Dr Holly Gwyther

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychology and ARCHA.

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Dr Holly Gwyther
Dr Holly Gwyther

Phone number:+44 (0) 121 204 4405
Email:h.gwyther@aston.ac.uk
Room number:SW510

I am a Chartered Psychologist with a multidisciplinary background including a PhD in Psychology, an MSc in Human Factors and a BSc in Applied Biology. I joined Aston University in October 2008, having spent the previous ten years working in the Civil Service as an HM Inspector of Health and Safety, including two years as a Specialist Inspector of Human Factors.

My current position as a post-doctoral researcher is funded by an EU research project grant '664367/FOCUS'. The aim of this project is to reduce the burden of frailty in Europe by developing methods and tools to assist with the early diagnosis, screening and management of frailty. 

  • PhD in Psychology, Aston University
  • Aston Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University.
  • MSc Human Factors in Health and Safety, Cranfield University
  • BSc Human Biology, University of Leeds 

2008 - present: ARCHA/Psychology, Life & Health Sciences, Aston University
1998 - 2008: HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Health and Safety Executive, Birmingham 

Research centre: ARCHA

  • The effects of ageing on cognition, wellbeing and risk behaviours, explored through health psychology models.
  • Mixed-design or multiple methods research with vulnerable groups, specifically older adults and women.  
  • Gas Safety Trust: Impacts of chronic low level carbon monoxide poisoning in older adults: PhD studentship, £104,000. Co-I with Prof. C. Holland.
  • Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council:  Development of a resilience tool to improve quality of life and wellbeing for older adults. KTP project £122,886 in partnership with ExtraCare, a charitable trust that offers a modern alternative to nursing and care homes. Co-I with Prof. C. Holland
  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG)
  • Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Gwyther, H., Shaw, R., D'Avanzo, B Bujinowska, M., Kurpas, D., Cano, A., Marcucci, M., Riva, S. &. Holland, C., (accepted). Understanding frailty: meanings and beliefs about screening and prevention across policy makers in Europe. BMJ Open
  • Shaw, R., Gwyther, H., Holland, C., Bujinowska, M., Kurpas, D., Cano, A., Marcucci, M., Riva, S. & D'avanzo, B. (2017). Understanding frailty: meanings and beliefs about screening and prevention across key stakeholder groups in Europe. Ageing and Society.
  • Gwyther, H., Cooke, R., Shaw, R., Marcucci, M., Cano, A and Holland, C (2017). Perceptions and experiences of frailty interventions.  Quantitative and qualitative results from a survey of partners within the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA). Ageing and Society. 1-25.
  • Apóstolo, J., Bobrowicz-Campos, E., Cooke, R., Gwyther, H., Santana, S., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., Vollenbroek, M. & Holland, C. (accepted) Systematic review of effectiveness of frailty interventions with recommendations. JBI.
  • Gwyther, H and Holland, C (2015) An Intervention Encouraging Planned Self-Regulation and Goal Setting in Drivers across the Lifespan: testing an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour. Journal of Transport & Health.
  • Gwyther, H and Holland, C (2014) Feelings of vulnerability and effects on driving behaviour – a qualitative study. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour 24, 50-59.
  • Gwyther, H and Holland, C (2012) The effects of age, gender and attitudes on self-regulation in driving. Accident Analysis and Prevention 45: 19-28.

Other Publications

  • Holland, C., Garner, I and Gwyther, H. (forthcoming) Frailty and resilience: are they necessarily mutually exclusive? In L. Peel, C. Holland and M. Murray (Eds) Psychologies of Ageing, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Holland, C., Gwyther, H., Tritter, J., Griffiths, H. and Nabney, I. (2017) Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing. Academic Evaluation of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. Report submitted to the Economic and Social Research Council, April 2017.
  • Gwyther, H., Cooke, R., Shaw, R., Marcucci, M., Cano, A and Holland, C (2017). Perceptions and experiences of frailty interventions.  Quantitative and qualitative results from a survey of partners within the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA). Deliverable to European Union for CHAFEA funded FOCUS project. (http://focus-aha.eu/en/home).
  • Apóstolo, J., Bobrowicz-Campos, E., Cooke, R., Gwyther, H., Santana, S., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., Vollenbroek, M. & Holland, C. (2017) Systematic review of effectiveness of frailty interventions with recommendations. Deliverable to European Union for FOCUS project. Paper submitted and under revision.
  • Gwyther, H., Apóstolo, J., Bobrowicz-Campos, E., Cooke, R., Santana, S., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., Vollenbroek, M. & Holland, C. (2017). A realist review to understand the efficacy and outcomes of European frailty interventions in the country, healthcare organisational and patient contexts. Deliverable to European Union for FOCUS project. Paper submitted.
  • Gwyther, H., Shaw, R., D'Avanzo, B Bujinowska, M., Kurpas, D., Cano, A., Marcucci, M., Riva, S. &. Holland, C., (2017). Understanding frailty: meanings and beliefs about screening and prevention across policy makers in Europe. Deliverable to European Union for FOCUS project. Paper submitted and under revision.
  • Gwyther, H., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., Cooke, R and Holland, C. (2017) Modelling a set of significant predictors of outcome health and social care needs and use in the frame of frailty, outcome costs of that health and social care use together with projected impact of changes in frailty as a result of intervention. Deliverable to European Union for FOCUS project. Paper in development.
  • Holland, C., Cooke, R., Gwyther, H., Nuevo, R., Marcucci, M and Cano, A (2017) Categorisation of EIPAHA commitment activities. Deliverable to European Union for FOCUS project.
  • Goodman, F and Gwyther, H (2012) ‘DriveSafe: An essential guide for motorists’. A short book (62 pages) designed to offer motorists practical advice on driving.