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.
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.
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
What primary health professionals need to promote breastfeeding
Whelan, B; Mc Evoy, S; Eldin, N; Kearney, JM
Promoting Breastfeeding Through Drama: A Preliminary Stud
Whelan, B; Kearney, JM.
Nutrition and Food Science
Peer Reviewed Journal
Valuing Breastfeeding: Health Care Professionals' Experiences of Delivering a Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme for Breastfeeding in Areas With Low Breastfeeding Rates
Whelan, B; Relton, C; Johnson, M; Strong, M; Thomas, K; Umney, D; Renfrew, M.
Sage Open DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018776367
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
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
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
Breast-feeding support in Ireland: a qualitative study of health-care professionals' and women's views.
Whelan B;Kearney JM;
Public Health Nutrition DOI: 10.1017/S1368980014002626
Encouraging breastfeeding: financial incentives.
Whitford H;Whelan B;van Cleemput P;Thomas K;Renfrew M;Strong M;Scott E;Relton C;
The Practising Midwife
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
Are financial incentives for breastfeeding feasible in the UK? A mixed methods field study. [Conference Abstract]
Relton, C; Whelan, B; Strong, M; Thomas, K; Scott, E; Van Cleemput, P.
Lancet DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62131-0
Views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study [Conference Abstract]
Whelan, B; Van Cleemput, P; Strong, M; Relton, C.
Lancet DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62528-3
Barriers to promoting and supporting breast-feeding amongst health professionals in North Dublin
Whelan, B; Kearney, JM.
Proceedings Of The Nutrition Society DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665109990784