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.

 


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