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Maternal and Child Health



Fiona Alderdice is Professor in Maternal Health and Wellbeing at Queen’s University Belfast and is the Senior Social Scientist at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.

Her research focuses on 1) assessing maternal/infant need and experience by developing population surveys that can be used to benchmark perinatal health and wellbeing nationally and internationally, 2) developing interventions to promote psychological wellbeing in the perinatal period, and 3) conducting follow up studies of vulnerable infants e.g. preterm and growth restricted babies.

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Professor Alderdice is open to PhD applications in the fields of:

  • Health and wellbeing of parents and babies around the time of birth and during the early years of childhood

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Fiona Alderdice

 Professor Fiona Alderdice is a Researcher and Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and a Senior Social Scientist at the University of Oxford.


Research students

PhD Title: Health visitor interventions for premature babies post discharge from neonatal intensive care

Name: Emma McCall
Years of Study: 2016 PT
Country: UK

PhD Title: Evidence based practice in neonatal intensive care in Saudi Arabia

Name: Aisha Omairan
Years of Study: 2015-2018
Country: Saudi Arabia

PhD Title: Prematurity and conduct disorder in childhood

Name: Rachael Bell
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: UK

PhD Title: Stress reduction interventions in pregnancy

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

Alumni: where are they now?

Terri Levine

PhD Title: Fetal growth restriction, maternal stress and child development at age 3

Years of Study: 2014-1017
Country: USA
Current position: Research Fellow Harvard University

Anne-Marie Boylan

PhD Title: Social Inclusion of Children with ABI

Years of Study: 
Country: UK
Current position: Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Health and Care, University of Oxford

Carmel Kelly/Esther Reid/Dale Spence/Jenny McNeill

PhD Title: Various

Years of Study: Various
Country: UK
Current position: All lecturers at School of Nursing and Midwifery QUB

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