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Professor Susan Ayers

Professor of Maternal and Child Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Midwifery & Radiography

Contact Information

Contact

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Susan is a psychologist specialising in perinatal mental health. She joined City University in 2012 and leads the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research. Susan is a chartered health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist. Her research examines women's mental health during pregnancy and after birth, with a particular focus on anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Since obtaining her PhD from the University of London, Susan has worked at St. George's Hospital Medical School (London) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Sussex). Susan is lead author of Psychology for Medicine (2011) and editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2007). She has given numerous invited lectures and workshops and was awarded the Annual Lecturer Prize by the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology in 2012.

Qualifications

PhD Psychology, St George's, University of London 1999

Awards

- Annual Lecturer Award, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2012
- Dorothy Farrar dissertation prize, University of London 1995

Memberships of professional bodies

- British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist 2000
- British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow 2011
- Healthcare Professions Council, Registered Psychologist, 2009

Research

Research overview

Susan's research focusses on women's mental health during pregnancy and after birth, particularly anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her research examines the prevalence, causes, screening and treatment of anxiety in pregnant and postnatal women, as well as the impact of mental health on the mother-baby and family relationships. She is also interested in high-risk groups, such as parents of preterm and stillborn infants. Susan leads the Maternal and Child Mental Health research group, which includes 15 members of faculty, research staff and doctoral students. Current research projects include a national study of care during the birth of very preterm infants, and the evaluation of self-help interventions to improve postnatal wellbeing.

Research areas

- Maternal Health
- Child Health

Current grants

- Ayers S, Crawley R, Smith H, Bradley R, Young D, Lee S & Field A. Health After Birth Trial (HABiT): Using expressive writing to promote health in women after birth. National Institute for Health Research, £225,188.

- Duley L, Abbott J, Ayers S, Field D, Gyte G, McGuire W, Megone C, Oddie S, Oliver S, Simes J, Thornton J, Weeks A, Yang M, Yoxall W. Improving quality of care and outcome at very preterm birth. National Institute for Health Research. National Institute for Health Research, £1,885,541.

Recently completed grants

- Ayers S, Jessop D & Pike A. Journey to parenthood study. British Academy, £79,728.

- Rabe H, Amess P, McFerran C, Ayers S, Horst J, Rowe E. Neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants at 2 years of age who received placento-fetal transfusion at
delivery. National Institute for Health Research, £49,849.

Research centre and network grants

- McKenzie-McHarg K, Ayers S & Slade P. Perinatal PTSD Research Network. Society for Reproductive & Infant Psychology seminar grant, £2,500.

- McKenzie-McHarg K, Ayers S, Slade P. Perinatal PTSD Research Network. ESRC, £15,000.

- Ayers S, McKenzie-McHarg K, Slade P. Perinatal PTSD Research Network. British Psychological Society research seminars grant, £3,000.

Research team

Postdoctoral Researchers

- Dr Susan Thompson (HABiT project)
- Dr Alexandra Sawyer (Preterm birth project)
- Dr Ellinor Olander (Health behaviours in pregnancy and after birth)

Doctoral students

- Donna Moore: Perinatal mental health and the internet.
- Suzanne Lee: Perceptions of risk in high-risk pregnancies and decisions about place of birth.
- Miriam Thiel: E-therapy and self-help for perinatal anxiety.
- Rebecca Webb: Maternal mental health and sensitivity to infant emotions.
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Pelin Dikmen: Perinatal mental health in women in Turkey.
- Jackie Baxter:  Midwife-led debriefing for birth-related distress.
- Rose Coates: Screening for postnatal mental health problems.
- Sarah Woodhouse: Social factors and responses to traumatic events.

Administrator

- Alex Thornton

Research Students

Name
Donna Moore
Thesis Title
Perinatal mental health and the internet.
Further Information
http://www.city.ac.uk/health/staff-directory/donna-moore
Name
Suzanne Lee
Thesis Title
Perceptions of risk in high-risk pregnancies and decisions about place of birth.
Further Information
http://www.city.ac.uk/health/staff-directory/suzanne-lee2
Name
Miriam Ashford (née Thiel)
Thesis Title
E-therapy and self-help for perinatal anxiety.
Further Information
http://www.city.ac.uk/health/staff-directory/miriam-ashford
Name
Rebecca Webb
Thesis Title
Maternal mental health and sensitivity to infant emotions.
Further Information
http://www.city.ac.uk/health/staff-directory/rebecca-webb
Name
Pelin Dikmen
Thesis Title
Perinatal mental health in women in Turkey.
Further Information
http://www.city.ac.uk/health/staff-directory/pelin-dikmen2
Name
Jackie Baxter
Thesis Title
Midwife-led debriefing for birth-related distress.
Name
Rose Coates
Thesis Title
Screening for postnatal mental health problems.
Further Information
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/147025
Name
Sarah Woodhouse
Thesis Title
Social factors and responses to traumatic events.
Further Information
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/240793
Name
Livia Caetano da Silva Leao
Thesis Title
Preterm birth in Brazil
Further Information
Visiting doctoral student from Brazil

Publications

Books (4)

  1. Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (2014). Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine, second edition. ISBN 978-0-511-54357-9.
  2. Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (2014). Preface. ISBN 978-0-511-54357-9.
  3. Ayers, S. and de Visser, R. (2011). Psychology for Medicine. Sage Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-4129-4691-9.
  4. Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (Eds.), (2007). Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-60510-6.

