Fiona Alderdice

Professor Fiona Alderdice BSSc, PhD


Senior Social Scientist

Research psychologist working in the area of perinatal psychological wellbeing



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.


  1.  Alderdice, F, McNeill J, Gargan, P, Perra, O. 2017, 'Preliminary evaluation of the Well-being in Pregnancy (WiP) Questionnaire' Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology. DOI: 10.1080/0167482X.2017.1285898
  2. GDM DVD study group 2017, 'Impact of an educational DVD on anxiety and glycaemic control in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): a randomised controlled trial' Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 126, pp. 164-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2017.02.016In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Vol. 126, 04.2017, p. 164-171.
  3. Holmes, VA Hamill, LL, Alderdice F, Spence M, Harper, R, Patterson CC, Loughridge, S, McKenna, S, Gough A & McCance, DR 2017, 'Effect of implementation of a preconception counselling resource for women with diabetes: A population based study' Primary Care Diabetes, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 37-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcd.2016.07.005
  4. Symon, A, Pringle, J, Downe, S, Hundley, V, Lee, E, Lynn, F, McFadden, A, McNeill J, Renfrew, MJ, Ross-Davie, M, van Teijlingen, E, Whitford, H & Alderdice F 2017, 'Antenatal care trial interventions: a systematic scoping review and taxonomy development of care models' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 17, no. 8, 8. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-1186-3
  5. Alderdice F 2017, 'The experience of stillbirth' Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, pp. 1-3. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2016.1267010
  6. Alderdice F, Porter, SW, de Souza, MDL, Velloso, BP & Brüggeman, OM 2016, 'Cuidado post-natal en Brasil: Oportunidades y desafíos' Texto e Contexto Enfermagem, vol 25, no. 4, e0040016. DOI: 10.1590/0104-07072016000040016
  7. Levine, TA, Alderdice FGrunau, RE & McAuliffe, FM 2016, 'Prenatal stress and hemodynamics in pregnancy: a systematic review' Archives of Women's Mental Health, vol 19, no. 5, pp. 721-739. DOI: 10.1007/s00737-016-0645-1
  8. Alderdice F, McNeill J, Lasserson T, Beller E, Carroll M, Hundley V, Sunderland, J, Devane D, Noyes J, Key S, Norris S, Wyn-Davies, J, Clarke M. 2016 Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane systematic reviews: the BRIEF randomised trial. Systematic Reviews. Vol 5 40 DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0214-8.
  9. Symon, A, Pringle, J, Cheyne, H, Downe, S, Hundley, V, Lee, E,, Lynn F McFadden, A, McNeill J Renfrew, MJ, Ross-Davie, M, van Teijlingen, E, Whitford, H & Alderdice F 2016, '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 and Childbirth, vol 16, no. 168. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-0944-6
  10. Newham J, Allan C, Leahy-Warren P, Carrick-Sen D, Alderdice F. 2016 Intentions towards physical activity and resting behavior in pregnant women: using the theory of planned behavior framework in a cross-sectional study. Birth-Issues in perinatal care. Vol 43 no. 1 49-57.
  11. Draffin, CR, Alderdice F, McCance, DR, Maresh, M, Harper, R, McSorley O & HOlmes VA, 2016, 'Exploring the needs, concerns and knowledge of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes: A qualitative study' Midwifery: an international journal. DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.06.019
  12. Alderdice F, Newham J. 2016 Global maternal mental health: where you live matters. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology vol 34 no 1 1-2.
  13. Curran R, Alderdice F . 2016 Challenges of biopsychosocial approaches in reproductive and infant psychology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. Vol 34 no. 2 107-109.
  14. Hughes C, Spence D, Alderdice F, Gormley K. 2016 Pre-conceptual care for women with diabetes: A public health issue. British Journal of Midwifery. Vol no. 24 6 422-427.
  15. Alderdice F, Newham, J & Worobey, J 2016, 'Improving research reporting to avoid waste in psychological research' Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 327-328. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2016.1207894