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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.

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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.

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Projects

Research Output

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    409 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

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    26 Downloads (Pure)

    Interventions addressing men, masculinities, and gender equality and their implications for preventing violence against women and girls: 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. & Lohan, M., 2019, (Accepted).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • 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.

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    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

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Research Mobility Scholarship

    Fiona Lynn (Recipient), 01 Apr 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Research Mobility Scholarship

    Fiona Lynn (Recipient), 01 Apr 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    ISPOR Latin America 2019

    Fiona Lynn (Speaker)
    14 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Tecnologia "Nursing Sizing" para o dimensiona mento de enfermeiros na assistencia obstétrica hospitalar

    Fiona Lynn (Examiner)
    28 Nov 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

    Fiona Lynn (Visiting researcher)
    01 Nov 201901 Dec 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

    Fiona Lynn (Visiting researcher)
    09 Nov 201711 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    International Journal of Nursing Studies (Journal)

    Fiona Lynn (Peer reviewer)
    17 Feb 201731 Jan 2020

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

    Press / Media

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

    Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly

    15/03/2017

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Northern Ireland Assembly - debate on nurture groups.

    Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly

    15/11/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

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

    Seaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn & Paul Connolly

    26/09/2016

    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

    23/09/2016

    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

    28/06/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research