Chapters (11)

  1. Horsch, A. and Ayers, S. (2016). Childbirth and stress. Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior: Handbook of Stress (pp. 325–330). ISBN 978-0-12-800951-2.
  2. Ayers, S. and Ford, E. (2014). Post-traumatic stress during pregnancy and the postpartum period. In Wenzel, and Stuart, (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Perinatal Psychology Oxford University Press.
  3. Ayers, S., Coates, R. and Matthey, S. (2014). Identifying Perinatal Anxiety. Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Evidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment, and Management (pp. 93–107). ISBN 978-1-118-50972-2.
  4. Ayers, S. and Ford, E. (2012). PTSD following childbirth. In Martin, C.R. (Ed.), Perinatal Mental Health (pp. 155–164). M&k Update. ISBN 978-1-905539-49-9.
  5. Ayers, S., Ford, E. and Alder, B. (2009). Reproductive issues. In Alder, B., Abraham, C. and Van Teijlingen, E. (Eds.), Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 978-0-443-06787-7.
  6. Banerjee, R. and Ayers, S. (2009). Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine. In Alder, B., Abraham, C. and Teijlingen, E.V. (Eds.), Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 978-0-443-06787-7.
  7. Ayers, S. and Ford, E. (2007). Stress & health. In Fink, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of stress Oxford, UK: Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-12-088504-6.
  8. Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (2007). Stress & health. In Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-60510-6.
  9. Ayers, S. (2007). Post-traumatic stress disorder. In Cockburn, J. and Pawson, M.E. (Eds.), Psychological Challenges in Obstetrics and Gynecology London: Springer. ISBN 978-1-84628-807-4.
  10. Ayers, S. (2007). Hysterectomy. In Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-60510-6.
  11. Steptoe, A. and Ayers, S. (2004). Stress, health, and illness. In Johnston, M., Sutton, S. and Baum, A. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Health Psychology Sage Publications Limited. ISBN 978-0-7619-6849-8.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (14)

  1. Garthus-Niegel, S., Ayers, S., von Soest, T., Weidner, K. and Eberhard-Gran, M. (2017). The Influence of postpartum posttraumatic Stress Disorders on the childhood Development: a population-based Two-year follow-up Study. .
  2. Thornton, , Wright, D.B. and Ayers, S. (2016). Conceptualising and measuring PTSD after birth. International Marce Society Biennial Scientific Meeting 26-28 September, Melbourne, Australia.
  3. Ayers, S., Thornton, and Wright, D.B. (2016). The City Birth Trauma Scale (City BiTS) measure of postpartum PTSD. 18th Congress of the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology 12-14 May, Malaga.
  4. Crawley, R., Ayers, S., Button, S., Thornton, A., Field, A., Lee, S., Eagle, A., Bradley, R., Moore, D., Gyte, G. and Smith, H. (2016). Evaluating expressive writing to improve postpartum health. 18th Congress of the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology 12-14 May, Malaga.
  5. Thornton, , Lang, B., Adams, C., McGinley, J., Fyle, J., McKenzie-McHarg, K. and Ayers, S. (2016). Evaluating a Wellbeing Plan for Women During Pregnancy. 18th Congress of the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology 12-14 May, Malaga.
  6. Ayers, S., Sawyer, A., Chhoa, C. and Duley, L. (2016). Clinicians' and women's experiences of two consent pathways in a trial of timing of clamping at very preterm birth: A qualitative study. .
  7. Thompson, S., Ayers, S., Crawley, R., Thornton, A., Eagle, A., Bradley, R., Lee, S., Moore, D., Field, A., Gyte, G. and Smith, H. (2015). Using expressive writing as an intervention to improve postnatal wellbeing. .
  8. Lee, S. (2015). Risk perception and decision making in women with high risk pregnancies. .
  9. Ayers, S., Thiel, M. and Olander, E.K. (2015). A systematic review of computer- and internet-based psychotherapy interventions for perinatal mental health. .
  10. Sawyer, A., Rabe, H., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Duley, L. and Ayers, S. (2014). PLD13 A Questionnaire to Measure Parents' Experiences and Satisfaction with Care During Very Preterm Birth: A Validation Study. .
  11. Sawyer, A., Duley, L., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Rabe, H. and Ayers, S. (2013). Parents' experiences and satisfaction with care at the birth of their very preterm baby. .
  12. Carrick-Sen, D., Ayers, S. and Charlton, D. (2013). Previous trauma history and PTSD in men and women following high risk childbirth. .
  13. Thakar, R., Srivastava, R., Ayers, S. and Manyonda, I. (2008). Removing the cervix at hysterectomy - An unnecessary intervention? 38th Annual Meeting of the International-Continence-Society 20-24 October, Cairo, EGYPT.
  14. Ayers, S. (2004). PTSD related to childbirth: Problems and prevalence. 14th International Conference of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology 16-19 May, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND.

Internet Publication

  1. Ayers, S. and Delicate, A. (2016). Recognising and acting on perinatal mental health..

Journal Articles (131)

