Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

Congratulations to Dr Emma Kinley on a stellar year of achievements!

As well as completing and graduating from her PhD at University of Edinburgh, Emma has recently passed her Health Psychology (Stage 2) viva as well!

Dr Emma Kinley completed her PhD viva earlier this year, carrying out a project as part of the IMPlementing IMProved Asthma self-management as RouTine (IMP²ART) programme of work.

As well as this, Emma was studying her Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2). This involves completing a portfolio of competence, providing evidence to meet the standards of a Health Psychologist.

PhD within IMP2ART

Dr Emma Kinley in a black and red graduation gown outside McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
Dr Emma Kinley graduated from her PhD at University of Edinburgh in November 2023.

Emma’s study focussed on how healthcare professionals delivered supported self-management in asthma reviews in general practices. For her PhD, she travelled up and down the UK to different GP practices to observe and record the asthma reviews.

She found that:

  • Lack of time and large challenging workloads impact healthcare professionals’ abilities to deliver supported self-management as well as they can
  • Education about asthma for patients and healthcare professionals is an effective self-management strategy to make sure people manage their asthma well
  • Healthcare professionals who receive training from the IMP2ART programme may be better at discussing supported self-management with people with asthma
  • Remote consultations such as over the phone spend similar amounts of time as face-to-face reviews

In November 2023, Emma graduated from her PhD - congratulations!

See more about Emma's study on her PhD profile page

Emma Kinley

Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2)

Emma came to her PhD with a background in health psychology and wanted to continue this alongside her studies.

Health Psychologists are experts in behaviour change and have a range of roles including; promoting health and wellness, prevention of disease and illness and helping people deal with the biological, social and psychological aspects of health and illness.

The British Psychological Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) is a doctoral-level qualification for those working in a health-related setting. To gain this qualification, Emma had to create a portfolio evidencing the five core competencies of a Health Psychologist, including professional practice, psychological interventions, research, consultancy, and teaching and training. She also had to complete a viva, an oral examination.

Personal achievement

Alongside her academic achievements, Emma also got married in September 2023.

Working in Patient and Public Involvement

Emma has taken a key role in the Centre since completing her PhD, as Research Fellow for Patient and Public Involvement. This involves advising and working with researchers in the Centre to meaningfully involve patient and public members in their research.


All round, a year to celebrate!

Congratulations Emma, from everyone at the Centre!