Dr Jolyn Hersch

BLibStud(Hons) MApplSc(HlthPsych) PhD
NHMRC Early Career Fellow
School of Public Health

Telephone +612 9036 9042

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Biographical details

I am a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in communicating about overdiagnosis, particularly in breast cancer screening, and in the development and evaluation of decision support tools.

My studies have spanned cognitive and health psychology through to public health, with training in health behaviour models, qualitative research, health economics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the issues of overdiagnosis (also known as overdetection) and overtreatment, and communicating information about these issues to the public.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Investigation of the impact of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) disease label on psychosocial outcomes and decision making Tessa COPP

Associations

Wiser Healthcare: a research collaboration for reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED)

Selected grants

2016

  • Supporting informed choice for management of screen-detected Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) among older women (70 years and over); Hersch J, McCaffery K, Rutherford C, Houssami N, Spillane A, Saunders C; University of Sydney - Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research/Pilot and Seed Funding.
  • Supporting informed choice for management of screen detected Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) among older women (70 years and over); Hersch J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2016). Informed and Shared Decision Making in Breast Screening. In Nehmat Houssami and Diana Miglioretti (Eds.), Breast Cancer Screening: An Examination of Scientific Evidence, (pp. 403-420). London: Academic Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Moynihan, R., Sims, R., Hersch, J., Thomas, R., Glasziou, P., McCaffery, K. (2017). Communicating about overdiagnosis: Learning from community focus groups on osteoporosis. PloS One, 12(2), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Jacklyn, G., Howard, K., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Hersch, J., Barratt, A. (2017). Impact of extending screening mammography to older women Information to support informed choices. International Journal of Cancer, 141(8), 1540-1550. [More Information]
  • Ghanouni, A., Meisel, S., Hersch, J., Waller, J., Wardle, J., Renzi, C. (2016). Information on 'overdiagnosis' in breast cancer screening on prominent United Kingdom- and Australia-oriented health websites. PloS One, 11(3), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Smit, A., Keogh, L., Hersch, J., Newson, A., Butow, P., Williams, G., Cust, A. (2016). Public preferences for communicating personal genomic risk information: a focus group study. Health Expectations, 19(6), 1203-1214. [More Information]
  • Sladakovic, J., Jansen, J., Hersch, J., Turner, R., McCaffery, K. (2016). The differential effects of presenting uncertainty around benefits and harms on treatment decision making. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(6), 974-980. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., McGeechan, K., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., Houssami, N., McCaffery, K. (2016). The importance of enabling informed decision making for women considering breast cancer screening. Journal of Medical Screening, 23(1), 55-55. [More Information]
  • Phillips, K., Hersch, J., Turner, R., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2016). The influence of the 'cancer effect' on young women's responses to overdiagnosis in cervical screening. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(10), 1568-1575. [More Information]
  • McCaffery, K., Jansen, J., Scherer, L., Thornton, H., Hersch, J., Carter, S., Barratt, A., Sheridan, S., Moynihan, R., Waller, J., Pickles, K., et al (2016). Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare. BMJ, 352, 1-5. [More Information]
  • Smit, A., Keogh, L., Newson, A., Hersch, J., Butow, P., Cust, A. (2015). Exploring the Potential Emotional and Behavioural Impact of Providing Personalised Genomic Risk Information to the Public: A Focus Group Study. Public Health Genomics, 18(5), 309-317. [More Information]
  • Nickel, B., Barratt, A., Hersch, J., Moynihan, R., Irwig, L., McCaffery, K. (2015). How different terminology for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) impacts women's concern and management preferences: A qualitative study. The Breast, 24(5), 673-679. [More Information]
  • McCaffery, K., Nickel, B., Moynihan, R., Hersch, J., Teixeira-Pinto, A., Irwig, L., Barratt, A. (2015). How different terminology for ductal carcinoma in situ impacts women's concern and treatment preferences: a randomised comparison within a national community survey. BMJ Open, 5(11), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Moynihan, R., Nickel, B., Hersch, J., Beller, E., Doust, J., Compton, S., Barratt, A., Bero, L., McCaffery, K. (2015). Public Opinions about Overdiagnosis: A National Community Survey. PloS One, 10(5), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., McGeechan, K., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., Houssami, N., McCaffery, K. (2015). Use of a decision aid including information on overdetection to support informed choice about breast cancer screening: A randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 385(9978), 1642-1652. [More Information]
  • Moynihan, R., Nickel, B., Hersch, J., Doust, J., Barratt, A., Beller, E., McCaffery, K. (2015). What do you think overdiagnosis means? A qualitative analysis of responses from a national community survey of Australians. BMJ Open, 5(5), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Barratt, A., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., McCaffery, K. (2014). Overdetection in breast cancer screening: development and preliminary evaluation of a decision aid. BMJ Open, 4(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Houssami, N., Irwig, L., Jacklyn, G., Dhillon, H., Thornton, H., McGeechan, K., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2014). The effect of information about overdetection of breast cancer on women's decision-making about mammography screening: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(5), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Barratt, A., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Howard, K., Dhillon, H., McCaffery, K. (2013). Women's views on overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening: a qualitative study. BMJ, 346(7892), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Andrews, S. (2012). Lexical Quality and Reading Skill: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Contributions to Sentence Processing. Scientific Studies of Reading, 16(3), 240-262. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., Barratt, A., Thornton, H., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2011). How do we achieve informed choice for women considering breast screening? Preventive Medicine, 53(3), 144-146. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., Barratt, A., Thornton, H., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2011). Reply to Braillon and Nicot. Preventive Medicine, 53(6), 438-438. [More Information]
  • Andrews, S., Hersch, J. (2010). Lexical Precision in Skilled Readers: Individual Differences in Masked Neighbor Priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139(2), 299-318. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, L., Rowe, D., Hersch, J., Barnett, K., Reznik, R. (2010). Neurocognitive deficits and psychiatric disorders in a NSW prison population. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 33(1), 20-26. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Juraskova, I., Price, M., Mullan, B. (2009). Psychosocial interventions and quality of life in gynaecological cancer patients: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 18(8), 795-810. [More Information]

