Olga van den Akker BSc PhD

Emeritus Professor Olga B.A. van den Akker BSc PhD AFBPsS, C.Psychol is Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Middlesex University, London.

Since completing her BSc in Psychology at the University of East London, she was awarded an MRC studentship at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London to carry out a PhD investigating the Psychophysiology of the menstrual cycle. This was followed by post doctoral research at the Institute of Psychiatry and St. Mary’s hospitals London, and senior academic posts at the University of East London, University of Birmingham and Aston University. She was an HFEA Advisor, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology and has been a member of the executive committees of the British Infertility Counselling Association, the British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproductive & Infant Psychology. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Reproductive Psychology. Her main research interests focus on reproductive health psychology.

Selected publications

Books:

a. Authored books: 

van den Akker, O.B.A. (2017) Surrogate Motherhood Families. Palgrave MacMillan.

van den Akker, O.B.A. (2012) Reproductive Health Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13: 978-0470683385van den Akker, O.B.A. (2002) The Complete Guide to Infertility: Diagnosis, Treatments, options. Free association Books, March. ISBN: 1-85343-540-6

b. Edited book: 

 Editors, Prof Caroline Hollins-Martin, Prof Olga van den Akker, Prof Colin Martin and Prof Victor R Preedy (2014) ‘Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Menstrual Cycle, Conception and Fertility’ Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Articles and chapters in edited books:

van den Akker,O.B.A (2018 ) Chapter: Psychological and ethical issues in third party assisted conception and surrogate motherhood. In: Pathways and barriers to the transition to parenthood –Existential concerns regarding fertility, pregnancy and early parenthood. (Ed) Orit Taubman –Ben-Ari.

van den Akker,O.B.A (2018) Chapter 7. Assisted conception, including fertility preservation, surrogate motherhood, gamete / embryo donation, and in vitro fertilization, In:  International Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.Eds Jane Ussher, Joan Chrisler and Janette Perz. Routledge.

van den Akker,O.B.A (2015) Chapter: Emotional and psychosocial risk associated with fertility treatment. Reducing Risk in Fertility Treatment, edited by Raj Mathur. Springer Science + Media

van den Akker,O.B.A (2012) Chapter 16 The Maternity Blues pp187-194. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health. ISBN: 978-1905539499 • March 2012 • M&K Publishing

van den Akker,O.B.A (2012) Chapter 8 Sexual Dysfunction pp107-116. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health ISBN: 978-1905539499 • March 2012 • M&K Publishing

van den Akker,O.B.A (2012). Chapter 11 Premature labour and delivery pp137-144. In: Martin,C (Ed) Perinatal Mental Health. ISBN: 978-1905539499 • March 2012 • M&K Publishing

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) Nature and 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 (2010). Surrogate Mothers. In: Tyano,S Keren,M Herrman,H & Cox,J.(Eds) Parenthood 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 (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

Onyson, C., Alexis-Garsee, C., and van den Akker, O. (2018) Predicting attitudes towards seeking medical care among Nigerian immigrants in the UK" which you submitted to Mental Health, Religion & Culture. Under revision.

Whitelock, V., Nouwen, A., Houben, K., Rosenthal, M., Higgs, S., and van den Akker, O. (2018) Does working memory training improve dietary self-care in type 2 diabetes mellitus? Results of a double blind randomised controlled trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (in press)

Alexis-Garsee, Camille and Meehan, Stephanie and van den Akker, Olga (2018) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of discontinued use of the e-cigarette. Journal of Smoking Cessation . ISSN 1834-2612 (Accepted/In press)

Purewal, S. Chapman; S. van den Akker, O. (2018) Depression and state anxiety scores during assisted reproduction treatment are associated with outcome: a meta-analysis. Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

Payne, N, Seehan, S., van den Akker, O.B.A. (2018) Experiences and psychological distress of fertility treatment and employment. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology. ISSN0167-482X

Onyson, C., Alexis-Garsee, C., and van den Akker, O. (2018) Adaptation of the Measurement of Acculturation Strategies for People of African Decent (MASPAD) in measuring Acculturation in British Nigerians. Mental Health, Religion and Culture.

