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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Grant is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Maternal mental health
- Intervention design and evaluation, especially in relation to improving services for families when parents have mental illness and/or substance use problems.
All methodological approaches welcome.


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Statement

I contribute to research within the Maternal and Child Health research theme and am a fellow in the Centre for Evidence and Soical Innovation (CESI). Within CESI i contribute to two research programmes, (i ) what works for families, and (ii) mental health and well being.  My research interests are parental mental illness, early interventions for families when parents have mental illness and workforce capacity in relation to family focused practice. As part of the Prato Collaborative I contribute to international and multidisciplinary research (across nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social worker and sociology) to examine and develop workforce initiatives in the field of parental psychopathology. I currnetily contribute to four international projects as part of this group. A recent project In Oslo and Akershus University College in Norway entailed developing digital case studies from the findings of my Irish wide study of psychiatric nurses' family focused practice. The digital case studies have been incorporated within a Masters level module entitled "The Family in Mental Health Services" which will prepare health and social care professionals to support parents who have mental illness, their children and families in Norwegian mental health services. I also work closely with the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) in my contribution to the Northern Irish Think Family Initiative and am PI for a study examining health and social care professionals' family focused practice across Northern Ireland.  


 Leadership Roles

Devloping a REF Impact Case Study

Prinicipal Investigator for HSCB commissioned study

Adjunct Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Link Lecturer for eight clinical placement areas within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Associate Editor for Advances in Mental Health

Member of the Prato Collaborative Steering Committee

Member of the International Family Nursing Association Research Sub Committee

Member of the Northern Ireland Think Family Collaborative Committee and the Education and Evaluation Sub Comittees

Member of the Regional Think Family Committee

I review research papers for International Journal of Family Nursing and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing


Teaching Roles

BSc Nursing (Year 2 Mental Health Nursing):

Evidence Based Nursing 2


Current Graduate Supervision

 I am supervising a Dell funded PhD student examing health visitors' family focused practice with mothers who have mental illness in Northern Ireland


Currently Funded Research Projects

1. Grant, A., Devaney, J., Duffy, J., Davidson, Donaghy, M., G., Galway, K., Monds, M. (2016 - 2018).  Health and social care professionals’ family focused practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families in Northern Ireland. commissioned by HSCB. £100, 000 

2. Davidson, G., Bunting, L., Devaney, J., Duffy, J., Grant, A (2017 - 2018) Regional Audit of the Think Family Initiative. commissioned by HSCB. £31, 394.00

3. Grant, A., Weimand, B., Falkov, A, Hexeberg, A., Donaghy, M  (2017 - 2018) Development of a web based training programme on family focused practice using The Family Model online tool. commissioned by QUB,  HSCB and Akershus University Hospital, Norway. £ 12, 000


Completed Research Projects

Grant A (2014) Pscyhiatric nurses' practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families in adult mental health services in Ireland. (Unpublished Doctoral Thesis) Monash University. Australia


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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