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Dr Kate Lifford

Dr Kate Lifford

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Email
liffordkj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 7809
Campuses
Neuadd Meirionnydd

Overview

I have a background in health psychology and have experience using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. My recent research is within the areas of cancer screening and doctor-patient communication. This includes screening and prevention of bowel cancer as well as decision-making about breast cancer treatment. 

Biography

Education and qualifications

  • 2009: PhD Cardiff University (thesis title: A longitudinal analysis of the effects of genetic and family factors on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • 2003: MSc Health Psychology, University of Bath
  • 2000: BSc Psychology, University of Southampton

Career overview

2020 - current: Research Associate, Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales), Cardiff University School of Medicine

2017 - 2020: Research Fellow, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2009 - 2017: Research Associate, Cardiff University School of Medicine

projects included:

  • Bridging the Age Gap in Breast Cancer: Improving outcomes for older women.
  • United Kingdom Lung Cancer Screening Trial
  • A Psychological Evaluation of Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening

2003 - 2005:  Research Technician, Cardiff University School of Medicine

Publications

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Teaching

I have co-supervised intercalating medical students conducting their research projects towards their BSc in clinical epidemiology. I also facilitate evidence based medicine tutorials for medical students.

My recent research is within the areas of cancer screening and doctor-patient communication. I have focused on decision-making around cancer risk management, risk reduction and treatment. This has included working on projects to understanding the psychological impact of cancer screening in high risk groups, to develop and evaluate decision support interventions and to explore new methods for screening. I am also interested in decision-making during palliative and end-of-life care.