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    Research Interests

    Dr McAneney is a member of the Institute for Health Sciences and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's University Belfast. 

    Dr McAneney is particularly interested in applying her skills in trial methodology working in the areas of health service research, with a particular focus on rare disease. She is currently supervising two BSc students with projects on aspects of rare disease, two PhD research students working on the rare disease diagnosis pathway, and communication and information priorities, as well as a growing number of postdoctoral fellows and providing guidance and assistance on a further four PhD research projects within the School of Nursing and Midwifery through supervision or advisory group membership.


    Furthermore, Dr McAneney is working in the research area of network science, an interdisciplinary academic field where network analysis is used as a visualisation and analytic tool to examine complex inter-related data. She has applied this research approach to study the collaborative networks of stakeholders, the sharing and diffusion of information, health behaviours within social networks and evidence synthesis. 

    She is involved in the Study Within a Trial (SWATs) and Study Within a Review (SWARs) developed by Prof Mike Clarke, within the NI Methodology Hub, is registered on the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Networks Clinical Trial Expertise Database (C-TED), a member of the Royal Statistical Society local NI group committee, statistical editor of a Cochrane Review Group and Board of Director of the NI Rare Disease Partnership.




    I was awarded an MRC Methodology Fellowship in 2010.  This facilatated me to work across the boundaries of public health, sociology and mathematics, investigating longitudinal social network data and the spread of behaviours in an adolescent population.



    I am involved in teaching for both medicine and biomedical sciences, at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.


    • - Module co-ordinator of the First year Student Selected Component Alternative Therapies -Do they work? (MED1021), providing lectures, tutorials and facilating visits by guest speakers and practitioners. I am responsible for the content, assessment setting and marking.
    • - Personal portfolio tutor to 16-18 first and second year medical students, (MED1012 and MED2018), providing formative and summative feedback on the student's personal portfolio, including reflective entries.
    • - Deliver medical statistical practical sessions and lectures for postgradute Masters in Public Health and PhD students (SCM7044 and SCM8098) and assist with practical sessions for biomedical science undergraduate students (BMS2014).
    • - Supervise research projects by Masters in Public Health and PhD students.
    • - I contribute to the People and Populations modules (MED1025 and MED2015) by delivering tutorials and marking in term assessment.
    • - I have also given a lecture on "Public Health Promotions & Interventions: the ‘Good, Bad & Ugly’ Implications of Social Media" for sociology students within the module Digital Society (SOCI 1005).



    I am a member of the Royal Statistical Society and sit on the local NI group committee as Treasurer RSSNI.


    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) since 2003, and Member of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA) from 2008.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    Frequent Journals

    • Trials

      ISSNs: 1745-6215

      BioMed Central

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.12 SJR 1.287 SNIP 0.873


    • Systematic Reviews

      ISSNs: 2046-4053

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2046-4053

      BioMed Central

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.09 SJR 1.859 SNIP 1.692


    • Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)

      ISSNs: 1050-2947, 2469-9926

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1094-1622

      American Physical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.268 SNIP 0.972


    • British Journal of Ophthalmology

      ISSNs: 0007-1161

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2079

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.38 SJR 1.872 SNIP 1.495


    • BMJ Open

      ISSNs: 2044-6055

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.65 SJR 1.321 SNIP 1.145


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