Dr Katherine Finlay

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

katherine.finlay@buckingham.ac.uk

Katherine joined Buckingham in September 2008 following a PhD in pain psychology at the University of Edinburgh, having previously completed her studies at the University of Cambridge (BA(Hons)) and Keele University (MSc). Katherine holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE), is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol). Currently she teaches modules on applied Health Psychology and Forensic Psychology and supervises MSc and PhD research in Health Psychology. Katherine’s work centres around her interests in clinical and health-related research, particularly in chronic pain and pain following spinal cord injuries. Katherine also publishes regularly in music psychology, and is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of Health Psychology and Psychology of Music.

Research interests:

Katherine’s principal area of research is investigating the role of psychological methods of pain control in acute and chronic pain conditions. With acute pain, this includes distraction and attention-diversion methodologies and the impact of familiarity with pain management techniques. In chronic pain, Katherine is interested in the psychological predictors of failure to attain positive outcomes when attending Pain Management Programmes, pain following spinal cord injuries and group dynamics in clinical care. Further areas of interest include health in homelessness and ‘audio-analgesia’ – the ability of music to modulate pain. Katherine is an advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) practitioner, regularly giving MI training to healthcare professionals to improve both research and practice in health interactions.

Collaborations:

  • School of Pharmacy, University College London
  • SUPA Programme (Evaluating interventions to Support Uptake and Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy), UCL
  • Pain Services and Health Psychology, Milton Keynes General Hospital
  • Psychological Services, National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital
  • Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter

Selected publications and conference papers:

Hearn, J. H., Finlay, K.A. & Fine, P.A., “The Devil in the corner: a mixed-methods study of metaphor use by those with spinal cord injury-specific neuropathic pain”, British Journal of Health Psychology 21.4 (2016), 973-988. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12211.

Finlay, K.A. & Elander, J., “Reflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysis”, British Journal of Health Psychology 21.3 (2016), 660-676.  Read more in our Publication of the week section (15 June 2017).

Jalal, Z.S., Smith, F., Taylor, D., Finlay, K.A., Patel, H., & Antoniou, S., “Impact of pharmacy care upon adherence to cardiovascular medicines: a feasibility pilot controlled trial”, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (2016), 1-7. doi: 10.1136/ejhpharm-2015-000790.

Hearn, J., Cotter, I., Fine, P., & Finlay, K.A., “Living with chronic neuropathic pain: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of community experience”, Disability and Rehabilitation 37.23 (2015), 2203–2211. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.1002579

Finlay, K A. & Anil, K., “Passing the time when in pain: Investigating the role of musical valence”, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 26.1 (2015), 56-66. http://doi.org/10.1037/pmu0000119

Finlay, K.A., Wilson, J. A., Gaston, P., Al-Dujaili, E.A. & Power, I. , “Post-operative pain management through audio-analgesia: manipulating the musical distractor”, Psychology of Music 44.3 (2015), 1-21. doi: 10.1177/0305735615577247

Finlay, K.A. & Rogers, J., “Maximizing self-care through familiarity: The role of practice effects in enhancing music listening and progressive muscle relaxation for pain management”, Psychology of Music 43.4 (2014), 511-529. doi:10.1177/0305735613513311

Jalal, Z.S., Smith, F., Taylor, D., Patel, H., Finlay, K., & Antoniou, S., “Pharmacy care and adherence to primary and secondary prevention cardiovascular medication: a systematic review of studies”, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy: Science and Practice 21 (2014), 238-244.

Finlay, K.A., “Music-induced analgesia in chronic pain: Efficacy and assessment through a primary-task paradigm”, Psychology of Music 42.3 (2014), 325-346. doi:10.1177/0305735612471236.

Finlay, K.A., “Familiarity with music in post-operative clinical care”, in H. Daynes & E. King (eds), Music and Familiarity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), ch.4.

Conference presentations:

Tilley, M.P., Fine, P.A. & Finlay, K.A., “The mediating role of catastrophizing in the relationship between mental defeat and pain intensity ratings following spinal cord injury”, 7th Conference of The European Spinal Psychologists Association (April 2017).

Tilley, M.P., Fine, P.A. & Finlay, K.A., “The mediating role of catastrophizing in the relationship between mental defeat and pain intensity ratings following spinal cord injury”, Symposium: 50 Shades of Pain: The Mediation of Pain Experience, Midlands Health Psychology Annual Conference (March 2017).

