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Having completed all higher-level education at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), I achieved my PhD in the field of Health Psychology in 2007.  I am currently a Chartered Psychologist working as a Research Fellow on the Reading Together randomised control trial.   My research interests include vulnerable populations, early childhood development and psychosocial interventions for transplant recipients.

I have experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and analyses with vulnerable hard-to-reach populations including ‘at risk’ parents presenting with socially complex circumstances, looked-after young people, victims of domestic violence, those with substance misuse issues, complex illness-related mental health needs and those with poor sexual health. My research would typically involve conducting face to face interviews, focus groups, participant observations and administration of psychometric tests.

I am also experienced in conducting analysis of administrative data and large datasets and have expertise in using qualitative analysis techniques (such as thematic analysis, Grounded Theory) on a range of data on sensitive topics with service users, service providers and key stakeholders (such as key departmental representatives, social workers, field workers and health professionals). I have worked across a range of study designs, for example, RCT’s feasibility studies, mixed method pre-post test design with follow-ups, qualitative studies, and process evaluations.  I have expertise in conducting literature, scoping, and systematic reviews and in the development and preparation of interview and focus group schedules as well as cross sectional survey design and administration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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