Professor Fiona Alderdice BSSc, PhD
Senior Social Scientist and Co-Director NIHR Policy Research Unit Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona joined the NPEU in January 2017 as a Senior Social Scientist. Fiona has an undergraduate degree and PhD in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and her research interests in maternal and child health date back to 1992 when she first worked at the NPEU as a research fellow. She was awarded a MRC HSR training fellowship in 1998 to support her work on complex pregnancy. Fiona joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast in 2002 and was promoted to Chair in Perinatal Health and Well-being in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a long-standing Cochrane reviewer. Her research focuses on three main areas: 1) Assessing maternal/infant need by developing population surveys and databases that can be used to benchmark practice nationally and internationally 2) Evaluating interventions that promote psychological health in the perinatal period 3) Conducting follow up studies of vulnerable infants e.g. preterm and growth restricted babies.
Harrison S, Quigley MA, Fellmeth G, Stein A, Alderdice F. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on postnatal depression: analysis of three population-based national maternity surveys in England (2014–2020). The Lancet Regional Health - Europe. 2023;https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2023.100654:100654.
Harrison S, Pilkington V, Li Y, Quigley MA, Alderdice F. Disparities in who is asked about their perinatal mental health: an analysis of cross-sectional data from consecutive national maternity surveys. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023;23(1):263.
Harrison S, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. Correction: Impact of sampling and data collection methods on maternity survey response: a randomised controlled trial of paper and push-to-web surveys and a concurrent social media survey. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2023;23(1):28.
Harrison S, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. Impact of sampling and data collection methods on maternity survey response: a randomised controlled trial of paper and push-to-web surveys and a concurrent social media survey. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2023;23(1):10.
Grussu P, Jorizzo GJ, Alderdice F, Quatraro RM. Preventing, Mitigating, and Treating Women's Perinatal Mental Health Problems during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review of Reviews with a Qualitative Narrative Synthesis. Behavioral Sciences. 2023;13(5):358.
Gong J, Fellmeth G, Quigley MA, Gale C, Stein A, Alderdice F, Harrison S. Prevalence and risk factors for postnatal mental health problems in mothers of infants admitted to neonatal care: analysis of two population-based surveys in England. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023;23(1):370.
Tianyi FT, Li Y, Alderdice F, Quigley MA, Kurinczuk JJ, Bankhead C, Carson C. The association between conception history and subsequent postpartum depression and/or anxiety: Evidence from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink 1991-2013. J Affect Disord. 2022;310:266-73.
Smith S, Cairns L, Pullen LSW, Opondo C, Fellmeth G, Alderdice F. Validated tools to Identify Common Mental Disorders in the Perinatal Period: A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews. J Affect Disord. 2022;298:634-43.
Perra O, Alderdice F, Sweet D, McNulty A, Johnston M, Bilello D, Papageorgiou K, Wass S. Attention and social communication skills of very preterm infants after training attention control: Bayesian analyses of a feasibility study. PLOS ONE. 2022;17(9):e0273767.
Nielsen-Scott M, Fellmeth G, Opondo C, Alderdice F. Prevalence of perinatal anxiety in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2022;306:71-9.
McLeish J, Harrison S, Quigley M, Alderdice F. Learning from a crisis: a qualitative study of the impact on mothers' emotional wellbeing of changes to maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic in England, using the National Maternity Survey 2020. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):868.
Malouf R, Harrison S, Burton HAL, Gale C, Stein A, Franck LS, Alderdice F. Prevalence of anxiety and post-traumatic stress (PTS) among the parents of babies admitted to neonatal units: A systematic review and meta-analysis. EClinicalMedicine. 2022;43:101233.
Levene I, Alderdice F, McCleverty B, O'Brien F, Fewtrell M, Quigley MA. A report on parent involvement in planning a randomised controlled trial in neonatology and lactation – insights for current and future research. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2022;17(1):69.
Kelly L, Kurinczuk JJ, Fitzpatrick R, Alderdice F. Correction: Refinement of the Well-being in Pregnancy (WiP) questionnaire: cognitive interviews with women and healthcare professionals and a validation survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):403.
