Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Lynn Barron-Millar

Research Associate


I am a mixed methods researcher with interests in global mental health, quality of life, digital health and healthy ageing. I currently hold posts within the Evidence Synthesis team and Academic Psychiatry. 

I joined the Evidence Synthesis Team in October 2017 following my first Research Associate post in Ageing & Primary Care.  The majority of my work in Evidence Synthesis focuses on Cochrane Reviews. In Academic Psychiatry I am responsible for the management of several projects around patient experience of mental health disorders and outcomes measures to measure quality of life in response to interventions for these disorders.

Prior to this I completed my PhD in healthy ageing and mortality risk here at Newcastle following two years as a Research Assistant working on quality of life and neuropsychological function in mental health disorders.

Area of expertise 

  • Global mental health
  • Healthy ageing
  • Quality of life
  • Digital health
  • Evidence synthesis
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Current projects

  • Global Challenges - Mental Health Academy Network - working with a multidisciplinary group of clinical-academics from countries which differ in economic status to build a sustainable global mental health research community and facilitate joint working to tackle impact of mental health disorders across the lifespan.
  • NEESAMA - North East England and South Asia Mental Health Alliance
  • Cochrane Group reviews - including protocol development, data extraction, quality and risk of bias assessment, meta-analysis, network meta-analysis and report writing.
  • NIRHIO - National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory - health technology briefings for NICE
  • FAB - First British Feasibility Study of a Future Randomised Controlled Trial of Family Focused Treatment for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder - qualitative work looking at patient experience.
  • ALFI - Adaptive Life Functioning Inventory - development and piloting of an outcome measure to detect functional adaptive change in response to interventions.
  • CALM - Collaboratively Advancing Longitudinal Monitoring - the development of digital health technologies through participatory design methodology in early onset bipolar disorder.
  • Approaches to the evaluation of integrated health and social care programmes - systematic review and narrative synthesis.

Previous projects

  • INCHES - Innovations to Enhance Health in Care Homes - four rapid evidence syntheses looking at the use of technology, workforce, new models of care, and communication and engagement to enhance health and care services.
  • Social relationships and health care utilisation - a systematic review.
  • {react} - copy editor for {react} magazine, which is produced by Newcastle University students to disseminate scientific research to a lay audience. 
  • Perceived importance of components of healthy ageing and their relationship with mortality - a systematic review of how healthy ageing is defined, qualitative work to explore the importance of various aspects of healthy ageing to academics and older people, and survival analysis of cohort data.
  • Blood-borne biomarkers of mortality risk - a systematic review.
  • Finding out what matters: Quality of life in autism - validating quality of life in children with autism.
  • COMPIC - Neuropsychological Function and Facial Affect Recognition in Children and Young People - assessing neuropsychological function, facial affect  recognition and the family environment amongst bipolar offspring. 
  • Absorbed in thought - the impact of mind wandering on the processing of relevant and irrelevant events.


Teaching Qualifications

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Parts A and B
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Current teaching

Previous teaching

  • Statistics for Psychology (2011 - 2016)
  • IT skills for Faculty of Medical Sciences Students (2012 - 2016)

Additional responsibilities

  • Wolfson Research Centre Journal Club
  • Academic development of Wolfson specialist trainees
  • Student supervision