Research Publications


Ruane-McAteer, E., Amin, A., Hanratty, J., Lynn, F., Corbijn van Willenswaard, K., Reid, E., … Lohan, M. (2019). Interventions addressing men, masculinities and gender equality in sexual and reproductive health and rights: an evidence and gap map and systematic review of reviews. BMJ Global Health, 4(5), e001634.

Templeton, M., Lohan, M., Kelly, C., & Lundy, L. (2019). Young People’s Sexual Readiness: Insights gained from comparing a researchers’ and youth advisory group’s interpretation. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Templeton, M., Kelly, C., & Lohan, M. (2019). Developing a Sexual Health Promotion Intervention With Young Men in Prisons: A Rights-Based Participatory Approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8(4), e11829.



Ruane-McAteer, E., Hanratty, J., Lynn, F., Reid, E., Khosla, R., Amin, A., & Lohan, M. (2018). Interventions addressing men, masculinities and gender equality in sexual and reproductive health: An evidence and gap map and systematic review of reviews. The Campbell Collaboration

Lohan, M., Aventin, A., Clarke, M., Curran, R., Maguire, L., Hunter, R., ... O'Hare, L. (2018). JACK trial protocol: a phase III multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-based relationship and sexuality education intervention focusing on young male perspectives. BMJ Open, 8, [022128]. DOI:

Lohan, M., Aventin, A., Clarke, M., Curran, R., McDowell, C., Agus, A., ... Young, H. (2018). Can teenage men be targeted to prevent teenage pregnancy? A feasibility cluster randomised controlled intervention trial in schools. Prevention Science, 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-018-0928-z



Hyde, A., Fullerton, D., Lohan, M., Dunne, L. and Macdonald, G., 2017. Young people’s views on the impact of care experiences on their ability to form positive intimate relationships. Adoption & Fostering41(3), pp.242-253.

Lohan M, Aventin Á, Maguire L, Curran R, McDowell C, Agus A, et al. Increasing boys' and girls' intention to avoid teenage pregnancy: a cluster randomised control feasibility trial of an interactive video drama based intervention in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. Public Health Res 2017;5(1). 

Templeton M, Lohan M, Kelly C, Lundy L. (2017) A systematic review and qualitative synthesis of adolescents’ views of sexual readiness. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Nov;1-14. Available from, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13207



Lohan, M., & Kelly, C.,  (2016). 'Planning to Be a Parent in HIV Sero-Different Relationships: A Critical Gender Analysis' in: Persson, A., Hughes, S.D. (Editors) Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative (pp. 171–183), Springer International.

Aventin, A., Lohan, M., Maguire, L. & Clarke, M. (2016) Recruiting faith and non-faith based schools, adolescents and parents to a cluster randomised sexual-health trial: experiences, challenges and lessons from the mixed-methods Jack Feasibility Trial. Trials. 17, 365.

Hyde, A., Fullerton, D., McKeown, C., Lohan, M., Dunne, L., & MacDonald, G. (2016). Doing Relationships and Sexuality Education with Young People in State Care. Health Education Journal.

Hyde A, Fullerton D, Lohan M, Dunne L, & Macdonald G (2016). The role of knowledge in the contraceptive behaviour of sexually active young people in state care. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

Hyde A, Fullerton D, Lohan M, Dunne L, Macdonald G, McKeown C, Healy M, & Howlin F. (2016). The perceived impact of interprofessional information sharing on young people about their sexual health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care.


Lohan, M. (2015). Advancing Research on Men and Reproduction. International Journal of Men’s Health, 14(3), 214-224-232.

Maguire, L., Aventin, A., Lohan, M., & Clarke, M. (2015). What do young people really understand when completing questionnaires? Lessons learnt from developing a questionnaire to measure behavioural outcomes in a sexual health trial. Trials, 16(S2), P79.

Maguire, L., Aventin, A., Schubotz, D., Dunne, L., Lohan, M., & Clarke, M. (2015). Collecting sensitive information for a sexual health trial with young people: experiences of using electronic data collection and traditional paper methods. Trials, 16(S2), P18.

Lohan, M., Aventin, Á., Oliffe, J.L., Han,C. & Bottorff, J.L. (2015). Knowledge translation in men’s health research: The development and delivery of content for use online. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(1).

Bottorff, J. L., Sarbit, G., Oliffe, J. L., Kelly, M. T., Lohan, M., Stolp, S., & Sharp, P. (2015). “If I Were Nick”: Men’s Responses to an Interactive Video Drama Series to Support Smoking Cessation. Journal of Medical Internet Research17(8), e190.

Aventin, Á., Lohan, M., O'Halloran, P. & Henderson, M. (2015). Design and development of a film-based intervention about teenage men and unintended pregnancy: Applying the Medical Research Council framework in practice. Evaluation and Program Planning, 49: 19-30. [Open Access]

Shaw, C., Lohan, M. & Richardson, N. (2015). ‘Fathers and Parenting’, in C. O'Doherty & A. Jackson, (Editors) Learning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland (pp. 244-265, Chapter 13), Cork: Oak Tree Press.



Lohan, M., Aventin, Á., Maguire, L., Clarke, M., Linden, M. & McDaid, L. (2014). Feasibility trial of a film-based educational intervention for increasing boys' and girls' intentions to avoid teenage pregnancy: study protocol. International Journal of Educational Research, 68: 35-45 [Open Access]



Hyde, A., Drennan, J., Lohan, M., Carney, M., & Howlett, E. (2013). Parents' Constructions about Communication with their Children about Safer Sex. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(23-24): 3438-3446. [Open Access]

Lohan, M., Olivari, M.G., Corkindale, C., Milani, L., Confalonieri, E., Cruise, S., O'Halloran, P., Alderdice, F. & Hyde, A. (2013). Adolescent Men's Pregnancy Resolution Choices in Relation to an Unintended Pregnancy: A Comparative Analysis of Adolescent Men in Three Countries. Journal of Family Issues, 34(8), 1037. [Abstract]

Marsiglio, W., Lohan, M. & Culley, L. (2013). Framing Men's Experience in the Procreative Realm. Journal of Family Issues, 34(8), 1011. [Abstract]

Aventin, Á., & Lohan, M. (2013). I’m all right, Jack. Every Child Journal, 3(5): 38-43.  [Every Child Article]

Aventin, Á., & Lohan, M. (2013). You’re Wha…? Including young men in reproductive planning. The Practicing Midwife, 16(7): 21-23. [Abstract]



Hyde, A., Drennan, J., Howlett, E., Carney, M., & Lohan, M. (2012). Parents' Constructions of the Sexual Self-presentation and Sexual Conduct of Adolescents: Discourses of Gendering and Protecting. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(8), 895.

Deeney, K., Lohan, M., Spence, D., & Parkes, J. (2012). Experiences of Fathering a Baby admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care: A Critical Gender Analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 75(6).

Shaw, C. & Lohan, M. (2012). Understanding Fatherhood in the 21st Century. Man Matters Policy Briefing Paper No. 2. Belfast: Workers’ Educational Association. [WEA Report]   

Lohan, M., O'Halloran, P., Cruise, S., Alderdice, F. and Hyde, A. (2012) If I were Jack, Teenage Men's Attitudes and Decision-making in relation to an Unintended Pregnancy. Final report. Dublin: Health Services Executive (Irl) Crisis Pregnancy Programme.[Download Report]  

Lohan, M. and Shaw, C. (2012). New fatherhood: the role of the GP. Modern Medicine, 42 (4), 25-26. [Mod Med Paper]   

Hyde, A., Carney, M., Drennan, J., Butler, M., Lohan, M. and Howlett, E. (2012) Parents’ constructions of the sexual self-presentation and sexual conduct of adolescents: Discourses of gendering and protecting Culture Health and Sexuality, 1-15, ifirst. [Abstract]


Lohan, M., Cruise, S., O’Halloran, P., Alderdice, F. and Hyde, A.  (2011)  Adolescent men’s attitudes and decision-making in relation to an unplanned pregnancy. Responses to an interactive video drama, Social Science and Medicine, 72, 1507-1514.[Abstract]  [SocSci & Med Paper]   

Lohan, M., Kelly, C. and Spence, D. (2011) Citizens' Attitudes to Relationship and Sexuality Education in Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland. Research Briefing paper No. 1 Child Forum QUB Sexual and Reproductive Health Special Interest Group. 