  1. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). Factors associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) 4–6 weeks and 6 months after birth: A longitudinal population-based study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 221, pp. 238–245. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.06.049.
  2. Coates, R., Ayers, S. and de Visser, R. (2017). Factor structure of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in a population-based sample. Psychological assessment, 29(8), pp. 1016–1027. doi:10.1037/pas0000397.
  3. Ford, E., Lee, S., Shakespeare, J. and Ayers, S. (2017). Diagnosis and management of perinatal depression and anxiety in general practice: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 67(661), pp. e538–e546. doi:10.3399/bjgp17x691889.
  4. Moore, D. and Ayers, S. (2017). Virtual voices: social support and stigma in postnatal mental illness Internet forums. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 22(5), pp. 546–551. doi:10.1080/13548506.2016.1189580.
  5. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K., Rowe, H., Fisher, J.R.W. and Ayers, S. (2017). Internet-based interventions for postpartum anxiety: exploring health visitors’ views. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35(3), pp. 298–308. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1313966.
  6. Moore, D., Ayers, S. and Drey, N. (2017). The City MISS: development of a scale to measure stigma of perinatal mental illness. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35(3), pp. 273–285. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1313967.
  7. Ashford, M.T., Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Supporting women with postpartum anxiety: exploring views and experiences of specialist community public health nurses in the UK. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(3), pp. 1257–1264. doi:10.1111/hsc.12428.
  8. Ashford, M.T., Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Interest in web-based treatments for postpartum anxiety: an exploratory survey. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology pp. 1–16. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1320364.
  9. Chhoa, C.Y., Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Pushpa-Rajah, A. and Duley, L. (2017). Clinicians' views and experiences of offering two alternative consent pathways for participation in a preterm intrapartum trial: A qualitative study. Trials, 18(1) . doi:10.1186/s13063-017-1940-5.
  10. Moore, D., Drey, N. and Ayers, S. (2017). Use of Online Forums for Perinatal Mental Illness, Stigma, and Disclosure: An Exploratory Model. JMIR mental health, 4(1), p. e6. doi:10.2196/mental.5926.
  11. Wilkie, S., Crawley, R., Button, S., Thornton, A. and Ayers, S. (2017). Assessing physical symptoms during the postpartum period: reliability and validity of the primary health questionnaire somatic symptom subscale (PHQ-15). Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology pp. 1–8. doi:10.1080/0167482X.2017.1289167.
  12. Webb, R., Ayers, S. and Endress, A. (2017). The City Infant Faces Database: A validated set of infant facial expressions. Behavior Research Methods pp. 1–9. doi:10.3758/s13428-017-0859-9.
  13. Yildiz, P.D., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in pregnancy and after birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208, pp. 634–645. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.10.009.
  14. Garthus-Niegel, S., Ayers, S., Martini, J., Von Soest, T. and Eberhard-Gran, M. (2017). The impact of postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms on child development: A population-based, 2-year follow-up study. Psychological Medicine, 47(1), pp. 161–170. doi:10.1017/S003329171600235X.
  15. Ashikali, E.M., Dittmar, H. and Ayers, S. (2017). The impact of cosmetic surgery advertising on Swiss women's body image and attitudes toward cosmetic surgery. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 76(1), pp. 13–21. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000187.
  16. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). Screening for birth-related PTSD: psychometric properties of the Turkish version of the Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale in postpartum women in Turkey. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTRAUMATOLOGY, 8 . doi:10.1080/20008198.2017.1306414.
  17. Theme-Filha, M.M., Baldisserotto, M.L., Santos Amaral Fraga, A.C., Ayers, S., Nogueira da Gama, S.G. and Leal, M.D.C. (2016). Factors associated with unintended pregnancy in Brazil: cross-sectional results from the Birth in Brazil National Survey, 2011/2012. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, 13 . doi:10.1186/s12978-016-0227-8.
  18. Gökçe İsbİr, G., İncİ, F., Bektaş, M., Dikmen Yıldız, P. and Ayers, S. (2016). Risk factors associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms following childbirth in Turkey. Midwifery, 41, pp. 96–103. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2016.07.016.
  19. Ford, E., Shakespeare, J., Elias, F. and Ayers, S. (2016). Recognition and management of perinatal depression and anxiety by general practitioners: a systematic review. Family practice, 34(1), pp. 11–19. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmw101.
  20. Thompson, S., Ayers, S., Pervilhac, C., Mahoney, L. and Seddon, P. (2016). The association of children’s distress during venepuncture with parent and staff behaviours. Journal of Child Health Care, 20(3), pp. 267–276. doi:10.1177/1367493515598643.
  21. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2016). Computer- or web-based interventions for perinatal mental health: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 197, pp. 134–146. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.057.
  22. Lee, S., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2016). Decision-making regarding place of birth in high-risk pregnancy: A qualitative study. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 37(2), pp. 44–50. doi:10.3109/0167482X.2016.1151413.
  23. Ayers, S., Bond, R., Bertullies, S. and Wijma, K. (2016). The aetiology of post-traumatic stress following childbirth: A meta-analysis and theoretical framework. Psychological Medicine, 46(6), pp. 1121–1134. doi:10.1017/S0033291715002706.
  24. Theme Filha, M.M., Ayers, S., Nogueira da Gama, S.G. and Leal, M.D.C. (2016). Factors associated with postpartum depressive symptomatology in Brazil: The Birth in Brazil National Research Study, 2011/2012. JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 194, pp. 159–167. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.01.020.
  25. Lee, S., Holden, D. and Ayers, S. (2016). How women with high risk pregnancies use lay information when considering place of birth: A qualitative study. Women and Birth, 29(1), pp. e13–e17. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.010.
  26. Ashikali, E.M., Dittmar, H.E.L.G.A. and Ayers, S. (2016). Adolescent girls' views on cosmetic surgery: A focus group study. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(1), pp. 112–121. doi:10.1177/1359105314522677.
  27. Rabe, H., Sawyer, A., Amess, P. and Ayers, S. (2016). Neurodevelopmental outcomes at 2 and 3.5 years for very preterm babies enrolled in a randomized trial of milking the umbilical cord versus delayed cord clamping. Neonatology, 109(2), pp. 113–119. doi:10.1159/000441891.
  28. Moore, D., Ayers, S. and Drey, N. (2016). A Thematic Analysis of Stigma and Disclosure for Perinatal Depression on an Online Forum. JMIR mental health, 3(2), p. e18. doi:10.2196/mental.5611.
  29. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2016). Finding Web-Based Anxiety Interventions on the World Wide Web: A Scoping Review. JMIR mental health, 3(2), p. e14. doi:10.2196/mental.5349.
  30. Ayers, S., Fitzgerald, G. and Thompson, S. (2015). Brief Online Self-help Exercises for Postnatal Women to Improve Mood: A Pilot Study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(11), pp. 2375–2383. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1755-5.
  31. Webb, R. and Ayers, S. (2015). Cognitive biases in processing infant emotion by women with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in pregnancy or after birth: A systematic review. Cognition and Emotion, 29(7), pp. 1278–1294. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.977849.
  32. Woodhouse, S., Ayers, S. and Field, A.P. (2015). The relationship between adult attachment style and post-traumatic stress symptoms: A meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 35, pp. 103–117. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.07.002.
  33. Brierley-Jones, L., Crawley, R., Lomax, S. and Ayers, S. (2015). Stillbirth and stigma: The spoiling and repair of multiple social identities. Omega (United States), 70(2), pp. 143–168. doi:10.2190/OM.70.2.a.
  34. Ayers, S. and Shakespeare, J. (2015). Should perinatal mental health be everyone's business? PRIMARY HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, 16(4), pp. 323–325. doi:10.1017/S1463423615000298.
  35. Webb, R., Ayers, S. and Endress, A. (2015). The Presentation and Validation of the City Baby Face Database. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 33(3), pp. E42–E42.
  36. Moore, D. and Ayers, S. (2015). Have I got PND? A thematic analysis of an online forum for antenatal/postnatal depression. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 33(3), pp. E35–E36.
  37. Lee, S., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2015). How women with high risk pregnancies perceive interactions with healthcare professionals when discussing place of birth: A qualitative study. Midwifery, 38, pp. 42–48. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2016.03.009.
  38. Lee, S., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2015). Risk perception and choice of place of birth in women with high risk pregnancies: A qualitative study. Midwifery, 38, pp. 49–54. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2016.03.008.
  39. Ayers, S., Sawyer, A., Düring, C. and Rabe, H. (2015). Parents report positive experiences about enrolling babies in a cord-related clinical trial before birth. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 104(4), pp. e164–e170. doi:10.1111/apa.12922.
  40. Garthus-Niegel, S., Ayers, S., von Soest, T., Torgersen, L. and Eberhard-Gran, M. (2015). Maintaining factors of posttraumatic stress symptoms following childbirth: A population-based, two-year follow-up study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 172, pp. 146–152. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.10.003.
  41. Sawyer, A., Nakić Radoš, S., Ayers, S. and Burn, E. (2015). Personal growth in UK and Croatian women following childbirth: A preliminary study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33(3), pp. 294–307. doi:10.1080/02646838.2014.981801.
  42. Ayers, S., Wright, D.B. and Ford, E. (2015). Hyperarousal symptoms after traumatic and nontraumatic births. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33(3), pp. 282–293. doi:10.1080/02646838.2015.1004164.
  43. Ayers, S., McKenzie-McHarg, K. and Slade, P. (2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33(3), pp. 215–218. doi:10.1080/02646838.2015.1030250.
  44. Ayers, S., Radoš, S.N. and Balouch, S. (2015). Narratives of traumatic birth: Quality and changes over time. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7(3), pp. 234–242. doi:10.1037/a0039044.
  45. McKenzie-McHarg, K., Ayers, S., Ford, E., Horsch, A., Jomeen, J., Sawyer, A., Stramrood, C., Thomson, G. and Slade, P. (2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: an update of current issues and recommendations for future research. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33(3), pp. 219–237. doi:10.1080/02646838.2015.1031646.
  46. Coates, R., De Visser, R. and Ayers, S. (2015). Not identifying with postnatal depression: A qualitative study of womens postnatal symptoms of distress and need for support. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 36(3), pp. 114–121. doi:10.3109/0167482X.2015.1059418.
  47. Yoxall, C.W., Ayers, S., Sawyer, A., Bertullies, S., Thomas, M., Weeks, A.D. and Duley, L. (2015). Providing immediate neonatal care and resuscitation at birth beside the mother: Clinicians' views, a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 5(9) . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008494.
  48. Mughal, U., Carrasco, D., Brown, R. and Ayers, S. (2015). Rehabilitating civilian victims of war through psychosocial intervention in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45(11), pp. 593–601. doi:10.1111/jasp.12322.
