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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 2024

MTG: GW4 Crucible (Leaders in Digital Tecnology) Seed Funding

Ainsworth, B. & Dack, C.


Project: Research-related funding


Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Ainsworth, B.

5/07/19 → …

Project: Research-related funding


Ainsworth, B.

National Institute for Health Research


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2013 2019

A 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., 23 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : BMJ Open.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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., 1 May 2019, In : Alcohol and Alcoholism. 54, 3, p. 325-330 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Impact of Psychological and Physical Health Factors on Quality of Life in Adults with Asthma: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Stanescu, S., Kirby, S., Thomas, M., Yardley, L. & Ainsworth, B., 15 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Primary Care Respiratory Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle