Selected Publications / Seminars

Authored books:

  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2012) Reproductive Health Psychology , Wiley-Blackwell, March,. ISBN-10:0470683384(hb) ISBN-13: 9780470683378(pb)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2002) The Complete Guide to Infertility: Diagnosis, Treatments, options. Free association Books, March. ISBN: 1-85343-540-6

Edited books

  • CarolineJ. Hollins-Martin, Olga B.A. van den Akker, Colin R. Martin and Victor R. Preed Handbook of diet and nutrition in the menstrual cycle, periconception and fertility (2014), +450 pages, hardback, Human health handbooks - 2212-375X, Volume 7 ISBN: 978-90-8686-212-2

Articles and chapters in edited books:

  • Marzieh Abbasi, Olga van den Akker and Chris Bewley (2014). Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period, J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol, Early Online: 1–6 ! 2013 Informa UK Ltd. DOI: 10.3109/0167482X.2013.865722
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2012) The Maternity Blues. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health, Chapter 16, pp187-194, M&K Publishing, ISBN 978-1-905539-49-9.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2012) Sexual Dysfunction. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health, Chapter 8, pp107-116, M&K Publishing, ISBN 978-1-905539-49-9.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2012). Premature labour and delivery. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health, Chapter 11, pp 137-144, M&K Publishing, ISBN 978-1-905539-49-9.
  • van den Akker, O.B,A (2011) The Menstrual Cycle: Psychological, Behavioural, Physiological and Nutritional factors. In Preedy VR Watson RR & Martin CR (Ed) International Handbook of Behaviour, diet and Nutrition. Part 6, 879-888, DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-92271-3-58. http://www.springerlink.com/content /?Author=Olga+van+den+Akker.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A (2010) . Surrogate Mothers. In Tyano, S Keren, M Herrman, H & Cox, J. (Eds) Partenthood and Mental Health: A bridge between Infant and Adult Psychiatry. Wiley-Blackwell. PP39-49. ISBN 978-0-470-74722-3.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2010) The Nature Nurture. What do theory and research tell us. In: Crawshaw,M & Balen,R (Eds) Adoption after infertility: Messages from Practice, Research and personal experience. Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd. Chapter 11, 164-179
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2008) 'Alcohol and fertility' In: Martin,C. (Ed) 'Identification and treatment of alcohol dependency'. M&K Publishers, Keswick, UK. Chapter 6, 349-363.
  • van den Akker, O. & Rosenblatt, D. (1993) Psychological factors in pregnancy and post partum in women at risk for preterm labour/delivery. HPRT Publication, 5, 31-43.
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1986) Stereotyped attitudes and symptom reporting during the menstrual cycle. In: Proceedings of the fifteenth European Conference on Psychosomatic Research (eds) Lacey,J.H.and Sturgeon,D.A.John Libbey, London, 271 273.

Refereed articles in Academic Journals:

  • Crawshaw, M, Blyth, E, and van den Akker, O (2013) The Ethics and aesthetics of Paid Surrogacy Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Midwifery News, Spring, 20-23.
  • van den Akker, Olga B. A (2013) INVITED REVIEW: For your eyes only: Bio-behavioural and psycho-social research priorities. Human Fertility, 2013; 16(1): 89-93
  • Crawshaw M, Blyth, E and van den Akker O (2013)The changing profile of surrogacy in the UK- Implications for policy and practice. Journal of Social welfare and family law, 23,3,265-275
  • van den Akker, O.B.A (2012) "For your eyes only: Bio-behavioural and Psycho-Social Research priorities" Human Fertility. 16,1, 89-93.
  • Purewal S, Crawshaw M and van den Akker O (2012) Compleing the surrogate motherhood process: Parental Order Reporters attitudes toward surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict. Human Fertility, 15,2, 94-99
  • Crawshaw M Purewal S and van den Akker O (2012) Working at the margins: The views and experiences of court social workers on Parental Orders' work in surrogacy arrangements. British Journal of Social WorkISSN 0045-3102 (print) ; 1468-263X (online).
  • Purewal S Crawshaw M and van den Akker O (2012 in press) From ET to PO: Parental Order Reporters welfare of children assessment at the end of the surrogate process. Human Fertility.
  • van den Akker O & Purewal S (2011) Elective single-embryo transfer: persuasive communication strategies can affect choice in a young British population Reproductive Biomedicine Online. Ethics Bioscience and Life. Vol. 23, Issue 7, 838-850
  • van den Akker O.B.A (2011) The Psychological and Social consequences of Miscarriage. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynacology. 6, no.3, p. 295 - 304
  • Abbasi, M, Bewley C and van den Akker O (2011) Personal and environmental factors encouraging or preventing healthy lifestyle behaviours among Persian couples: a Phenomenological investigation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 29,2,136-147
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A (2010). Attitudes and Intentions to Donate Oocytes for Research. Fertility and Sterility. 93,4, 1080-7. Impact factor 3.28.
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O. B. A. (2009). Systematic review of oocyte donation: investigating attitudes, motivations and experiences. Human Reproduction Update. 15 (5):499-515. Impact factor 7.257
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2009) A study of the effect of message framing on oocyte donation. Human Reproduction. In Press. Impact factor 3.773
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2009) A qualitative study on women's perceptions of oocyte donation. Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology. In Press. Impact Factor 1.585
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O. B. A. (2009). Attitudes and Intentions towards Volunteer Oocyte Donation. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Vol 19. Supp. 1. pp 19-26. Impact factor 3.21
  • http://www.rbmonline.com/4DCGI/Article/Detail?38%091%09=%204173%09
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2009). Attitudes and Intentions to Donate Oocytes for Research. Fertility and Sterility. In Press. Impact factor 3.28
  • Poote,A & van den Akker,O.B.A. (2009) British women’s attitudes to surrogacy. Human Reproduction, 24,1,139-145. Impact factor 3.773 http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/den338v1
  • Donnelly,L, Shaw,R & van den Akker,O (2008) "eHealth as a challenge to 'expert' power: a focus group study of Internet use for health information and management." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 101, 501-6.
  • Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2007) The socio-cultural and biological meaning of parenthood. Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology, Vol. 28. No. 3, pp 79-86. Impact Factor 1.585
  • van den Akker, O.B.A (2007) Psychosocial aspects of Surrogate Motherhood Human Reproduction Update, 13,1, 53-62 Impact factor 7.257 (advanced access Nov 2006): http://humupd.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/13/1/53
  • van den Akker,O.B.A. (2007) Psychological trait and state characteristics, social support and attitudes to the surrogate pregnancy and baby. Human Reproduction, 22,8, 2287-2295. Impact factor 3.773
  • Purewal,S & van den Akker,O (2007) ‘The socio cultural and biological meaning of parenthood’ Journal of Psychosomatic Obs & Gynaec, 28,2, 79-86. Invited paper
  • Segev,J & van den Akker,O.B.A (2006) A review of ART family functioning. Invited paper for Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 9S2; e162-e170. Invited paper
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2006) A review of Gamete donor Family Contructs: Current research and future directions. Human Reproduction Update, 12,2, 91-101. Impact factor 7.257
  • Purewal,S and van den Akker,O.B.A (2006) British women’s attitudes towards oocytes donation: Ethnic differences and altruism Patient Education and Counselling, 57,2, 183-189
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2005) ‘A longitudinal pre pregnancy to post delivery comparison of Genetic and gestational surrogate and intended mothers: Confidence and Gyneology’.J Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 26,4, 277-284.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2005) ‘Coping, Quality of Life and psychiatric morbidity in 3 groups of sub-fertile women: Does process or outcome affect psychological functioning?’ Patient Education and Counselling 57,2, 183-189.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2003) ‘Genetic and gestational surrogate mothers' experience of surrogacy’ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology21, 2 / 145 – 161
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2001) ‘The acceptable face of parenthood: Psychosocial factors of infertility treatment’. Psychology Evolution and Gender,3,2, 137-153.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2001) ‘Leisure activities and adolescent sexual behaviour’ Sex Education,1,2, 137-147.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2001) ‘Adoption in the age of reproductive technology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.19,2, 147-159.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2000)’The importance of a genetic link in mothers commissioning a surrogate baby in the UK’. Human Reproduction,15,8, 110-117. Impact factor 3.773
  • Smith-Wynter, L & van den Akker, O.B.A (2000) ‘Patients’ perception of crisis pain management in sickle cell disease: a cross cultural study’ Nursing Times Research,5,3, 2-11.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A, Andre, J, Lees, S. & Murphy,T (1999) ‘Adolescent sexual behaviour and knowledge. British Journal of Midwifery,7,12, 765-769.
  • Smith-Wynter, L & van den Akker, O.B.A (1999) The feasibility of nursing patients with Sickle Cell Crisis at home. British J. Community Nursing, 4,10, 531-537.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A. (1999) Organisational selection and assessment of women involved in surrogate motherhood. Human Reproduction. 14,1, 101-105. Impact factor 3.773
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1998) ‘A survey of the functions and responsibilities of organisations dealing with surrogate motherhood’. Human Fertility.1, 10-13.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1998) ‘Surrogate motherhood: Demistifying the controversies’ British J. Midwifery.6,12, 768-770.
  • Colley, K & van den Akker, O (1998) ‘Developing a year 9 safe-sun programme’ Education and Health, 16,3, 55-59.
  • Eboh, W & van den Akker,O.B.A. (1997) Antenatal screening for couples at risk of having children with Sickle Cell Disorders. Midwives, 110, 1309, 26-27.
  • Molassiotes, A, van den Akker, O.B.A., Milligan,D.W. & Goldman,J.M. (1997) Symptom distress, coping style and biological variables as predictors of survival after Bone Marrow Transplantation. J. Psychosomatic Research, 42, 3. 275-285.
  • Molasiotis,A, van den Akker, O.B.A. & Boughton, B. (1997) Perceived social support, family environment and psychosocial recovery in bone marrow transplant long-term survivors. Social Science and Medicine, 44, 3, 317-325.
  • Molassiotis,A, van den Akker,OBA, Milligan,DW, Goldman,JM & Boughton,BJ (1996) Psychological adaptation and symptom distress in bone marrow transplant recipients. Psycho-Oncology, 5, 9-22.
  • Hewitt, A. & van den Akker, O.B.A. (1996) Dysmennorhoea, menstrual attitudes and GP consultation. British Journal of Nursing, 5,8, 480-484.
  • Molasiotis A, van den Akker O, Milligan DW, Goldman JM, Boughton BJ, Holmes JA and Thomas S. (1996) Quality of life in Long-term survivors of marrow transplantation with a matched group receiving maintenance chemotherapy. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 17, 249-258.
  • Eboh-Kanu,W. and van den Akker,O.B.A (1996) Health and Health promotion: Including inherited disorders in school health education programmes. British Journal of Nursing, 5, 1, 30-33.
  • Killingworth,A. and van den Akker,O.B.A. (1996) Quality of life of renal dialysis patients: Trying to find the missing measurement. International Journal of Nursing studies, 33, 1, 107-120.
  • Eboh-Kanu,W. and van den Akker,O.B.A (1996) Health and Health promotion: Including inherited disorders in school health education programmes. British Journal of Nursing, 5, 1, 30-33.
  • Molassiotis,A, Boughton,B.J. Burgoyne,T, and van den Akker,O.B.A.(1995) Comparison of the overall quality of life in 50 long-term survivors of autologous and allogenic bone marrow transplantation. J. Advanced Nursing, 22, 509-516.
  • Eboh-Kanu, W. & van den Akker, O.B.A. (1995) Service provision for sickle cell disease. British Journal of Midwifery, 3, 4, 189-195.
  • van den Akker O, Eves, F, Service S, & Lennon, B.(1995) Menstrual cycle symptom reporting in 3 British Ethnic groups. Social Science and Medicine, 40, 10, 1417-1423.
  • Molassiotis,A, van den Akker, OBA, Milligan,DW, and Boughton,BJ. (1995) Gonadal function and psychosexual adjustment in male long-term survivors of bone marrow transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 16, 253-259.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A, Eves,F,F, Stein,G.S and Murray, R.M. (1995) Genetic and environmental factors in premenstrual symptom reporting and its relationship to depression and a general neuroticism trait. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 39,4, 477-487.
  • van den Akker, O., Packer, A. & Eves, F. (1995) Menstrual cycle symptom reporting and negative outlook. Health care for Women International,16,3 263-272.
  • Molassiotis,A, and van den Akker,O.B.A. (1995) Psychological stress in nursing and medical staff on BMT units. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 15, 449-454.
  • Molassiotis, A, Boughton, B.J. Burgoyne,T & van den Akker, O.B.A. (1994) Psychological and physical difficulties in patients post BMT. EBMT-NG Journal, 1, 2-6.
  • van den Akker, O. (1994) Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something taboo: Review article. Special Issue, Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 12, 179-188.
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1994) The pattern of menstrual cycle symptom reporting in women attending a clinic for premenstrual syndrome. British J. Midwifery 2,5, 223-115.
  • Eboh, W & van den Akker, O. (1994) Antenatal care of women with sickle cell disease. British Journal of Midwifery, 2,1, 6-11.
  • Killingworth,V. Brooking, J.I, Atkinson,A, Michael, J and van den Akker, O. (1993) Selection, assessment and support in British renal units. EDTNA, XIX no 3, 27-28.
  • van den Akker, O. (1993) Prophylactic benefits of antenatal screening: Helpful or harmful? British Journal of Midwifery ,1,5, 220-223.
  • Stein, G. & van den Akker, O. (1992) The retrospective diagnosis of Postnatal Depression by questionnaire. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 36, 1, 67 75.
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1989) Psychophysiological responses in women reporting severe paramenstrual symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine 51, 319 328.
  • van den Akker, O., Neale, M., Stein, G. & Murray, R. (1987) Genetic and environmental variation in menstrual cycle histories of two British twin samples. Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae 36, 541 548.
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1987) Psychophysiological responses in women with premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. Journal of Psychophysiology 1, 149 158.
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1985) Psychological and physiological menstrual cycle changes in women with menstrual and premenstrual symptoms. British Journal of Psychiatry 147, 164 169.

