Miriam Ashford (née Thiel)
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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.
- BSc Psychology, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- MSc Clinical Psychology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Teaching, City University of London, United Kingdom
- PhD Student, City University of London, Oct 2013 – present
Memberships of professional organisations
- International Network for Perinatal PTSD Research
- International Society of Critical Health Psychology
- The British Psychological Society
German (can speak).
- Ayers, S., Thiel, M. and Olander, E.K. (2015). A systematic review of computer- and internet-based psychotherapy interventions for perinatal mental health.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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)
- 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
- 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
- 26th Alzheimer’s Researchers’ Symposium. Stanford, USA (2014).
Description: Poster: MemTrax: A continuous recognition task online to measure memory performance and recognition speed
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 29th Annual PsyPAG Postgraduate Student Conference. Cardiff, UK (2014).
Description: A systematic evaluation of public internet-based self-help treatment programs for anxiety
- 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.
- 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.