  49. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Bertullies, S., Thomas, M., Weeks, A.D., Yoxall, C.W. and Duley, L. (2015). Providing immediate neonatal care and resuscitation at birth beside the mother: Parents' views, a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 5(9) . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008495.
  50. Coates, R., Ayers, S. and de Visser, R. (2014). Women's experiences of postnatal distress: A qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-359.
  51. Russell, G., Sawyer, A., Rabe, H., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Duley, L., Ayers, S., Aladangady, N., Batra, D., Kumar, A., Brown, J., Lance, L. and Ooi, L. (2014). Parents' views on care of their very premature babies in neonatal intensive care units: A qualitative study. BMC Pediatrics, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-230.
  52. Sawyer, A., Rabe, H., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Duley, L. and Ayers, S. (2014). Measuring parents' experiences and satisfaction with care during very preterm birth: a questionnaire development study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 121(10), pp. 1294–1301. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.12925.
  53. Foley, S., Crawley, R., Wilkie, S. and Ayers, S. (2014). The Birth Memories and Recall Questionnaire (BirthMARQ): Development and evaluation. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-211.
  54. Parfitt, Y., Pike, A. and Ayers, S. (2014). Infant Developmental Outcomes: A Family Systems Perspective. Infant and Child Development, 23(4), pp. 353–373. doi:10.1002/icd.1830.
  55. Ayers, S., Jessop, D., Pike, A., Parfitt, Y. and Ford, E. (2014). The role of adult attachment style, birth intervention and support in posttraumatic stress after childbirth: a prospective study. J Affect Disord, 155, pp. 295–298. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2013.10.022.
  56. Ayers, S. (2014). Fear of childbirth, postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder and midwifery care. Midwifery, 30(2), pp. 145–148. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2013.12.001.
  57. Jessop, D.C., Craig, L. and Ayers, S. (2014). Applying Leventhal's self-regulatory model to pregnancy: Evidence that pregnancy-related beliefs and emotional responses are associated with maternal health outcomes. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(9), pp. 1091–1102. doi:10.1177/1359105313484781.
  58. McKenzie-McHarg, K., Crockett, M., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2014). Think pink! A sticker alert system for psychological distress or vulnerability during pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(8), pp. 590–595.
  59. Parfitt, Y., Ayers, S., Pike, A., Jessop, D.C. and Ford, E. (2014). A prospective study of the parent–baby bond in men and women 15 months after birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32(5), pp. 441–456. doi:10.1080/02646838.2014.956301.
  60. Parfitt, Y. and Ayers, S. (2014). Transition to parenthood and mental health in first-time parents. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(3), pp. 263–273. doi:10.1002/imhj.21443.
  61. Parfitt, Y., Pike, A. and Ayers, S. (2013). The impact of parents' mental health on parent-baby interaction: A prospective study. Infant Behavior and Development, 36(4), pp. 599–608. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2013.06.003.
  62. Alderdice, F., Ayers, S., Darwin, Z., Green, J., Jomeen, J., Kenyon, S., Martin, C.R., Morrell, C.J., Newham, J.J., Redshaw, M., Savage-McGlynn, E. and Walsh, J. (2013). Measuring psychological health in the perinatal period: Workshop consensus statement, 19 March 2013. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(5), pp. 431–438. doi:10.1080/02646838.2013.835039.
  63. Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2013). What are we measuring and why? Using theory to guide perinatal research and measurement. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(5), pp. 439–448. doi:10.1080/02646838.2013.834041.
  64. Ayers, S., Bond, R. and Wijma, K. (2013). Risk factors for PTSD after birth in a normal population: A meta-analysis. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 31(3), pp. E3–E3.
  65. Arnold, L., Sawyer, A., Rabe, H., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Duley, L. and Ayers, S. (2013). Parents' first moments with their very preterm babies: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 3(4) . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002487.
  66. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Rabe, H. and Duley, L. (2013). Measures of satisfaction with care during labour and birth: a comparative review. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 13, p. 108. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-108.
  67. Sawyer, A., Rabe, H., Abbott, J., Gyte, G., Duley, L. and Ayers, S. (2013). Parents' experiences and satisfaction with care during the birth of their very preterm baby: A qualitative study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120(5), pp. 637–643. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.12104.
  68. Crawley, R., Lomax, S. and Ayers, S. (2013). Recovering from stillbirth: The effects of making and sharing memories on maternal mental health. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(2), pp. 195–207. doi:10.1080/02646838.2013.795216.
  69. Lee, S., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2013). A metasynthesis of risk perception in women with high risk pregnancies. Midwifery .
  70. Newell, S.E., Harries, P. and Ayers, S. (2012). Boredom proneness in a psychiatric inpatient population. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 58(5), pp. 488–495. doi:10.1177/0020764011408655.
  71. Harris, R. and Ayers, S. (2012). What makes labour and birth traumatic? A survey of intrapartum ‘hotspots’. Psychology & Health, 27(10), pp. 1166–1177.
  72. Parfitt, Y. and Ayers, S. (2012). Postnatal mental health and parenting: The importance of parental anger. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(4), pp. 400–410.
  73. Lee, S., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2012). Risk perception of women during high risk pregnancy: A systematic review. Health, Risk and Society, 14(6), pp. 511–531.
