Overall Vision

The Stirling Maternal Health Research Group, part of the Stirling Behavioural medicine Research group, is a group of multidisciplinary academics and researchers who all recognise that the pre-conception, antenatal and postnatal periods offer a unique opportunity to enhance the health and wellbeing of women, benefiting their current and future health. Our vision is to encourage and support women to engage in healthy lifestyles before, throughout and beyond their pregnancy. Our reseaech aims to develop robust, high quality research and knowledge of how to optimise maternal health behaviours.

Health psychology involvement in antenatal and postnatal care is relatively new and multidisciplinary working is essential to enable high quality, impactful research which is relevant to practice. Therefore, it is hoped that this website will act as a platform to welcome researchers and health professionals working in similar areas to get in contact to develop this area of research and maximise the impact it can have for women around the world.


Principal Investigator and Group Co-ordinator

Dr Sinead Currie


My research centres around the application of health psychology into maternity care.


Stirling Maternal Health Research Group

Kirsty Darwent

Public and Third Sector Non-Exec

Kirsty Darwent CPsychol, PhD, is a Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist with a particular interest in health contexts. Her current research interest is infant feeding but she is interested more widely in families and systems in health and wider public services.

Prof Pat Hoddinott

Chair in Primary Care

Pat Hoddinott is Chair in Primary Care at the University of Stirling, and works in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) Unit and across both Stirling and Inverness campuses.

Prof Helen Cheyne

Personal Chair, NMAHP Research

I am the Royal College of Midwives (Scotland) Professor of Midwifery and I am based in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

Andrea Sinesi

PhD Fellow

The development and initial validation of a screening scale for antenatal anxiety

Claire Eades

MSc Health Psychology

Epidemiology, Health Psychology, Behavioural Science

Marianne Macleod


Quantitative Social Research, Qualitative Social Research, Developmental Psychology

Catriona A Snodin

CSO Doctoral Training Fellow

Developing Asset-Based Approaches to Support Behaviour Change Among People During Times of Stress.

Julie McLellan

Health Psychology

Mrs Dawn Cameron


Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Science and Sport. Nurse and Midwife with current NMC and AHPRA registration

Nikoletta Komvoki

PhD Student

Provisional Thesis Title: "Achieving Seamless Services". To critically examine the impact of Scotland’s framework for children’s services upon the wellbeing of children in Scotland.

Dr Stephan U Dombrowski

Senior Lecturer

I am interested in the development, testing and application of behaviour change theory and interventions for health.

Dr Vivien Swanson


My research falls into 4 broad areas, all using health psychology models and theories with a broad social-cognitive focus. I am particularly interested in ‘testing’ theories which are often developed in an academic context, by putting them into practice in applied settings.


Internal Collaborators

A range of researchers at University of Stirling have interest in antenatal and postnatal health behaviours, including:

Dr Trish Gorely

Senior Lecturer

Trish's research interests are broadly in the area of psychological and behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health.

Dr Rachel Crockett


I have research interests around healthy eating,physical activityand understanding population level interventions to change health behaviours.

Prof Ronan O’Carroll


Ronan O'Carroll is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who is broadly interested in behaviour, health, disease and medicine. He is past President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.


External Collaborators

Below is a selection of our external collaborators who have been involved similar research. We welcome any new collaborators who may be interested in similar areas of research:

Dr Debbie Smith

Lecturer in Health Psychology

Debbie's main research interests are teenage pregnancy, pregnancy-related behavior change, pregnancy as a teachable moment, maternal obesity and the impact of socio-economic environment on health behaviours.

Dr Ellinor Olander

Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health

Ellinor is a health psychology researcher interested in theory, behaviour change during and after birth and issues related to maternal obesity. She has worked on several evaluations of NHS funded weight management services for pregnant and postnatal women using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Briony Hill

School of Psychology

Prof Helen Skouteris

Associate Head Of School

Prof Marie Murphy


Marie’s research interests include the role of exercise, in particular walking, on health.

Prof Marlene Sinclair:


Marlene Sinclair is Professor of Midwifery Research, Editor and founder of the Royal College of Midwives, Evidence Based Midwifery Journal and President and founder of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society.

Dr Dianne Liddle

Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health

Dr Liddle originally graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class honours degree in Sports Science in 1994

Dr Rhona McInnes

Senior Lecturer

I am a qualified midwife and have clinical experience based in the UK and overseas.


Plesae contact us to discuss collaboration.