2010 and earlier

Hyde, A., Carney, M., Drennan, J., Butler, M., Lohan, M. and Howlett, E (2010) The silent treatment: parents’ narratives on sexuality education with their adolescent children. Culture Health and Sexuality 12, (4), 359-371. [Abstract]  

Lohan, M., Cruise, S., O’Halloran, P., Alderdice, F. and Hyde, A. (2010) Adolescent men’s attitudes in relation to pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes: A systematic review of the literature from 1980-2009. Journal of Adolescent Health 47 (4), 327-345. [Abstract]

Hyde, A., Carney, M., Drennan, J., Butler, M., Lohan, M. and Howlett, E. (2009). Parents’ approaches to educating their pre-adolescent and adolescent children about sexuality. Dublin: CPA. [click here for report]

Lohan, M. (2007) How Might We Understand Men's Health Better? Integrating Explanations From Critical Studies On Men And Inequalities In Health. Social Science & Medicine, 65: 493-504. [Abstract]


Conferences/public presentations


Templeton, M., Lohan, M., Kelly, C. & Lundy, L. (2018). Involving Young People in Research about First Sex. The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Seminar Series. Queen's University Belfast. 20th Jan 2018.

 Ruane-McAteer, E., Aventin, A., Clarke, M., McDaid, L., & Lohan, M. (2018). Involving teenage men in preventing unplanned pregnancy: A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial in schools. Abstract from British Psychological Society - Male Psychology Conference, London, United Kingdom.



Templeton, M. How to teach sex education to young offenders. The Conversation. Available at



Lohan, M. (2016). What's a boy to do? Developing a targeted intervention for boys aimed at decreasing teenage pregnancy. Invited presentation at the Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales, Australia, 06th July 2016. [click here for link]



Templeton, M., Lohan, M., Kelly, C. & Lundy, L. (2015). How do Young People Understand and Communicate their Concept of Heterosexual Readiness? A mixed-methods systematic review. Annual Doctoral Conference in Education, Dublin, 5th June 2015.   

Lohan, M. & Oliffe, J. Knowledge Translation in Men's Heath. Invited presentation at Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, International Inter-disciplinary Research Colloquium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 27th April 2015.

Lohan, M. & Aventin, Á. Teenage Men and (the prevention of) unintended teenage pregnancy. Design and testing of a new programme for school-aged boys in Ireland, the UK and Australia. International Conference on Masculinities hosted by Centre for Masculinities Stonybrook University New York and American Men's Studies Association, New York, 5th -8th March 2015.

Lohan, M. & Aventin, Á. If I Were Jack: Addressing men in preventing adolescent pregnancy. Presentation to the Office for Adolescent Health, Department of Health U.S, Washington D.C, 4th March 2015.

Lohan, M.  The Importance of Young Fathers in Children’s Lives: Evidence into Practice. Invited speaker, Improving Children’s Lives Seminar, Belfast, 12th February 2015.


Lohan, M. & Aventin, Á. Cross-border and multi-stakeholder partnerships in intervention design: The case of If I were Jack. Child Care Research Forum Annual Conference, Antrim, 14th November 2014.

Aventin, Á. & Lohan, M. The Jack Feasibility Trial: Giving schools a voice in resource development and trial design. ESRC Festival of Social Science, Titantic, Belfast, 3rd November 2014.

Lohan, M. & Smye, V. The use of Video as Intervention. Knowledge Translation and Education Presentation, Men's Depression and Suicide Network (funded by Movember), University of British Columbia, 29-30th May 2014.

