The School of Psychology welcomes Dr Ciara Close
Dr Ciara Close - Research Fellow
Ciara graduated from Ulster University in 2008 with a degree in Nutrition. She proceeded to work in Community Dietetics for a short period. In 2009 she began work in Health Improvement in one of the Health and Social Care Trusts in NI working for 3 years as a Smoking Cessation Specialist. It was during this time that Ciara developed an interest in research where she had the opportunity to complete an MSc in public health focusing on Smoking Cessation in Type 2 Diabetics. Pursuing her interest in research, Ciara proceeded to complete a PhD at Ulster University in 2014 which focused on back pain in pregnancy, Women’s experiences of this pain and the effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatments. Ciara took up post at QUB at the Centre of Public Health in 2014 and has worked on a wide range of projects mainly in the field of addiction and mental health. While working as a Research Fellow part-time, Ciara also completed a BSc in Midwifery and holds her registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered midwife. She continues to work part-time as a Midwife in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Ciara is joining the “SPINE-COS-AYA” project team where she will work alongside the project team members towards developing a person centred core outcome set for adolescents and young adults with spinal deformity undergoing treatment.