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Alison Kay

Genetic Counsellor/Postdoctoral Researcher


I am a mixed methods researcher with an interdisciplinary background. I joined the Goriely Group at the MRC WIMM in January 2022, where I am a researcher working on qualitative research projects relating to personalised medicine, particularly personalised risk assessments to support informed reproductive decision making - PREGCARE: Precision Genetic Counselling and Reproduction. 

I also have an interest in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing and recently completed research on adoptees' and foundlings' views and experiences. I am preparing this for publication with Dr. Nicki Taverner at Cardiff University.

I originally completed a doctorate at Nuffield College (a social science college of the University of Oxford), later undertaking medicines R&D patient advocacy training (EURORDIS) and the three-year Genetic and Genomic Counselling programme in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University.  I am a member of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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