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Research Statement

Áine is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). She is based at the School of Nursing and Midwifery QUB and a member of the QUB Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI).

Áine is a social psychologist and social research methodologist. She specialises in human behaviour and the application of mixed methods research to optimise the development, evaluation and implementation of complex behavioural interventions in health and educational settings. Her research focuses on the use of digital media to improve reproductive, sexual and mental health-related behaviour and she has a special interest in men’s sexual and reproductive health and their role in enabling maternal health.

Áine is an experienced public health researcher, having worked as principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of multi-disciplinary studies involving several partner institutions. As co-investigator and lead researcher on the JACK Trial, which is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Áine co-led the design and development of a film-based sexual health intervention targeting teenage men, If I Were Jack, and managed its evaluation in a UK-Wide Randomised Controlled Trial.

In 2018, Áine was awarded a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently involved in new research involving the development and evaluation of gender transformative interventions in low- and middle-income countries and bereavement care pathways for parents experiencing fetal anomaly and stillbirth. She has a special interest in the role that contemplative practice plays in promoting sexual and reproductive health.

Research Interests

Maternal and Child Health; Reproductive Health; Sexual Health; Adolescent Health; Parental Health; Mental Health; Fatal Fetal Anomaly; Stillbirth; Contemplative Practice; Digital Technology and Health Behaviour; Schools-based Randomised Controlled Trials; Complex Interventions; Programme Development and Evaluation; Social Research Methodology

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2013 2018

Unplanned Pregnancy
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Pupil
Randomized Controlled Trials
Reproductive Health
1 Citation (Scopus)

JACK trial protocol: a phase III multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-based relationship and sexuality education intervention focusing on young male perspectives

Lohan, M., Aventin, A., Clarke, M., Curran, R., Maguire, L., Hunter, R., McDowell, C., McDaid, L., Young, H., White, J., Fletcher, A., French, R., Bonell, C., Bailey, J. V. & O'Hare, L., 28 Jul 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 022128.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Sexuality
Clinical Protocols
Randomized Controlled Trials
Education

The JACK Trial Protocol: A Phase III multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-based relationship and sexuality education intervention focusing on young male perspectives"

Lohan, M., Aventin, A., Clarke, M., Curran, R., Maguire, L., Hunter, R., McDowell, C., McDaid, L., Young, H., White, J., Fletcher, A., French, R., Bonell, C., Bailey, J. & O'Hare, L., 06 Apr 2018, (Accepted) In : BMJ Open.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sexuality
Clinical Protocols
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Randomized Controlled Trials
Education
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
File
Reproductive Health
Parents
Pupil
Feasibility Studies
Time Perception

Activities 2012 2018

  • 4 Publication peer-review
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

QUB Sexual and Reproductive Health researchers - knowledge sharing and showcasing of research to HSE CPP

Maria Lohan (Presenter), Aine Aventin (Presenter), Michelle Templeton (Presenter), Eimear Ruane-McAteer (Presenter), Kathryn Gillespie (Presenter)
13 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

BMC Public Health (Journal)

Aine Aventin (Peer reviewer)
2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

National Institute for Health Research (Publisher)

Aine Aventin (Peer reviewer)
2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review