Dr Kirsty Prior

Associate Lecturer

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences Building (3.17)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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).
B Psych (Hons), PhD
Research expertise
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)
Topic coordinator
SPTH1201 Psychosocial Aspects of Speech Pathology
Topic lecturer
MMED8201 Doctor and Patient
MMED8105 Health Professions and Society 1
Supervisory interests
Health psychology
Psychosocial factors, chronic illness
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Quality of life for individuals with brain injury (1), Resilience and psychological distress (1), Post-hospital care for older adults (1), Incentives for patient adherence (1)