PhD (Cardiff) 2007; BSc (hons) Psychology (1st Class), Cardiff; Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Distinction)
I am a Health Professions Council (HCPC) registered Health Psychologist and I am on the BPS register of Chartered psychologists and BPS register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. I have recently been elected Chair of the Welsh branch of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology (Wales) branch. My research interests include the psychological factors and processes explaining positive psychological and physical progress during stressful health experiences and adaptive outcomes after such experiences. I aim to understand and explain the psychological mechanisms by which people can maintain good psychological and physical health, even in the face of stressful life-experiences.
My main research interest is in the psychosocial aspects of women’s reproductive health. My PhD primarily studied infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilisation treatment, and my postdoctoral employment involved evaluating the psychological impact of enhanced (i.e., more frequent) ovarian cancer screening in women with a family history of ovarian cancer. This psychological evaluation ran alongside a clinical evaluation examining the impact of enhanced ovarian cancer screening on detection and prognosis etc.
Other research experience includes data collection for a large scale evaluation of the Welsh Assembly Government Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative, as well as research with patients undergoing gynaecological and fertility treatment and with dependent drinkers.
Planned research aims to help teenagers to understand their personal risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
Institute of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University: Postdoctoral research fellow on a BUPA funded project evaluating the psychological impact of enhanced ovarian screening for women with a family history of ovarian cancer.
Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics (CISHE), School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University: Research assistant on a project evaluating the impact of healthy breakfast provision on mood, cognitive functioning, behaviour, attitudes to healthy eating and consumption of healthy/unhealthy foods in Welsh primary school children.
School of Psychology, Cardiff University: Research assistant on a project involving gynaecology and fertility patients. This project investigated the influence of estradiol on mood, memory and work performance, using psychological tests, interviews, questionnaires and computer tasks.
Cardiff Addiction Research Unit, Lansdowne Hospital, Cardiff: Research assistant interviewing patients to assess the effectiveness of a brief psychological intervention for dependent drinking addiction.
Course director for MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
Chair of the BPS DHP (Wales)
University of South Wales Faculty of Life Sciences and Education Research ethics committee member
Associate Editor BMC Women’s Health journal
Andrews, V., Tonkin, E., Lancastle, D., & Kirk, M. (2014a). Using the Diffusion of Innovations theory to understand the uptake of genetics in nursing practice: identifying the characteristics of genetic nurse adopters. Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(4), 878–893.
Andrews, V., Tonkin, E., Lancastle, D., & Kirk, M. (2014b). Identifying the characteristics of nurse opinion leaders to aid the integration of genetics in nursing practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(11), 2598–2611.
Andrews, V., Tonkin, E., Lancastle, D., & Kirk, M. (2016). A strategy for implementing genomics into nursing practice informed by three behaviour change theories: Implementation of genomics in nursing. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22 (3), 307-315, doi:10.1111/ijn.12431
Boivin, J., & Lancastle, D. (2010). Medical waiting periods: Imminence, emotions and coping. Women’s Health, 6, 51-59
Brain, K.E., Lifford, K.J., Fraser, L., Rosenthal, A.N., Rogers, M.T., Lancastle, D., Phelps, C., Watson, E.K., Clements, A., Menon, U. (2012). Psychological outcomes of Familial Ovarian Screening: No evidence of long-term harm. Gynecologic Oncology. 127, 556-563.
Darwiche, J., Maillard, F., Germond, M., Favez, N., Lancastle, D., de Roten, P., Guex, P., and Despland, J-N. (2013). The transition of care from fertility specialists to obstetricians: Maternal adjustment and postpartum depressive symptoms. Future Medicine: Women’s Health, 9, 109-118.
Lancastle, D. (2008) Book review – Human fertilisation and embryology: Reproducing regulation. Human Fertility.
Lancastle, D., & Boivin, J. (2005). Dispositional optimism, trait anxiety and coping: Unique or shared effects on biological response to fertility treatment? Health Psychology, 24, 171 -178.
Lancastle, D & Boivin, J. (2008). Feasibility, acceptability and benefits of a self-administered positive reappraisal coping intervention (PRCI) card for medical waiting periods. Human Reproduction, 23, 2299-2307.
Lancastle, D., Brain, K., & Phelps, C. (2011). Illness representations and distress in women undergoing screening for familial ovarian cancer. Psychology and Health, 26, 1659-1677.
Lifford, K.J., Clements, A., Fraser, L., Lancastle, D., & Brain, K.E. (2013). Catalysts to withdrawal from familial ovarian cancer screening for surgery and reactions to discontinued screening: A qualitative study. Familial Cancer, 12, 19-26.
Lifford K.J., Fraser, L., Rosenthal, A.N., Rogers, M.T., Lancastle, D., Phelps, C., Watson, E.K., Clements, A., Iredale, R., Jacobs, I., Menon, U., & Brain KE. (2012). Withdrawal from familial ovarian cancer screening for surgery: Findings from a psychological evaluation study (PsyFOCS). Gynecologic Oncology, 124, 158-163.
Lifford, K.J., Clements, A.., Fraser, L., Lancastle, D., & Brain. K. (2013). A qualitative study of women’s experience of familial ovarian cancer screening. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 2579-2584.
