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Dr Gracia Fellmeth DPhil MBBS MSc BSc FFPH

NDPH Clinical Research Fellow


Gracia Fellmeth is an NDPH Clinical Research Fellow based in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU).

Gracia studied medicine and medical anthropology at University College London. After completing foundation training in clinical medicine, she undertook an MSc Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine followed by specialist training in Public Health in Oxford.

In 2018, Gracia obtained a DPhil in Population Health at the Nuffield Department of Population Health focusing on perinatal depression among migrant and refugee women on the Thai-Myanmar border. She currently holds a Clinical Fellowship from NDPH for research into perinatal depression and anxiety in women in India, working as part of the NPEU Maternal and Perinatal Health Research Collaboration, India (MaatHRI).


  • Fellmeth G, Rose-Clarke K, Zhao C, Busert LK, Zheng Y, Massazza A, Sonmez H, Eder B, Blewitt A, Lertgrai W, Orcutt M, Ricci K, Mohamed-Ahmed O, Burns R, Knipe D, Hargreaves S, Hesketh T, Opondo C, Devakumar D. Health impacts of parental migration on left-behind children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2018;10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32558-3.
  • Nair M, Fellmeth G. Current efforts in medical education to incorporate national health priorities. Medical Education. 2018;52(1):24-33.
  • 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. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2019;251:8-14.
  • Fellmeth G, Plugge E, Fazel M, Nosten S, Oo May M, Pimanpanarak M, Phichitpadungtham Y, Fitzpatrick R, McGready R. Perinatal depression in migrant and refugee women on the Thai–Myanmar border: does social support matter? Phil Trans R Soc B. 2021;376:20200030.
  • 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.
  • 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, Nosten S, Khirikoekkong N, Oo MM, Gilder ME, Plugge E, Fazel M, Fitzpatrick R, McGready R. Suicidal ideation in the perinatal period: findings from the Thailand–Myanmar border. Journal of Public Health (Oxf). 2021;10.1093/pubmed/fdab297.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fellmeth G, Kanwar P, Sharma D, Chawla K, DasGupta N, Chhajed S, Chandrakant, Jose EC, Thakur A, Gupta V, Bharti OK, Singh S, Desai G, Thippeswamy H, Kurinczuk JJ, Chandra P, Nair M, Verma A, Kishore MT, Alderdice F. Women's awareness of perinatal mental health conditions and the acceptability of being asked about mental health in two regions in India: a qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry. 2023;23(1):829.
  • 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.
  • 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;15:100654.
  • Stevenson K, Ogunlana K, Edwards S, Henderson WG, Rayment-Jones H, McGranahan M, Marti-Castaner M, Fellmeth G, Lucenski S, Stevenson FA, Knight M, Aldridge RW. Interventions to improve perinatal outcomes among migrant women in high-income countries: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2023;13(8):e072090.

Yarlagadda S, Iyer S. Epidemiology of community-onset Clostridium difficile infection in a community in the South of England. J Infect Public Health 2010; 3(3):118-23.Fellmeth G, Epidemiol Infect 2012; 140(5): 788-97. doi: 10.1017/S0950268811001312.

Mou J, Fellmeth G, Griffiths S, Dawes M, Cheng J. Tobacco Smoking Among Migrant Factory Workers in Shenzhen, China. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2013 Jan; 15(1):69-76. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts085.

Fellmeth G. The other side. British Journal of General Practice 2012; 62(597): 207. doi: 10.3399/bjgp12X636173.

Fellmeth G, Heffernan C, Nurse J, Habibula S, Sethi D. Educational and skills-based interventions for preventing relationship and dating violence in adolescents and young adults (review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 6.

Fellmeth G. Learning from ward number six. British Journal of General Practice 2014; 64(619): 91. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X677194.

Fellmeth G, Plugge E, Moo KP, Charunwatthana P, Nosten F, McGready R. Pregnant migrant and refugee women's perceptions of mental illness on the Thai-Myanmar border: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 Apr 15; 15:93.

Fellmeth G, Paw MK, Wiladphaingern J, Charunwatthana P, Nosten FH, McGready R. Maternal suicide risk among refugees and migrants. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2016 Aug; 134(2): 223-4.

Fellmeth G, Fazel M, Plugge M. Migration and perinatal mental health in women from low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG. 2017; 124(5): 742-752.

Fellmeth G, Oo MM, Lay B, McGready R. Paired suicide in a young refugee couple on the Thai-Myanmar border. BMJ Case Rep. 2016; Sep 15. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-215527.

Ing H, Fellmeth G, White J, Stein A, Simpson JA, McGready R. Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) on the Thai-Myanmar border. Tropical Doctor 2017. doi: 10.1177/0049475517717635.

Nair M, Fellmeth G. Current efforts in medical education to incorporate national health priorities. Medical Education 2017. doi: 10.1111/medu.13395.