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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 Postdoctoral Researcher on a
European funded project called the "Hospitals and faculties together for prosperous and scientific based healthcare/ProCare" project, whose lead partner is the Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care in Slovenia. The aim of the ProCare project is to gain an insight into shared understandings, experiences and perceptions of developing research capacity and capability among nurses through building collaborative partnerships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and hospitals. 

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

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;
(2018) Effect of Financial Incentives on Breastfeeding: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial.
In Jama Pediatrics;
DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4523

2018

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.
(2018) Valuing Breastfeeding: Health Care Professionals' Experiences of Delivering a Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme for Breastfeeding in Areas With Low Breastfeeding Rates
In Sage Open;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018776367

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;
(2018) Valuing breastfeeding: a qualitative study of women's experiences of a financial incentive scheme for breastfeeding.
In Bmc Pregnancy And Childbirth;
DOI: 10.1186/s12884-017-1651-7

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;
(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.
In BMJ open;
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010158

2015

Breast-feeding support in Ireland: a qualitative study of health-care professionals' and women's views.
Whelan B;Kearney JM;
(2015) Breast-feeding support in Ireland: a qualitative study of health-care professionals' and women's views.
In Public Health Nutrition;
DOI: 10.1017/S1368980014002626

2015

Encouraging breastfeeding: financial incentives.
Whitford H;Whelan B;van Cleemput P;Thomas K;Renfrew M;Strong M;Scott E;Relton C;
(2015) Encouraging breastfeeding: financial incentives.
In The Practising Midwife;

2014

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.
(2014) Are financial incentives for breastfeeding feasible in the UK? A mixed methods field study. [Conference Abstract]
In Lancet;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62131-0

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;
(2014) Healthcare providers' views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study.
In Bmc Pregnancy And Childbirth;
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-355

2013

Views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study [Conference Abstract]
Whelan, B; Van Cleemput, P; Strong, M; Relton, C.
(2013) Views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study [Conference Abstract]
In Lancet;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62528-3

2009

Barriers to promoting and supporting breast-feeding amongst health professionals in North Dublin
Whelan, B; Kearney, JM.
(2009) Barriers to promoting and supporting breast-feeding amongst health professionals in North Dublin
In Proceedings Of The Nutrition Society;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665109990784

Other Journals

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.
(2017) Evaluating the effects of financial incentives to support first-time young mothers to breastfeed
In Journal of Health Visiting; pp. 606-610

2011

What primary health professionals need to promote breastfeeding
Whelan, B; Mc Evoy, S; Eldin, N; Kearney, JM
(2011) What primary health professionals need to promote breastfeeding
In Practice Nursing; pp. 35-39

2010

Promoting Breastfeeding Through Drama: A Preliminary Stud
Whelan, B; Kearney, JM.
(2010) Promoting Breastfeeding Through Drama: A Preliminary Stud
In Nutrition and Food Science; pp. 330-339

Conference Contributions

2013

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 9th Annual Scientific Meeting
Whelan, B
(2013) UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 9th Annual Scientific Meeting
Oxford University

2010

Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland Annual Conference
Whelan, B.
(2010) Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland Annual Conference
Maynooth