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Dr Lisa Marie Ballard BSc, MSc, DHealthPsych, CPsychol

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Lisa Ballard (DHealthPsych CPsychol) is a Senior Research Fellow within the faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Lisa graduated from Solent University in 2005 with a degree in Psychology and then went on to study at the University of Southampton for an MSc in Health Psychology. Upon graduating from her MSc in 2007 she worked as a research associate at the University College London on a project looking at the feasibility of pharmacies offering computerised tailored advice to aid in smoking cessation. In 2008, she took up an NHS Health Promotion post in Southampton, where she worked for 8 years in the area of behaviour change. She commenced her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology in 2013 with the University of the West of England and graduated in 2017.

During her Professional Doctorate Lisa, as well as working in Health Promotion, also worked in the Clinical Genetics Department at University Hospital Southampton as a qualitative researcher for STAARS (Adults and Adolescents with Russell-Silver Syndrome in the UK). The qualitative arm of the research aimed to explore what it is like to live with Silver-Russell syndrome through in-depth interviews with adults and adolescents. Part of this research formed the basis of her thesis for her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.

In 2017, Lisa was awarded a fellowship from Health Education England, Genomics Education Programme. During this fellowship, Lisa conducted a qualitative study to explore ways in which patients can be encouraged to share genetic health information with their at-risk relatives via an online intervention.

Currently, Lisa is based in Clinical Ethics and Law (CELS) in the Faculty of Medicine where she is researching ethical and legal issues in genetic and genomic medicine. She is the senior research fellow for the NIHR BRC (National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre) Data Science theme. This work explores stakeholder views regarding the use of routinely collected hospital data in a learning healthcare system. In addition, Lisa contributes to the Consent and Confidentiality in Genetic Medicine study working with participants from the 100,000 Genomes Project, an ESRC funded project exploring decision making in predictive & prenatal genetic testing, and has been developing myKinMatters, a web app to help patients communicate genetic information to family members.


Appointments held

Research interests

Health promotion (behaviour change techniques and interventions), exploring the lived experience of genetic conditions, qualitative research, digital technologies in health, health psychology, positive psychology.

PhD research

Falling short: The psychosocial impact of living with Russell-Silver syndrome.

Supervisors: Dr Angela Fenwick (University of Southampton) and Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson (University of the West of England)

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

Research projects

Study of Adults and Adolescents with Russell-Silver syndrome (STAARS) – Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit programme, Lisa is exploring what it is like to live with Russell-Silver syndrome, a rare genetic condition. This research formed the basis of her professional doctorate and she continues to collect data, write papers and develop patient information on this project.

Consent and Confidentiality in Genetic Medicine – Lisa is working with participants from the 100,000 Genomes Project, which aims to sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. There are three elements to Lisa’s work: a participant experience survey funded by the Clinical Research Network, which generates information to inform how best to imbed the project in the future; indepth interviews, funded by Health Education England, Genomics England Project, exploring participants experiences of sharing genetic information with at-risk family members and digital technologies that may assist with this; and the development of a behaviour change interviewntion to help patients communicate genetic information.



Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Clinical Ethics and Law (CELS)

In the CELS research group Lisa shares the responsibility for public engagement with a colleague.

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Dr Lisa Marie Ballard

Room Number : SGH/AB 209/MP801

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