Hearn, J.H. & Finlay, K.A., “Managing SCI with internet-delivered mindfulness; a randomised, controlled trial”, Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP). (Loughborough, November 2016).

Tilley, M.P., Fine, P.A., & Finlay, K.A., “An investigation into the biopsycholosocial factors involved in chronic pain in people with a spinal cord injury: A work in progress”, poster at 30th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society and BPS Division of Health Psychology Joint Conference. (August 2016).

Suckling, J., Doe, E. & Finlay, K.A., “An exploration of telehealth services for chronic pain patients”, poster at PsyPAG Conference (York, July 2016).

Finlay, K.A. & Nelson, A., “Female facial representations of pain in chronic and experimentally induced pain”, British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, SECC (Glasgow, April 2015).

Hearn, J., Cotter, I., Fine, P., & Finlay, K.A., “The biopsychosocial experience of chronic pain in spinal cord injured outpatients: An interpretative phenomenological analysis”, oral and poster presentation (prize winning), Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals Educational Conference and Expo 2014 (St. Louis, Missouri, USA, September 2014).

Hearn, J., Cotter, I., Fine, P., & Finlay, K.A., “The biopsychosocial experience of chronic pain in spinal cord injured outpatients: An interpretative phenomenological analysis”, poster at Psychology, Sociology and Politics Research Conference (Sheffield Hallam University, June 2014).

Finlay, K.A., Tilley M.P., & Fine, P.A. “An investigation of the biopsychosocial factors involved in chronic pain in people with a spinal cord injury”, poster at Psychology, Sociology and Politics Research Conference (Sheffield Hallam University, June 2014).

Finlay, K. A., Tilley M.P., & Fine, P.A. “An investigation of the biopsychosocial factors involved in chronic pain in people with a spinal cord injury”, Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Conference Health Symposium (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014).

Hearn, J., Cotter, I., Fine, P., & Finlay, K.A., “The biopsychosocial experience of chronic pain in spinal cord injured outpatients: An interpretative phenomenological analysis”, 8th Annual Keele Counselling Conference: Daring to Make an Impact: 
Dynamic Qualitative Research (March 2014).

Finlay, K.A. & Temp, A.M.G. “Fighting fair: Investigating bias in fencing in a naturalistic decision-making paradigm”, 13th World Congress of Sport Psychology (Beijing, August 2013).

Finlay, K.A. & Rogers, J. , “Maximising self-care through familiarity: The role of practice effects in enhancing active and passive pain management”, poster presentation, British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Bournemouth, April 2013).

Finlay, K.A. & Rogers, J., “Active versus passive relaxation: The efficacy of music listening for self-care and pain management”, SEMPRE Annual Conference (Portsmouth, Sep 2012).

Finlay, K.A. & Hrouda, D., “Beyond catastrophizing: mental defeat and stress in chronic pain”, poster presentation, British Pain Society ASM (Liverpool, 2012).

Finlay, K.A. & Hrouda, D., “The longitudinal profile of mental defeat in chronic pain”, BPS Clinical Psychology Annual Conference (Cambridge, 2011).

Finlay, K.A. & Eko, M., “Explaining difficulties exiting homelessness: triangulating self-esteem, coping and locus of control”, British Psychological Society: Social Psychology Conference (Cambridge, Sep 2011).

Finlay, K.A., Wilson, J.A., Gaston, P., Al-Dujaili, E.A. & Power, I., “The role of the musical distractor in post-operative audio-analgesia and cortisolemic change”, SEMPRE conference on music, health and wellbeing (Folkestone, Sep 2011).

Finlay, K.A., J.A. Wilson, P. Gaston & I. Power, “Audio-analgesia and multi-disciplinary pain management: An investigation into acute, post-operative pain”, European Health Psychology Society Annual Conference (Pisa, Italy, 2009) and British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (London, 2009). Published in Psychology & Health 24 (Supplement 1, 2009), 174.

Finlay, K.A., “Audio-analgesia: An introduction to music medicine”, Edinburgh Anaesthesia Festival (Edinburgh: Royal College of Surgeons, 2007).

Finlay, K.A., “Music and pain management”, Scottish Society of Acute Pain Specialists Conference (Stirling: Stirling NHS Trust, 2007).

Finlay, K.A. “Chronic pain in motion”,  British Psychological Society Scottish Branch Annual Conference (Perth, 2006).

See also: Psychology Department

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