Researcher

Professor Bettina Meiser

My Expertise

Psychosocial aspects of genetics; psychosocial aspects of cancer; psychosocial impact of hereditary cancer; psychosocial impact of genetic counselling and testing.

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Biography

Professor Bettina Meiser is Head of the Psychosocial Research Group, Prince of Wales Clinical School.  She currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship Level B as well as project grants from the NHMRC, NSW Cancer Council and the European Co-Operation in Science and Technology.  With the input of many colleagues, Professor Meiser has built a nationally and internationally recognised research...view more

Professor Bettina Meiser is Head of the Psychosocial Research Group, Prince of Wales Clinical School.  She currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship Level B as well as project grants from the NHMRC, NSW Cancer Council and the European Co-Operation in Science and Technology.  With the input of many colleagues, Professor Meiser has built a nationally and internationally recognised research program that assesses the psychosocial impact of genetic counselling and testing for hereditary disease; psychological adjustment of individuals at risk for hereditary disease; and the design and evaluation of interventions in the cancer genetic counselling setting, in particular decision aids as an innovative means of patient education. 

Broad Research Areas:
Cancer, Population Health, Genetics - Genome Analysis, Clinical Research, Preventive Medicine

Qualifications:
BSc, BA (Hons) PhD 

Website:

https://www.psychosocialresearchgroupunsw.org/

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

  • Executive Advisory Board, Breast Cancer Campaign, United Kingdom, since 2012
  • Psychosocial Section Editor, European Journal of Human Genetics, since 2011
  • Member of Editorial Board, Familial Cancer, since 2013
  • Member of Scientific Committee for International Meetings on Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer, since 2007
  • Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee, The Cancer Council of New South Wales, 2003-2012
  • Cancer Research Committee, The Cancer Council of New South Wales, 2008-2012
  • Secretary, Ethical and Social Issues Committee, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, 2005-2012
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Group (PoCoG), 2007-2010

Students supervised:

PhD

  • Belinda Thewes, Fertility- and menopause-related information needs of younger women with breast cancer, 2006
  • Nadine Kasparian, Psychosocial aspects of hereditary melanoma, 2006
  • Claire Wakefield, A randomised trial of a decision aid for genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, 2007
  • Michelle Peate, Development and evaluation of a fertility decision aid for young women with breast cancer, 2009
  • Elvira Zilliacus, An evaluation of telehealth cancer genetic counselling, 2010
  • Alex Wilde, Psychosocial impact of advances in genetic research in psychiatry and implications for health care, 2010
  • Janan Karatas, Psychological impact of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, 2010
  • Mona Taouk, Development of a psychometric tool to assess adolescent depression, 2013
  • Mona Saleh, Beliefs about kinship and hereditary cancer in Arabic-Australians, 2014
  • Holly Peay, Psychosocial implications of hereditary muscular dystrophies, 2015
  • Sundresan Nackier, Familial Risk and Colorectal Cancer Screening in General Practice, 2017
  • Aideen McInerney-Leo, Role of next generation sequencing in disease diagnostics, including psychosocial impact, 2017
  • Amanda Willis, An assessment of the psychosocial and behavioural impact of new genomic technologies in the hereditary cancer setting, 2018
  • Tatiane Yanes, Psychosocial and behavioural impact of genomic testing for polygenic breast cancer risk, 2019

Doctorates in Clinical Psychology

  • Kerry Tiller, A randomised trial of a decision aid for women at risk for ovarian cancer, 2003
  • Shab Mireskandari, A study of partners of women at high risk for developing breast cancer, 2004

 

Masters in Clinical Psychology

  • Jody Junk-Gibson, A content analysis of prenatal counselling of women with high-risk screening results, 2001
  • Helen Gunn, An evaluation of support groups for younger women with breast cancer, 2003

 

Masters of Genetic Counselling

  • Ruth Cowan, A needs analysis of men at increased risk for prostate cancer, 2006
  • Stephanie Burcher, Survey of oncology health professionals regarding their experiences with providing treatment-focused genetic testing for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, 2011
  • Alexandra Fleming, Health professional attitudes to direct to consumer genetic testing, 2011
  • Amanda Willis, Couples’ preferences for receiving information about prenatal screening, 2013
  • Radhika Ragkumar, Psychosocial aspects of genetic counselling in Tamil clients, 2014
  • Yanni Chen, Exploring clinician attitudes about using aspirin for risk reduction in people with Lynch Syndrome, 2015
  • Morgan Rice, Evaluation of evidenced-based resources to facilitate decision-making about risk-reducing medication for breast cancer risk, 2016
  • Cassandra MacDonald, Evaluation of evidence-based consumer resources to facilitate decision making about risk reducing medication for bowel cancer risk, 2017
  • Laura Wedd, Psychological impact of reclassification of pathogenicity of unclassified variants, 2018
  • Gillian Gregory, Communication analysis of genetic counselling for polygenic breast cancer risk: A quantitative study, 2018

Masters by Research

  • Ingrid Sinnerbrink, Follow up of children detected prenatally with chromosomal changes of uncertain significance, 2011

 

Honours

  • Bronwyn Calford, The content and process of telehealth cancer genetic counselling, 2010
  • Sophie Putt, Psychological and behavioural impact of genetic testing for bipolar risk: A qualitative study, 2018

 Independent Learning Projects

  • Paboda Ratnayake, Information dissemination preferences of families at high risk for breast cancer, 2009
  • Si Si Zhou, Attitudes of health professionals towards predictive genetic testing of healthy people for susceptibility for depression risk, 2011
  • Justin Chau, High School Sun Protection Study, 2011
  • Lilian Zou, Exploring beliefs about hereditary depression amongst Chinese-Australians, 2012
  • Mimi Zu, Exploring beliefs about hereditary depression amongst Anglo- Australians, 2012
  • Ben Storey, Attitudes and information needs regarding next generation sequencing of cancer patients attending hereditary cancer clinic, 2012
  • Michelle Wong, Development of low literacy decision aid for women considering prenatal screening, 2013
  • Roger Liang, Exploring clinician attitudes towards somatic tumour mutation testing, 2015
  • Pierre Hemming, Oncologists’ evaluations of a telephone genetic counselling service for women with ovarian cancer considering genetic testing, 2017
  • Lup Lo, Risk of schizophrenia in relatives of individuals affected by schizophrenia: A meta-analysis, 2018
  • Melissa Cullen, Implications of genomic risk information in  people at genetic risk of schizophrenia: A qualitative study, 2018 
  • Kuheli Das Gupta, Communication analysis of genetic counselling for polygenic breast cancer risk: A qualitative study, 2019

 

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Location

Psychosocial Research Group,
Prince of Wales Clinical School
Level 4, Lowy Cancer Research Centre C25
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA



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61 2 9065 7532