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Alison Kay

DPhil (Oxon)

Research Genetic Counsellor / Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a multi-disciplinary researcher interested in medicine, genomics and society.  I am a member of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC) and an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Current roles & research:

I am currently conducting qualitative research relating to personalised medicine. Part of the Goriely group, I am looking at views and experiences of a new personalised risk assessment tool to support informed reproductive decision making (PREGCARE: Precision Genetic Counselling and Reproduction). 


I completed my ESRC-sponsored doctorate in 2003 at Nuffield College, Oxford (a graduate college specialising in social science). This was shortlisted for the Coleman Prize in Business History. After several years as a research fellow and lecturer in this field, my son was diagnosed with a rare condition and after a period of reflection I expanded my research interests and undertook the MSc Psychology (BPS accredited) and then a three-year training programme in Genomic Counselling (School of Medicine, Cardiff University, 2021).