Professor Jacky Boivin

My research has been organised around a set of interrelated questions that address how and why psychological factors affect fertility, from understanding the processes that underpin the desire and timing of having children through to the adaptation process when attempts to conceive succeed or fail. The trajectory of my research has been informed by developments in reproductive medicine and, conversely, it has informed practice and policy in reproductive health. Additionally, I have interests in more general topics in health and developmental psychology including how to communicate health-related science/news and the origins of child developmental disorders. As a trained scientist-practitioner a core feature of my work has been to use research to develop, evaluate and implement diverse tools to support people trying to conceive and stakeholders involved in fertility and reproductive health (practitioners, advocates, and policy makers). Our research has been funded through the research councils, industrial partnerships, medical societies and charities in the UK and abroad, and has involved multidisciplinary collaborations with academics, fellows, postgraduates, and diverse stakeholders.

Cardiff University School of Psychology