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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Gildea is open to PhD applications in the following areas
Child Health and Development
Parenting and Child Development
School Mental Health (School Readiness and Transitions)
Infant Mental Health
Children's Social and Emotional Development


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Personal profile

Research Interests

  • Primary prevention and health promotion in childhood
  • School Mental Health (school readiness and transititions)
  • Enhancing the nursing contribution and quality of care in the field of public health

Research Statement

I am a lecturer in Children and Young People's Nursing and an NMC registered Specialist Public Health Nurse. I have over 20 years experience in academic research and teaching around the health needs of families of children and young people particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. My PhD explored parental engagement with schools with a particular focus on children's social and emotional development. Building on this my research and scholarly activity has contributed to enhancing the nursing contribution and quality of care in the field of public health, maternal health and childhood development.

Methodologically, my research is grounded in public health approaches to promoting prevention and early intervention to feed into evidence based practices. I have led on and supported a number of large scale research projects (involving complex structures such as longitudinal follow up at 5 time-points). I have considerable experience working alongside a wide range of stakeholders to evaluate intervention effectiveness using  research methods which include realist synthesis, experimental methods, process evaluations and surveys. 


Leadership Roles

  • Public Health Agency (NI) Member of the Infant Mental Health Regional Implementation Group
  • Innovation Zones (QUB) - Innovation Zones Fellow
  • Member of the Crescendo Management Committee 
  • Expert external reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (Child Development)
  • Ethics Proportionate Reviewer for Medicine, Health & Life Sciences Faculty


  • Module Lead: Child Care and the Law (HSN2023)
  • Module Co-Lead: Quality Improvement in an Inter-Professional Context (Part A) Graduate Entry Masters in Nursing (GEM7104)
  • Module Deputy Lead: Quality Improvement in an Inter-Professional Context (Part B) Graduate Entry Masters in Nursing (GEM7105)
  • Module Lecturer: Professionalism, Caring and Communication in Nursing, Graduate Entry Masters in Nursing (GEM7101)
  • Module Lecturer: Supporting CYP and their Families with Effective Transitions: Lecture title - Role of School Mental Health and School Transitions (Under Graduate CYP nurses) (NCB3136)
  • Module Lecturer: Community & Collaborative Working: Lecture title - Health Visiting and Community Nursing Care (Year 3 Under Graduate Nurses from mixed fields) (NAM3136).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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