Research Genetic Counsellor / Postdoctoral Researcher
I am currently conducting qualitative research relating to personalised medicine, looking at the perspectives of clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors on a new personalised recurrence risk assessment tool (PREGCARE: Precision Genetic Counselling and Reproduction). My previous research project explored adult adoptees' views and experiences of consumer genomic testing kits (ancestry and health).
I completed an ESRC-sponsored doctorate in 2003 at Nuffield College, Oxford (graduate social science college), followed by a PGCE (DMU) and research and lecturing contracts at UK universities. In recent years, I expanded my interest into genomics and undertook a three-year training programme in Genetic and Genomic Counselling (School of Medicine, Cardiff University, 2021), which led to my current role of Research Genetic Counsellor.
I'm a member of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC) and British Psychological Society (BPS) and hold elected fellowship of the Royal Historical Society.
Providing recurrence risk counselling for parents after diagnosis of a serious genetic condition caused by an apparently de novo mutation in their child: a qualitative investigation of the PREGCARE strategy with UK clinical genetics practitioners.
Kay AC. et al, (2023), J Med Genet
Adoptees’ views and experiences of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomic testing: an exploratory interview study from the UK
Kay A. and Taverner N., (2022), Journal of Community Genetics