Dr Katie Thirlaway is a Chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered health psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and Head of the Department of Applied Psychology.
Katie is an active researcher in areas of lifestyle behaviours in healthy ageing with a on-going research projects including the NISCHR funded project “Growing a healthy older population in Wales” and the “Ageing Well project”. Katie is currently supervising four PhD students carrying out research on teenage pregnancy, eating disorders, healthy retirement and outdoor activities & healthy ageing. She publishes widely in the field of health psychology including two recent books written in collaboration with Professor Upton a health psychologist at Worcester University: “The Psychology of Lifestyle: promoting health behaviour” published by Routledge and “Promoting Healthy Behaviour” published by Pearson Educational. Katie’s latest publication is an invited editorial for Genomic Medicine with Professor Angus Clarke from the Insititute of Medical Genetics (Cardiff University) ‘Genomic Counselling’? Genetic Counselling in the Genomic Era’ which will be published in the Spring.
Katie is the Joint Programme Director of the BPS accredited MSc in Health Psychology and of the Post-graduate Certificate in Practitioner Health Psychology (Currently seeking approval from the HPC.)
Katie is a visitor for the Health Professions Council, a member of the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Qualifications Accreditation Committee, an external Examiner for the MSc in Health Psychology at De Monfort University and a member of the All Wales Diabetes Forum which advises the Welsh Assembly Government on policy around diabetes prevention and treatment.