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.
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