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Research interests

I'm interested in how to help people with chronic health conditions (primarily respiratory disease, although I also work with other conditions) using non-pharmacological treatments. I'm Deputy Director of the Bath Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion.

I started research with the MRC/ESRC, looking at how psychological interventions (like mindfulness) changed cognitions and emotions for people with anxiety. I then started working with people with asthma, working to understand their asthma in order to develop effective psychological and behavioural interventions, spending 2 years as an NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow with the NIHR School of Primary Care.

A lot of my research uses digital technologies (apps and websites) in order to help people with respiratory disease, and this has lead to another research interest in developing new analytical frameworks to measure and understand how (and why) people 'engage' with treatments, and how treatments can be optimised accordingly.

I'm leading and co-leading several NIHR-funded projects and am the PI on work funded by the Asthma Allergy and Inflammation Research Charity.

Teaching interests

I teach both undergraduates and post-graduates, although mainly the MSc Health Psychology course, in particular developing an understanding of target populations to develop effective interventions.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am currently able to supervise PhD students.

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Research Output

Feasibility and acceptability of a group mindfulness intervention in a difficult asthma clinic

Ainsworth, B., Patel, A., Eyles, C., Davies, G., Kurukulaaratchy, R. & Thomas, M., 15 May 2020, In : Mindfulness.

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One year later: highlighting the challenges and opportunities in disseminating a breathing retraining digital behaviour change intervention

Ainsworth, B., Bruton, A., Thomas, M. & Yardley, L., 1 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Digital Health.

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Adding web-based behavioural support to exercise referral schemes for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER Randomised Controlled Trial

Taylor, A. H., Taylor, R. S., Ingram, W., Anokye, N., Dean, S., Jolly, K., Mutrie, N., Lambert, J., Yardley, L., Greaves, C. J., King, J., McAdam, C., Steele, M., Price, L., Streeter, A., Charles, N., Terry, R. H., Webb, D., Campbell, J. L., Hughes, L. & 7 others, Ainsworth, B., Jane, B., Jones, B., Erwin, J., Little, P., Woolf, A. & Cavanagh, C., 27 Nov 2019, (Acceptance date) In : Health Technology Assessment .

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Evaluation of a breathing retraining intervention to improve quality of life in asthma: quantitative process analysis of the BREATHE randomized controlled trial

Arden-Close, E., Kirby, S., Yardley, L., Bruton, A., Ainsworth, B. & Thomas, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Clinical Rehabilitation. 33, 7, p. 1139-1149 11 p.

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Feasibility trial of a digital self-management intervention ' My Breathing Matters' to improve asthma-related quality of life for UK primary care patients with asthma

Ainsworth, B., Greenwell, K., Stuart, B., Raftery, J., Mair, F., Bruton, A., Yardley, L. & Thomas, M., 12 Nov 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 11, p. e032465 e032465.

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