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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 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 interested in taking on a PhD student although cannot provide funding at this stage.

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 9 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Master's Thesis

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

Supporting Systematic Assessment of Digital Interventions: A Framework for Analysing and Measuring Usage and Engagement Data (AMUsED)

Miller, S., Ainsworth, B., Yardley, L., Milton, A., Weal, M., Smith, P. & Morrison, L., 2018, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations

Addressing unmet needs in understanding asthma mechanisms

Edwards, M., Saglani, S., Schwarze, J., Skevaki, C., Smith, J., Ainsworth, B., Almond, M., Andreakos, E., Belvisi, M., Chung, K. F., Cookson, W., Cullinan, P., Hawrylowicz, C., Lommatzsch, M., Jackson, D., Lutter, R., Marsland, B., Moffat, M., Thomas, M., Virchow, J. C. & 5 othersXanthou, G., Edwards, J., Walker, S., Johnston, S. L. & Group, EARIP. WP. W., 1 May 2017, In : European Respiratory Journal. 49, 5, p. 1-43 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disease Management
1 Citations

Testing the differential effects of acceptance and attention-based psychological interventions on intrusive thoughts and worry.

Ainsworth, B., Bolderston, H. & Garner, M., 1 Apr 2017, In : Behaviour Research and Therapy. 91, p. 72-77 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autogenic Training
Control Groups
3 Citations

Using an analysis of behavior change to inform effective digital intervention design: How did the PRIMIT website change hand hygiene behavior across 8993 users?

Ainsworth, B., Steele, M., Joseph, J., Miller, S., Morrison, L., Little, P. & Yardley, L., Jun 2017, In : Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 51, 3, p. 423-431 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hand Hygiene
Respiratory Tract Infections
Delivery of Health Care