Dr Kirby Sainsbury
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- Telephone: 01912088500
I am a clinical psychologist with a background in the design of health behaviour change interventions (research) and the treatment of eating disorders, depression, and emotion regulation difficulties (clinical). I have worked as a researcher at Newcastle University since April 2015, and previously at the University of Sydney and Curtin University, and as a clinical psychologist in private practice and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings in Australia. I completed my undergraduate and post graduate studies at the University of Sydney.
PhD: The University of Sydney, 2013
Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The University of Sydney, 2011
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honours I): The University of Sydney, 2007
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences): The University of Sydney, 2007
My current research interests include the development of weight management interventions in obese and overweight individuals. As a researcher, I am passionate about using evidence-based interventions to support sustained behaviour in people at risk of chronic disease, particularly considering the role of emotions and emotion regulation difficulties as barriers to such change.
I am currently involved in three major projects: a UK Medical Research Council (National Prevention Research Initiative) funded study of the only UK-based RCT of a weight loss maintenance intervention (NULevel); a European-based, Horizon 2020 funded study on weight loss maintenance (NoHoW); and an NIHR funded study on the psychological factors associated with ultraviolet protection behaviour in patients with xeroderma pigmentosum.
My PhD research was focused on understanding the characteristics of adults with coeliac disease who are currently struggling to adhere to a gluten free diet, and the subsequent development of a theory-based intervention to improve gluten free diet adherence, coping, and quality of life. I continue to collaborate with other researchers in this field both in the UK and Australia.
I am co-running PSYC3033: Eating and Weight Disorders in the 2016-2017 academic year. My other teaching commitments include guest lecturing on health psychology and behaviour change modules for the Masters of Clinical and Health Psychology degree at Newcastle University. I am also involved in student supervision on this degree for dissertations and research apprenticeships.
I have taught various psychology subjects at undergraduate, honours, and masters levels while at the University of Sydney.
- Mullan B, Allom V, Sainsbury K, Monds L. Determining motivation to engage in safe food handling behaviour. Food Control 2016, 61, 47-53.
- Evans EH, AraujoSoares V, Adamson AJ, Batterham AM, Brown H, Campbell M, Dombrowski SU, Guest A, Jackson D, Kwasnicka D, Ladha K, McColl E, Olivier P, Rothman AJ, Sainsbury K, Steel AJ, Steen IN, Vale L, White M, Wright P, Sniehotta FF. The NULevel trial of a scalable, technology-assisted weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2015, 16, 421.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Sharpe L. Dissemination of an online theory-based intervention to improve gluten-free diet adherence in coeliac disease: The relationship between acceptability, effectiveness, and attrition. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine 2015, 22(3), 356-364.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Sharpe L. Predicting intention and behaviour following participation in a theory-based intervention to improve gluten free diet adherence in coeliac disease. Psychology & Health 2015, 30(9), 1063-1074.
- Dawson L, Mullan B, Sainsbury K. Using the theory of planned behaviour to measure motivation for recovery in anorexia nervosa. Appetite 2015, 84, 309-315.
- Kothe E, Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Smith LC. Explaining the intention-behaviour gap in gluten-free diet adherence: The moderating roles of habit and perceived behavioural control. Journal of Health Psychology 2015, 20(5), 580-591.
- Aoun S, Sainsbury K, Mullan B. Champion behaviour in a community obesity reduction program: Feedback from peers. Journal of Health Psychology 2015, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Harkness EL, Paterson HM, Denson TF, Kemp RI, Mullan B, Sainsbury K. Can Ego Depletion and Post-event Discussion Change the Way We Remember a Crime?. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 2015, 22(2), 172-183.
- Mullan B, Allom V, Sainsbury K, Monds L. Examining the predictive utility of an extended theory of planned behavior model in the context of specific individual safe food-handling. Appetite 2015, 90, 91-98.
- Mullan B, Smith L, Sainsbury K, Allom V, Paterson H, Lopez A. Active behaviour change safety interventions in the construction industry: A systematic review. Safety 2015, 79, 139-148.