Lohan, M. Developing Research Informed Interventions. Presentation and webinar to Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia Okanagan, May 26th 2014.

Lohan, M., & Aventin, Á. An interactive film-based approach to addressing teenage men and unintended pregnancy.Presentation to The National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington DC, 16th April 2014. 

Lohan, M. Achieving Effective Cross-Border Collaboration: An Example from Health Promotion and Lessons Learned. Policy Forum for Northern Ireland Keynote Seminar: Implementing ‘Transforming Your Care’ - innovation, efficiency and cross-border collaboration, Belfast, 27 March 2014. [Policy Forum for Northern Ireland Website]

Aventin, Á., Lohan, M., O’Halloran, P., Henderson, M. & Kelly, C. The Boys and The Bees: A film-based approach to addressing teenage men’s relationships and sexuality education. What’s Working for Young People Conference, Foroige, Dublin, 26-27 March 2014.

Lohan, M., Aventin, Á., O’Halloran, P., Henderson, M. & Kelly, C. Design & development of an evidence-informed, user-endorsed educational intervention about young men and unintended teenage pregnancy. Improving Children’s Lives Conference, Belfast, 20 February 2014.



Lohan, M., Aventin, Á., O’Halloran, P., Henderson, M. & Kelly, C. If I Were Jack...An innovative film based approach to address teenage pregnancy. School of Nursing & MidwiferyTrinity College Dublin, 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Dublin, 6-7 November, 2013.  

Abbey Hyde, A., Drennan, J., Carney, M., Howlett, E., Butler, M. & Lohan, M. Parents' accounts of educating their children about safer sex Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future: 11th International Family Nursing Conference. International Family Nursing Association, MinneapolisJune 19-22, 2013.

Lohan, M. If I Were Jack: The Use of Drama in Men's Health Promotion. Media Interview on Radio Failte's Seachtain Shláinte na bhFear, 20th June 2013. [Podcast]

Queen's University Belfast Special Interest Group on Reproductive and Sexual Health Annual Public Lecture 2013 Lecture by Dr Karen Lorimer of Glasgow Calidonian University: Involving Young People in Improving the Sexual Health of the Population, 11th June 2013. The special interest group is part of the Improving Children's Lives initiative at Queen's Univeristy Belfast. [View Introduction by Michelle Templeton]  [View Dr Karen Lorimer's Lecture] 

Lohan, M. Imagine Being Jack: The Use of Drama In Men’s Health Promotion. Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) Conference: Policy to Practice - Profiling the Impact of Ireland's National Men's Health Policy, 13th June 2013. 

Lohan, M. If I were Jack: Preventing Teen Pregnancies. Media Interview with Chris Walker of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, 11th April 2013. [Interview]

Lohan, M. Imagine Being Jack: Designing interventions for teenage men about unintended pregnancy. Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada, 11th April 2013.   [UBC Poster]   

Lohan, M. Teenage Men and Unintended pregnancy: From research to interventionsDepartment of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 4th April 2013.

Lohan, M. A Feminist Theory of Men and Reproduction. Peter Wall Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 28th March 2013. [Peter Wall Poster]  

Aventin, Á., Lohan, M., O'Halloran, P. & Henderson, M. Reducing Unintended Teenage Pregnancy: A movie-based educational approach. RCN Research Conference, Belfast, 22nd March 2013. [RCN Poster]  

Aventin, Á., Lohan, M., O'Halloran, P. & Henderson, M. The Impact of Nursing Research in School Health Promotion at a National Level: The Case of Adolescent Men and Unintended Pregnancy. ICCHNR Conference: The Impact of Nursing Research in The Community, Edinburgh, 13th March 2013. [RCN Poster]   

Lohan, M. & Aventin, Á. Advancing gender equality in reproductive health, the case of teenage pregnancy: What’s men got to do with it? The Irish Forum for Global Health and Medsin, International Women’s Day Dialogue, Queen’s University Belfast, 6th March 2013.



Lohan, M., Aventin, Á. & O'Halloran, P. How to reduce teenage pregnancy in Northern Ireland? A movie-based educational approach. Northern Ireland Regional Sexual Health Conference, Mosley Mill, Glengormley, 14th November 2012.

Lohan, M., Aventin, Á. & O'Halloran, P. Policy Briefing: How to reduce teenage pregnancy in Northern Ireland? A movie-based educational approach. Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, November 15th2012. [Video & Briefing Paper]

Aventin, Á. & Lohan, M. Teenage Men and Unintended Pregnancy: An Educational Resource. Making Sense of Young People’s Sexuality Conference and Workshops, ESRC Festival of Social Science, Belfast, 6th November 2012.

Lohan, M., O'Halloran, P., Aventin, Á., Henderson, M. & Corkindale, C. Teenage men and unintended pregnancy: An educational intervention developed for Northern Ireland (UK), Ireland and Australia. Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research Conference Montréal, Canada, October 29-31, 2012.

Lohan, M. If I were Jack? Adolescent Men and Unintended Pregnancy: An empirical study and educational intervention, Invited Seminar, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver June 21st 2012. [POSTER]  

Lohan, M., Olivari, M., Corkindale, C., Milani, L., Confalonieri, E., Cruise, S. and O’Halloran, P. Adolescent men’s attitudes to pregnancy resolution choices in relation to an unintended pregnancy: A comparative analysis of adolescent males in three countries. Distributed paper at the International Sociology Association World Forum Buenos Aries,  August 1st-4th 2012.


2010 and earlier

Lohan, M. Cruise, S.  O’ Halloran P. , Alderdice, F. & Hyde A. Adolescent Men and Unplanned Pregnancy. Plenary presentation toNorthern Ireland Regional Sexual Health Conference November 15th 2010.

Lohan, M. Cruise, S.  O’ Halloran P. , Alderdice, F. & Hyde A. ‘If I were Jack’ Adolescent men’s attitudes and decision-making in relation to a hypothetical unplanned pregnancy. Moderated poster presentation to International Society for Men’s Health, World Congress of Men’s Health October 28-30th 2010. Published Abstract Journal of Men’s Health 7(3) 282-351.

Lohan, M Adolescent men’s attitudes and decision-making in relation to an unintended pregnancy. Invited lecture,  Catholic University of Milan, October 25th 2010.

Lohan, M., O’Halloran, P., Corkindale, C. Cruise, S. M., Grant, D., Alderdice, F. A., & Hyde, A. (2009). Mixing art and science: Designing an interactive video-drama for researching teenage men and crisis pregnancy. Changing Men and Masculinities in Gender Equal Societies Conference, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark, 28-30th January, 2009.


Announcing two special issues dedicated to men and reproduction.

How Do Men Prepare for Fatherhood?

special issue of the Journal of Family Issues released  in August 2013 explores men’s roles in matters related to family planning, conception, abortion, adoption and preparing for childbirth. The issue arose from a panel at the International Sociology Association world conference in Buenos Aires in 2012. The guest editors of the collection are Dr Maria Lohan (Queen’s University Belfast); Prof. William Marsiglio (University of Florida) and Prof. Lorraine Culley (De Monfort University).

Symposium: Men, Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Following the event ‘Men, In/fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies’, hosted at De Montfort University in April 2012, a selection of papers presented at this event have been published as a symposium collection in the September 2013 issue of Reproductive BioMedicine Online. The guest editors for the symposium are Prof Lorraine Culley, Dr Nicky Hudson (De Montfort University) and Dr Maria Lohan (Queen’s University Belfast).


If I were Jack Newsletters

Newsletter 1       May 2012 


Media Engagement

Lohan, M & Aventin, A. 'The latest statistics on teenage births are missing a vital ingredient: fathers'. The Conversation, 6th July 2015.

Lohan, M. 'The male side of the fertility equation'. Radio interview with Australian Broadcasting Company, 30th June 2015.

Lohan, M.  'Forget Freezing Sperm. It's time for men to take responsibility for the foreplay of Fatherhood'. The Conversation, 26th June, 2015.




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