Tracey McConnell


  • Room 07.313 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Interests

Realistic Evaluation

Realist Review

Randomised Controlled Trials

Palliative Care

End-of-life Care

Music Therapy

Children and Young People with social, emotional and/or behavioural problems

Research Statement

My research involves improving the quality of life of palliative care patients and their healthcare providers, along with improving palliative/end-of-life care education. My research also involves the role of music therapy as a therapeutic option for a range of mental and physical health issues. I have conducted a Realistic Evaluation and have been involved in a large scale randomised controlled trial. I am currently involved in a randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study along with conducting and publishing a number of systematic reviews and qualitative papers. 


Leadership roles

Member of School Research Ethics Committee

Member of Health and Life Sciences Post-Doc Society

Member of Post-Doctoral Forum

Member of PhD Mentoring Scheme


Teaching roles

Undergraduate modules:

  • Evidence Based Nursing Year 3, BSc Nursing – Tutorial Lead

Post Graduate modules:

  • Master class workshop – PhD students


Current Graduate Supervision

  • Member of PhD Mentoring Scheme


Currently funded research projects

Porter, S., & McConnell, T. (2016-2017). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Music Therapy in Improving the Quality of Life of Palliative Care Patients: a randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. HSC R&D Enabling Research Award.


Completed research projects

McConnell, T., & Porter, S. (2015-2016). An Exploration of Providing End of Life Care in Horizon House. Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.


Porter, S., McLaughlin, D., McConnell, T., & McNeilly, P. (2015-2016). The provision of additional care to respond to children with exceptional healthcare needs: a service evaluation of a children's hospice service. Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.


Porter, S., McConnell., T., McLaughlin, K., Lynn, F., Cardwell, C., & Holmes, V. (2010-2014) Music in Mind: A randomised controlled trial measuring the effects of music therapy on the communicative skills of children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems and/or pervasive developmental disorders. Big Lottery Fund.


McConnell, T., O’Halloran, P., Donnelly, M., & Porter, S. (2010-2014) Using Realistic Evaluation to Identify Influences Affecting the successful Implementation and Sustainability of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient. Centre for Health Improvement.

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


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