• Room 05.313 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Lynn is open to PhD applicants interested in exploring the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve outcomes in health and wellbeing for parents, children, families and communities. All methodological approaches welcome.

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Statement


Research interests

My research focuses on enhancing maternal and child health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in identifying and evaluating what works for families from the antenatal period through to the early years of childhood. 

I have experience of conducting economic evaluations alongside intervention-based studies (randomised controlled trials, cluster RCTs, pilot trials and feasibility studies).  Previous research projects have included investigating preferences for a third routine ultrasound scan in pregnancy for healthy, low-risk women, using a discrete choice experiment (PhD research); developing a decision analytic model to assess the cost-effectiveness of strategies to detect meningococcal disease in children with a fever without source, and a cost-effectiveness analysis of music therapy in children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD).  Continuing in the area of improving outcomes for children with SEBD, I am part of a team assessing the impact of nurture group provision for primary school children in Northern Ireland through a cluster RCT.  My role in the study has been to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of nurture provision in comparison to mainstream education and a strategic review of the potential long term economic impact.  The economic evaluation provides evidence of short-term cost-effectiveness along with vital cost savings in the future for the education system, public agencies and families affected.

I also have experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.  I have conducted reviews on the reliability and validity of pregnancy-specific stress measures and systematic reviews on the public health role of the midwife.  I am currently working on a Cochrane Review assessing home visiting for socially disadvantaged mothers, a systematic review and meta-analysis of music interventions to reduce prenatal maternal stress, and a systematic review and meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions for parents with an infant admitted into neonatal intensive care.



Leadership roles (QUB)


  • Parent and Child Health and Wellbeing Research Programme Lead, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation
  • Programme Director, MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs
  • Module coordinator, Perspectives on Childhood and Youth
  • Module coordinator, Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
  • Module coordinator, Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions
  • Module coordinator, Clinical Trials
  • Member, School Research Committee
  • Member, School Education Committee
  • Joint coordinator, Research Internship Scheme


Leadership roles (external)

  • Secretary, Northern Ireland Health Economics Group
  • Member, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
  • Member, International Health Economics Association
  • Member, UK Health Economists' Study Group
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Teaching roles

Undergraduate module:

  • Evidence Based Midwifery

Postregistration module:

  • Clinical Trials

Postgraduate modules:

  • Perspectives on Childhood and Youth
  • Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
  • Enhancing Care and Practice for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
  • Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions


Current graduate supervision

Kyrsten Corbijn van Willenswaard, Aisha Omairan, Fakher Gli, Jean Carragher (DMP), Ahmet Butun, Anna Carolina Raduenz Huf Souza (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil)


Currently funded research projects 

  • McNeill J, Alederdice F, Lynn F, Gildea A, Millen S, Gribben S. The Apple Project: A Parenting and Professional Learning Evaluation. HSC R& D Office.
  • Alderdice F and Lynn F. Reaching Out: Supporting Families. Big Lottery Fund via TinyLife.
  • Alderdice F, McNeill J and Lynn F. National Survey of Women's Experiences of Maternity Care. HSC R&D Office.
  • Sloan S, Winter K, Lynn F, Gildea A, Connolly P. The Impact and Cost-effectiveness of Nurture Groups in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland.  Department of Education for Northern Ireland.


Completed research projects

  • Porter S, Holmes V, McConnell T, Lynn F, McLaughlin K and Cardwell C. Music in Mind: a RCT measuring the effects of music therapy on the communicative skills of children and adolescens with behavioural and emotional problems and/or pervasive developmental disorders. Big Lottery Fund
  • McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. The Public Health Role of the Midwife: scoping current education provision on public health and inequalities. NHS Education Scotland
  • McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Midwifery 2020: A review of systematic reviews of literature on the public health role of the midwife. Midwifery 2020.
  • McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F.Audit of Down's Syndrome Screening in NI: 2006-2010.  GAIN.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Fiona Lynn is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 82 Similar Profiles
Midwifery Medicine & Life Sciences
Prenatal Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Music Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Parents Medicine & Life Sciences
Mothers Medicine & Life Sciences
Northern Ireland Medicine & Life Sciences
Hospital Emergency Service Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
343 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Hospital Emergency Service
Delivery of Health Care
Emergency Medical Services
Health Insurance
1 Citation (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Identifying postnatal depression: Comparison of a self-reported depression item with Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores at three months postpartum

Fellmeth, G., Opondo, C., Henderson, J., Redshaw, M., Mcneill, J., Lynn, F. & Alderdice, F., 15 May 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 251, p. 8-14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Period
Northern Ireland
36 Downloads (Pure)

Interventions addressing men, masculinities and gender equality in sexual and reproductive health and rights: an evidence and gap map and systematic review of reviews

Ruane-McAteer, E., Amin, A., Hanratty, J., Lynn, F., Corbijn van Willenswaard, K., Reid, E., Khosla, R. & Lohan, M., 11 Sep 2019, In : BMJ Global Health. 4, 5, 15 p., e001634.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reproductive Rights
Reproductive Health
Social Sciences
3 Citations (Scopus)

Psychometric validation of the Prenatal Distress Questionnaire (PDQ) in pregnant women in Spain

Caparros-Gonzalez, R. A., Perra, O., Alderdice, F., Lynn, F., Lobel, M., García-García, I. & Peralta-Ramírez, M. I., Mar 2019, In : Women & Health. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pregnant Women
Statistical Factor Analysis

Press / Media

Irish-language schools conference to look at impact of `nurture' groups.

Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Northern Ireland Assembly - debate on nurture groups.

Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Northern Ireland Department of Education hailed nurture groups “highly successful”.

Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Nurture groups improve social, emotional and behavioural outcomes for children.

Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Department Education reverses nurture units funding for two Irish language schools.

Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research