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The Maternal and Child Health research theme aims to improve the lives of children, families and communities


In Maternal and Child Health, we have conducted some of the first UK wide trials on relationships and sexuality education in schools to help better prepare young people for positive sexual and reproductive health and parenting. We also specialise in research to promote men's roles in parenting and child health, including hard to reach men, such as men in prisons. The School also manages longitudinal registers relating to child health for Northern Ireland, notably in relation to cerebral palsy  (CP Register) and also premature babies (NICORE) and has partnered with the health service in the development and evaluation of 'family focused practice' for parents with mental illness and the development of community-based antenatal care for young first-time parents.


Theme Co-ordinator - Professor Maria Lohan


Principal Investigator
Project Title
Funders & Dates
Brown, M. Prof. Transition from child to adults health services for young people with complex learning disabilities Burdett Nursing Foundation - 2016-2019
Kelly, Carmel. Dr. HIV & Pregnancy: Education for Healthcare Professionals ‘Prepared to Care’ Knowledge Transfer Award from the HSC R&D Division
Kelly, Carmel. Dr. Improving the sexual health of men in Northern Ireland's Prisons System: A nurse led initiative

Burdett Trust for Nursing

Jan 2017 – Jan 2018

Kerr, C. Dr. & Perra, O. Dr. Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR) Public Health Agency (previously Department of Health & Social Services), 1992-present Perinatal Society, 1991
Linden, M. Dr. Preparing young men to be fathers: The roll out and study of If I were Jack in Hydebank Wood College.

Northern Ireland Prison Service

April 2016 - April 2017

Lohan, M. Prof. If I Were Jack: A Phase III multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-based relationship and sexuality education intervention focusing on young male perspectives

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)


Lohan, M. Prof. Relationships and Future Fatherhood Programme for Young Incarcerated Men

Medical Research Council (UK)

April 2018 – October 2019

Lohan, M. Prof. World Health Organisation (WHO) Consultancy – Assessing the state of the evidence on masculinity and the engagement of men in sexual and reproductive health and rights interventions: A systematic review of reviews World Health Organisation (WHO) February – June 2018
McNeill, J. Dr. Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research & Evaluation (NICORE)

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) - Ongoing

McNeill, J. Dr. Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer (PABC)

Puffin Trust 


McNeill, J. Dr. The APPLE Project: A Parenting and Professional Learning Evaluation

Enabling Research Award – Public Health Agency HSC R&D Division

July 2017 - July 2019

Perra, O. Dr. A feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT) intervention amongst very preterm (VP) infants. Enabling Research Award – Public Health Agency HSC R&D Division February 2018-January 2019

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