Dr Suzanne McDonald
Research Associate (Specialist Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service)
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- Personal Website: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Suzanne_McDonald
- Address: Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (www.hcpc-uk.org; registration number: PYL 34149)
In my main role I am a specialist advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service (North East): http://rds-ne.nihr.ac.uk. This involves providing advice to clinicians and academic staff wishing to apply for national peer-reviewed funding for health and social care research on aspects related to health psychology and methodology. I also conduct my own research (see research tab).
Twitter profile: http://twitter.com/suzannem5
- PhD Medical Sciences (health psychology), Newcastle University (Sept 2011-March 2016)
- MSc Health Psychology; Northumbria University, England (Sept 2012 - June 2013)
- MSc Public Health & Health Services Research; Newcastle University, England (Sept 2010 - Sept 2011)
- MRes Psychology; University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Sept 2009 - Sept 2010)
- MA Psychology(Hons); University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Sept 2005 - June 2009)
- MRC funded 1+3 PhD studentship (Sept 2010 - March 2016). The PhD was embedded within the LiveWell programme (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/livewell/) which was a multi-discplinary research programme aiming to develop and pilot a pragmatic suite of behavioural interventions to promote health and well-being in people entering retirement. The LiveWell project was funded by the MRC under the Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative (http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/initiatives/lifelong-health-wellbeing/).
- Honorary Assistant Psychologist, NHS Lothian. Research, audit and service evaluation for the Plastic-led Psychology Service and the Scottish Ear Reconstruction Service (January 2012- December 2014).
- Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk)
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology (http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/division-health-psychology)
- Affiliate member of the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology (http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/division-clinical-psychology)
- Member of the European Health Psychology Society (http://www.ehps.net/)
- Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Executive Committee (http://www.uksbm.org.uk/)
- Associate member of FUSE: The centre for translational research (http://www.fuse.ac.uk/)
- Member of the Newcastle Health Psychology Research Group (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/healthpsychology/)
My main research interests are related to the use of N-of-1 methods in health psychology and behavioural medicine. Specifically, the use of n-of-1 methods to:
- Understand intra-individual variation and predictors of health-related behaviour (e.g. physical activity, medication adherence, smoking) and symptoms (e.g. pain and fatigue)
- Identify individual response to health behaviour change interventions
- Optimise and personalise health interventions to individuals
- Test behavioural theory
- Combine n-of-1 designs with advances in technology and novel intervention designs (e.g. just-in-time adaptive interventions)
- Incorporate participant-centred outcomes into n-of-1 research
- Co-create knowledge in collaboration with n-of-1 stakeholders
Other research interests include: the development and use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) and patient centred outcomes; multiple behaviour change; the psychological and behaviour aspects associated with surgical interventions including weight loss surgery, breast reconstruction, ear reconstruction and face transplantation surgery.
- Invited guest lecturer for the MSc in Health Psychology, King's College London (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Invited guest lecturer for the MSc Health in Psychology, Northumbria University (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Invited guest lecturer for the MSc in Health Psychology, Stirling University (2016, 2017)
- Invited guest lecturer for the MSc in Health Psychology, Newcastle University (2016)
- Hickey A, Newham J, Slawinska M, Kwasnicka D, McDonald S, Del Din S, Sniehotta F, Davis P, Godfrey A. Estimating cut points: a simple method for new wearables. Maturitas 2016, 83, 78-82.
- McDonald S, Araujo-Soares V, Sniehotta FF. N-of-1 Randomised Controlled Trials in health psychology and behavioural medicine: A commentary on Nyman et al., 2016. Psychology & Health 2016, 31(3), 331-333.
- McDonald S, Davidson K. Using N-of-1 methods to study or change health-related behaviour: A symposium summary. European Health Psychologist 2016, 18(1), 38-42.
- McDonald S, O'Brien N, White M, Sniehotta FF. Changes in physical activity during the retirement transition: a theory-based, qualitative interview study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015, 12, 25.
- O'Brien N, McDonald S, Araújo-Soares V, Lara J, Errington L, Godfrey A, Mathers JC, Meyer TD, Rochester L, White M, Sniehotta FF. The features of interventions associated with long-term effectiveness of physical activity interventions in adults aged 55 to 70 years: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review 2015, 9(4), 417-433.
- McDonald S. Service user evaluation of the Scottish Ear Reconstruction Service 2014. NHS Lothian, 2014.
- McDonald S, Davis EL. Lots in the health psychology mix: A review of the Division of Health Psychology annual conference 2013. 2013. The Psychologist.
- Sniehotta FF, Dombrowski SU, Avenell A, Johnston M, McDonald S, Murchie P, Ramsay CR, Robertson K, Araujo-Soares V. Randomised Controlled Feasibility Trial of an Evidence-Informed Behavioural Intervention for Obese Adults with Additional Risk Factors. PLoS One 2011, 6(8), e23040.
- Vieira R, McDonald S, Araujo-Soares V, Sniehotta FF, Henderson R. Dynamic modelling of n-of-1 data: Powerful and flexible data analytics applied to individualised studies. Health Psychology Review 2017, 11(3), 222-234.
- Darragh L, Robb A, Hardie CM, McDonald S, Valand P, O'Donogue JM. Reducing implant loss rates in immediate breast reconstructions. Breast 2017, 31, 208-213.
- McDonald S, Quinn F, Vieira R, O'Brien N, White M, Johnston DW, Sniehotta FF. The state of the art and future opportunities for using longitudinal n-of-1 methods in health behaviour research: a systematic literature overview. Health Psychology Review 2017, 25, epub ahead of print.