2017

  • Moynihan, R., Sims, R., Hersch, J., Thomas, R., Glasziou, P., McCaffery, K. (2017). Communicating about overdiagnosis: Learning from community focus groups on osteoporosis. PloS One, 12(2), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Jacklyn, G., Howard, K., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Hersch, J., Barratt, A. (2017). Impact of extending screening mammography to older women Information to support informed choices. International Journal of Cancer, 141(8), 1540-1550. [More Information]

2016

  • Ghanouni, A., Meisel, S., Hersch, J., Waller, J., Wardle, J., Renzi, C. (2016). Information on 'overdiagnosis' in breast cancer screening on prominent United Kingdom- and Australia-oriented health websites. PloS One, 11(3), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2016). Informed and Shared Decision Making in Breast Screening. In Nehmat Houssami and Diana Miglioretti (Eds.), Breast Cancer Screening: An Examination of Scientific Evidence, (pp. 403-420). London: Academic Press. [More Information]
  • Smit, A., Keogh, L., Hersch, J., Newson, A., Butow, P., Williams, G., Cust, A. (2016). Public preferences for communicating personal genomic risk information: a focus group study. Health Expectations, 19(6), 1203-1214. [More Information]
  • Sladakovic, J., Jansen, J., Hersch, J., Turner, R., McCaffery, K. (2016). The differential effects of presenting uncertainty around benefits and harms on treatment decision making. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(6), 974-980. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., McGeechan, K., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., Houssami, N., McCaffery, K. (2016). The importance of enabling informed decision making for women considering breast cancer screening. Journal of Medical Screening, 23(1), 55-55. [More Information]
  • Phillips, K., Hersch, J., Turner, R., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2016). The influence of the 'cancer effect' on young women's responses to overdiagnosis in cervical screening. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(10), 1568-1575. [More Information]
  • McCaffery, K., Jansen, J., Scherer, L., Thornton, H., Hersch, J., Carter, S., Barratt, A., Sheridan, S., Moynihan, R., Waller, J., Pickles, K., et al (2016). Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare. BMJ, 352, 1-5. [More Information]

