Dr Lesley McGregor

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychology Room 3A113 Senior Lecturer Division of Psychology Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Stirling FK9 4LA, UK

Dr Lesley McGregor

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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer within the Division of Psychology and Co-Director of the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling.

After completing my PhD at Stirling University in 2010, on the psychological impact of living organ donation, I began my Research Associate post at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health (Health Behaviour Research Centre until 2017) within University College London (UCL). There I transferred and further developed my skills, knowledge and interest in health communication and decision making to the area of colorectal cancer screening. My research initially focused on developing strategies, including a narrative-based leaflet, to increase uptake of the guaiac Faecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBt) within the English Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. My focus then moved to Bowel Scope (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy) Screening (BSS), which was introduced to the English programme in 2013. I have previously worked on studies to assess the psychosocial and sociocognitive predictors of BSS uptake and I more recently looked at the potential impact of GP practice based primer and reminder interventions on BSS attendance. Improving cancer screening uptake and improving bowel health more generally remain two areas of interest to me and I continue to develop research projects on these topics. In addition, I aim to lead and supervise research to understand further organ and blood donation activities and life and health post organ transplant with a particular focus on decision making, health communication and reducing health inequalities.

I have recently been awarded funding by the Stirling Crucible (2021) to initiate research into 2 areas linked to my research interests:

  • hydration behaviours in older adults, and
  • physical activity following organ transplantation in the UK and Canada

I am a registered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society. During my time at UCL, I co-led the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network (@UCL_QHRN), set up to help to bring together, encourage and support qualitative researchers in health care and I continue to support this initiative from the University of Stirling.

My Key Papers:

  • Wardle J and von Wagner C, et al. (2016). Effects of evidence-based strategies to reduce the socioeconomic gradient of uptake in the English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (ASCEND): four cluster-randomised controlled trials. The Lancet 387(10020), P751-759. http://hdl.handle.net/1893/30018
  • Kerrison R, et al. (2018). Use of Two Self-referral Reminders and a Theory-Based Leaflet to Increase the Uptake of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy in the English Bowel Scope Screening Program: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial in London. Annals of Behavioural Medicine, 52(11), 941-951. http://hdl.handle.net/1893/30118

Contact me for possible PhD supervision relating to cancer screening, health inequalities, health communication, bowel health, blood donation and organ donation.

Please contact me if interested in finding out more about joining the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology programme. The closing date for applications is 21st October 2022 (12pm /noon; UK time).

Research (1)

Colorectal Cancer Screening Organ donation Health decision making Narrative health communication Qualitative methods

Projects

Outputs (49)

Outputs

Article

Kerrison RS, Prentice A, Marshall S, Choglay S, Levitan M, Alter M, Ghanouni A, McGregor L & von Wagner C (2021) Ethnic inequalities in older adults bowel cancer awareness: findings from a community survey conducted in an ethnically diverse region in England. BMC Public Health, 21, Art. No.: 513. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10536-y

Conference Proceeding

Douglas E, Bell DNF, Comerford D, McCabe L, Pemble C, McGregor L & Brown T (2021) The Impact of COVID-19 Fear: Evidence To Inform Social, Health And Economic Recovery - A Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) Study. In: Ageing Past, Present and Future: Innovation and Change. British Society of Gerontology 50th Annual Conference, Online, 07.07.2021-09.07.2021. Hampshire: British Society of Gerontology, p. 165. https://www.britishgerontology.org/public/31949/BSG_Conference_Book_2021_Online_v2.pdf

Research Report

Kerrison RS, von Wagner C, Ghanouni A, Green T, Macleod U, Hughes M, Rees CJ, Duffy S & McGregor LM (2020) Lessons learned from conducting a rapid review: a case study examining factors associated with flexible sigmoidoscopy screening use. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine & Health. SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529718164

Article

McGregor LM, Skrobanski H, Ritchie M, Berkman L, Miller H, Freeman M, Patel N, Morris S, Rees C & von Wagner C (2019) Using specialist screening practitioners (SSPs) to increase uptake of bowel scope (flexible sigmoidoscopy) screening: results of a feasibility single-stage phase II randomised trial. BMJ open, 9, Art. No.: e023801. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023801

Article

Kerrison RS, McGregor LM, Counsell N, Marshall S, Prentice A, Isitt J, Rees CJ & von Wagner C (2018) Use of Two Self-referral Reminders and a Theory-Based Leaflet to Increase the Uptake of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy in the English Bowel Scope Screening Program: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial in London. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52 (11), pp. 941-951. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kax068

