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PhD projects

Projects relating to children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly in relation to education and criminal justice.


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Personal profile

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

Department of Health NI. Development of the training programme for The Framework for Integrated Therapeutic Care (FITC). With Mooney (QUB), Teggart (DoH). PI (2020-2021) £55,000.

Burdett Trust for Nursing. Co-producing an educational intervention about the nursing profession, for post primary school children, to increase recruitment of males. With Monaghan (Co-PI) (QUB), Mitchell (QUB), Rainey (QUB). Co-PI (2020-2021) £10,000.

Department of Health NI. Development and implementation of a Framework for Integrated Therapeutic Care (FITC) for Northern Ireland. With Mooney (PI) (QUB), Teggart (DoH). (2020-2021) £63,000.

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 (2020-2021) £100,000.

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


Completed research projects

Department of Justice NI. Developing a Shared, System-Wide Definition of Mental Health Issues in the Context of the Justice System in Northern Ireland. With Davidson (QUB), Galway (QUB), Butler (QUB), O'Neill (UU) and McSherry (UU). PI (2020) £5,000.

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.

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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Research Output

An International Exploration of the Effect of Media Portrayals of Postconcussion Management on Concussion Identification in the General Public

Ku, C., McKinlay, A., Grace, R. C., Linden, M. & McLellan, T., 01 May 2020, In : The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation. 35, 3, p. 218-225

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    Evidence-based systematic review of cognitive rehabilitation, emotional, and family treatment studies for children with acquired brain injury literature: From 2006 to 2017

    Laatsch, L., Dodd, J., Brown, T., Ciccia, A., Connor, F., Davis, K., Doherty, M., Linden, M., Locascio, G., Lundine, J., Murphy, S., Nagele, D., Niemeier, J., Politis, A., Rode, C., Slomine, B., Smetana, R. & Yaeger, L., 02 Jan 2020, In : Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 30, 1, p. 130-161 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Predictors of family focused practice among health visitors: A mixed methods study

    Leonard, R., Linden, M. & Grant, A., 30 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
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    Research in Paediatric Brain Injury Special Interest Group

    Mark Linden (Chair)

    30 Jan 2020

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

    Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Symptoms: Knowledge and Practices in School Psychology

    Mark Linden (Examiner)

    06 Aug 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    International Paediatric Brain Injury Society

    Mark Linden (Vice-Chair)

    01 Feb 2020

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

    Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (Journal)

    Mark Linden (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

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

    At school with brain injury

    Mark Linden (Invited speaker)

    22 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media


    A multiple perspective exploration of health visitors’ family focused practice with mothers with mental illness and their families

    Author: Leonard, R., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Linden, M. (Supervisor) & Grant, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy