Kriss has a longstanding interest and experience in assisted conception, initially with egg and sperm donors, and subsequently on the impact of social research into reproductive technology on policy. She was a trustee of the National Gamete Donation Trust for eight years, bringing her into regular contact with patients, donors, counsellors, clinicians, donor recruitment agency staff, and HFEA and DoH members, gaining a rounded picture of the UK fertility field.
Her PhD research explores the social, psychological, legal and ethical issues attached to reproductive decision-making, parenthood and the use of assisted conception amongst women with Turner Syndrome.
The degree of intervention required, the age at which it needs to be done, the health risks of pregnancy, and the potential use of gametes or ovarian tissue from family members, introduce a significant degree of complexity into the reproductive decision making process for girls and women with TS, their partners and parents. This qualitative study uses narrative methods to focus on the way women with TS describe and explain how they perceive and evaluate the potential of different reproductive choices, particularly with regard to the risks to the child and to themselves. It also looks at the way parents make reproductive choices on behalf of their daughter with TS, and the impact of new technology on those choices.