Purewal, S. Chapman; S. van den Akker, O. (2018) A systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological predictors of successful assisted reproductive technologies. BMC Research Notes. 10:711. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-3049-z

Frith, L. Blyth, E, Crawshaw, M and van den Akker, O (2018). Secrets and disclosure in donor conception. Sociology of Health and Illness. 40 (1) 188–203. DOI:10.1111/1467-9566.12633

Purewal, S., Chapman, S.C. E. & van den Akker, O.B.A (2018)   A systematic review and meta-analysis of lifestyle predictors of successful assisted reproductive technologies Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Whitelock, V. Nouwen, A., van den Akker, O. and Higgs, S. (2018) The role of working memory sub-components in food choice and dieting success. Appetite. 124 . pp. 24-32. ISSN 0195-6663

van den Akker, Olga and Payne, Nicola and Lewis, Suzan (2017) Catch 22? Disclosing assisted conception treatment at work. International Journal of Workplace Health Management . ISSN 1753-8351 (Published online first)

Frith, L., Crawshaw, M., van den Akker, O. and Blyth, E. (2017) Searching for 'relations' using a DNA linking register: Constructions of identity, relatedness and kinship by adults conceived following sperm donation. BioSocieties. doi:10.1057/s41292-017-0063-2

Alexis-Garsee, C., Gilbert, H. and van den Akker, O.B.A. (2017) Difficulties quitting for smokers with and without a respiratory disease and use of a tailored intervention for smoking cessation – A qualitative study. Journal of Smoking Cessation. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jsc.2017.5 Published online: 27 March 2017, pp. 1-9.

Blyth, E., Crawshaw, M., Frith, L. and van den Akker, C. (2017) Gamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register. Human Fertility 21:268-278. DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2017.1292005.

Dyson, S., Liang, L., van den Akker, O. and Mike O'Driscoll  (2017) The extent, variability, and attitudes towards volunteering among undergraduate nursing students: Implications for pedagogy in nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 23,15–22.

Whitelock, V., Nouwen, A., van Dam, K., Connock, M., van den Akker, O., & Higgs, S. (2017) Inhibitory Control Training in Eating Behaviour: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Appetite.

Olga van den Akker, Eric Blyth, Marilyn Crawshaw and Lucy Frith (2017) Views and Experiences of UK DonorLink Registrants. DCN Journal

Onyigbuo, C., Alexis-Garsee, C, and van den Akker, O. (2017) Nigerian clergy and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of health-seeking behaviours among Nigerian immigrants in the UK  Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 19:10, 1043-1055, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2017.1312320

Crawshaw, M, Frith, L., van den Akker, O and Blyth, E (2016) Voluntary DNA-based information exchange and contact services following donor conception: an analysis of service users’ needs. New Genetics and Society. 35 (4) 372-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2016.1253462

van den Akker, O, Postavaru,G and Purewal,S (2016) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the psychosocial consequences of twins and multiple births following medically assisted reproduction. RBMOnline. 33 (1) 1-14. doi.org/10.1016/J.rbmo.2016.04.009.

van den Akker, O. (2016) Reproductive health matters. The Psychologist. 29 (1) 2-5.

van den Akker, O, Camara, I and Hunt B (2016) ‘Together … for only a moment’ British media construction of altruistic non-commercial surrogate motherhood. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.34,3. 271-281.

Onyigbuo, C.C. Alexis-Garsee, C., and van den Akker, O.B.A. (2016) An exploration of health seeking behaviours among Nigerian Christians in the UK: Towards enhanced health services utilisation. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. pp. 255-267. doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2016.1166357.

van den Akker, O. Fronek, P. Blyth,E. and Frith, L. (2016) ‘This neo- natal ménage à trois’ British media framing of transnational surrogacy. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 34(1) 15-27.

Onyigbuo,C., van den Akker, O and Alexis-Garsee, C. (2015) A cross cultural study of the health-seeking behaviours of Nigerians from the perspective of Nigerian care providers: Challenges for collaboration. Humanities and Social Sciences Review. 537-554.