  74. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Young, D., Bradley, R. and Smith, H. (2012). Posttraumatic growth after childbirth: A prospective study. Psychology and Health, 27(3), pp. 362–377.
  75. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Bradley, R., Young, D. and Smith, D. (2012). Psychosocial predictors of posttraumatic growth after childbirth: A prospective study. Psychology and Health, 27(3), pp. 362–377.
  76. Ford, E. and Ayers, S. (2011). Support during birth interacts with prior trauma and birth intervention to predict postnatal post-traumatic stress symptoms. Psychol Health, 26(12), pp. 1553–1570. doi:10.1080/08870446.2010.533770.
  77. Cartwright, K., Mahoney, L., Ayers, S. and Rabe, H. (2011). Parents' Perceptions of Their Infants' Participation in Randomized Controlled Trials. JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 40(5), pp. 555–565. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01276.x.
  78. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Smith, H., Sidibeh, L., Nyan, O. and Dale, J. (2011). Women's experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period in the Gambia: A qualitative study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16(3), pp. 528–541.
  79. Copeland, C., Joekes, K. and Ayers, S. (2011). Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in cardiac patients. British Journal of Wellbeing, 2(1), pp. 15–19.
  80. Meades, R. and Ayers, S. (2011). Anxiety measures validated in perinatal populations: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133(1-2), pp. 1–15.
  81. Meades, R., Pond, C., Ayers, S. and Warren, F. (2011). Postnatal debriefing: Have we thrown the baby out with the bathwater? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, pp. 367–372.
  82. Moore, D. and Ayers, S. (2011). A review of postnatal mental health websites: help for healthcare professionals and patients. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 14(6), pp. 443–452.
  83. Cartwright, K., Mahoney, L., Ayers, S. and Rabe, H. (2011). Parents’ perceptions of their infants’ participation in randomized controlled trials. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 40(5), pp. 555–565.
  84. Ayers, S., Dhanjal, K., Stilton, D., Holden, D., Alvarez, R.F. and Rabe, H. (2010). PARENTS PERCEPTION OF GIVING ANTENATAL CONSENT TO INCLUDE THEIR PRETERM INFANT INTO A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL (RCT). PEDIATRIC RESEARCH, 68, pp. 137–138.
  85. Mahoney, L., Ayers, S. and Seddon, P. (2010). The association between parent's and healthcare professional's behavior and children's coping and distress during venepuncture. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(9), pp. 985–995. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsq009.
  86. Rabe, H., Dhanjal, K., Stilton, D., Ayers, S. and Holden, D. (2010). Parents Perception of giving antenatal consent to include their preterm infant into a randomized controlled trial (RCT). KLINISCHE PADIATRIE, 222, pp. S72–S72.
  87. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S. and Smith, H. (2010). Pre- and postnatal psychological wellbeing in Africa: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123(1-3), pp. 17–29.
  88. Ayers, S., Joekes, K. and Copland, C. (2010). Recognising anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in cardiac patients. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 5(3), pp. 118–122.
  89. Ford, E., Ayers, S. and Bradley, R. (2010). Exploration of a cognitive model to predict post-traumatic stress symptoms following childbirth. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, pp. 353–359.
  90. Sawyer, A., Ayers, S. and Field, A.P. (2010). Posttraumatic growth and adjustment among individuals with cancer and HIV/AIDS: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, pp. 436–447.
  91. Thakar, R., Ayers, S. and Manyonda, I. (2009). Removing the Cervix at Hysterectomy: An Unnecessary Intervention? Reply. OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 113(5), pp. 1173–1174.
  92. Ayers, S., Harris, R., Sawyer, A., Parfitt, Y. and Ford, E. (2009). Posttraumatic stress disorder after childbirth: Analysis of symptom presentation and sampling. Journal of Affective Disorders, 119, pp. 200–204.
  93. Ayers, S., Copland, C. and Dunmore, E. (2009). A preliminary study of negative appraisals and dysfunctional coping strategies associated with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms following myocardial infarction. British Journal of Health Psychology, 14(3), pp. 459–471.
  94. Ayers, S. and Ford, E. (2009). Birth trauma: Widening our knowledge of postnatal mental health. European Health Psychologist, 11(2), pp. 16–19.
  95. Ford, E. and Ayers, S. (2009). Stressful events and support during birth: The effect on anxiety, mood, and perceived control. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, pp. 260–268.
  96. Ford, E., Ayers, S. and Wright, D.B. (2009). Measurement of maternal perceptions of Support and Control in Birth (SCIB). Journal of Women’s Health, 18(2), pp. 245–252.
  97. Parfitt, Y. and Ayers, S. (2009). The effect of postnatal symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression on the couple’s relationship and parent-baby bond. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27(2), pp. 127–142.
  98. Sawyer, A. and Ayers, S. (2009). Posttraumatic growth after childbirth. Psychology & Health, 24(4), pp. 457–471.
  99. Thakar, R., Ayers, S., Srivastava, R. and Manyonda, I. (2008). Removing the cervix at hysterectomy - an unnecessary intervention? INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL, 19, pp. S141–S142.
  100. Ayers, S., Joseph, S., McKenzie-McHarg, K., Slade, P. and Wijma, K. (2008). Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: Current issues and recommendations for research. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 29(4), pp. 240–250.
  101. Thakar, R., Ayers, S., Srivastava, R. and Manyonda, I. (2008). Removing the Cervix at Hysterectomy: An Unnecessary Intervention? Obstetrics & Gynecology, 112(6), pp. 1262–1269.
  102. Ford, E., Ayers, S. and Bradley, R. (2007). Implications of poor care on trauma development following childbirth. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 28, pp. 22–22.
  103. Ayers, S. (2007). Thoughts and emotions during traumatic birth. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 28, pp. 24–24.
