Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Lorraine McSweeney

Research Associate

Background

Summary

Having previously worked as a nursery nurse for several years in local authority nursery schools I decided to change careers to follow a lifelong interest in nutrition and health. I enroled as a mature student and graduated in BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of Abertay Dundee. Having enjoyed my time as a student I decided to continue in higher education and secured a FUSE  1+3 funded PhD studentship at Newcastle University.

My research interests are in obesity, behaviour change interventions and qualitative research. I am currently working as a post-doc research associate for the Early Years and Adolescence Programme of Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

My previous role was as a qualitative researcher on The NAtional Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA). A feasibility study to explore patient, clinician and GP decision making of acute recurrent tonsillitis.

My PhD was a mixed methods feasibilty study to determine which behaviour change strategies to improve diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviours in preschool children aged 3-5 years would be acceptable to nursery practitioners and parents.  

 

Education

PhD, Public Health Nutrition, Newcastle University

Thesis entitled: Prevention of obesity: exploring strategies for intervention in preschool

MSc, Health Sciences, Newcastle University

BSc (Hons), Food, Nutrition and Health, University of Abertay, Dundee

 

Employment

Present: Post-doc Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

2014-2015: Qualitative Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

2013-2014: Research Assistant, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

Senior Nursery Nurse, Park Place Nursery School, Dundee

 

Memberships

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

The Nutrition Society  

 

Awards

Best year student overall Abertay University, Dundee

Runner up: Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year award 2008

Research


Post-doc research associate for the Early Years and Adolescence Programme of Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

Qualitative researcher for The NAtional Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA). A feasibility study to explore patient, clinician and GP decision making of acute recurrent tonsillitis.

 My PhD was a mixed methods feasibilty study to determine which behaviour change strategies to improve diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviours in preschool children aged 3-5 years would be acceptable to nursery practitioners and parents

Publications