Other refereed articles:

  • Blyth, E, Hunt J and van den Akker O (2011) Evidence and models of best practice should guide recruitment of gamete donors. Bionews Commentaries, 17 October 2011. http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_109712.asp
  • Blyth,E, Crawshaw,M & van den Akker,O (2009) Disclosing donor information: A new code of silence. BioNews, Commentaries http://www.bionews.org.uk/commentary.lasso?storyid=4233
  • Blyth,E, Crawshaw,M & van den Akker,O (2009) Disclosing donor information: A new code of silence.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A. (2006) The psychology of surrogacy in the UK. BICA Journal, 13,3, 14-20. Invited paper
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2005)Younger women may have more difficulty coping with infertility than older women. Clinician’s Reasearch Digest Nov, vol23, number 11, 3.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A. & Draper,H (2005) Ethics committees in assisted conception units. Infertility Network, 4, 21.
  • van den Akker,O (2000) Report on a symposium on surrogacy presented at the 20th. Annual Conference of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Birmingham, 11-13 September 2000, Cots Newsletter, nov. 2000, 51, 18-19.
  • van den Akker,O and Pattison, H. (2000) Never Again…Until next year. A look back at the 20th. Annual Conference of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Birmingham, 11-13 September 2000,By the conference Organisers Olga van den Akker and Helen Pattison. (2000) The Psychologist, 13,12, 591-592.
  • van den Akker O.B.A. (2000) What about the context. (2000) Education and debate article Response to Education and debate: For and against: Doctors should advise adolescents to abstain from sex. Stammers and Ingham. eBMJ 321 (7275):1520.
  • van den Akker O.B.A. (2000) Removal of donor anonymity. CHILD chat Winter, no 86, 33.
  • van den Akker O.B.A. (2000) Great expectations. Response to Brinsden et al (2000) Education and debate article ‘Treatment by in vitro fertilisation with surrogacy: experience of one British centre. eBMJ 320 (7239):924.
  • Eboh, W & van den Akker,O.B.A. (2000) Letter: What does it mean to have informed choice?. eBMJ,320, (7231)337-341.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A. (2000) Letter: Attitudes to adolescent boys sexual and reproductive health urgently needs changing.BMJ, 320 March 4, 643.
  • van den Akker O.B.A. (1999) Urgent need to change attitudes to adolescent boys sexual health. Response to Gavin Yamey’s Editorial ‘Sexual and reproductive health: what about boys and men’? eBMJ 11/22/9913:46:28

