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Maternal and Child Health



Fiona Lynn is a lecturer in maternal and child health. Her research focuses on enhancing maternal and child health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in identifying and evaluating what works for families from the antenatal period through to the early years of childhood. She has experience of conducting economic evaluations alongside intervention-based studies (randomised controlled trials, cluster RCTs, pilot trials and feasibility studies). She also have experience in conducting evidence syntheses, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

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Dr Lynn is open to PhD applicants interested in exploring the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve outcomes in health and wellbeing for parents, children, families and communities.

All methodological approaches welcome.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

DR Fiona Lynn

Dr Lynn is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery.







  • NI Assembly debate on the impact and cost effectiveness of Nurture Groups in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland link
  • Nurture Group Network Annual Review link
  • Research impact showcase event, DNA Innovation: New Voices, New Impact link
  • NI Science Festival 2016: Celebrating Science at Queen’s


Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Maternal and Child Health


Research students

PhD Title: Investigating the Feasibility of a Music Intervention in Pregnancy to Minimise Stress and Anxiety

Name: Kyrsten Corbijn van Willenswaard
Years of Study: 2015-2018
Country: UK

PhD Title: Evidence Based Practice in Neonatal Intensive Care in Saudi Arabia

Name: Aisha Omairan
Years of Study: 2014-2018
Country: Saudi Arabia

PhD Title: Evaluation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Programme in Two Hospitals Designated Baby-friendly in Kirkuk City, Iraq

Name: Fakher Gli
Years of Study: 2014-2018
Country: Iraq

PhD Title: Exploring attendance at Emergency Departments for Children with Minor Illness in Turkey

Name: Ahmet Butun
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Turkey

PhD Title: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Midwifery Peer Assisted Learning and Support (My PALS) Project

Name: Jean Carragher
Years of Study: 2013-2019 (PT)
Country: Ireland

PhD Title: Community Nurses Use of Antenatal Care Guidelines When Caring for Pregnant Women

Name: Anna Carolina Raduenz Huf Souza
Years of Study: 2016-2020
Country: Brazil

PhD Title: Petechiae In Children (PIC) Study: Defining a clinical decision rule for the management of fever and non-blanching rashes in children including the role of point of care testing for Procalcitonin & Neisseria meningitidis DNA

Name: Thomas Waterman
Years of Study: 2017-2020
Country: UK


PhD Title: An evaluation of the effectiveness of a school-based Positive Parenting Programme in improving outcomes for parents and children

Name: Sarah Patterson
Years of Study: 2017-2021
Country: UK

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