Dr Katie Thirlaway


Dean of School

Telephone number: 029 2041 6328
Email address: kthirlaway@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Katie is a British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered health psychologist and Dean of the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences.  Katie is a strong advocate for gender equality and inclusion and chairs the university Athena SWAN committee.

Katie has made a significant contribution to the development of applied psychological learning, teaching and research including publishing 2 health promotion textbooks. Katie is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her current research projects are focused on student wellbeing, flexible working and the role of physical activity in the wellbeing of young people who are at risk of homelessness.

Katie has worked as an advisor/assessor for the BPS, the HCPC and the Welsh Government.  She is a registrant member of the Council of the HCPC and a member of the governing body of Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

Research / Publications

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

Demery R, Thirlaway K & Mercer J (2012) The experiences of university students with a mood disorder. Disability and Society. 27

Hawkins JL., Thirlaway K. Backx, K, & Clayton D (2011). Allotment Gardening and Other Leisure Activities for Stress Reduction and Healthy Aging. HortTechnology   21:577-585

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. Genomic Medicine:3(1):7

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.

Bennett L, 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.

    Teaching and Supervision

    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.

    PhD Completions

    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

    Qualifications and Awards

    Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education., Open University  

    Ph.D: Physical Activity and Psychological Functioning Swansea University

    Certificate in Counselling Skills ​and Theory, Central School of Counselling and Therapy

    BSc Honours Psychology and Biology Swansea University

    Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
    Full member, Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society
    Health Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Profession Council
    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    External Links

    I have provided expertise advice as a health psychologist for a number of external organisations and I have been involved in quality assurance and quality enhancement processes for a number of professional bodies and regulators.  Various external roles include:

    Honorary Lecturer Cardiff University

    Member of UK Undergraduate Education Committee (previously Graduate Qualifications Accreditation Committee) British Psychological Society

    Member of Diabetes National Service/Specialist Advisory Group (NSAG) to the Welsh Government (previously All Wales Diabetes Forum)

    Member of Cardiff and the Vale Scientific Review Committee

    Invited member of the Advisory Committee Public Health Wales Physical Activity and Nutrition Network

    Invited member of the Advisory Board of the Wales Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) – representing Cardiff Metropolitan

    Visitor for the Health and Care Professions Council

    Chief External Examiner for Chester University

    Board Member for Welsh Rowing