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Dr Kate Lifford

Dr Kate Lifford

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7809
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I have a background in health psychology and have experience using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. My current research focuses on cancer risk management and treatment. This includes screening and prevention of bowel cancer as well as decision making about breast cancer treatment. I have been involved with two cancer screening studies examining the psychological impact of screening in high risk samples. I am interested in genetically influenced disorders and diseases and how these affect individuals and families. My PhD focused on investigating the role of genetic factors and family relationships on children’s ADHD symptoms.

Education and qualifications

  • 2009: PhD Cardiff University
  • 2003: MSc Health Psychology, University of Bath
  • 2000: BSc Psychology, University of Southampton

Career overview

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

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

projects include:

  • 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











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 current research focuses on screening and prevention of bowel cancer. I am also involved in the Bridging the Age Gap in Breast Cancer Study which aims to help older women make decisions about breast cancer treatment. I have previously been involved with the psychological evaluation of cancer screening trials. These included the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Screening (UKLS) pilot trial and the Psychological evaluation of Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening (PsyFOCS).