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Dr. Barbara Whelan

Biography

PhD, Technological University Dublin
MSc Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton
BSc Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Barbara's principal research interests lie in the area of public health in particular infant and maternal health. She has experience investigating cultural and societal influences on infant feeding. She has conducted research on innovative projects which have aimed to raise awareness of breastfeeding and ultimately improve rates through drama and financial incentives. She has skills in qualitative research and process and context evaluation of complex interventions.

Barbara is currently working as a Research Assistant on a project
to develop a psychological intervention for patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Research Interests

Barbara's principal research interests lie in the area of public health in particular infant and maternal health. She has experience investigating cultural and societal influences on infant feeding. She has conducted research on innovative projects which have aimed to raise awareness of breastfeeding and ultimately improve rates through drama and financial incentives.

Publications

Conference Contribution

Other Journal

2017

Evaluating the effects of financial incentives to support first-time young mothers to breastfeed
Relton, C; Thomas, K; Whelan, B; Scott, E; Johnson, M; Burrows, J.
Journal of Health Visiting

2011

What primary health professionals need to promote breastfeeding
Whelan, B; Mc Evoy, S; Eldin, N; Kearney, JM
Practice Nursing

2010

Promoting Breastfeeding Through Drama: A Preliminary Stud
Whelan, B; Kearney, JM.
Nutrition and Food Science

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

Valuing breastfeeding: a qualitative study of women's experiences of a financial incentive scheme for breastfeeding.
Johnson M;Whelan B;Relton C;Thomas K;Strong M;Scott E;Renfrew MJ;
Bmc Pregnancy And Childbirth DOI: 10.1186/s12884-017-1651-7

2018

Effect of Financial Incentives on Breastfeeding: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial.
Relton C;Strong M;Thomas KJ;Whelan B;Walters SJ;Burrows J;Scott E;Viksveen P;Johnson M;Baston H;Fox-Rushby J;Anokye N;Umney D;Renfrew MJ;
Jama Pediatrics DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4523

2016

Cluster randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive for mothers to improve breast feeding in areas with low breastfeeding rates: the NOSH study protocol.
Relton C;Strong M;Renfrew MJ;Thomas K;Burrows J;Whelan B;Whitford HM;Scott E;Fox-Rushby J;Anoyke N;Sanghera S;Johnson M;Easton S;Walters S;
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010158

2015

Encouraging breastfeeding: financial incentives.
Whitford H;Whelan B;van Cleemput P;Thomas K;Renfrew M;Strong M;Scott E;Relton C;
The Practising Midwife

2014

Healthcare providers' views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study.
Whelan B;Thomas KJ;Van Cleemput P;Whitford H;Strong M;Renfrew MJ;Scott E;Relton C;
Bmc Pregnancy And Childbirth DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-355