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Subject Areas: Midwifery
Nicola is a Research Associate with interests in maternal wellbeing and women’s and families’ experiences of infant feeding and related support services.
Nicola’s academic background is in the biological sciences, having gained a BSc (Hons) in genetics from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and a D.Phil. in neuroscience from University of Oxford in 2001. She is also active in the voluntary sector in the area of infant feeding. Nicola joined the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN) in the University of Central Lancashire in 2010, where she works on a number of funded research and evaluation projects. Her main research interests are in maternal wellbeing, and women’s and families’ experiences of infant feeding and related support services.
Nicola has worked on the following recent projects:
External Affiliations and Roles
Reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals:
Crossland N, Thomson G, Morgan H, Dombrowski SU, Hoddinott P (2015) Incentives for breastfeeding and for smoking cessation in pregnancy: An exploration of types and meanings. Social Science and Medicine 128, 10–17
Morgan H, Hoddinott P, Thomson G, Crossland N, Farrar S, Yi D, et al. (2015) Benefits of Incentives for Breastfeeding and Smoking cessation in pregnancy (BIBS): a mixed-methods study to inform trial design. Health Technol Assess 19 (30)
Thomson G, Morgan H, Crossland N, Bauld L, Dykes F, Hoddinott P. (2014) Unintended Consequences of Incentive Provision for Behaviour Change and Maintenance around Childbirth. PLOS ONE
Crossland N. & Thomson G. (2013). Issues of Expertise: Professionals Views of a Breastfeeding Peer Support Service. In Hall-Moran, V. (Ed.). Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture: Controversies and Challenges: Second Edition. Quay Books: London.