NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellow and Research Associate
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Lucy is a researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has worked on many different health-related research projects since she joined us in May 2015. Her areas of expertise are participant recruitment and data collection, systematic review and scoping review methodologies, working with public involvement groups, research ethics, and assisting with applying for research grants.
Lucy has a dual role here. In June 2021, Lucy joined us as a Research Associate, working with Prof Gill Thomson and Dr Nicola Crossland on the NIHR-funded ABA-Feed Study. ABA-Feed is a randomised controlled trial of an assets-based infant feeding peer support intervention for first-time mothers. Lucy then began her NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship in January 2023, which involves training in mixed methods research, and continuing her work on social media influencers and their impact on follower’s health and wellbeing. During her pre-doctoral fellowship, Lucy will also be putting together a Doctoral Fellowship application. Lucy is also involved in the NIHR-funded REVERSE study with Dr Emma Bray, a feasibility study of blood pressure self-monitoring for people with prehypertension.
From November 2018 to December 2022, Lucy worked as a Senior Research Assistant in the Research Facilitation and Delivery Unit (was Research Support Team). She also previously worked as a Research Assistant for over 2 years and for a year in the Allied Health Research Unit. Lucy completed her MSc in Health Psychology here in 2014.
Lucy's other roles at the University include Deputy Vice-Chair of UCLan’s Health Ethics Panel, Peer Reviewer for the British Journal of General Practice, Research Ethics, JBI Evidence Synthesis and Food Science & Nutrition, and teaching and supervising students on the Principles and Methods of Systematic Review (NU4094) Master’s module.
As well as her experience in health research, Lucy has supported many people with mental health conditions. Before joining us, Lucy worked as a Healthcare Assistant in nursing homes, as an Assistant Psychologist within the Children’s Psychological Service at Royal Preston Hospital, and as a Voluntary Befriender for Lancashire County Council.
- Postgraduate Award in Mixed Methods for Health Research, University of Warwick, 2023
- MSc Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, 2012
- 3rd place poster prize, 6th International Health and Wellbeing Research with Real Impact Conference, UCLan, 2020
- Best clinical research poster, Clinical and Biomedical Sciences Research Day, UCLan, 2018
- Digital health, digital research methods, social media research
- Parental wellbeing and wellbeing during pregnancy
- Health promotion, health screening, diagnosis, public health
- Health psychology
- Wellness, yoga, mindfulness
- Mixed methods research
- (Digital) Research ethics
Lucy leads research in the area of social media influencers and their impact on follower’s health and wellbeing. She received her first lead applicant research grant in January 2022 from the UCLan Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE Institute), to conduct a scoping review of the area. As of January 2023, Lucy is a NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellow, and is continuing to develop her area of research, particularly around the impacts of pregnancy and parenting social media influencers.
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- Lucy is also currently involved in two NIHR-funded studies:
- The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Assets-based feeding help Before and After birth (ABA-feed) for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation
- Risk rEduction interVEntion for Raised blood pressure (REVERSE): A feasibility study of self-monitoring of blood pressure in pre-hypertension to reduce cardiovascular risk
- Previous projects that Lucy has been involved with, include:
- Research and innovation to address Psychological and Emotional wellbeing after Acute Trauma (RePEAT)
- Psychological, Emotional and psychosocial Aftercare following life-Changing Health events Pre-Hospital (PEACH Pre-Hospital)
- Exploring Promotion of Oral care in Care Homes (EPOCH)
- Exploration of the role of the professional Colleges in Videofluoroscopy (VFSS) training
- Screening for aspiration risk associated with dysphagia in acute stroke. Cochrane Review
- Health and wellbeing harms of interpersonal violence
- Motherhood during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Capturing Learning from the North West Coast Health System during COVID-19
- Vision impairment and peer support
- Fitting fathers and co-parents in (FFCpin)
- Current practice survey for videofluoroscopy (DEBUT)
- Systematic review of best practice guidelines for videofluoroscopy in the assessment of dysphagia (DEVINE)
- Self-monitoring in the prevention of cardiovascular risk
- Access to healthcare for people with autistic spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disabilities
- Screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the dental setting
- Priorities for oral health research in older adults
- A new physical assessment technique for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
- TIPPs: Targeted Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain
- Successful lead applicant grants and awards:
- RDS-NW Public Involvement Fund. £350, 2023.
- NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship round 4, 2023
- UCLan Research Institute For Global HEalth & Wellbeing (LIFE) Research Starter Award. Social Media influencers’ impact on health behaviours, health and wellbeing: a scoping review and public involvement activity. £4,978, 2022
- Successful co-applicant grants:
- UCLan Research Institute For Global HEalth & Wellbeing (LIFE) Research Starter Award. Awarded for project entitled “Psychological, Emotional and Psychosocial Aftercare following Life-Changing Health Events_Pre-Hospital (PEACH_Pre-Hospital)”. £3,500, 2021
- UCLan Research Institute For Global HEalth & Wellbeing (LIFE) Writing Group Funding Competition Round 4. Awarded for project entitled “Research and innovation to address Psychological and Emotional wellbeing after Acute Trauma (RePEAT)”. £14,923.23, 2020
- NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. Awarded for project titled “self-monitoring of blood pressure in pre-hypertension to reduce cardiovascular risk: a feasibility study”. £244,154, 2020
- Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group Research Capability Funding 2019/20. Awarded for project titled: “DEBUT: Developing Evidence Based practice, gUidelines & Tools for Videofluoroscopy”. £20,937, 2019
- The Oral and Dental Research Trust Oral Health Innovations PreVisor Award. Awarded for project titled: “Priorities for research on oral health in older adults: a collaborative partnership of ageing, dental and primary care specialties”. £5,000, 2018.
- Hives, L. (2023, April 19-21). Seeking information about pregnancy and parenting from social media influencers: current evidence and debate [conference presentation and workshop]. Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN). 11th International Conference, Grange-over-Sands.
- Hives, L., Boland, P., Alvarez, C., Nowland, R., Harris, J., Harris, C., Bray, E., Olive, P., Brown, G., Feeley, A., Gregory, P. and Thomson, G. (2022, July 18-19). Health content from social media influencers and its impact on attitudes, health behaviours, and health and wellbeing of followers: a scoping review [conference presentation]. 12th International Conference on Social Media and Society, online.
- 6th International Health and Wellbeing with Real Impact Conference, 2020.
- Research at UCLan Conference, 2020.
- UCLan Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Research Day, 2018.
- The 9th Perrin Technique Conference, 2016.
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