2015

  • Smit, A., Keogh, L., Newson, A., Hersch, J., Butow, P., Cust, A. (2015). Exploring the Potential Emotional and Behavioural Impact of Providing Personalised Genomic Risk Information to the Public: A Focus Group Study. Public Health Genomics, 18(5), 309-317. [More Information]
  • Nickel, B., Barratt, A., Hersch, J., Moynihan, R., Irwig, L., McCaffery, K. (2015). How different terminology for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) impacts women's concern and management preferences: A qualitative study. The Breast, 24(5), 673-679. [More Information]
  • McCaffery, K., Nickel, B., Moynihan, R., Hersch, J., Teixeira-Pinto, A., Irwig, L., Barratt, A. (2015). How different terminology for ductal carcinoma in situ impacts women's concern and treatment preferences: a randomised comparison within a national community survey. BMJ Open, 5(11), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Moynihan, R., Nickel, B., Hersch, J., Beller, E., Doust, J., Compton, S., Barratt, A., Bero, L., McCaffery, K. (2015). Public Opinions about Overdiagnosis: A National Community Survey. PloS One, 10(5), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., McGeechan, K., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., Houssami, N., McCaffery, K. (2015). Use of a decision aid including information on overdetection to support informed choice about breast cancer screening: A randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 385(9978), 1642-1652. [More Information]
  • Moynihan, R., Nickel, B., Hersch, J., Doust, J., Barratt, A., Beller, E., McCaffery, K. (2015). What do you think overdiagnosis means? A qualitative analysis of responses from a national community survey of Australians. BMJ Open, 5(5), 1-7. [More Information]

2014

  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Barratt, A., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Jacklyn, G., Thornton, H., Dhillon, H., McCaffery, K. (2014). Overdetection in breast cancer screening: development and preliminary evaluation of a decision aid. BMJ Open, 4(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Barratt, A., Jansen, J., Houssami, N., Irwig, L., Jacklyn, G., Dhillon, H., Thornton, H., McGeechan, K., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2014). The effect of information about overdetection of breast cancer on women's decision-making about mammography screening: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(5), 1-10. [More Information]

2013

  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Barratt, A., Irwig, L., Houssami, N., Howard, K., Dhillon, H., McCaffery, K. (2013). Women's views on overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening: a qualitative study. BMJ, 346(7892), 1-13. [More Information]

2012

  • Hersch, J., Andrews, S. (2012). Lexical Quality and Reading Skill: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Contributions to Sentence Processing. Scientific Studies of Reading, 16(3), 240-262. [More Information]

2011

  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., Barratt, A., Thornton, H., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2011). How do we achieve informed choice for women considering breast screening? Preventive Medicine, 53(3), 144-146. [More Information]
  • Hersch, J., Jansen, J., Irwig, L., Barratt, A., Thornton, H., Howard, K., McCaffery, K. (2011). Reply to Braillon and Nicot. Preventive Medicine, 53(6), 438-438. [More Information]

2010

  • Andrews, S., Hersch, J. (2010). Lexical Precision in Skilled Readers: Individual Differences in Masked Neighbor Priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139(2), 299-318. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, L., Rowe, D., Hersch, J., Barnett, K., Reznik, R. (2010). Neurocognitive deficits and psychiatric disorders in a NSW prison population. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 33(1), 20-26. [More Information]

2009

  • Hersch, J., Juraskova, I., Price, M., Mullan, B. (2009). Psychosocial interventions and quality of life in gynaecological cancer patients: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 18(8), 795-810. [More Information]

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