Miss Catherine Nixon

  • Investigator Scientist (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

telephone: 01413537500
email: Catherine.Nixon@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Catherine graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience and Psychology from Keele University. She went on to do an MSc in Social Science Research and a PhD in Social and Public Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Catherine joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2007 as a research assistant, working on the multicentre external evaluation of the national sexual health demonstration project: Healthy Respect phase 2. This piece of work involved the collection and analysis of quantitative sexual health data from adolescents aged 15-16 and led to Catherine becoming interested in health inequalities and how these might be remedied using public and social care policy.
 
In 2009, Catherine secured funding from the Chief Scientists Office for Scotland to undertake a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research. This project, which formed the basis of Catherine’s PhD, used qualitative interviews to explore how discussions about sexual health and relationships are undertaken within local authority care placements.

In 2013, Catherine began working as an Investigator Scientist on the THRIVE trial. This three-arm randomised controlled trial compares the effectiveness of two antenatal interventions (Mellow Bumps and Enhanced Triple P for Baby) with the routine care experienced by women who are identified as vulnerable in pregnancy. In particular, the study aims to assess whether antenatal interventions can improve maternal mental health and well-being; improve mother-infant bonding and interaction; reduce child maltreatment; and, improve child language acquisition.

Catherine’s research interests include: sexual health and relationships education; parenting interventions; social inequalities; looked after children and young people; hard-to-reach and hidden populations; quantitative methods; and qualitative methods.


Research interests

Catherine graduated from Keele University (2004) with dual honours in Neuroscience and Psychology before going on to complete an MSc in Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow. She joined the MRC in 2007 to work on the multicentre external evaluation of the national sexual health demonstration project: Healthy Respect phase 2. This piece of work involved the collection and analysis of quantitative sexual health data from adolescents aged 15-16 and led to Catherine becoming interested in health inequalities and how these might be remedied using public and social care policy. In 2009, Catherine secured funding from the Chief Scientists Office for Scotland to undertake a pre-doctoral fellowship in health services and health of the public research. The project, supervised by Dr. Marion Henderson (MRC) and Prof. Lawrie Elliott (Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research, Napier University), used qualitative interviews to explore how looked after and acommodated young people and the adults caring for them communicate about sexual health and relationships within. The findings of this study will form the basis of Catherine’s PhD thesis.
In February 2013, Catherine began working as an Investigator Scientist on the THRIVE trial. This three-arm randomised controlled trial will compare the effectiveness of two antenatal interventions (Mellow Bumps and Enhanced Triple P for Baby) with the routine care experienced by women who are identified as vulnerable in pregnancy. In particular, the study aims to assess whether antenatal interventions can improve maternal mental health and well-being; improve mother-infant bonding and interaction; reduce child maltreatment; and, improve child language acquisition.

 


Publications

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2019

Henderson, M. , Nixon, C., McKee, M. J., Smith, D., Wight, D. and Elliott, L. (2019) Poly-substance use and sexual risk behaviours: a cross-sectional comparison of adolescents in mainstream and alternative education settings. BMC Public Health, 19, 564. (doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6892-0) (PMID:31088403)

Nixon, C., Elliott, L. and Henderson, M. (2019) Providing sex and relationships education for looked after children: a qualitative exploration of how personal and institutional factors promote or limit the experience of role ambiguity conflict and overload among caregivers. BMJ Open, 9, e025075. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025075) (PMID:30975674)

2013

Elliott, L., Henderson, M. , Nixon, C. and Wight, D. (2013) Has untargeted sexual health promotion for young people reached its limit? A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67(5), pp. 398-404. (doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201034)

2011

Henderson, M. , Smith, D., Elliott, L., Nixon, C. and Wight, D. (2011) Vulnerable Young People in Alternative Education Settings: Their Sexual Health Needs, Experience and Use of Sex Education and Sexual Health Services. Technical Report. Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, UK.

Parkes, A. , Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2011) Is parenting associated with teenagers’ early sexual risk-taking, autonomy and relationship with sexual partners? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 43(1), pp. 30-40. (doi:10.1363/4303011)

2010

Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2010) Evaluation of Healthy Respect phase 2: Final Report. Other. NHS Health Scotland.

Henderson, M. , Wight, D. , Nixon, C. and Hart, G. (2010) Retaining young people in a longitudinal sexual health survey: a trial of strategies to maintain participation. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 10, p. 9. (doi:10.1186/1471-2288-10-9)

2008

Parkes, A. , Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2008) Evaluation of Healthy Respect Phase Two: Interim Report. Other. NHS Health Scotland.

This list was generated on Sun May 26 22:35:53 2019 BST.
Number of items: 8.

Articles

Henderson, M. , Nixon, C., McKee, M. J., Smith, D., Wight, D. and Elliott, L. (2019) Poly-substance use and sexual risk behaviours: a cross-sectional comparison of adolescents in mainstream and alternative education settings. BMC Public Health, 19, 564. (doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6892-0) (PMID:31088403)

Nixon, C., Elliott, L. and Henderson, M. (2019) Providing sex and relationships education for looked after children: a qualitative exploration of how personal and institutional factors promote or limit the experience of role ambiguity conflict and overload among caregivers. BMJ Open, 9, e025075. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025075) (PMID:30975674)

Elliott, L., Henderson, M. , Nixon, C. and Wight, D. (2013) Has untargeted sexual health promotion for young people reached its limit? A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67(5), pp. 398-404. (doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201034)

Parkes, A. , Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2011) Is parenting associated with teenagers’ early sexual risk-taking, autonomy and relationship with sexual partners? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 43(1), pp. 30-40. (doi:10.1363/4303011)

Henderson, M. , Wight, D. , Nixon, C. and Hart, G. (2010) Retaining young people in a longitudinal sexual health survey: a trial of strategies to maintain participation. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 10, p. 9. (doi:10.1186/1471-2288-10-9)

Research Reports or Papers

Henderson, M. , Smith, D., Elliott, L., Nixon, C. and Wight, D. (2011) Vulnerable Young People in Alternative Education Settings: Their Sexual Health Needs, Experience and Use of Sex Education and Sexual Health Services. Technical Report. Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, UK.

Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2010) Evaluation of Healthy Respect phase 2: Final Report. Other. NHS Health Scotland.

Parkes, A. , Henderson, M. , Wight, D. and Nixon, C. (2008) Evaluation of Healthy Respect Phase Two: Interim Report. Other. NHS Health Scotland.

This list was generated on Sun May 26 22:35:53 2019 BST.