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. More recently, my focus has 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 am currently looking at the potential impact of GP practice based primer and reminder interventions on BSS attendance.
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