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Portrait of Miriam Ashford (née Thiel)

Miriam Ashford (née Thiel)

PhD Student

School of Health Sciences


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Miriam graduated from Université du Luxembourg in Psychology (with a specialisation in Psychophysiology) before completing a Masters in clinical psychology at University of Sussex. Before starting her PhD at City, she worked as a research intern at Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in a project developing and evaluating biopsychological treatment approaches for veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

She is currently a 3rd year PhD Health Psychology student at the Centre for Maternal and Child Health research working on developing and evaluating a web-based intervention for women with postpartum anxiety.


  1. BSc Psychology, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  2. MSc Clinical Psychology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Teaching, City University of London, United Kingdom


  1. PhD Student, City University of London, Oct 2013 – present

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. International Network for Perinatal PTSD Research
  2. International Society of Critical Health Psychology
  3. The British Psychological Society


German (can speak).


Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Ayers, S., Thiel, M. and Olander, E.K. (2015). A systematic review of computer- and internet-based psychotherapy interventions for perinatal mental health.

Journal articles (6)

  1. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K., Rowe, H., Fisher, J.R. and Ayers, S. (2018). Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web-Based Treatment with Telephone Support for Postpartum Women With Anxiety: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mental health, 5(2). doi:10.2196/mental.9106.
  2. 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, 35(4), pp. 394–409. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1320364.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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). doi:10.2196/mental.5349.


Teach on

Introduction to Research Methods Course (BSc & PGDip Health Visiting)
- Feedback and assessment of formative and summative assignments
- Group tutorials
- Lectures (qualitative, quantitative, & mixed research methods)

Professional activities

Events/conferences (9)

  1. 5th Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium, City University London, UK. City University London, UK (2015).
    Description: Poster: Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a web-based self-help intervention for women with postnatal anxiety
  2. 3rd Annual School of Health Sciences Doctoral Research Conference. City University London, UK (2015).
    Description: Poster: The feasibility of a web-based intervention for postpartum women with anxiety: Protocol of a randomized controlled trial
  3. 26th Alzheimer’s Researchers’ Symposium. Stanford, USA (2014).
    Description: Poster: MemTrax: A continuous recognition task online to measure memory performance and recognition speed
  4. Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Sciences. San Francisco, USA (2014).
    Description: Poster: Cross-Cultural Differences in Unintended Pregnancy: Blame Attribution Affects Help Considered

    Poster: A review of public internet-based treatments for anxiety: Informing patients and professionals
  5. 2nd School of Health Sciences Doctoral Research Conference. City University London, UK (2014).
    Description: Poster: A Review of self-help and treatment options for anxiety available on the internet
  6. 4th Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium. City University London, UK (2014).
    Description: Methodological steps in developing an internet-based anxiety treatment: Current status and future plan
  7. 29th Annual PsyPAG Postgraduate Student Conference. Cardiff, UK (2014).
    Description: A systematic evaluation of public internet-based self-help treatment programs for anxiety
  8. Third Annual Center for Innovation to Implementation, National Center for PTSD, and Health Economics Resource Center Research Assistant Conference. Menlo Park, CA., USA (2013).
    Description: Oral presentation: Hyperarousal in veterans with PTSD: A close look at the effects of a breathing training and sleep hygiene treatment on psychological and physiological hyperarousal.
  9. 13th Congress of the German Society of Behavioural Medicine and Modification. Luxembourg (2011).
    Description: Poster: Effects of a short, mindfulness- based breathing intervention on psycho-physiological, endocrine and subjective stress responses.