Dr Louise Bryant

Dr Louise Bryant

Associate Professor in Medical Psychology

+44 (0) 113 343 1882

Summary: Associate Professor, Medical Psychology lecturing on the MBChB Individuals & Populations course. Louise's research focuses on psychosocial aspects of prenatal testing & learning disability and health

Location: Room 10.90A, Level 10, Worsley Building

Teaching Commitments: Lecturer and group work manager for the Year 1 Individuals and Populations Integrated Core Unit on the MBChB (undergraduate medical degree) providing teaching for 250 undergraduates over the full academic year. Lectures focus on disability and social inequalities and health. Lecturer on social inequalities and mental health to MRCPsych (Psychiatry) students.

Overview

Louise Bryant is an academic Chartered Psychologist, teaching on the MBChB.

She is the School of Medicine’s Champion for Equality and Inclusivity; Chair of the School E&I committee and Deputy Chair of the School Athena SWAN Steering Committee. Athena SWAN is an initiative to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics. 

Her applied health research is both psychological and social in focus and fits within two main themes.

Research

(1) Prenatal screening technologies: considering how to improve decision support for women offered prenatal screening and diagnostic testing for Down syndrome in pregnancy

Research on the social context of prenatal testing has investigated how people in different societies view learning disability and screening technologies, and the wider influences these societal factors have on women making decisions. Work on psychological aspects has considered how women make decisions about screening tests, what underlies their choices (attitudes towards testing and disability, experience of disability, religious or cultural influences) and ways to support women making decisions (information development, the informed decision process, staff training).

(2) Improving access to health services for people with a learning disability

Currently co-investigator on the NIHR HTA funded feasibility RCT of a supported self-management intervention for people with learning disability and type 2 diabetes OK Diabetes. Louise is interested in increasing the accessibility of mainstream health care services for people with a learning disability.