Tracey McConnell

    Tracey McConnell

    Marie Curie Research Fellow

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    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.

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