Marlene Sinclair

Professor

  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 1328 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
19982020

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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 received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Midwifery Research in 2019 and the the All Ireland Maternity and Midwifery  Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Maternity and Midwifery Services in 2020.

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 26 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 most recent funding includes an ESRC grant for 1.95m Birth across Borders and DoH Island of Ireland Cardiac Network Project (2020). Her personal funding record is over £2m. 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

Award Date: 30 Mar 2018

PhD, Queen’s University Belfast

1 Sep 199530 Jun 1999

Award Date: 7 Dec 1999

Master, Queen’s University Belfast

1 Sep 199130 Jun 1993

Award Date: 14 Dec 1993

External positions

Panel member, Ser Cymru

1 Jul 201528 Mar 2018

Chair, RCM Research Standing Committee

30 May 20151 Jul 2054

Vice Chair, RCM Education and Research Committee

14 Jul 201128 Jun 2014

panel member, REF 2014

14 Jan 20111 Jan 2014

panel member, RCOG Wellbeing of Women

1 Jul 200930 Jun 2012

Council Member, Royal College of Midwives Council

1 Jul 20081 Jun 2013

President, Doctoral Midwifery Research Society

1 Jul 2007 → …

panel member, Royal College of Midwives Normal Birth Campaign

1 Mar 200628 Mar 2012

lead Midwife for Education, NMC

1 Jul 2004 → …

Editor, RCM Evidence Based Midwifery

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

Breastfeeding, Motivation and Culture: an exploration of maternal influences within midwife-led instruction in an Asian setting

Dornan, L., Sinclair, M., Kernohan, W. G., Chaloumsuk, N. & Suppasan, P., 31 Mar 2020, In : Evidence Based Midwifery. 30, 1, p. 11- 19 9 p., 30:1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • ConnectEpeople: A social-media-based forum for co-production research

    Sinclair, M., Mc Cullough, J., Elliott, D., Latos-Bielenska, A., Páramo-Rodríguez, L., João Santos, A., Jamry-Dziurla, A., Cavero-Carbonell, C. & Braz, P., 4 Mar 2020, Trinity Health and Education Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Exploring the effects of antenatal reflexology on pregnancy and labour outcomes: An experimental study

    Mc Cullough, J., Sinclair, M., Close, C., Hughes, C. & Liddle, S. D., 5 Mar 2020, Trinity Health and Education Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • OptiBIRTH: A cluster randomised trial of a complex intervention to increase vaginal birth after caesarean section

    MIKE, CLARKE., Devane, D., Gross, M. M., morano, S., lungden, I., Sinclair, M., Putman, K., Beech, B., Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., Nieuwenhuijze, M., Wiseman, H., Smith, V., Daly, D., Savage, G., Newell, J., Simpkin, A., Grylka-Bawschlin, S., Healy, P., Nicoletti, J., Lalor, J. & 6 others, Carroll, M., van Limbeek, E., Nilsson, C., Stockdale, D., Fobelets, M. & Begley, C., 6 Mar 2020, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 20, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 143 (2020).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Social worker and midwife decision making regarding child protection risk and the unborn baby: qualitative study

    Mc Elhinney, H., Sinclair, M. & Taylor, B., 3 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Child Abuse Review.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Lifettime Achievement Award

    Sinclair, Marlene (Recipient), 13 Feb 2019

    Prize: Honorary award