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Research Statement

My research involves the exploration of social inclusion in childhood survivors of brain injury. This includes a range of contextual factors that either help or hinder inclusion. These include the cognitive, social and environmental challenges that these children, and their families, deal with on a daily basis. As part of this work my research explores the use of technology as a tool for rehabilitation.


Member of the Centre for Children's Rights


Leadership roles

  • Module coordinator for Evidence Based Nursing 2nd year (February intake)
  • Member of MHLS faculty research ethics committee
  • Mentor for University Post-doc mentoring programme
  • Deputy Chair of MHLS faculty Research Ethics Committee
  • Co-Chair of the Research and Quality Improvement group of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Care Network
  • Co-Champion Athena Swan Gender Initiative
  • Member of School Management Board
  • Chair of School Culture Working Group


Teaching roles

I currently teach onto the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula:

  • 'Evidence Based Nursing' 2nd year, BSc Nursing.
  • Module coordinator 'Evidence Based Nursing' 2nd year (February intake), BSc Nursing.
  • Module coordinator 'Qualitative research methods' MSc in Nursing.
  • 'Applied research methods and statistics' MSc in Nursing. 


Currently funded projects

Burdett Trust for Nursing. Developing Best Practice Guidelines for learning disability nurses and professionals regarding the relationships and sexual education (RSE) needs of children and young adults with learning disabilities. With Brown (Co-PI) (QUB), Marsh (QUB), McCann (TCD) & Truesdale (GU). Co-PI (2019-2020) £100,000.

First supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Grant (QUB) titled 'An Exploration of Health Visitors’ practice with families affected by parental mental illness and substance misuse.' (2016-2019) PhD student Rachel Leonard.

First supervisor on a Ministry of National Education of Turkey funded PhD project with Lynn (QUB) and McGaughey (QUB) titled 'Exploring parents' motivations for self-referral of children with minor illnesses to emergency departments in Turkey.' (2016-2019) PhD student Ahmet Butun.

Support Needs After Critical Care with O'Neill (UU) and Blackwood (QUB).


Completed research projects

First supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Lohan (QUB) and Bates-Gaston (Northern Ireland Prison Service) titled ‘Offending behaviour in young adult survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).’ (2014-2017) PhD student Conall O’Rourke.

External supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Moore (UU) and Galway (UU) titled 'Assistive mobile technology for young people recovering from brain injury.' (2015-2018) PhD student Edward Price.

PI on a Department for the Economy (DfE) - Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) award titled 'Improving long-term social, emotional, physical and educational outcomes for children and young adults with neurodisability'. (2017).

PI with Lohan on a Northern Ireland Prison Service funded study titled 'Preparing young men to be fathers. The roll out and study of If I were Jack in Hydebank Wood College'. (2016). 

Co-PI with Lohan on a NIHR funded study titled ‘How can health services contribute most effectively to facilitating successful transition of young people with complex health needs from childhood to adulthood?: a longitudinal study’ (2014-2016).

CI on a NIHR funded study titled 'Increasing boys' and girls' intention to avoid teenage pregnancy: feasibility trial of an interactive video drama based intervention in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland' (2014-2016).

A Cochrane fellowship investigating the effectiveness of technology in the cognitive rehabilitation of children with brain injuries (funded by the R&D office and HRB; with Prof Vicky Anderson, Prof Jon Evans, Dr Carol Hawley and Dr Bronagh Blackwood) (2012-2013).


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Projects 2014 2016

Research Output 2004 2019

Community Health Nurses
Family Practice
Mental Health

Childhood acquired brain injury affects adult outcomes.

Linden, M. & McKinlay, A., 10 Sep 2019, In : Disability and Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Brain Injuries
Criminal Law
Child Care

Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Cognitive Rehabilitation, Emotional, and Family Treatment Studies for Children with Acquired Brain Injury Literature: From 2006-2017

Laatsch, L., Dodd, J., Brown, T., Ciccia, A., Conner, F., Davis, K., Doherty, M. & Linden, M., 08 Oct 2019, In : Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Practice Guidelines
Brain Injuries
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Hospital Emergency Service
Delivery of Health Care
Emergency Medical Services
Health Insurance

Hidden epidemic? Childhood concussion may lead to long term cognitive and behavioural problems

Linden, M., Glang, A. & McKinlay, A., 05 Jun 2019, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2006 2019

Childhood brain injury: Problems and solutions

Mark Linden (Invited speaker)
20 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

At school with brain injury

Mark Linden (Invited speaker)
22 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Forensic Mental Health Past, Present and Future

Mark Linden (Organiser), Karen Galway (Session chair), Richard Bunn (Member of the organising committee), Gavin Davidson (Invited speaker), Cherie Armour (Invited speaker), Michelle Templeton (Invited speaker), Helen Walker (Invited speaker)
13 Sep 2019

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

University of Canterbury

Mark Linden (Visiting researcher)
18 Feb 201902 Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

13th World Congress of Brain Injury

Mark Linden (Member of scientific committee)
2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media