Editorials

  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2010) ‘Surrogate motherhood: A critical perspective’. Editorial: Expert review for Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5, 1, 5-7
  • van den Akker,O.B.A & Redshaw,M (2008) Editorial: Beliefs and attitudes during pregnancy and post natally. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 26, 3.
  • Redshaw,M & van den Akker,O.B.A (2008) Editorial: Understanding factors which can influence the experience of pregnancy and childbirth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 26, 2 71-73.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A & Redshaw,M (2008) Editorial: The contextual challenges of successfully becoming a parent – from inception to completion Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 26, 1,1-3.
  • Redshaw,M & van den Akker,O.B.A (2007) Editorial:Maternal mental health & wellbeing Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25.4.253-254.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A & Redshaw,M (2007) Editorial: Pregnancy and postnatal states and support. The effects of the partner. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25, 3, 171-172.
  • Redshaw,M & van den Akker,O.B.A (2007) Editorial: Starting with the baby. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25.2,103-105.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A & Redshaw,M (2007) Editorial: The breadth and depth of psychological research into reproductive health Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25, 1,1-3.
  • Redshaw,M & van den Akker,O.B.A (2006) Editorial: The nature of relationships: maltreatment, mothering and migration Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 24.3.
  • van den Akker,O.B.A & Redshaw,M (2006) Editorial: Depression in the perinatal and postnatal period continues to challenge researchers and practitioners worldwide. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 24, 2,73-75.
  • Redshaw,M & van den Akker,O.B.A (2006) Editorial: Researching parenting: in prospect and in retrospect Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 24, 1, 1-3.
  • van den Akker,O (2005) Editorial Long live Myths; Size and Shape do matter. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23, 4,299-301.
  • van den Akker,O (2005) Editorial Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23, 3, 205-6
  • van den Akker,O (2005) Editorial: Choices and consequences in reproduction. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23, 2,117-119.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2005) Editorial: Management of aspects of self and others in reproductive health psychology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23, 1,1-2.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2004) Editorial: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22, 4.
  • Gross, H & van den Akker,O (2004) Editorial: Reproductive Issues in the Public Eye. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22,3, 143-144.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2004) Editorial: Maternal attachment to the foetus and interactions with the infant and the case of (non) attachment in surrogates. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22, 2,55-56.
  • Gross, H & van den Akker,O (2004) Editorial: The importance of the postnatal period for mothers, fathers and infant behaviour. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22,1, 3-4.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2003) Editorial: The importance of the postnatal period for mothers, fathers and infant behaviour. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21, 4, 5-6.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2003) Editorial, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21, 3.
  • Gross, H & van den Akker,O (2003) Editorial, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21, 2, 5-6.
  • van den Akker,O & Gross, H (2003) Editorial, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21, 1, 5-6.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1995) Editorial- Teenage pregnancy: A continued cause for concern? British Journal of Midwifery, 3,1,6-7.

Refereed and Published Conference proceedings

  • Oluwatosin E.E. and van den Akker O.B.A. (2012) Factors influencing men’s attitudes towards preconception health. Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Oxford, September 11-14th.
  • van den Akker O and Purewal S (2012) The efficacy of persuasive communication strategies encouraging elective single embryo transfer in young British men. European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Istanbul, Turkey, July 1-4.
  • Chapman S Purewal S & van den Akker O (2011) A meta-analysis of the physiological, behavioural and psychological variables predicting in vitro fertilisation treatment outcome. 25th Annual Conference of the EHPS 2011 Crete, Greece, 20th - 24th September.
  • Purewal,S Crawshaw M & van den Akker O (2011) An investigation into Parental Order Reporters' attitudes towards their work and surrogacy arrangements in the UK. 27th Annual conference - ESHRE 2011 - Stockholm, Sweden, 3-6 July 2011
  • Paranirupasingam S & van den Akker O (2011). People Over 50: Sexual Attitudes, Knowledge and Quality of Life. 31st Annual SRIP Conference, University of Nottingham, 14-15 September 2011. (BEST POSTER PRIZE)
  • Khan,F Purewal S and van den Akker O (2011). Young men’s attitudes to current sexual health and future reproductive health and parenthood. 31st Annual SRIP Conference, University of Nottingham, 14-15 September 2011
  • Carlson,C Westley,D & van den Akker,O (2010) Measures of Subjective Vitailty in the British Sign Language (BSL) Community. BPS Annual Conference, March 2010
  • Purewal, S & van den Akker, O. B. A. (2010) A qualitative study of attitudes towards oocyte donation. Psychology & Health, Volume 25, Issue S1 August 2010, page 311(Abst).
  • Crawshaw, M., Purewal, S., Khan, F., & van den Akker O. B. A. (2010). Parental Order Reporters’ attitudes towards their role, surrogacy arrangements and UK legislation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, (Abst).
  • Purewal, S & van den Akker, O. B. A.. (2009). Oocyte donation and the framing effect: changing intentions. Psychology & Health, Vol. 24, Suppl. 1, pp. 327-328.
  • Purewal & van den Akker,O (2009) A Systematic Review of the psychological determinants and motivational patterns of oocyte donation. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 27,3, 320.
  • Abbassi,M, van debn Akker,O & Bewley,C (2009) Life style factors before, during and after pregnancy: a phenomenological investigation of couple’s preferences, attitudes and behaviours. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 27,3, 299.
  • Poote,A.E & van den Akker,O. (2008) Predictors of differences in attitudes to surrogate parenthood. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 26,3, 263.
  • Purewal, S & van den Akker, O. B. A. (2008) Factors Influencing Attitudes towards Potential Oocyte Donation for Research. The Psychologist Book of Abstracts. BPS Annual Conference, 2008, pp 178-179.
  • Purewal,S & van den Akker,O. (2008) Attitudes toward oocyte donation and parenthood: Structural equation modelling analyses. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 26,3, 263-264.
  • Poote,A, & van den Akker,O.B.A. (2008) Attitudes to surrogacy in a UK population. Human Reproduction, 23,S1,i226.
  • Devi,R & van den Akker,O.B.A (2008) Coping, Social Support and infertility diagnosis. Human Reproduction, 23,S1,i225-6.
  • Offord,M & van den Akker,O (2007) On boys and sex. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 25,3, 242.
  • Purewal,S & van den Akker,O (2007) Women’s reasons for parenthood. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 25,3, 242-243
  • van den Akker,O.B.A (2007) A quantitative assessment of surrogate and intended mothers’ psychological characteristics, social support and attitudes to the pregnancy and baby. Human Reproduction 22, Suppl. 1, i64-i65.
  • Bhundia,R, & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2006) 'Differences in Organ donation attitudes and intentions between British Asian and Caucasian populations’ The Psychologist
  • Purewal & van den Akker O.B.A. (2006) An overview of cultural differences in perceptions of involuntary childlessness: A cause for concern. ESRC Colloquium Sept. Nottingham
  • van den Akker O.B.A. (2006) The Psychosocial factors in Surrogate Motherhood. BFS Publication
  • Donnelly,L, Shaw,R & van den Akker (2006) The discursive construction of empowerment in infertility related websites Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 24,3, 261.
  • Purewal,S & van den Akker (2006) Cultural and gender differences in reasons for parenthood. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology,24,3,274.
  • Bhundia,R, & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2005) 'Organ donation attitudes and the intentions to donate amongst Asians and Caucasians' The Psychologist, 20, Suppl.1, 270 (Abstr).
  • Purewal,S and van den Akker,O.B.A (2005) British women’s attitudes towards oocytes donation: Ethnic differences and altruism. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23,3283-284, (Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2004) ‘A longitudinal comparison of Genetic and Gestational surrogate and Intended mothers: Confidence and Genealogy. The Psychologist, Supplement. (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2004) ‘A longitudinal pregnancy to post delivery comparison of genetic and gestational surrogate and intended mothers: confidence and gynaelogy’ Psychology and Health, vol 19, Suppl pp175. (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2003) ‘A longitudinal comparison of genetic and gestational surrogate and intended mothers: changes in attitudes at the start and following a surrogate arrangement’ Human Reproduction, vol 18, Suppl 1 0-242. (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2003) ‘A prospective evaluation of genetic and gestational surrogate and intended mothers’ psychological trait and state characteristics: pre-pregmnancy and pregnancy data’. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21,3, 261-262, (Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2003) ‘Motherhood through surrogacy’ The Psychologist, (Abstr)
  • Williamson,E & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2003) ‘The influence of family alcohol culture and social network drinking on alcohol expectancy and consumption.’ The Psychologist, 11,1,144. (Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2002) ‘The psychosocial care involved in Commissioning and surrogate motherhood: The organisation’s perspective. The Psychologist, (Abstr)
  • Murphy,M, Jones,D, Hallam,Z,Martin,R, Hakin,R & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2002) ‘Infertility in focus: how far would you go?’. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 20,3, 192, (Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2001) ‘The new reproductive technologies: Ethical implications of the dissonance between desired and eventual outcome’ The Psychologist, 9, 2, 266.(Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2001) ‘Fertile and subfertile women’s choice of social over genetic parenthood’ The Psychologist, 9, 1, 60.(Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2000) ‘A comparison of coping style, quality of life and psychiatric morbidity in women undergoing ART, adoption or surrogacy’ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 18,3, 253 .(Abstr)
  • Smith,C, Bailey,L, Adhege,J & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2000) ‘Patient satisfaction in an ACU’ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 18,3, 265.(Abstr)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1999) ‘Psychosocial characteristics of surrogate mothers’ The Psychologist, vol 7, no 2, pp 140 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1999) ‘Women’s ideas about surrogate motherhood’ The Psychologist, vol 7, no 1, pp 78.(Abstr)
  • Eboh,W & van den Akker O.B.A. (1998) ‘Is it realistic to expect midwives to take up health promotion in the area of haemoglobinopathies?’. Journal of Infant & Reproductive Psychology 16,4, 238 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (1998) ‘The selection and assessment of women involved in surrogate motherhood’. J. Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 16,4, 223 (Abstr)
  • Eboh,W & van den Akker O.B.A. (1998) ‘Factors affecting the Midwives role in screening at-risk couples for Haemoglobinopathies’. Journal of Infant & Reproductive Psychology 16,4, 311 (Abstr).
  • Smith-Wynter, L. & van den Akker O.B.A. (1998) ‘Sickle cell disease and patients perception of the crisis: Comparisons between Jamaica and Birmingham’. Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 16,4, 311. (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A & Murphy,T (1997) Sexually active adolescents risky behaviours and control. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 5, 1, 17 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. & Raybould, H. (1997) Women's Health beliefs and the prevetion of Osteoporosis. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 5, 1, 17 (Abstr).
  • Eboh, W, & van den Akker, OBA. (1996) Antenatal counselling services and uptake of prenatal diagnosis for couples at-risk of having children with major heamoglobinopathies. J Infant and Reproductive Psychology , 14,4,322-323 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. & Murphy, T.(1996) Adolescent responses to sexual, social and educational activities. J. Infant and Reproductive Psychology 14,4, 310-311 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O. and Rosenblatt, D. (1995) To try or not to try: Decision-making regarding pregnancy after preterm delivery. Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 13, 3/4, 165 (Abstr)
  • Eboh, W & van den Akker, O. (1995) The effects of counselling on knowledge of Sickle cell disease. Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 13, 3/4, 163 (Abstr)
  • Molassiotis,A, Boughton,BJ, Milligan,DW, Goldman,JM, Thomas,S, Holmes,JA and van den Akker, OBA. (1995) Comparison of the quality of life in the long-term survivors of BMT and a matched group of patients treated with conventional chemotherapy. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 15, 2, S180 (Abstr).
  • Molassiotis,A, Boughton,BJ, Milligan,DW, Goldman,JM, Thomas,S, Holmes,JA and van den Akker, OBA. (1995) Psychosexual and gonadal function in male BMT long-term survivors. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 15, 2, S173 (Abstr).
  • Molassiotis,A, Boughton,BJ, Milligan,DW, Goldman,JM, Thomas,S, Holmes,JA and van den Akker, OBA. (1995) Assessment of mood changes, symptom distress and coping mechanisms during isolation for BMT. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 15, 2, S168. (Abstr)
  • van den Akker,O, Eves,F. Service,S & Lennon,B (1995) Ethnic group differences in menstrual cycle symptom reporting The Psychologist, Proceedings of the BPS, 3, 2, 133 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker,OBA, Eves,FF, Stein,GS Neale,MC and Murray,RM. (1994) Genetic and environmental factors in premenstrual symptom reporting and its relationship to a general neuroticism trait. Behaviour Genetics, 24,6, 535 (Abstr).
  • Molasiotis, A, Boughton, B.J & van den Akker, O.B.A. (1994) Psychological morbidity, burnout and job satisfaction in nursing and medical staff who work in BMT units. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 259 (Abstr).
  • Molasiotis, A, Boughton, B.J, Burgoyne, T, van den Akker, O.B.A. (1994) Psychosocial and physical difficulties in patients post BMT. Bone Marrow Transplantation 258 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O, Packer, A & Eves F, (1992) Menstrual cycle symptom reporting and its relationship to negative outlook. The Psychologist,(Abstr).
  • Sharifian, N., Packer, A., van den Akker, O. and Eves, F. (1991) Negative affect and symptom reporting during the menstrual cycle. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 8, 4, 298 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O., Sweeney, V. & Rosenblatt, D. (1991) Psychological factors in pregnancy and post partum in women at risk for preterm labour/delivery. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 8, 4, 296 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O., Eves, F., Stein, G. & Murray, R. (1989) A study of common genetic variability between personality, depression and premenstrual syndrome reporting. Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae 38, 246 247 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O., Neale, M., Stein, G. & Murray, R. (1986) Genetic and environmental variation in menstrual cycle histories: A twin study. Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae 35, 74 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1985) A Psychophysiological Study of premenstrual tension. Psychophysiology 22, 617 (Abstr).
  • van den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1985) An investigation of psychological and physiological changes in women with premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. Biological Psychology 20, 186 187 (Abst).
  • an den Akker, O. & Steptoe, A. (1984) Psychophysiological activity during the menstrual cycle. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2, 216 (Abstr).