Article

McGregor LM, Kerrison RS, Green T, Macleod U, Hughes M, Gibbins M, Morris S, Rees C & von Wagner C (2018) Using primary care-based paper and telephone interventions to increase uptake of bowel scope screening in Yorkshire: a protocol of a randomised controlled trial.. BMJ Open, 8, Art. No.: e024616. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024616

Conference Paper (unpublished)

McGregor LM, Skrobanski H, Berkman L, Miller H, Rees CJ, Morris S & von Wagner C (2017) Is Patient Navigation a Feasible Intervention to Help Increase Uptake of Bowel Scope Screening within North East England?. 2017 Early Diagnosis Research Conference, London, 23.02.2017-24.02.2017. http://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.34822.37449; https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.34822.37449

Article

Smith SG, Wardle J, Atkin W, Raine R, McGregor LM, Vart G, Morris S, Duffy SW, Moss S, Hackshaw A, Halloran S, Kralj-Hans I, Howe R, Snowball J & Handley G (2017) Reducing the socioeconomic gradient in uptake of the NHS bowel cancer screening Programme using a simplified supplementary information leaflet: a cluster-randomised trial. BMC Cancer, 17, Art. No.: 543. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-017-3512-1

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Berkman L, Mcgregor LM, von Wagner C, Miller H, Rees CJ, Morris S & Skrobansk H (2016) A feasibility study of Patient Navigation within the Bowel Scope Screening Programme: reflections of Specialist Screening Practitioners. 2016 12th UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Annual Scientific Meeting, Cardiff, 01.12.2016-01.12.2016. http://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.16214.04161; https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.16214.04161

Poster

McGregor LM, Bonello B, Kerrison RS & Wagner CV (2016) Predictors of Bowel Scope (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy) Screening Knowledge: Findings From a Retrospective Survey. Joint conference of European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology, University College London. http://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.21041.17767; https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.21041.17767

Poster

Kerrison RS, McGregor LM, Marshall S, Isitt J, Counsell N, Wardle J & von Wagner C (2016) A randomised controlled trial of a reminder intervention to promote Bowel Scope Screening uptake. 30th European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference 2016, Aberdeen, Scotland, 23.08.2016-27.08.2016. http://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.14330.29121; https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.14330.29121

Article

McGregor LM, von Wagner C, Atkin W, Kralj-Hans I, Halloran SP, Handley G, Logan RF, Rainbow S, Smith S, Snowball J, Thomas MC, Smith SG, Vart G, Howe R & Counsell N (2016) Reducing the Social Gradient in Uptake of the NHS Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme Using a Narrative-Based Information Leaflet: A Cluster-Randomised Trial. Gastroenterology Research and Practice, 2016, Art. No.: 3670150. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3670150

Article

Raine R, Moss SM, von Wagner C, Atkin W, Kralj Hans I, Howe R, Solmi F, Morris S, Counsell N, Hackshaw A, Halloran S, Handley G, Logan RF, Rainbow S & McGregor LM (2016) A national cluster-randomised controlled trial to examine the effect of enhanced reminders on the socioeconomic gradient in uptake in bowel cancer screening. British Journal of Cancer, 115, pp. 1479-1486. https://doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.365

Commentary

Wardle J, von Wagner C, Kralj-Hans I, Halloran SP, Smith SG, McGregor LM, Vart G, Howe R, Snowball J, Handley G, Logan RF, Rainbow S, Smith S, Thomas MC & Counsell N (2016) Effects of evidence-based strategies to reduce the socioeconomic gradient of uptake in the English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (ASCEND): four cluster-randomised controlled trials. Commentary on: Marie-Louise Essink-Bot, Evelien Dekker Equal access to colorectal cancer screening The Lancet, Volume 387, Issue 10020, 20–26 February 2016, Pages 724-726. Lancet, 387 (10020), pp. 751-759. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736%2815%2901154-X

Article

Palmer CK, Thomas MC, McGregor LM, von Wagner C & Raine R (2015) Understanding low colorectal cancer screening uptake in South Asian faith communities in England - A qualitative study Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health, 15, Art. No.: 998. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2334-9

Meeting Abstract

McGregor LM, Swanson V, Hayes PC, Lumsdaine JA & O'Carroll R (2008) Functional and psychosocial outcome in living kidney donors and recipients. European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology conference 2008, Bath, 09/09/2008 - 12/09/2008. Psychology and Health, 23 (Supplement 1), p. S182. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870440802299543

Article

McGregor LM & O'Carroll R (2006) Living donor liver transplants. Psychologist, 19 (3), pp. 138-139. http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=19&editionID=133&ArticleID=994

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