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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 PhD

I am currently able to supervise PhD students.

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 2013 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Arden-Close, E., Kirby, S., Yardley, L., Bruton, A., Ainsworth, B. & Thomas, M., 27 Feb 2019, In : Clinical Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Impact of personal alcohol consumption on aspects of medical student alcohol-related competencies

Sinclair, J., Vaccari, E., Tiwari, A., Saville, F., Ainsworth, B. & Woods-Townsend, K., 25 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The importance of differentiating behavioural and psychological treatment effects from placebo in respiratory interventions

Ainsworth, B., Hardman, D. & Thomas, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : European Respiratory Journal. 53, 4, 1900156.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Hypocapnia correction as a working mechanism for breathing retraining in asthma – Authors' reply

Thomas, M., Ainsworth, B. & Bruton, A., 1 Apr 2018, In : The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 6, 4, p. e15

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate