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Dr Kirsten Smith MA Hons, MSc, PhD

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Dr Kirsten A Smith is a Research fellow working across the disciplines of Computer Science, Psychology and Primary Care. Her core role is to work on the development and trialling of behaviour change interventions. In her role as part of the LifeGuide Team in CCCAHP in the Psychology Department, she worked on digital behaviour change interventions for lifestyle changes after cancer treatment and preventing cognitive decline in older adults. She has also been involved in the Empathica Project: a digital intervention to train GPs in empathy to improve the wellbeing of patients, and the Four S Sore Throat Project, aiming to provide a process to diagnose sore throats from home.

Kirsten is currently involved in the Cherish (Couples HEalth Research and Intervention Studies) project. This project aims to develop couples-focused behaviour change strategies for health intervention research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
At the University of Aberdeen, Kirsten previously worked on the ASICA project, aimed at improving Skin cancer self-checking of patients successfully treated for Melanoma and improve diagnosis and treatment processes and the Portrait Project, aimed at creating a tablet-based snapshot of people with dementia's prior lives for their carestaff to use to improve person-centred care.

Her PhD 'Exploring Personalised Emotional Support' looked at how a computer application could provide better emotional support for carers, by providing personalised emotional support messages and mediating communication between the carer and their personal social network.

Kirsten is active in the Human Computer Interaction and Digital Health communities and was most recently Proceedings Chair for the User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation (UMAP) conference 2017 and 2018.

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