Kelly L, Officer R, Kurinczuk JJ, Fitzpatrick R, Alderdice F. Refinement of the Well-being in Pregnancy (WiP) questionnaire: cognitive interviews with women and healthcare professionals and a validation survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2022;22(1):325.
Kelly L, Fitzpatrick R, Kurinczuk JJ, Rivero-Arias O, Alderdice F. Assessing the Validity of the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ) in Women During Pregnancy and the First Year Following Birth. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2022;13:221-8.
Grussu P, Quatraro RM, Alderdice F, Jorizzo GJ. Routine E-Screening for Perinatal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Emergency: Beyond the Instrument Cut-Off Points. Matern Child Health J. 2022;10.1007/s10995-022-03468-5:1-5.
Fellmeth G, Harrison S, Quigley MA, Alderdice F. A Comparison of Three Measures to Identify Postnatal Anxiety: Analysis of the 2020 National Maternity Survey in England. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(11):6578.
Fellmeth G, Harrison S, McNeill J, Lynn F, Redshaw M, Alderdice F. Identifying postnatal anxiety: comparison of self-identified and self-reported anxiety using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):180.
Caparros-Gonzalez RA, Lynn F, Alderdice F, Peralta-Ramirez MI. Cortisol levels versus self-report stress measures during pregnancy as predictors of adverse infant outcomes: a systematic review. Stress. 2022;25(1):189-212.
Burton HAL, Pickenhan L, Carson C, Salkovskis P, Alderdice F. How women with obsessive compulsive disorder experience maternity care and mental health care during pregnancy and postpartum: A systematic literature review. J Affect Disord. 2022;314:1-18.
Webb R, Uddin N, Ford E, Easter A, Shakespeare J, Roberts N, Alderdice F, Coates R, Hogg S, Cheyne H, Ayers S. Barriers and facilitators to implementing perinatal mental health care in health and social care settings: a systematic review. Lancet Psychiatry. 2021;8(6):521-34.
Perra O, Wass S, McNulty A, Sweet D, Papageorgiou KA, Johnston M, Bilello D, Patterson A, Alderdice F. Correction to: Very preterm infants engage in an intervention to train their control of attention: results from the feasibility study of the attention control training (ACT) randomised trial. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2021;7(1):201.
Perra O, Wass S, McNulty A, Sweet D, Papageorgiou KA, Johnston M, Bilello D, Alderdice F. Very preterm infants engage in an intervention to train their control of attention: results from the feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT) randomised trial. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2021;7(1):66.
Opondo C, Harrison S, Alderdice F, Carson C, Quigley MA. Electronic cigarette use (vaping) and patterns of tobacco cigarette smoking in pregnancy–evidence from a population-based maternity survey in England. PLOS ONE. 2021;16(6):e0252817.
McLeish J, Harvey M, Redshaw M, Alderdice F. A qualitative study of first time mothers' experiences of postnatal social support from health professionals in England. Women and Birth. 2021;34(5):e451-e60.
Kelly L, Kurinczuk JJ, Rivero-Arias O, Fitzpatrick R, Gibbons E, Alderdice F. Exploring the use of health and wellbeing measures during pregnancy and the first year following birth in women living with pre-existing long-term conditions: qualitative interviews with women and healthcare professionals. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21(1):597.
Harrison SE, Ayers S, Quigley MA, Stein A, Alderdice F. Prevalence and factors associated with postpartum posttraumatic stress in a population-based maternity survey in England. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2021;279:749-56.
Garcia-Silva J, Caracuel A, Lozano-Ruiz A, Alderdice F, Lobel M, Perra O, Caparros-Gonzalez RA. Pandemic-related pregnancy stress among pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain. Midwifery. 2021;103:103163.
Fellmeth G, Kishore MT, Verma A, Desai G, Bharti O, Kanwar P, Singh S, Thippeswamy H, Chandra PS, Kurinczuk JJ, Nair M, Alderdice F. Perinatal mental health in India: protocol for a validation and cohort study. J Public Health (Oxf). 2021;43(Suppl 2):ii35-ii42.
Fellmeth G, Harrison S, Opondo C, Nair M, Kurinczuk JJ, Alderdice F. Validated screening tools to identify common mental disorders in perinatal and postpartum women in India: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2021;21(1):200.
Caparros-Gonzalez RA, Torre-Luque Adl, Romero-Gonzalez B, Quesada-Soto JM, Alderdice F, Peralta-Ramírez MI. Stress During Pregnancy and the Development of Diseases in the offspring: A Systematic-Review and Meta-Analysis. Midwifery. 2021;97:102939.
Ayman G, Strachan JA, McLennan N, Malouf R, Lowe-Zinola J, Magdi F, Roberts N, Alderdice F, Berneantu I, Breslin N, Byrne C, Carnell S, Churchill D, Grisoni J, Hirst JE, Morris A, Murphy HR, O'Brien J, Schmutz C, Shah K, Singal AS, Strachan MWJ, Cowan K, Knight M. The top 10 research priorities in diabetes and pregnancy according to women, support networks and healthcare professionals. Diabet Med. 2021;10.1111/dme.14588:e14588.
Ayers S, Crawley R, Alderdice F, Eagle A. Personalised approaches to intervention for perinatal mental health difficulties. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2021;39(4):339-41.
Alderdice F. Prioritising our research networks. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2021;39(1):1.
Perra O, Wass S, McNulty A, Sweet D, Papageorgiou K, Johnston M, Patterson A, Bilello D, Alderdice F. Training attention control of very preterm infants: protocol for a feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT). Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2020;6(1):17.
McLeish J, Harvey M, Redshaw M, Henderson J, Malouf R, Alderdice F. First-Time Mothers' Expectations and Experiences of Postnatal Care in England. Qual Health Res. 2020;30(12):1876-87.
McLeish J, Harvey M, Redshaw M, Alderdice F. "Reassurance that you're doing okay, or guidance if you're not": A qualitative descriptive study of pregnant first time mothers' expectations and information needs about postnatal care in England. Midwifery. 2020;89:102813.
McLeish J, Alderdice F, Robberts H, Cole C, Dorling J, Gale C. Challenges of a simplified opt-out consent process in a neonatal randomised controlled trial: qualitative study of parents' and health professionals' views and experiences. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2020;10.1136/archdischild-2020-319545:fetalneonatal-2020-319545.
Malouf RS, Tomlinson C, Henderson J, Opondo C, Brocklehurst P, Alderdice F, Phalguni A, Dretzke J. Impact of obstetric unit closures, travel time and distance to obstetric services on maternal and neonatal outcomes in high-income countries: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2020;10(12):e036852.
Harrison S, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. External validity of prevalence estimates from the national maternity surveys in England: The impact of response rate. PLoS One. 2020;15(11):e0242815.
Harrison S, Alderdice F, Henderson J, Redshaw M, Quigley MA. Trends in response rates and respondent characteristics in five National Maternity Surveys in England during 1995–2018. Archives of Public Health. 2020;78(1):46.
Harrison S, Alderdice F. Challenges of defining and measuring perinatal anxiety. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2020;38(1):1-2.
Caparros-Gonzalez RA, Alderdice F. The COVID-19 pandemic and perinatal mental health. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2020;38(3):223-5.
Alderdice F, McLeish J, Henderson J, Malouf R, Harvey M, Redshaw M. Women's ideal and real expectations of postnatal care during their first pregnancy: An online survey in England. Midwifery. 2020;89:102815.
Alderdice F. Supporting psychological well-being around the time of birth: what can we learn from maternity care? World Psychiatry. 2020;19(3):332-3.
Alderdice F. What's so special about perinatal mental health? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2020;38(2):111-2.
Alderdice F, Kelly L. Stigma and maternity care. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2019;37(2):105-7.
Harrison S, Henderson J, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. Methods to increase response rates to a population-based maternity survey: a comparison of two pilot studies. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019;19(1):65.
Fellmeth G, Opondo C, Henderson J, Redshaw M, McNeill J, Lynn F, Alderdice F. Identifying postnatal depression: Comparison of a self-reported depression item with Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores at three months postpartum. J Affect Disord. 2019;251:8-14.
Caparros-Gonzalez RA, Perra O, Alderdice F, Lynn F, Lobel M, García-García I, Peralta-Ramírez MI. Psychometric validation of the Prenatal Distress Questionnaire (PDQ) in pregnant women in Spain. Women Health. 2019;10.1080/03630242.2019.1584143:1-16.
Alderdice F. Respectful Maternity and Reproductive and Infant Psychology. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2019;37(1):1-2.
Alderdice F, Henderson J, Opondo C, Lobel M, Quigley M, Redshaw M. Psychosocial factors that mediate the association between mode of birth and maternal postnatal adjustment: findings from a population-based survey. BMC Womens Health. 2019;19(1):42.
Alderdice F, Gargan P. Exploring subjective wellbeing after birth: A qualitative deductive descriptive study. European Journal of Midwifery. 2019;3.
Macdonald G, Alderdice F, Clarke M, Perra O, Lynn F, McShane T, et al. Right from the start: protocol for a pilot study for a randomised trial of the New Baby Programme for improving outcomes for children born to socially vulnerable mothers. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2018;4(1):44.
McCall EM, Alderdice F, Halliday HL, Vohra S, Johnston L. Interventions to prevent hypothermia at birth in preterm and/or low birth weight infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018;10.1002/14651858.CD004210.pub5(2).
Leahy-Warren P, Newham J, Alderdice F. Perinatal social support: panacea or a pitfall. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2018;36(3):219-21.
Henderson J, Carson C, Jayaweera H, Alderdice F, Redshaw M. Recency of migration, region of origin and women's experience of maternity care in England: Evidence from a large cross-sectional survey. Midwifery. 2018;67:87-94.
Alderdice F. Preconception mental health care: who needs it? J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2018;36(4):345-6.
Alderdice F, Gargan P, McCall E, Franck L. Online information for parents caring for their premature baby at home: A focus group study and systematic web search. Health Expectations. 2018;10.1111/hex.12670
Alderdice F. Enduring questions in perinatal psychology. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2018;36(5):461-2.
Symon A, Pringle J, Downe S, Hundley V, Lee E, Lynn F, et al. Antenatal care trial interventions: a systematic scoping review and taxonomy development of care models. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017;17(1):8.
Newham JJ, Alderdice F. If gender matters in maternity care, does it matter in maternity care research? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2017;35(3):209-11.
Levine TA, Grunau RE, Segurado R, Daly S, Geary MP, Kennelly MM, et al. Pregnancy-specific stress, fetoplacental haemodynamics, and neonatal outcomes in women with small for gestational age pregnancies: a secondary analysis of the multicentre Prospective Observational Trial to Optimise Paediatric Health in Intrauterine Growth Restriction. BMJ Open. 2017;7(6):e015326.
Holmes VA, Hamill LL, Alderdice FA, Spence M, Harper R, Patterson CC, et al. Effect of implementation of a preconception counselling resource for women with diabetes: A population based study. Prim Care Diabetes. 2017;11(1):37-45.
Draffin CR, Alderdice FA, McCance DR, Maresh M, Harper R, Patterson CC, et al. Impact of an educational DVD on anxiety and glycaemic control in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): A randomised controlled trial. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2017;126:164-71.
Corbijn van Willenswaard K, Lynn F, McNeill J, McQueen K, Dennis CL, Lobel M, et al. Music interventions to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2017;17(1):271.
Bannon EM, Alderdice F, McNeills J. A review of midwifery leadership. British Journal of Midwifery. 2017;25(10):655-61.
Alderdice F, McNeill J, Gargan P, Perra O. Preliminary evaluation of the Well-being in Pregnancy (WiP) questionnaire. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2017;38(2):133-42.
Alderdice F. The experience of stillbirth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2017;35(2):105-7.
Symon A, Pringle J, Cheyne H, Downe S, Hundley V, Lee E, et al. Midwifery-led antenatal care models: mapping a systematic review to an evidence-based quality framework to identify key components and characteristics of care. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016;16(1):168.
Newham JJ, Allan C, Leahy-Warren P, Carrick-Sen D, Alderdice F. Intentions Toward Physical Activity and Resting Behavior in Pregnant Women: Using the Theory of Planned Behavior Framework in a Cross-Sectional Study. Birth. 2016;43(1):49-57.
McNeill J, Reid E, Lynn F, Smyth S, O'Dowd M, Alderdice F, et al. Reducing adverse psychological outcomes for parents of neonates-systematic review and meta analysis. Society of Infant and Reproductive Psychology Annual Confernece; 2016; Leeds, United Kingdom.
McNeill J, Alderdice F, Clarke M, Lasserson T, Beller E, Carroll M, et al. Innovative Use of Evidence to Enhance Impact: Systematic Review Evidence. What Works Global Summit; 2016; London, United Kingdom.
Levine TA, Alderdice FA, Grunau RE, McAuliffe FM. Prenatal stress and hemodynamics in pregnancy: a systematic review. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016;19(5):721-39.
Hughes C, Spence D, Alderice P, Gormley D. Pre-conception care for women with diabetes: A public health issue. British Journal of Midwifery. 2016;24(6):422-7.
Draffin CR, Alderdice FA, McCance DR, Maresh M, Harper Md Consultant Physician R, McSorley O, et al. Exploring the needs, concerns and knowledge of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes: A qualitative study. Midwifery. 2016;40:141-7.
Curran R, Alderdice F. Challenges to biopsychosocial approaches in reproductive and infant psychology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2016;34(2):107-9.
Alderdice F, Porter SW, Souza MdLd, Velloso BP, Brüggeman OM. POSTNATAL CARE IN BRAZIL: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem. 2016;25(4):e0040016.
Alderdice F, Newham J, Worobey J. Improving research reporting to avoid waste in psychological research. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2016;34(4):327-8.
Alderdice F, Newham J. Global maternal mental health: where you live matters. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2016;34(1):1-2.
Alderdice F, McNeill J, Lasserson T, Beller E, Carroll M, Hundley V, et al. Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane systematic reviews: the BRIEF randomised trial. Syst Rev. 2016;5:40.
Alderdice F, Hamiliton K, McNeill J, Curran R, Lynn F, Redshaw M. Birth NI: a survey of women's experience of maternity care in NI: School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast; 2016.
Alderdice F, de Lourdes de Souza M. Integrated reproductive health: the Zika virus. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2016;34(5):429-30.
Redshaw M, Alderdice F. Listening and talking to women: informing the research agenda and the research process. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2015;33(2):103-5.
Perra O, McGowan JE, Grunau RE, Doran JB, Craig S, Johnston L, et al. Parent ratings of child cognition and language compared with Bayley-III in preterm 3-year-olds. Early Hum Dev. 2015;91(3):211-6.
Lynn FA, Crealey GE, Alderdice FA, McElnay JC. Preferences for a third-trimester ultrasound scan in a low-risk obstetric population: a discrete choice experiment. Health Expect. 2015;18(5):892-903.
Levine TA, Grunau RE, McAuliffe FM, Pinnamaneni R, Foran A, Alderdice FA. Early childhood neurodevelopment after intrauterine growth restriction: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):126-41.
Gough A, McCance D, Alderdice F, Harper R, Holmes V. Preconception counselling resource for women with diabetes. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2015;4(1).
Gliga T, Alderdice F. New frontiers in fetal and infant psychology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2015;33(5):445-7.
Draffin C, Gough A, McCance D, Alderdice F, Maresh M, Patterson C, et al. The impact of an educational DVD on pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. 2015.
Corbijn van Willenswaard K, Lynn F, McNeill J, McQueen K, Dennis C-L, Lobel M, et al. A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions to reduce stress in pregnant women. 2015.
Alderdice F, Redshaw M. Preterm birth: what does psychology have to offer? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2015;33(1):1-3.