Dr Anita Laidlaw
Senior Lecturer (Education Focused)
Graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology, I was awarded a PhD in 2001 for a thesis on a behavioural model of itch from the Medical School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Thereafter I completed cognitive behavioural postdoctoral research in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews.
Following my move to the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews my interest in why we respond behaviourally to our environment and cues within it now focuses on healthcare communication (verbal and non-verbal) and the factors that influence it - an interest I explore in both my teaching and research. Previous research includes investigating the impact of social anxiety and facial expression perception on medical students’ communication abilities. I expect to expand these interests in future by examining the role of facial expressions within clinical interviews in more detail, and how, in light of these findings, we can improve training.
I also have an interest in pedagogical research. I run the Medical Education Group within the School of Medicine and I am co-director of the Centre for Higher Education Research within the University. I am also an Associate Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (http://www.smerc.org.uk/). My specific interests include assessment and training of clinical communication, psychological wellbeing in undergraduates and resiliency.
I am involved in teaching clinical communication and health psychology to all three medical undergraduate years and run the MD5002 Health Psychology MSc module ‘Quality of life, communication and chronic illness’.
- Module controller: MD5002
- Deputy module controller: MD3002
- Teaching Management: Convenor of Clinical Communication Skills
- Personal Tutor
Research Overview from research@st-andrews
I have two main areas of research, which significantly overlap; healthcare communication and higher education research. This work draws heavily on theory from experimental and health psychology and also educational theory.
Cognitive influences on communication:
I investigate factors that influence communication within a healthcare setting and translation of this research by examining how to improve clinical communication training. This focuses particularly on the role of emotion within healthcare interactions, and the use of reflection in clinical communication training. Examples of projects in this area have included:
Patient and healthcare practitioner influences on discussion of weight management within primary care.
Recognition of and response to patient emotion expression by medical students
Communication anxiety in medical students.
- Identification of, and assistance for, medical students with poorly performing clinical communication.
Higher education research:
I also have an interest in higher education research particularly in two areas:
- Student wellbeing (both physical and psychological) and help seeking behaviour.
- Research skills and attributes within medical education.
Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews25 (of 33 published available) for ahl1 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Patient Education and Counseling vol.In press
Journal of Communication in Healthcare vol.Latest Articles
BMJ Open 2018 vol.8
Family Practice: the International Journal for Research in Primary Care 2016 vol.33 pp.327-345
Studies in Higher Education 2016 vol.41 pp.2156-2168
Primary Health Care Research & Development 2015 vol.16 pp.309-315
Scottish Medical Journal 2015 vol.60 pp.170-175
The Clinical Teacher 2014 vol.11 pp.174 - 178
Medical Education Online 2014 vol.19
BMC Medical Education 2014 vol.14
Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies 2014 vol.14 pp.149-157
BMC Medical Education 2013 vol.13
PLoS One 2013 vol.8 pp.1-9
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 vol.13
The Clinical Teacher 2012 vol.9 pp.330-333
Medical Teacher 2012 vol.34 pp.754-771
Medical Teacher 2011 vol.33 pp.68
Association of Young Scientists and Clinicians Journal 2010 vol.1 pp.20 - 26
BMC Medical Education 2009 vol.9
BMC Medical Education 2009 vol.9
Medical Teacher 2009 vol.31 pp.649-654