School of Psychology Contacts & people

Bethan Fulford

Research group:
Developmental & Health Psychology
Email:
FulfordB@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 0477
Location:
57 Park Place

Research summary

I am interested in the factors that influence fertility decision-making and fertility outcomes. Even though parenthood is an important life goal for most individuals, recent trends show an increase in fertility-compromising behaviours and lifestyles (e.g. obesity), an increase in the age at which people have children (fertility reduces as a woman gets older) and a delay in seeking timely medical help amongst people who are at risk for infertility. Trying to work out how people make fertility-related decisions and what factors influence their behaviour is important in understanding how to promote engagement in fertility-optimizing behaviours.

Teaching summary

Level 1/2 Postgraduate Tutor – I run tutorials for level 1 and level 2 undergraduate students, which involve assisting with practical report writing and statistics assignments.

Level 2 Teaching Assistant – I assist with level 2 undergraduate practical classes.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2014

Fulford, B., Macklon, N. and Boivin, J. (2014). Mental models of pregnancy may explain low adherence to folic acid supplementation guidelines: a cross-sectional international surveyEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.02.011)

2013

Fulford, B. and Boivin, J. (2013). Feeling immune to risk may explain poor adherence to periconceptional health guidelines [Abstract]Human Reproduction, 28(S1) (10.1093/humrep/det218)

Fulford, B., Bunting, L. E., Tsibulsky, I. and Boivin, J. (2013). The role of knowledge and perceived susceptibility in intentions to optimize fertility: findings from the International Fertility Decision-Making Study (IFDMS)Human Reproduction, 28(12), 3253-3262. (10.1093/humrep/det373)

2012

Fulford, B. and Boivin, J. (2012). Optimal dietary composition for weight loss in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials [Abstract]Human Reproduction, 27(S2) (10.1093/humrep/27.s2.88)

2011

Fulford, B., Bunting, L. E., Tsibulsky, I. and Boivin, J. (2011). O-301 Does knowledge of fertility risks translate into action? Findings from the International Fertility Decision-Making Study (IFDMS) iStarting Familiesi [Abstract]Human Reproduction, 26(S1), i120-i121. (10.1093/humrep/26.s1.73)

Research topics and related papers

My research focuses on identifying the lifestyle, reproductive, psychosocial and decisional antecedents of fertility decision-making and fertility outcomes.  I aim to use longitudinal research to examine the pathways that lead individuals to certain fertility-related decisions and behaviours. This information can then be used to design effective tools for helping people to make appropriate choices in relation to achieving their childbearing goals.

Funding

ESRC/MRC

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology

Cardiff Fertility Studies Research Group

Research collaborators

Jacky Boivin

Undergraduate education

2006-2010: BSc Applied Psychology (1st class honours) – Cardiff University
2008: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme – Cardiff University

Postgraduate education

2010-2011: MSc Social Science Research Methods (Distinction) – Cardiff University