Andy is a consultant health psychologist and works half time in the adult diabetes service. Andy is currently completing a NRS Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen and his main research interest is mindfulness.
Andy also runs Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses which are designed specifically for people with diabetes (Leaflet 1229 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).
Andy has contributed to various national bodies, such as SIGN and the Psychology Working Group (a sub-group of the Scottish Diabetes Group).
Kirsty is a Chartered Psychologist and works full time in the adult diabetes service. The overall aim of her role is to support the efforts of the Diabetes Centre in helping adults with Types 1 and 2 diabetes self-manage their condition. This involves provision of training to staff across primary and secondary care on health behaviour change, and the interface between psychological factors and self-care.
Kirsty runs a brief intervention clinic for people with mild-to-moderate emotional problems and difficulties with self care at the Diabetes Centre in the David Anderson Building (Leaflet 1130 - Diabetes & Life: Getting The Right Balance). The brief intervention clinic consists of one 60 minute assessment and up to ten further 45 minute appointments. Kirsty also runs Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses with Dr Andy Keen.
Kirsty's main clinical and research interests include patient engagement, as well as psychological factors which influence people with diabetes.
If you would like further information, have a training need, or would like to find more about the service, please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty via email address below:
Mary is a Chartered Psychologist (in Divisions of Health and Sport and Exercise Psychology). Mary also works part time for the NHS and Aberdeenshire Council in a health improvement role.
Mary is currently involved in offering one to one support sessions for adults with Type 1 diabetes who are struggling to control their condition, but are ready to make changes.
The first meeting will be with a Diabetes Nurse and a Health Psychologist. We will meet for about 45 minutes and together we will try to work out the ways we might best be able to help you. If we all agree that coming back will be useful then we will meet for up to 8 more times. The aim of our work together will be to try to find out what's getting in the way of you managing your diabetes (as well as you would like) and then helping you to overcome these barriers). The sessions will take place at the Diabetes Centre in the David Anderson Building at Foresterhill.