Jennifer McNeill

    Dr Jennifer McNeill

    Senior Lecturer

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2187

    For media contact email
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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    Research Statement


    Research interests

    Dr Jenny McNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Research and Lead Midwife for Education in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research focuses on exploring and evaluating the links between what happens during pregnancy, birth or the postnatal period and the resultant clinical or social outcomes with a particular emphasis on public health.  Jenny’s research interests also include midwifery education, in particular the use and understanding of evidence and the preparation of midwives for public health roles. She also has experience in conducting systematic reviews, systematic reviews of review and meta-analyses across several subject areas including the public health role of the midwife, music interventions to reduce prenatal maternal stress and psychosocial interventions for parents with an infant admitted into neonatal intensive care.

    Leadership roles (QUB)

     Lead Midwife for Education

    Programme Coordinator for the Doctorate in Midwifery Practice (DMP)

    SWAN Champion-School of Nursing and Midwifery (former)

    Member of Education Committee, School of Nursing & Midwifery

    Member of School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Ethics Committee

    Teaching Roles

    Module coordinator The Social and Political Context of Reproduction (DMP)

    Midwifery and Complex Childbirth (UG Midwifery)

    The Contemporary Midwife Practitioner (UG Midwifery)

    Normal Midwifery Practice (UG Midwifery)

    Leadership roles (external)

    Member of Board of Directors of TinyLife (

    Member of Editorial Board of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest

    Member of International Confederation of Midwives Research Standing Committee (from 2017)

    Member of International Confederation of Midwives Research Advisory Network

    Member of NI Breast Feeding Strategy Research Workstrand Group and past member of NI Breast Feeding Strategy Writing Group

    Member of Royal College of Midwives

    Member of Belfast HSCT Maternity Liaison Committee

    Journal Reviewer for: Midwifery, British Journal of Midwifery, Patient Education & Counselling, INJS and Women and Birth

    Peer reviewer for Confederation of International Confederation of Midwives Conference; International Neonatal Nurses Scientific Committee; Royal College of Midwives Conference; Royal College of Nurses Conference

    Current graduate supervision

    K Corbijn van Willenswaard (PhD), J Carragher (DMP), E Bannon (DMP), E McCall (PhD)

    Completed graduate supervision

    Byrne A (DMP), Reid E (PhD), Kanchantar N (DNP), K McCrea (MSc), Diamond C (MSc), Fleck O (MSc), Borg-Cunen N (MSc), McCann T (MSc), Samanna M (MSc)

    Currently funded research projects

    McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F The APPLE Project: A Parent and Professional Learning Evaluation. HSC R&D Office

    McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F Implementation of Integrated Pre School Assessments: exploring barriers and facilitators. Improving Children’s Lives

    Alderdice F, McNeill J and Lynn F. National Survey of Women's Experiences of Maternity Care. HSC R&D Office.

    McNeill J, Lynn F, Alderdice F & Franck L A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to improve psychological outcomes for parents of neonates. TinyLife

    McNeill J & Reid J Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer. Puffin Trust

    Completed research projects

    Alderdice F McNeill J Clarke M, Lasserson T The BRIEF Randomised Trial: Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane Reviews?

     Alderdice F Clarke M MacDonald G McNeill J Service Evaluation of New Parenting Program Health & Social Care Board

    McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. The Public Health Role of the Midwife: scoping current education provision on public health and inequalities. NHS Education Scotland

    McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Midwifery 2020: A review of systematic reviews of literature on the public health role of the midwife. Midwifery 2020.

    McNeill J Reiger K An exploration of the feasibility of implementing the ‘Centering Pregnancy©’ program in Northern Ireland

    McNeill J Nolan A Exploring the perspective of health professionals before and after completing an antenatal screening module 

    McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Audit of Down's Syndrome Screening in NI: 2006-2010.  GAIN.

    McNeill J Alderdice F, Dornan Down’s Syndrome Screening: exploring the perspective of women in Northern Ireland 


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Dr McNeill is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - Maternal and child health and midwifery specifically in relation to practice, education or improving clinical outcomes.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Midwifery

      ISSNs: 0266-6138

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1532-3099

      Churchill Livingstone

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.88 SJR 0.953 SNIP 1.078


    • BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

      ISSNs: 1471-2393

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-2393

      BioMed Central

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.76 SJR 1.427 SNIP 1.342


    • Evidence Based Midwifery

      ISSNs: 1479-4489

      RCM The Royal College of Midwives

      Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.104 SNIP 0.164


    • The Ulster Medical Journal

      ISSNs: 0041-6193

      The Ulster Medical Society

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.37 SJR 0.242 SNIP 0.622


    • Public Health

      ISSNs: 0033-3506

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-5616


      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.36 SJR 0.663 SNIP 0.731


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    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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