Position

Associate Lecturer
Health Professional Education

Biography

Kirsty's teaching and research roles involve the application of health psychology to medicine and allied health disciplines (e.g., speech pathology). Her PhD research examined the variety of ways in which people interpret and respond (at cognitive, affective and overt behavioural levels) to perceived illness, with particular emphasis on those beliefs and behaviours that are maladaptive. Abnormal illness behaviour (AIB) was a key focus of this research and involved an exploration of the shortcomings of AIB as a construct and as measured using the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Approximately 700 participants were recruited comprising relatively healthy members of the general community and individuals with one of four chronic medical conditions (diabetes, asthma, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome). Three and twelve month follow-up information was also collected. Kirsty's peer-reviewed publications have focused on aspects of illness behaviour and self-management of chronic conditions. Additional research interests include adaptation to chronic illness and psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship (for patients and their carers).

Qualifications

B Psych (Hons), PhD

Topic Coordinator:

  • SPTH1201  Psychosocial Aspects of Speech Pathology

Topic Lecturer:

Research expertise

  • Psychology

Research interests

  • application of health psychology to medicine
  • self-management of chronic illness
  • psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship (for patients and their key support people)

Supervisory interests

  • Health psychology
  • Psychosocial factors, chronic illness

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Resilience and psychological distress (1) ; Incentives for patient adherence (1) ; Post-hospital care for older adults (1) ; Quality of life for individuals with brain injury (1) ;

Publications

  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M. (2008). Dimensions of abnormal illness behaviour derived from the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. In Abstract Book for 10th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine. International Society of Behavioral Medicine. 10th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Tokyo, Japan. Aug 2008, pp. 287-287.
    [Web Link]
  • Lack, L.C., Prior, K.N. and Luszcz, M.A. (2006). Does insomnia kill the elderly? In 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association. 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association. Perth, WA. Oct 2006.
  • Lack, L.C., Prior, K.N. and Luszcz, M.A. (2006). Does insomnia kill the elderly? In Sleep Abstract Supplements: 20th Annual Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. 20th Annual Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. Salt Lake City, USA. Jun 2006, pp. A240-A240.
    [Web Link]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2017). Patterns of ‘abnormal’ illness behaviour among healthy individuals. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR, 41(2) pp. 139-146.
    [10.5993/AJHB.41.2.4] [10.5993/AJHB.41.2.4]
  • Salter, K.A., Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2017). Predicting wellbeing among people with epilepsy using illness cognitions. Epilepsy and Behavior, 71 pp. 1-6.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.03.025]
  • Sladek, R.M., Bond, M.J., Frost, L.K. and Prior, K.N. (2016). Predicting success in medical school: A longitudinal study of common Australian student selection tools. BMC Medical Education, 16 pp. Art: 187.
    [10.1186/s12909-016-0692-3] [10.1186/s12909-016-0692-3]
  • Prior, K. and Bond, M.J. (2014). Construct validity and temporal stability of the abridged 31-item Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Psychology and Health, 29(5) pp. 517-535.
    [10.1080/08870446.2013.863885] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2013). Somatic symptom disorders and illness behaviour: Current perspectives. International Review of Psychiatry, 25(1) pp. 5-18.
    [10.3109/09540261.2012.732043] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2010). New dimensions of abnormal illness behaviour derived from the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Psychology and Health, 25 pp. 1209-1227.
    [10.1080/08870440903191417] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2008). The measurement of abnormal illness behaviour: toward a new research agenda for the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(3) pp. 245-253.
    [10.1016/j.jpsychores.2007.10.013] [Scopus]
  • Moore, S.M., Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2007). The contributions of psychological disposition and risk factor status to health following treatment for coronary artery disease. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 6(2) pp. 137-145.
    [10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2006.06.004] [Scopus]
  • Clark, M.S., Bond, M.J., Prior, K.N. and Cotton, A. (2004). Measuring disability with parsimony: evidence for the utility of a single item. Disability and Rehabilitation, 26(5) pp. 272-279.
    [10.1080/0963828032000174115] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2004). Dimensions of osteoarthritis self-management. Clinical Rheumatology, 23(3) pp. 206-213.
    [10.1007/s10067-003-0854-7] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2004). The roles of self-efficacy and abnormal illness behaviour in osteoarthritis self-management. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 9(2) pp. 177-192.
    [10.1080/13548500410001670708] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2017). Patterns of ‘abnormal’ illness behaviour among healthy individuals. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR, 41(2) pp. 139-146.
    [10.5993/AJHB.41.2.4] [10.5993/AJHB.41.2.4]
  • Salter, K.A., Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2017). Predicting wellbeing among people with epilepsy using illness cognitions. Epilepsy and Behavior, 71 pp. 1-6.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.03.025]
  • Sladek, R.M., Bond, M.J., Frost, L.K. and Prior, K.N. (2016). Predicting success in medical school: A longitudinal study of common Australian student selection tools. BMC Medical Education, 16 pp. Art: 187.
    [10.1186/s12909-016-0692-3] [10.1186/s12909-016-0692-3]
  • Prior, K. and Bond, M.J. (2014). Construct validity and temporal stability of the abridged 31-item Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Psychology and Health, 29(5) pp. 517-535.
    [10.1080/08870446.2013.863885] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2013). Somatic symptom disorders and illness behaviour: Current perspectives. International Review of Psychiatry, 25(1) pp. 5-18.
    [10.3109/09540261.2012.732043] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2010). New dimensions of abnormal illness behaviour derived from the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Psychology and Health, 25 pp. 1209-1227.
    [10.1080/08870440903191417] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2008). The measurement of abnormal illness behaviour: toward a new research agenda for the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(3) pp. 245-253.
    [10.1016/j.jpsychores.2007.10.013] [Scopus]
  • Moore, S.M., Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2007). The contributions of psychological disposition and risk factor status to health following treatment for coronary artery disease. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 6(2) pp. 137-145.
    [10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2006.06.004] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2004). Dimensions of osteoarthritis self-management. Clinical Rheumatology, 23(3) pp. 206-213.
    [10.1007/s10067-003-0854-7] [Scopus]
  • Prior, K.N. and Bond, M.J. (2004). The roles of self-efficacy and abnormal illness behaviour in osteoarthritis self-management. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 9(2) pp. 177-192.
    [10.1080/13548500410001670708] [Scopus]

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