- Rich A, Mullan B, Sainsbury K, Kuczmierczyk AR. The role of gender and sexual experience in predicting adolescent condom use intentions using the theory of planned behaviour. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 2014, 19(4), 295-306.
- Mullan B, Wong C, Kothe E, O'Moore K, Pickles K, Sainsbury K. An examination of the demographic predictors of adolescent breakfast consumption, content, and context. BMC Public Health 2014, 14, 264.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Sharpe L. A Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Intervention to Improve Gluten-free Diet Adherence in Celiac Disease. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2013, 108(5), 811-817.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Sharpe L. Gluten free diet adherence in coeliac disease: The role of psychological symptoms in bridging the intention behaviour gap. Appetite 2013, 61(1), 52-58.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Sharpe L. Reduced quality of life in coeliac disease is more strongly associated with depression than gastrointestinal symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2013, 75(2), 135-141.
- Loo C, Katalinic N, Garfield J, Sainsbury K, Hadzi-Pavlovic D, Mac-Pherson R. Neuropsychological and mood effects of ketamine in electroconvulsive therapy: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders 2012, 15, 233-240.
- Sainsbury K, Mullan B. Measuring beliefs about gluten free diet adherence in adults with coeliac disease using the theory of planned behaviour. Appetite 2011, 56(2), 476-483.
- Loo C, Sainsbury K, Mitchell P, Hadzi-Pavlovic D, Sachdev PS. A sham-controlled trial of left and right temporal rTMS for the treatment of auditory hallucinations. Psychological Medicine 2010, 40, 541-546.
- Loo C, Sainsbury K, Sheehan P, Lyndon W. A comparison of RUL ultrabrief pulse (0.3ms) ECT and standard RUL ECT. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 2008, 11, 883-890.
- Sainsbury K, Cleland CL, Evans EH, Adamson A, Batterham A, Dombrowski SU, Gellert P, Hill M, Kwasnicka D, Scott D, Sniehotta FF, White M, Araújo-Soares V. Supporting the transition from weight loss to maintenance: development and optimisation of a face-to-face behavioural intervention component. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine 2017, 5(1), 66-84.
- Byrne M, Mc Sharry J, Allom V, Marques MM, Sainsbury K. Systematic Approaches to designing effective behaviour change interventions to impact health. In: 14th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. 2016, Melbourne, Australia: Springer.
- Sainsbury K, Walburn J, Vieira R, Sniehotta FF, Weinman J, Sarkany R, Araujo-Soares V. Using n-of-1 methodology to inform the development of individualized, evidence-based interventions for patients with xeroderma pigmentosum. In: International Congress of Behavioural Medicine. 2016, Melbourne, Australia: Springer.
- Sainsbury K, Evans E, Teixiera P, Lahteenmaki L, Sniehotta F. A qualitative investigation of the role of emotion regulation in weight loss maintenance and its interaction with motivation and behavioural self-regulation. In: 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO17). 2017, Porto, Portugal: European Congress on Obesity.
- Walburn J, Sarkany R, Norton S, Foster L, Morgan M, Sainsbury K, Araújo-Soares V, Anderson R, Garrood I, Heydenreich J, Sniehotta FF, Vieira R, Wulf HC, Weinman J. An investigation of the predictors of photoprotection and UVR dose to the face in patients with XP: A protocol using observational mixed methods. BMJ Open 2017, 7, e018364.
- Sainsbury K, Walburn J, Sarkany R, Weinman J, Araujo-Soares V. Challenges and proposed framework for formative research to inform systematic intervention development in rare and unstudied conditions: The case example of Xeroderma Pigmentosum. In: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. 2017, Cardiff, UK: British Psychological Society.
- Sainsbury K, Marques MM. The relationship between gluten free diet adherence and depressive symptoms in adults with coeliac disease: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Appetite 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Sainsbury K, Vieira R, Sniehotta F, Walburn J, Sarkany R, Weinman J, Araujo-Soares V. Using n-of-1 methods to understand a complex behaviour: photoprotection in patients with xeroderma pigmentosum. In: 31st Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). 2017, Padua, Italy: The European Health Psychology Society (EHPS).