Payne, N., Lewis, S., and van den Akker O. (2015) Experiences of combining work and fertility treatment. BICA Journal, Spring, 13.

Abbasi M & van den Akker, O (2015) A systematic review of changes in women’s physical activity before, during and after pregnancy. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 33, (4) 325-358

Daugirdaite,V, van den Akker O. & Purewal,S (2015) Posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder after termination of pregnancy and reproductive loss: A systematic review. Journal of Pregnancy. Volume 2015 ID 646345, 14 pages.

van den Akker O.B.A. Crawshaw, M.C, Blyth, E.D and Frith, L.J (2015) Expectations and experiences of gamete donors and donor-conceived adults searching for genetic relatives using DNA linking through a voluntary register. Human Reproduction, 30 (1): 111-121.

Whitelock,V. Nouwen,A. Houben,K. van den Akker,O. Neira Miller,I. Narendan,P. Rosenthal, P and Higgs,S. (2015). Does neurocognitive training have the potential to improve dietary self-care in type 2 diabetes? Study protocol of a double blind randomised controlled trial.

BMC Nutrition, vol 1, no. 1, 11., 10.1186/s40795-015-0006-x

van den Akker O and Purewal S (2014) The effectiveness of persuasive communication techniques. Advances in Life Sciences and Health. Volume 2014 pages 1-11.

Abbasi M,  van den Akker O & Bewley C (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. (2013) For your eyes only: Bio-behavioural and Psychosocial research objectives. Human Fertility. 16(1): 89–93  Invited paper

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

Crawshaw M, Blyth, E and van den Akker O (2012) The changing profile of surrogacy in the UK – Implications for policy and practice. Journal of Social welfare and family law, 1–11 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2012.750478

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 Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs045

Purewal S Crawshaw M and van den Akker O (2012) Completing the surrogate motherhood process: Parental Order Reporters attitudes toward surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict. Human Fertility, 15,2, 94-99.

van den Akker O and Purewal S (2011) Elective single-embryo transfer: Persuasive communication strategies can affect choice in a young British population.  Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 23 (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.

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.

Purewal, S., & van den Akker, O.B.A. (2009) A study of the effect of message framing on oocyte donation. Human Reproduction. 24(12):3136-3143

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. 30, No. 4, Pages 215-222.

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. http://www.rbmonline.com/4DCGI/Article/Detail?38%091%09=%204173%09

Poote,A & van den Akker,O.B.A. (2009) British women’s attitudes to surrogacy. Human Reproduction, 24,1,139-145. 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.

van den Akker, O.B.A (2007) Psychosocial aspects of Surrogate Motherhood  Human Reproduction Update, 13,1, 53-62  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.

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.

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 Psychology 21,  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.

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: 

Crawshaw, M Blyth, E, & van den Akker O (2013) The Ethics and aesthetics of Paid     Surrogacy. Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Midwifery News, Spring, 20-23.

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

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) Editorial ‘Surrogate motherhood: a critical perspective. Expert rev. Obstet. Gynecol, 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.

Electronic publications:

Blyth E, Hunt J and van den Akker (2011) Evidence and models of best practice should guide recruitment of gamete donors. Bionews 629. 10 Oct. http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_109712.asp

Blyth,E, Crawshaw,M & van den Akker (2009) Disclosing donor information: A new code of silence? 9 March Bionews http://www.bionews.org.uk/commentary.lasso?storyid=4233

van den Akker, O.B.A. (2008) Changing attitudes to alternative families in British women. 21 July. Bionews. http://www.bionews.org.uk/commentary.lasso?storyid=3917

http://www.bionews.org.uk/new.lasso?storyid=3902

van den Akker, O.B.A (2008) Attitudes to surrogacy are improving, say researchers. Bionews, 466. 08 July http://www.bionews.org.uk/commentary.lasso?storyid=4233

van den Akker, O.B.A. (2008) Changing attitudes to alternative families in British women. 21 July. Bionews. http://www.bionews.org.uk/commentary.lasso?storyid=3917

http://www.bionews.org.uk/new.lasso?storyid=3902