Book Reviews:

  • On having an own child. Reproductive technologies and the cultural construction of childhood. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein. (2009) Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27,4, 423-6.
  • Building a family with the assistance of donor insemination. Ken Daniels (2006).Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 24,2. 179-180.
  • Genetics and Gene Therapy, (Ed) Sheila AM McLean (2005) Nursing Standard.
  • Inconceivable Conceptions. (Eds) Haynes,J & Miller,J. (2004) Journal ofReproductive & Infant Psychology 22,2
  • New Reproductive Technologies, Women’s Health and Autonomy: Freedom or Dependency? Indo-Dutch studies on development alternatives, 25. (Gupta,J.A) (2003) Journal of Health Psychology
  • Statistics for Social and Health Research (Argyrous,G) (2003) Nursing Research.
  • Essential Health Psychology. Mark Forshaw (2003) Journal of Reproductive &Infant Psychology 21,1
  • The Health Psychology Reader. (2003) Edited by. David F. Marks. SagePublications. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 21.1
  • Health Psychology: (2003) International Edition. Shelley, E. Taylor Journal ofReproductive & Infant Psychology, 21,1
  • Pharmacology for midwives.(2002) The evidence base for safe practice (S. Jordan).Nursing Standard,17, 6, 29.
  • Truth and the child 10 years on: Information exchange in donor assisted conception (2002). (Blyth, Crawshaw & Speirs Eds.) Journal of Infant & ReproductivePsychology.
  • The ‘New’ Family (Eds, Silva & Smart) Journal of Infant & ReproductivePsychology (1999) 17,4, 408.
  • Unspeakable losses (Kim Kluger-Bell) Nursing Standard (1999) may 26, 13, 36, 24.
  • Post Natal Depression (Paula Nicolson) Nursing Standard, (1999), 17,13,26, 25.
  • Genetics The Fetus and Our Future. (Bagness,C) Journal of Infant & ReproductivePsychology (1999), 17,1, 98.
  • Renal Nursing (Smith, T, Ed) Nursing Standard, (1997) Oct. 8, nr 3, vol 12, pp 28.
  • Psychological aspects of women's reproductive health. (O'Hara et al) BritishJournal of Midwifery (1996) 4, 7, 380.
  • Changing conceptions of motherhood. The practice of surrogacy in Britain. (BMA) British Journal of Midwifery (1996) 4, 6, 328.
  • The Health Psychology of Women (Eds, Niven,C. and Carroll, D. (1995) Journal ofPsychophysiology.
  • The real facts of life: Feminism and the politics of sexuality c1850-1940.(Jackson, M) British Journal of Midwifery (1995) 3, 6, 347.
  • Handbook of behavioural medicine for women (Eds. Blechman, E.A & Brownell, K.D.) Journal of Psychophysiology (1992), 6, 71 75.

Official Reports

  • The Centre for Social Justice (2008) Fathers not Included A response to the HFEA Bill. A report by the Family Law Review of the Centre for Social Justice. http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/client/images/csj%20fathers%20web%20FINAL.pdf (Consultant)
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2005) HGC Commissioned Report. Review: Public Attitudes to Genetics and Genetic Decision making. Human Genetics Commission, London.
  • van den Akker, O.B.A. (2002) HFEA Commissioned Report. Review: Psycho-social, moral and ethical issues involved in Donor, Surrogacy and Adoption Triads: A graded Evaluation. Human Fertilisation & Embryology Association, London.

Media experience

Media Publications:

Newspapers

  • The Guardian (2011) expert commentray on Elton Jonh and his partner's Surrogate baby.
  • The Independent. ( uly 2010) expert commentary on Cristiano Ronaldo's (25 year old footballer's) payment of a surrogate mother to have his baby son.
  • Mail online 'Caroline 25th June (2010) was fathered by a sperm donor- so why does she bitterly resent the stranger who gave her life? Cited expert comentary on the case.
  • Enfield advertiser and Gazette.
  • Observer, (2006) Sunday 30 July, page 59. Interview for: ‘How can I help my 14-year old daughter with PMT?
  • Sunday Observer Interview 4/May/2008 in the news section page 15 'Twelve year olds ask Childline for sex help'
  • The Sunday Times (2006) July 23, p5 Interview for: ‘Too much too young’ Teenage mothers tell Sian Griffiths why they have few regrets about having their children so early.
  • Daily Telegraph (2005) Interview ‘A quarter of girls aged 14 claim to have had sex with several partners’, 24/march.
  • The Psychologist (2005) Interview by Christian Jarrett: The right to know who youcame from.18, 5, 260.
  • Daily Express, Sat 31 Jan (2004) ‘Suffer the little Children’ Interviewed for artice on Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe.
  • Birmingham Post, 5 Nov. (2003) Page 4 ‘Surrogate Motherhood not that stressful, says new research from Aston’
  • The Sunday Mercury (1994) July 3, pp 38. ‘Kids aged 11 face quiz on sex habits’.
  • The Yorkshire Evening Press (1996) July 4. pp.3 ‘Teenagers are ignoring sex warnings’.
  • Birmingham Post (1996) July 5. pp. 5 ‘Just say no to help gymslip mothers’.
  • Evening Standard (1996) July 4. (no copy).
  • The Birmingham Post, (1998) March 13, pp.1 ‘Morals and the baby boom’.
  • The Nursing Standard (1996) July 10. vol 10, 42, 9. ‘Most sexually active teenager would have unprotected sex’
  • The Birmingham Post (1998) June 27. pp4. ‘Childless couples turning to surrogacy’.
  • The Independent (1998) June 27. Home News pp 7. ‘Mothers back surrogacy’.

Radio

  • Austrian Radio interview Julu (2010)
  • BBC Radio 3 Sept (2008) Ronnie Barber, Three Counties Radio 'Half of women would ask a friend to father a child'
  • BBC Radio 5 Feb (2001). Nicky Campbell, Five Live Debate ‘Too much too young’
  • BBC Radio York (1996) July 5. Julia Booth Interview.
  • BBC Radio West Midlands (1996) July 4. Interview Broadcast 'On the hour news bulletin'.
  • BBC, London World Service, (1998) July 27th. Interview broadcast in severallanguages on Science today.

Television

  • BBC South East Today 6.30pm 5th Oct. (2010) interview about Psychological profile of surrogate who had delivered 8 babies. https:/owa.mdx.ac.uk/owa/redir.aspx?C=a4396eb2ba5a4817b7881a28b977365a&URL=http%3a%2f%2fw ww.bbc.co.uk%2fprogrammes%2fb006pfp8%2fepisodes%2fplayer
  • The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK, (2006) Interview for documentary on families created following third party assisted conception.
  • BBC1 Invited participant on Teenage pregnancy on ‘Kilroy’ Monday 1st. Oct 2001,9.00 am.
  • BBC1 Invited Expert on Surrogacy on ‘The Vanessa Show’ Live Friday 16th. July1999, 10.15 am.

Magazines:

  • Love it! Interviewed on Teenage pregancy. 2-9 February 2010
  • Love it! Interviewed on ‘The baby faced dad’ article, 10-16 march 2009. 26-27.
  • Woman. Interview on males and infertility for article entitled ‘How he feels aboutinfertility’. 12/09/2005, 24-25.
  • Cosmopolitan. Interviewed for article ‘Conception by deception. Women who stealsperm’, Nov. 2000 pp87-92.
  • T.V. Quick Magazine. Interview on sex in adolescents as shown on current soaps. 25-31 March, 13, 15.

Electronic publications:

Editorships

  • Editorial board member Expert review for Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008-present Associate Editor Biomedical research 2008-present http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcresnotes Editor in Chief Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology 2003-2009 Newsletter Editor SRIP 1999-2002 Member of Editorial board: British J. Midwifery 1998-2001 Book review editor. J. Infant & Reprod. Psychol. 1998-2002 Consulting editor: Nursing Research 1995-1999

Membership of Professional Societies

  • HFEA member of ‘One at a Time’ Taskforce 2007- Member of Executive Committee British Infertility Counselling Association 2007-2009 Member of Executive Committee British Fertility Society 2007-2009 HFEA Advisor / Inspector 2005- 2008 Member of Birmingham Women’s Hospital ACU Ethics Committee 2001-2007 Member of Birmingham Women’s Hospital ACU Advisory Committee 2001-2007 Committee member Society for Infant & Reproductive Psychology 1997- present Committee member British Menstrual Cycle Research Group 1997- 1999 Committee member the British Psychophysiology Society 1985 - 1995 Treasurer Psychophysiology Society 1987-1989 Membership Secretary Psychophysiology Society 1985-1987 Associate Fellow British Psychological Society Psychophysiology Society Marce Society Society for Reproductive & Infant Psychology Behaviour Genetics British Menstrual Cycle Research Group British Association for Adoption Fostering British Infertility & Counselling Association European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology

External examining experience

  • University of Abertay:External Examiner UG Psychology & Social Sciences Programmes 2006-present External PhS’s examined for:Staffordshire University 2009 University of Queensland, Australia 2009 University of Nottingham 2008 University of Liverpool 2008 Thames Valley University 2008 University of York, 2007 University of Cardiff, 2007 University of Sheffield, 2006

Languages spoken

English, Dutch

Subject area: Health Psychology

Methodology: Quantitative, qualitative, experimental, systematic reviewing, meta analysis

  • Health Psychology
  • Reproductive Health Psychology; PMS, PND, Preterm Labour/ delivery, Prenatal screening, Infertility, Gamete donation, Surrogate motherhood
  • Bone marrow transplantation, Renal disease, Sickle cell disease, Genetics

Applications for PhD research, or research assistant schemes in reproductive health psychology are welcomed. PhD students will also be considered in any other area of health psychology as applied to specific issues and specific health concerns.

Research Publications

What are the best interests of the child in international surrogacy?

Blyth, Eric and Crawshaw, Marilyn and Van den Akker, Olga (2014) What are the best interests of the child in international surrogacy? Bionews .

Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period

Abbasi, Marzieh and Van den Akker, Olga and Bewley, Chris (2014) Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology . ISSN 0167-482X

British women's attitudes to surrogacy

Poote, A. E. and Van den Akker, Olga (2008) British women's attitudes to surrogacy. Human Reproduction, 24 (1). pp. 139-145. ISSN 0268-1161

For your eyes only: bio-behavioural and psycho-social research priorities

Van den Akker, Olga (2013) For your eyes only: bio-behavioural and psycho-social research priorities. Human Fertility, 16 (1). pp. 89-93. ISSN 1464-7273

The ethics and aesthetics of paid surrogacy

Crawshaw, Marilyn and Blyth, Eric and Van den Akker, Olga (2013) The ethics and aesthetics of paid surrogacy. Obs Gynae & Midwifery News . pp. 20-23.

The changing profile of surrogacy in the UK – implications for national and international policy and practice

Crawshaw, Marilyn and Blyth, Eric and Van den Akker, Olga (2012) The changing profile of surrogacy in the UK – implications for national and international policy and practice. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 34 (3). pp. 267-277. ISSN 0964-9069

Sexual dysfunction [Chapter 8]; Premature labour and delivery [Chapter 11]; Postnatal blues [Chapter 16]

Van den Akker, Olga (2012) Sexual dysfunction [Chapter 8]; Premature labour and delivery [Chapter 11]; Postnatal blues [Chapter 16]. In: Perinatal mental health: a clinical guide. Martin, Colin R. , ed. M&K Publishing. ISBN 9781905539499

Handbook of diet and nutrition in the menstrual cycle, periconception and fertility

Hollins-Martin, Caroline J. and Van den Akker, Olga and Martin, Colin R. and Preedy, Victor R. , eds. (2014) Handbook of diet and nutrition in the menstrual cycle, periconception and fertility. Human Health Handbooks, 7 . Wageningen Academic Publishers. ISBN 9789086862122

Completing the surrogate motherhood process: parental order reporters’ attitudes towards surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict

Purewal, Satvinder and Crawshaw, Marilyn and Van den Akker, Olga (2012) Completing the surrogate motherhood process: parental order reporters’ attitudes towards surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict. Human Fertility, 15 (2). pp. 94-99. ISSN 1464-7273

Working at the margins : the views and experiences of court social workers on parental orders work in surrogacy arrangements

Van den Akker, Olga and Crawshaw, Marilyn and Purewal, Satvinder (2012) Working at the margins : the views and experiences of court social workers on parental orders work in surrogacy arrangements. British Journal of Social Work . ISSN 0045-3102 (print) ; 1468-263X (online)

View more publications in the Research Repository

PI. van den Akker with Crawshaw (University of York) BASW / PROGAR. £1,500 SRIP Workshop funding ‘A research, policy and practice informed roundtable discussion of current challenges in surrogacy arrangements nationally and internationally’ (2014)

PI Dyson S, with van den Akker,O and Cunningham S £6,625 funded by Middlesex University School of Health and Education:’Volunteering in health and social care: building social capital through volunteerism: a pilot project’ (2013)

PI. Jarrett P with van den Akker, O £5,440 funded by Middlesex University School of Health and Education: ‘Women’s experience of Gestational Diabetes and Depression: A Phenomenological Study’ (2013)

PI Payne N with van den Akker, O and Lewis S £4,944 Middlesex University Psychology research funding ‘Employment and Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR): The needs and experiences of employed MAR users’ (2013)

PI van den Akker,O with Payne N and Lewis S £3,598 Middlesex University Psychology research funding ‘Workplace policies and practices to support users of Assisted Reproductive Technology’ (2013)

PI. van den Akker with Crawshaw (University of York) BASW / PROGAR. £1,500 SRIP Workshop funding ‘A research and practice informed approach to family building through donor conception’ at the Nuffield foundation / BMA. (2012)

PI. Purewal with van den Akker £7,400. British Academy ‘A meta analysis on the psychological and behavioural variables predicting In Vitro Fertilization treatment outcome: A path analytic investigation’. (2010)

PI. van den Akker with Purewal. £5,000 Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority for a study assessing attitudes to Single Embryo Transfer. (2010)

PI. Alexis-Garsee with Gilbert (University of London) & van den Akker £22,771. UK Respiratory Research Foundation of the IPCRG Smokers with chronic illness: A qualitative analysis of barriers, motivation to quit and tailored interventions for smoking cessation in COPD smokers. (2009)

van den Akker Consultancy £9000 for Editorial work Taylor & Francis Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology (2007-2009)

van den Akker £4000 NHS Consultancy, Stage 2 BPS Health Psychology Student (2008)

PI. van den Akker with Baluch £1000 Matched funding Middlesex University School of Health & Social Sciences Business development (2008)

PI. van den Akker with Baluch £1000 Match funding Middlesex University School of Health & Social Sciences Research (2008)

PI. van den Akker with Baluch £1000 SRIP Workshop The future of infertility (2008)

Editorial Activities

Editorial board member Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology 2008-present

Editorial board member: Biomed Central RBM Online 2008-present

Editorial board member: Expert review of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008-present

Editor in Chief Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology 2003- 2008

Newsletter Editor SRIP 1999-2002

Member of Editorial board: British J. Midwifery 1998-2001

Book review editor: J. Infant & Reproductive Psychology 1998-2002

Consulting editor: Nursing Research 1995-1999

Committee / Advisory activities

Committee member Society for Infant & Reproductive Psychology 1997-Present

Member PROGAR 2009-Present

Advisory group HFEA eSET taskforce 2009-Present

Committee member BFS (BICA representative) 2007- 2009

External Advisor DIPex, Oxford University 2007-2009

Executive Committee Member BICA 2007-2009

Member of Birmingham Women’s Hospital ACU Ethics Committee 2001-2007

Committee member British Menstrual Cycle Research Group 1997- 1999

Committee member the British Psychophysiology Society 1985 - 1995

Treasurer Psychophysiology Society 1987-1989

Membership Secretary Psychophysiology Society 1985-1987

Membership of Professional Societies (current) Practitioner Psychologist Health and Care Professions Council

Associate Fellow; Chartered Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society