  104. Brennan, A., Ayers, S., Ahmed, H. and Marshall-Lucette, S. (2007). A critical review of the Couvade syndrome: The pregnant male. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25(3), pp. 173–189. doi:10.1080/02646830701467207.
  105. Brennan, A., Marshall-Lucette, S., Ayers, S. and Ahmed, H. (2007). A qualitative exploration of the couvade syndrome in expectant fathers. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25(1), pp. 18–39. doi:10.1080/02646830601117142.
  106. Ayers, S., Wright, D.B. and Wells, N. (2007). Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in couples after birth: association with the couple's relationship and parent-baby bond. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 25(1), pp. 40–50. doi:10.1080/02646830601117175.
  107. Ayers, S. (2007). Thoughts and emotions during traumatic birth: A qualitative study. Birth, 34(3), pp. 253–263.
  108. Ayers, S., McKenzie-McHarg, K. and Eagle, A. (2007). Cognitive behaviour therapy for postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder: case studies. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 28(3), pp. 177–184.
  109. Ayers, S., Wright, D.B. and Wells, N. (2007). Post-traumatic stress in couples after birth: Association with the couple’s relationship and parent-baby bond. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 25(1), pp. 40–50.
  110. Cox, L., Ayers, S., Nala, K. and Penny, J. (2007). Chronic pelvic pain and quality of life after laparoscopy. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Reproduction & Biology, 132(2), pp. 214–219.
  111. Nicholls, K. and Ayers, S. (2007). Childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder in couples: a qualitative study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21(4), pp. 491–509.
  112. Ford, E. and Ayers, S. (2006). Validation of a questionnaire measure of women's perception of support and control during labour and birth: the support and control in birth scale. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 24(3), pp. 264–264.
  113. Ayers, S., Claypool, J. and Eagle, A. (2006). What happens after a difficult birth? Postnatal debriefing services. British Journal of Midwifery, 14(3), pp. 157–161.
  114. Ayers, S., Eagle, A. and Waring, H. (2006). The effects of postnatal PTSD on women and their relationships: a qualitative study. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 11(4), pp. 389–398.
  115. Ayers, S., Collenette, A., Hollis, B. and Manyonda, I. (2005). Feasibility study of a Latest Date of Delivery (LDD) system of managing pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 26(3), pp. 167–171. doi:10.1080/01443610400023015.
  116. Pearce, H. and Ayers, S. (2005). The expected child versus the actual child: Implications for the mother-baby bond. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23(1), pp. 89–102. doi:10.1080/0264683042000325528.
  117. Ayers, S. and Pickering, A.D. (2005). Women's expectations and experience of birth. Psychology and Health, 20(1), pp. 79–92. doi:10.1080/0887044042000272912.
  118. AYERS, S.U.S.A.N. (2004). Delivery as a Traumatic Event: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Treatment for Postnatal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 47(3), pp. 552–567. doi:10.1097/01.grf.0000129919.00756.9c.
  119. Manyonda, I., Thakar, R.B. and Ayers, S. (2004). Randomised controlled trial of total compared with subtotal hysterectomy with one-year follow up results. BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, 111(7), pp. 760–760. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00164.x.
  120. Willoughby, K., Ayers, S. and Lask, B. (2004). Perceptions of the recovery process in early onset anorexia nervosa. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 35(4), pp. 420–421.
  121. Thakar, R., Ayers, S., Georgakapolou, A., Clarkson, P., Stanton, S. and Manyonda, I. (2004). Hysterectomy improves quality of life and decreases psychiatric symptoms: a prospective and randomized comparison of total versus subtotal hysterectomy. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 111, pp. 1115–1120.
  122. Ayers, S. (2003). Commentary on 'post-traumatic stress following childbirth: A review of the emerging literature and directions for research and practice'. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 8(2), pp. 169–171. doi:10.1080/1354850031000087546.
  123. Maas, C.P., Kenter, G.G., Trimbos, B., Severyn, K.M., Manyonda, I., Thakar, R. and Ayers, S. (2003). Outcomes after total versus subtotal abdominal hysterectomy [1] (multiple letters). New England Journal of Medicine, 348(9), pp. 856–857. doi:10.1056/NEJM200302273480916.
  124. Cropley, M., Ayers, S. and Nokes, L. (2003). People don’t exercise because they can’t think of reasons to exercise: an examination of causal reasoning within the Transtheoretical Model. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 8(4), pp. 409–414.
  125. Keogh, E., Ayers, S. and Francis, H. (2002). Does anxiety sensitivity predict post-traumatic stress symptoms following childbirth? A preliminary report. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 31(4), pp. 145–155. doi:10.1080/165060702321138546.
  126. Thakar, R., Ayers, S., Clarkson, P., Stanton, S. and Manyonda, I. (2002). Outcomes after total versus subtotal abdominal hysterectomy. New England Journal of Medicine, 347(17), pp. 1318–1325. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa013336.
  127. Ayers, S. (2001). Assessing psychopathology in pregnancy and postpartum. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol, 22(2), pp. 91–102.
  128. Ayers, S. and Pickering, A.D. (2001). Do women get posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of childbirth? A prospective study of incidence. Birth, 28(2), pp. 111–118.
  129. Ayers, S. (2001). Assessing stress and coping in pregnancy and postpartum. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol, 22(1), pp. 13–27.
  130. Ayers, S. and Pickering, A.D. (1997). Psychological factors and ultrasound: differences between routine and high-risk scans. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol, 9(2), pp. 76–79. doi:10.1046/j.1469-0705.1997.09020076.x.
  131. Ayers, S. (1997). The Application of Chaos Theory to Psychology. Theory & Psychology, 7(3), pp. 373–398. doi:10.1177/0959354397073005.

