Marlene Sinclair

Professor

  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 1055 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
19982019
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Personal profile

Biography

Prof Marlene Sinclair holds the first personal chair for midwifery research in the island of Ireland and is the Head of research at the Maternal Fetal and Infant Research Centre at the Institute of Nursing Research. She is a registered midwife and nurse with almost 30 years of research experience including management of over 30 research projects, 250 published outputs (includes 78 peer-reviewed research papers) completion of 24 PhDs and current supervision of 8 PhDs.  She has examined 14 PhDs in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Johannesburg and was returned in the RAE 2008 and REF 2014. She was a panel member for the government led, UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and has extensive experience of peer- reviewing research proposals for the NIHR, NI R&D, RCOG/WoW/ RCM and the HTA. She has been a successful collaborator in obtaining over €15m in research funding and four of these partnership projects have received European Union funding: EUROlinkCAT (€8.200,000) OptiBirth (€2,999,546), EUROmediCAT (€2, 996, 100) and a recent information technology project mHealth4Africa ICT-39 Horizon2020 for €1,999,995. Her personal funding record is over £2,800,000 (including £2,000,000 since appointment at Ulster). In addition, Professor Sinclair established the International Doctoral Midwifery Research Society with funding from the Northern Ireland Research & Development Office. This research forum acts as a major platform for support and dissemination of research findings. She is the founder and editor of the Royal College of Midwives Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, distributed to almost 40,000 midwives. Her research interests are focused on judicious use of healthcare technologies, social media and information technology, antenatal education, medications and alcohol in pregnancy, maternal mental health and wellbeing including EMDR, obesity, infant feeding, epigenetics and the design and evaluation of complex healthcare interventions. She has extensive project management experience with specific methodological expertise in applied ARCS theory and online research data collection approaches. She is currently involved in two data linkage studies with the HBS exploring birth outcomes for mothers with GDM and those with complex healthcare needs and in particular, those with heart conditions. She has completed specific training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training Part 1 (2017) and Part 2 (2018) and is the first midwife and researcher in the UK to have achieved this level of training. In December 2018, Marlene was invited to be a member of an expert group at GIST on trauma management and contributed to the design of a programme to develop a cadre of, frontline non-therapist professional and paraprofessionals to deliver AIP-informed interventions to relieve traumatic stress in low and middle-income countries.   

Education/Academic qualification

30 Sep 201730 Mar 2018

PhD, Queen’s University Belfast

1 Sep 199530 Jun 1999

Master, Queen’s University Belfast

1 Sep 199130 Jun 1993

External positions

Panel member

1 Jul 201528 Mar 2018

Chair

30 May 20151 Jul 2054

Vice Chair

14 Jul 201128 Jun 2014

panel member

14 Jan 20111 Jan 2014

panel member

1 Jul 200930 Jun 2012

Council Member

1 Jul 20081 Jun 2013

President

1 Jul 2007 → …

panel member

1 Mar 200628 Mar 2012

lead Midwife for Education

1 Jul 2004 → …

Editor

1 Jun 2003 → …

Keywords

  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • midwifery, antenatal education, birth, technology, breastfeeding, mental health, congential anomalies, medications in pregnancy, exercise in pregnancy, obesity, technology and childbirth, VBAC, pregnancy loss

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Research Output 1998 2019

A Systematic Review Investigating if Genetic or Epigenetic Markers are Associated with Postnatal Depression

Elwood, J., Murray, E., Bell, A., Sinclair, M., Kernohan, W. G. & Stockdale, J., 15 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 253, p. 51-62 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Postpartum Depression
Epigenomics
Genotype
Genes
Literature

ConnectEpeople: A social-media-based study exploring research priorities of parents who have children with Down Syndrome, Cleft Lip with or without cleft Palate, Congenital Heart Defects and Spina Bifida

Sinclair, M., Mc Cullough, J., david, E., anna, L., paula, B., clara, C., Jamry-Dziurla, A., João Santos, A. & Páramo-Rodríguez, L., 30 Sep 2019, In : JMIR.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Social Media
Spinal Dysraphism
Congenital Heart Defects
Cleft Lip
Cleft Palate

Contextual Partnerships and Governance for Maternal and Infant Health Research in Myanmar

Kernohan, W. G., Sinclair, M., Mc Coy, J., Dornan, L., Chaloumsuk, N., Diyunugala, T., Nest, S., Gibbons, D. & Ryan, M., 3 Apr 2019, 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
File
baby
Pregnant Women
Decision Making
Bibliographic Databases
psychosocial care
Open Access
Drug Monitoring
Saliva
Newborn Infant
Primidone
Busulfan

Prizes

Lifettime Achievement Award

Marlene Sinclair (Recipient), 13 Feb 2019

Prize: Honorary award