Roderique-Davies, G., McKnight, C., John, B., Faulkner, S., & Lancastle, D. (2017). Models of health behaviour predict intention to use long-acting reversible contraception. Women’s Health Advance Online Publication. DOI: 10.1177/1745505716678231
Lancastle, D. (2017). The Biopsychosocial aspects of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. Invited speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Female Health Special Interest Group at the Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay, February.
Lancastle, D. (2016). Evaluation of complex interventions and the role of Health Psychology. Invited speaker at the National Assembly of Wales round table event "Tackling obesity in Wales: Psychological perspectives on what works”, Cardiff, February.
Lancastle, D. (2015). Impact on quality of life and psychological wellbeing associated with the treatment choice in fibroids. Panel member for the Gedeon Richter:Preglem press event, Uterine fibroids – from coping to taking control: A long term medical approach to managing uterine fibroids, Budapest, October.
Lancastle, D. (2014). Supporting women during the IVF waiting period. Presentation for the South Wales and South West Infertility group (sponsored by Merck Serono), September, Cardiff.
Lancastle, D. (2014). Decisions, Decisions! : Making the right decision for YOU about treatment for uterine fibroids https://fibroidsconnect.com/lifestyle/making-right-decision-about-treatment-uterine-fibroids/
Lancastle, D. (2014). The psychosocial aspects of uterine fibroids. Presentation for the Gedeon Richter: Preglem Webex seminar ‘The Fibroids Dilemma’, Paris, March.
Lancastle, D. (2009). What have you got to be positive about?: Ways to cope with stress. Creating Families: Candian Magazine of Reproductive Health, 5 (1) 46-47. http://www.iaac.ca/en/216-836-what-have-you-got-to-be-positive-about-4
Lancastle, D. (2008) Review of Human fertilisation and embryology: Reproducing regulation. Human Fertility.
Lancastle, D. (2017). How to help patients to help themselves. Paper presented (invited speaker). 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference, Geneva, July, 2017, Human Reproduction, 32, s1, i47.
Lancastle, D. (2013). How to support patients in the waiting period. Paper presented 29th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, London, United Kingdom, July 2013.
Lancastle, D., & Brain, K. (2008). Psychological evaluation of familial ovarian cancer screening (PsyFOCS): Study outline and baseline psychological data. Annual Meeting of the British Society for Human Genetics. Cardiff, May 2008.
Lancastle, D., & Boivin, J. (2007) Feasibility, acceptability and usefulness of a self-administered positive reappraisal coping intervention (PRCI) card for stressful medical situations. 3rd Annual Meeting of the United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine, December 2007.
Lancastle, D., Arriagada, P., & Skouby, S. (2016). Long term treatment of uterine fibroids with Ulipristal Acetate improves health-related quality of life: Findings from the PEARL-III (ext) randomised controlled trial. Poster presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Helsinki, July 2016
Rutter, L., Vick, T., Tahir, T., Lancastle, D., & John, B. (2015). Prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Firefighters, Factors Predicting its Development and the Benefit of Trauma Focused Psychological Treatment. Annual conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry. London, May.
Swales, N., Tahir, T., Vick, T., Lancastle, D., & John, B. (2015). Prevalence of Depressive Disorder in Rheumatology Patients and Use of Emotional Thermometers as a Screening Tool. Annual conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry. London, May.
Lancastle, D., Brain, K., & Phelps, C. (2008) Illness perceptions and emotional responses to ovarian cancer screening in high risk women. Annual meeting of the British Psychological Society: Health Section. Bath, September.
Lancastle, D., & Brain, K. (2008). Psychological evaluation of familial ovarian cancer screening (PsyFOCS): Study outline and baseline psychological data. European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics. Barcelona, May.
Brain, K., & Lancastle, D. (2007). Psychological evaluation of familial ovarian cancer screening (PsyFOCS): A study outline. Annual Meeting of the British Society for Human Genetics. York, September.
Lancastle, D., & Boivin, J. (2002). Dispositional optimism affects structural but not functional aspects of ovulation. Annual meeting of the British Psychological Society: Health Section. Sheffield, September.
Lancastle, D., Boivin, J., & Bhal, K. (2001). Effect of oestrogen on mental processes and work performance in women with pharmacologically induced menopause. Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, Lausanne, Switzerland, June. Human Reproduction, 16, s201.
Chair of Division of Health Psychology (Wales)
BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
Associated Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Health Psychologist
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Health and Science Research Institute, University of South Wales
PsyFOCS management group, statistical working group, and qualitative working group.
External collaborations include:
Female Health Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay.
Liaison Psychiatry (University Hospital of Wales), Cardiff
Gedeon Richter: Preglem
Cardiff Fertility Studies Group (Cardiff University)
Eating Disorders Services: Cardiff and Vale NHS/Aneurin Bevan NHS
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service ABM NHS
University Medical Centre, Utrecht
PhD completions: Deborah was on the supervision team for Dr Verity Andrews who was awarded her PhD entitled “Genetics and Genomics in nursing: What are the characteristics of genetic nurse adopters and nurse opinion leaders in genetics and genomics?” in December 2012. Verity was co-supervised by Professor Maggie Kirk and Dr Emma Tonkin.
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