Ms Kriss Fearon

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Centre for Reproduction Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

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Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

  • MA dissertation: "Fragmented fatherhood: what sperm donors can tell us about the genetic link"

Research interests/expertise

  • Reproductive choices for women and girls with Turner’s Syndrome, their parents and partners
  • Egg, ovary and ovarian tissue freezing for medical reasons
  • Mother-to-daughter egg donation
  • Reproductive decision - making
  • Perception of risk in pregnancy following fertility treatment

Areas of teaching

  • Egg/sperm donation and gender
  • Accessible research methods
  • Teaching assistant on University of Leicester School of Management MN33 Equality and Diversity


  • BA (Hons) Greek Studies and Philosophy, Keele University
  • MPhil Publishing Studies, University of Stirling
  • MA Social Research, University of Leeds

Honours and awards

  • Poster prize winner, RC33 9th International Conference on Social Science
  • PhD Studentship, De Montfort University, 2015-18

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Advisory Group member, Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study (EDNA)
  • Member, British Sociology Association
  • Member, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
  • Trustee, National Gamete Donation Trust, 2004-2012

Conference attendance

'Using photo elicitation as an accommodation in research with women with Turner Syndrome', poster presentation at the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology Annual Conference, York, 12-13 September 2017.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Parkes Foundation Small Grant, £800, June 2017, to support fieldwork for her PhD ‘Reproductive decision-making amongst women with Turner Syndrome’
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