Kieran completed a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology on The Open University in 2010 before completing an MSc. in Psychological Research at The University of Sheffield in 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, Kieran worked as a Research Assistant on a collaborative project between CLAHRC South Yorkshire and The University of Sheffield focused on the development and evaluation of a complex intervention for young adults with type 1 diabetes. In 2013, Kieran moved to The University of Nottingham to begin a NIHR School of Primary Care Research funded PhD studentship focusing on psychological and behavioural influences on immunity and vaccination outcomes, with a view towards the development of brief primary care interventions. Kieran is currently continuing this work extending findings from his PhD to develop and test novel interventions to improve vaccine effectiveness in older adults.
Bwtween 2012 and 2016, Kieran sat on the Early Career Network Committee for the UK society of Behavioural Medicine, acting as Chair during 2015 and 2016.
Kieran's current research focuses on how psychological and behavioural factors influence immune responses to vaccines, particularly among vulnerable populations.
Kieran has significant experience of setting up and conducting research within primary and secondary NHS settings. Kieran is experienced in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, with practical experience of working in large multidisciplinary research teams. His primary research interests are how medical practice can be informed by, and benefit from, psychological research and how psychological well-being influences health outcomes.
Kieran's previous research has included the development and evaluation of a complex intervention for young adults with type 1 diabetes, analysing the role of standard care variation in RCT outcomes and investigating daily living restrictions in morbidly obese adults.
Kieran currently guest lectures on the topic of Psychoneuroimmunology for The University of Nottingham Health Psychology Masters Module 'Chronic Illnesses'
AYLING, K., BOWDEN, T., TIGHE, P., TODD, I., DILNOT, E. M., NEGM, O. H., FAIRCLOUGH, L. and VEDHARA, K., 2017. The application of protein microarray assays in psychoneuroimmunology: B Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 59, 62-66 AYLING, K., FAIRCLOUGH, L., TIGHE, P., TODD, I., HALLIDAY, V., GARIBALDI, J.M., ROYAL, S., HAMED, A., BUCHANAN, H. and VEDHARA, K., 2017. Positive mood on the day of influenza vaccination predicts vaccine effectiveness: A prospective observational cohort study. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Available online 17 September 2017, In Press: Corrected Proof AYLING, K., BRIERLEY, S., JOHNSON, B., HELLER, S. and EISER, C., 2015. Efficacy of Theory-based Interventions for Young People with Type 1 Diabetes: British Journal of Health Psychology British Journal of Health Psychology. 20(2), 428-446
AYLING, K., BRIERLEY, S., JOHNSON, B., HELLER, S. and EISER, C., 2014. How standard is standard care? Exploring control group outcomes in behaviour change interventions for young people with type 1 diabetes. Psychology & Health. 30(1), 85-103
My previous research has included work related to the development and evaluation of a complex intervention for young adults with type 1 diabetes, analysing the role of standard care variation in RCT outcomes and investigating daily living restrictions in morbidly obese adults.