabetes. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902 .a0025377
Thirlaway K & Davies L ( 2014). Lifestyle responses to genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes In: eLS. John Wiley &Sons, Ltd: Chichester DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902 .a0025377
Davies, L. & Thirlaway K (2013) The Influence of Genetic Explanations of Type 2 Diabetes on Patients' Attitudes to Prevention, Treatment and Personal Responsibility for Health. Public Health Genomics: DOI: 10.1159/000353459
Thirlaway, K; and Davies, L (2013) Lifestyle Behaviours and Personal Responsibility for Health. In: eLS. John Wiley &Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0025159 eLS
Brookes, K ; Limbert, C ; Deacy, C ; O'Reilly, A ; Scott, S ;
Thirlaway, K (2013) Systematic Review: Work-related stress and the HSE Management Standards.
Occupational Medicine; DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqt078
Hawkins, J. L., Mercer, J.,
Thirlaway, K., & Clayton, D. (2013) ‘Doing’ Gardening and ‘Being’ at the Allotment Site: Exploring the benefits of allotment gardening for stress reduction and healthy ageing. Ecopsychology, 5
Clement C, Smith A, Williams J and
Thirlaway K (2013) Vulnerable young people and alcohol use: a qualitative exploration.
Journal of Substance Use. Online first 1 – 6.
Hilgart J, Mercer J &
Thirlaway K (2013) Individuals' experiences of, and responses to, a negative genetic test result for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. Journal of Health Psychology 18(3) 339 – 349.
Hawkins, J; Clayton, D;
Thirlaway, K; Mercer, J; Backx, K; & Milbourne, P (2012). Evaluating the impact of allotment and community gardening for older people’s health and well-being.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity; 20; S101-S101
Davies L &
Thirlaway K (2012) Effect of Genetic Explanations of Type 2 Diabetes on Patients' Attitudes to Treatment Efficacy.
Journal of Diabetes Nursing. 16(4):132-139
Thirlaway K & Mercer J (2012) The experiences of university students with a mood disorder.
Disability and Society. 27
Thirlaway K. Backx, K, & Clayton D (2011). Allotment Gardening and Other Leisure Activities for Stress Reduction and Healthy Aging.
Hobbis S, Hendry L, Sanders L &
Thirlaway K (2011). Retirement and lifestyle behaviours: A thematic Analysis
Health Psychology Update 20(2): 2- 8.
Clarke A and
Thirlaway K (2011). Genetic Counselling for Personalised Medicine.
Human Genetics: 130 (1) 27-31.
O’Shea R, Murphy AM, Treacy E, Lynch SA,
Thirlaway K & Lambert D (2011). Communication of Genetic Information by Other Health Professionals: The role of the Genetic Counsellor in Specialist Clinics.
Journal of Genetic Counselling: 20 (2) 192-203
Thirlaway K (2011). Lifestyle Change.
Welsh Chemist Review. Winter 2011: 18 – 19.
Clarke A and
Thirlaway K (2011). ‘Genomic Counselling’? Genetic Counselling in the Genomic Era.
Upton D and
Thirlaway K (2010).
Promoting Healthy Behaviour. London: Pearson Educational
Thirlaway K & Upton D (2009).
The Psychology of Lifestyle: Promoting health behaviour. London: Routledge.
Thirlaway K & Murray A (2008). The stigmatising implications of presenting schizophrenia as a genetic disease.
Journal of Genetic Counselling 17: 550-559
Thirlaway K & Heggs D (2005). Interpreting risk messages: Women’s responses to a health story.
Health, Risk and Society 7: 107-121.
Thirlaway K & Lukman H (2003). Meningitis C Vaccination Uptake in British Undergraduates.
Communicable Diseases and Public Health 6: 157-160.
Thirlaway K, Howell A & Evans G (2000). Identifying and counselling of those at high risk of developing breast cancer. In New Horizons in Breast cancer. Editors TobiasJ, Henderson C & Houghton J. Thomson Science LONDON
Thirlaway K & Benton D (1996). Exercise and Mental Health: The Role of activity and fitness. In
Workplace health: Employee Fitness and exercise. Editors Kerr J, Griffiths A & Cox T. Taylor & Francis Ltd. LONDON.
Thirlaway K, Fallowfield L, Powles T, & Nunnerley H (1996). Anxiety in women “at risk” of developing breast cancer.
The British Journal of Cancer 73: 1422-1424.
Thirlaway K, Fallowfield L & Cuzick J (1996). The sexual activity questionnaire: A measure of women’s sexual functioning.
Quality of Life Research 5: 81-90.
Thirlaway K, Fallowfield L, Evans G & Howell A (1995). Entry into the tamoxifen prevention trial depends on women’s estimates of the population risk of breast cancer.
The Breast 4: 203-204.
Thirlaway K & Benton D (1994). Activity, fitness, mental health and mood. In
Set. Editor: Richards L, Vol 1, item 2. Victoria: New Zealand & Australian Councils for Educational Research.
Thirlaway K & Benton D (1993). Physical Activity in primary and seconday school children in West Glamorgan.
Health Education Journal 52: 37-41.
Thirlaway K & Benton D (1992). Participation in physical activity has different effects on mental health and mood.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research 36:657-665.
Thirlaway K & Benton D (1992). Different effects of activity and fitness on mood.
Scottish Journal of Physical Education 20: 5-9.
I have delivered health psychology, health sociology, media psychology, risk communication, survey methods, research methods, statistics and behavioural change theories to undergraduate and postgraduate students on a range of psychology, health professional and sport programmes. Furthermore, I have been involved in the design and development of a number of new programmes at Cardiffmet including the BPS accredited MSc programmes in Health and Forensic Psychology and more recently HND Sport Coaching provision with our FE franchise partner Cardiff and the Vale College (CAVC).
More recently , I am increasingly involved in mentoring female colleagues as part of the university's commitment to promote and encourage the academic careers of women from STEM backgrounds.
Gary Mendosa (2003) The transtheoretical model of change and its application to the treatment of obesity. Student registered at UIC and co-supervised by Dr Lalage Sanders and Mary Barasis.
Shirley Hobbis (2011) Lifestyle change over the lifecourse. Student registered at UWIC and co-supervised by Dr Lalage Sanders and Professor Leo Hendry.
Gemma Hawkins (2012) The role of the environment in the well-being of older people. Student registered at UWIC and co-supervised by Dr Debbie Clayton and Dr Karianne Backx.
Honor Young (2014) Attitudes of teenagers towards unprotected sex and pregnancy. Student registered at UWIC and co-supervised by Dr Caroline Limbert and Dr Jenny Mercer.
Amy Prior (2010 – 2015) Investigation of the Optimum Requirements and Practical Possibilities for a Telephone Helpline for Patients with Anorexia Nervosa co-supervised by Dr Dr Caroline Limbert and Dr Debbie Clayton
Current PhD Supervisions
Seckham (2011 – present) The Effect of Complimentary and Conventional Medicine on Wound Healing co supervised by Professor Rose Cooper and Dr Jenny Mercer