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Dr Kelly holds a joint appointment as a Nurse Consultant in Sexual Health between the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen’s University and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. As such, she is interested in developing networks across service, academic and strategic partners who aim to improve and protect the sexual health of our population.

Her research interests include HIV, sexual health and sexual risk-taking behaviour. She also has a keen interest in Knowledge Translation of research.

The findings from her PhD research on mens' and women’s experiences of HIV and pregnancy have been transformed into an internationally recognised educational intervention for Health Professionals on HIV and Pregnancy Care.

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Dr Kelly is open to PhD applications in the fields of:

  • Sexual health

  • HIV care

  • developing interventions

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Carmel Kelly

Dr Carmel Kelly, a Consultant Nurse in Sexual Health, holds a joint appointment between the South Eastern Health & Social Services Trust and Queen’s University Belfast.






Research students

PhD Title: Opening up the gendered box on the right to choose: Young men's experiences and decision-making in relation to an unintended pregnancy in their lives

Name: Joleen Kane
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Northern Ireland, UK

PhD Title: An evaluation of the If I Were Jack educational resources in post-primary schools with regard to the relationship and sexuality education requirements of teenage men

Name: Katie Gillespie
Years of Study: 2015-2018
Country: Northern Ireland, UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Michelle Templeton

PhD Title: Competent or Not? Young People’s Accounts of Sexual Readiness

Years of Study: 2013- 2016
Country: Northern Ireland, UK
Current position: Research Fellow, QUB


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