Education

Convenor

- Psychology for Health and Social Care (MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Contribute to

- Health and Society (BSc Midwifery)
- Health and Society (PGDip Midwifery)
- Application of Research in Clinical Settings (MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)
- Dissertations (BSc Nursing)
- Dissertations (BSc Midwifery)
- Research projects (MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (29)

  1. Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP). East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham (2015).
  2. Women's mental health. Madrid, Spain (2014).
    Description: Symposium: XVI World Congress of Psychiatry.
  3. The family life course - a potential for personal growth. Paris, France (2014).
    Description: Symposium: International Congress of Applied Psychology.
  4. Traumatic birth. Hull, UK (2013).
    Description: Symposium chair and contributor: Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
  5. Childbirth and post-traumatic stress: What predicts a) childbirth as traumatic and b) the experience of subsequent post-traumatic stress symptoms? Berlin, Germany (2013).
    Description: Symposium contributor: International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
  6. PTSD after childbirth: Conceptual and theoretical issues. Venice, Italy (2011).
    Description: Talk for speical symposium
  7. The psychology of birth trauma. University of Sussex (2011).
    Description: British Psychological Society (Wessex Division) special lecture
  8. The psychology of birth trauma. Cardiff and Ascot (2010).
    Description: Lecture for 1-day workshops organised by the Learning Curve
  9. Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth. Venice, Italy (2010).
    Description: Symposium contributor: International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
  10. Psychological trauma following difficult labour and delivery. Woking (2009).
    Description: Lecture in 1-day workshop on 'Guarding the Perineum' by the Learning Curve
  11. The psychology of birth trauma. London (2009).
    Description: Birth Trauma Association 1-day event
  12. Birth trauma. Torquay (2009).
    Description: Lecture for 1-day conference by Mothers and Midwives Alliance
  13. PTSD following childbirth: What do women (and men) tell us? Stockholm, Sweden (2009).
    Description: Swedish Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1-day event.
  14. Birth trauma: Widening our understanding of postnatal mental health. Kingston University (2009).
    Description: Kingston university seminar series
  15. Birth Trauma. Ayr, Scotland (2009).
    Description: Lecture in 1-day conference by the Mothers and Midwives Alliance.
  16. Conceptual and theoretical issues. Oxford, UK (2008).
    Description: Conference on Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth.
  17. Ayers S. & Ford E. Research in perinatal health. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder following childbirth: Research updates and implications for clinical practice. Oxford (2008).
    Description: Workshop: University of Oxford
  18. Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth. Kyoto, Japan (2007).
    Description: Symposium contributor: International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
  19. Birth trauma and postnatal anxiety. University of Sunderland (2007).
    Description: Invited talk at a departmental colloquia
  20. Conceptual and diagnostic issues. Sussex (2006).
    Description: Symposium chair and discussant: Postnatal PTSD Research Seminar, University of Sussex.
  21. Prevalence and comorbidity. Sussex (2006).
    Description: Symposium chair and discussant: Postnatal PTSD Research Seminar, University of Sussex.
  22. Post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. Institute of Psychiatry, London (2006).
    Description: Invited departmental colloquia
  23. Training healthcare professionals in communication skills. St Mary's Hospital, London (2005).
    Description: Departmental seminar
  24. Chadwick P. & Ayers S. Clinical skills & the health psychologist. Coventry (2005).
    Description: BREATHE Workshop, British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology Conference.
  25. Abraham C., Michie S. & Ayers S. Designing & evaluating theory-based interventions. Galway (2005).
    Description: CREATE Workshop: European Health Psychology Society Conference.
  26. Postnatal PTSD: Causes and controversies. Priory Ticehurst House, Kent (2005).
    Description: Invited lecture
  27. Birth trauma: Background and research. Salisbury, UK (2004).
    Description: Invited talk at the press launch for the Birth Trauma Association
  28. Do women get post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of childbirth? Imperial College, London (2003).
    Description: Invited talk
  29. PTSD after childbirth. Berlin (2003).
    Description: Symposium contributor: European Society Study of Traumatic Stress.

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (30)

  1. The transition to parenthood and mental health. London (2014). Maternity and Newborn Forum, Royal Society of Medicine.
  2. Post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. Vacouver, Canada (2014). Reproductive Mental Health Academic Rounds, University of British Columbia.
  3. PTSD: Who’s at risk and what can you do about it? Calgary, Canada (2014). Keynote lecture, 3rd Annual Conference for Women's Mental Health, University of Calgary.
  4. Parent’s experiences and satisfaction with care during the birth of a very preterm baby. Wakefiled (2013). Trouble up North: joint Yorkshire Neonatal Network Conference.
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth. Oslo, Norway (2013). About Mental Health around Birth Conference.
  6. Perinatal care and trauma: When "good enough'' isn't good enough. Stockholm, Sweden (2012). Swedish Society of Medicine.
  7. Birth trauma and postpartum PTSD. Oxford (2012). Annual Award Lecture, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
  8. Perinatal care and trauma: When "good enough'' isn't good enough. Zadar, Croatia (2012). 18th Psychology Days.
  9. The psychology of birth trauma. Sussex (2011). British Psychological Society Wessex Division.
  10. Perinatal care and trauma: When "good enough'' isn't good enough. Newcastle (2010). Faculty of Perinatal Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Association.
  11. PTSD after childbirth: Conceptual and theoretical issues. Venice, Italy (2010). International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  12. The psychology of birth trauma. Cardiff (2010). The Learning Curve.
  13. The psychology of birth trauma. Ascot (2010). The Learning Curve.
  14. Psychological trauma following difficult labour and delivery. Woking (2009). Guarding the Perineum Study Day. The Learning Curve.
  15. The psychology of birth trauma. London (2009). Birth Trauma Association Conference.
  16. Birth trauma. Torquay (2009). Mothers and Midwives' Alliance Conference.
  17. What do women (and men) tell us? Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth. Stockholm, Sweden (2009). Swedish Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  18. Birth trauma: Widening our understanding of postnatal mental health. Kingston (2009). Kingston University Seminar Series.
  19. Birth trauma. Scotland (2009). Mothers & Midwives' Alliance Conference
  20. Conceptual and theoretical issues. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder following childbirth: Research updates and implications for clinical practice. Oxford (2008). University of Oxford.
  21. Birth trauma and postnatal anxiety. Sunderland (2007). University of Sunderland.
  22. Post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. London (2006). Institute of Psychiatry.
  23. Training healthcare professionals in communication skills. London (2005). St Mary's Hospital.
  24. Postnatal PTSD: Causes and controversies. Ticehurst (2005). Priory Ticehurst House.
  25. Birth trauma: Background and research. Salisbury (2004). Press launch of the Birth Trauma Association.
  26. Do women get post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of childbirth? London (2003). Maternal Mental Health Conference, Imperial College.
  27. Training healthcare professionals in communication skills. London (2003). British Association of Clinical Psychology, South West Thames division.
  28. Acute health events and distress: What makes events traumatic? London (1999). Goldsmiths University Residential Seminar Weekend.
  29. Birth trauma and postpartum PTSD. Oxford, UK (2012). Lecture Award, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
  30. Perinatal care and trauma: When 'good enough' isn't good enough. Zadar, Croatia (2012). Invited lecture at the 18th Psychology Days, Croatia.

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