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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr McNeill is open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Maternal and child health and midwifery specifically in relation to practice, education or improving clinical outcomes.


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Personal profile

Research Statement


Research interests

Dr Jenny McNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Research and Lead Midwife for Education in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research focuses on exploring and evaluating the links between what happens during pregnancy, birth or the postnatal period and the resultant clinical or social outcomes with a particular emphasis on public health.  Jenny’s research interests also include midwifery education, in particular the use and understanding of evidence and the preparation of midwives for public health roles. She also has experience in conducting systematic reviews, systematic reviews of review and meta-analyses across several subject areas including the public health role of the midwife, music interventions to reduce prenatal maternal stress and psychosocial interventions for parents with an infant admitted into neonatal intensive care.

Leadership roles (QUB)

 Lead Midwife for Education

Programme Coordinator for the Doctorate in Midwifery Practice (DMP)

SWAN Champion-School of Nursing and Midwifery (former)

Member of Education Committee, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Member of School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Ethics Committee

Teaching Roles

Module coordinator The Social and Political Context of Reproduction (DMP)

Midwifery and Complex Childbirth (UG Midwifery)

The Contemporary Midwife Practitioner (UG Midwifery)

Normal Midwifery Practice (UG Midwifery)

Leadership roles (external)

Member of Board of Directors of TinyLife (http://tinylife.org.uk)

Member of Editorial Board of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest

Member of International Confederation of Midwives Research Standing Committee (from 2017)

Member of International Confederation of Midwives Research Advisory Network

Member of NI Breast Feeding Strategy Research Workstrand Group and past member of NI Breast Feeding Strategy Writing Group

Member of Royal College of Midwives

Member of Belfast HSCT Maternity Liaison Committee

Journal Reviewer for: Midwifery, British Journal of Midwifery, Patient Education & Counselling, INJS and Women and Birth

Peer reviewer for Confederation of International Confederation of Midwives Conference; International Neonatal Nurses Scientific Committee; Royal College of Midwives Conference; Royal College of Nurses Conference

Current graduate supervision

K Corbijn van Willenswaard (PhD), J Carragher (DMP), E Bannon (DMP), E McCall (PhD)

Completed graduate supervision

Byrne A (DMP), Reid E (PhD), Kanchantar N (DNP), K McCrea (MSc), Diamond C (MSc), Fleck O (MSc), Borg-Cunen N (MSc), McCann T (MSc), Samanna M (MSc)

Currently funded research projects

McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F The APPLE Project: A Parent and Professional Learning Evaluation. HSC R&D Office

McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F Implementation of Integrated Pre School Assessments: exploring barriers and facilitators. Improving Children’s Lives

Alderdice F, McNeill J and Lynn F. National Survey of Women's Experiences of Maternity Care. HSC R&D Office.

McNeill J, Lynn F, Alderdice F & Franck L A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to improve psychological outcomes for parents of neonates. TinyLife

McNeill J & Reid J Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer. Puffin Trust

Completed research projects

Alderdice F McNeill J Clarke M, Lasserson T The BRIEF Randomised Trial: Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane Reviews?

 Alderdice F Clarke M MacDonald G McNeill J Service Evaluation of New Parenting Program Health & Social Care Board

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 Reiger K An exploration of the feasibility of implementing the ‘Centering Pregnancy©’ program in Northern Ireland

McNeill J Nolan A Exploring the perspective of health professionals before and after completing an antenatal screening module 

McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Audit of Down's Syndrome Screening in NI: 2006-2010.  GAIN.

McNeill J Alderdice F, Dornan Down’s Syndrome Screening: exploring the perspective of women in Northern Ireland 


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Research Output

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
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    61 Downloads (Pure)

    Top research priorities for preterm birth: results of a prioritisation partnership between people affected by preterm birth and healthcare professionals

    Oliver, S., Uhm, S., Duley, L., Crowe, S., David, A., James, C., Chivers, Z., Turner, M., Gale, C., Gyte, G., McNeill, J., Alderdice, F., Shenna, A. & Deshpande, S., 30 Dec 2019, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 50 Downloads (Pure)

    Getting Ready for Baby - the implementation and evaluation of a Group Based Antenatal Care model

    McNeill, J., Boulter, D., Corbijn van Willenswaard, K., Lynn, F., Alderdice, F., Lawther, L. & Gildea, A., 30 Nov 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Interventions to increase the initiation of breastfeeding: a systematic review of studies conducted in the UK and Ireland

    Sinclair, M., McCullough, J. EM., Armstrong, N., Carroll, R., Barrett, E., Calvert, J., Dodds, R., Gossrau-Breen, D., Healy, I. M., Herron, M., Lagan, B., McNeill, J., O'Rorke, M., Purdy, J., Sloan, S. & Stockdale, J., 14 Dec 2018, In : Evidence Based Midwifery. 16, 4, p. 112-119

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Antenatal care trial interventions: a systematic scoping review and taxonomy development of care models

    Symon, A., Pringle, J., Downe, S., Hundley, V., Lee, E., Lynn, F., McFadden, A., McNeill, J., Renfrew, M. J., Ross-Davie, M., van Teijlingen, E., Whitford, H. & Alderdice, F., 06 Jan 2017, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 17, 8, 8.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 280 Downloads (Pure)


    Member of International Confederation of Midwives Research Standing Committee

    Jennifer McNeill (Member)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Women Deliver 2016

    Jennifer McNeill (Participant)

    16 May 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Equality Challenge Unit (External organisation)

    Jennifer McNeill (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    International Conference on 'Women and Leadership in a Changing World'

    Jennifer McNeill (Participant)

    22 Sep 201623 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Birth NI: A Survey of Women’s Experience of Maternity Care in Northern Ireland

    Jennifer McNeill (Speaker)

    23 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Leadership and management preparation for midwives: A mixed methods evaluation

    Author: Bannon, E., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Alderdice, F. (Supervisor) & McNeill, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy