Professor Fiona Alderdice BSSc, PhD

Senior Social Scientist


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, 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.