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 Aylin Mooren

Aylin Mooren

Research student, School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


My work aims to assist people with unrealized parenthood goals and clinicians to provide optimal evidence-based psychosocial support. I am currently developing a training programme to improve fertility staff skills in sharing bad news with their patients. I will further assess its acceptability and feasibility among fertility staff and patients.

Undergraduate Education

B.A. in International Business and Social Sciences, Rhine Waal, University of Applied Sciences, Kleve, Germany

B.Sc. in Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Postgraduate Education

M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Awards/External Committees

1st Prize "Presentation & Research Skills" at Radboud University, 2017

1st Prize Business Simulation Rhine Waal University, 2016

1st Prize Sales Competition Project Mini Company Jongondernemers NL, Fontys Venlo


Account General Manager at A&S Handels GmbH and ASEM Plastik, Emmerich am Rhein, Germany


Research interests

Giving up ones’ dream of becoming a parent is viewed as an invisible struggle and associated with a tremendous emotional burden such as an increased risk for depression, anxiety and relational problems.

Different from other medical areas, infertility treatment is characterized by the repetition of receiving bad news. The manner of how negative news is shared can influence a client’s understanding of medical information, satisfaction with staff and psychological adjustment. Patients often report receiving too much technical information, and a lack of caring and empathetic attitude by clinicians which goes back to the gap of medical training in SBN among clinicians. This gap in knowledge and skills is conspicuous because medical education at universities does not cover the required amount of teaching to optimally deliver bad news to patients. Therefore, there is an increased need for extra training in disclosing bad news to improve the performance among clinicians with the aim to enhance the wellbeing of patients and health care providers.

Research Topics

  • Evidence-based psychological support in fertility care
  • (Unmet) parenthood goals
  • Psychological adjustment following fertility treatment across patients and health care providers
  • Development of an evidence-based training course to break bad news in fertility care
  • Cultural differences in psychological adjustment in fertility care
  • Funding

My research has been fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) DTP studentship (ESRC 3+ PhD studentship 2020).


Development of a training course in breaking bad news for health professionals in fertility care

Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


Dr Sofia Gameiro

Dr Sofia Gameiro

Senior Lecturer

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