Joanne Cull

Postgraduate student profile

Research degree: PhD
Start date: 2021
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Research supervisor:
Professor Gill Thomson
Contact: Joanne Cull 
Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID): 0000-0001-8990-154X
Publications: CLoK profile

EMpowering Pregnant women Affected by Trauma HistorY: the EMPATHY study 

The aim of Joanne's research is to co-develop a trauma-informed intervention to address the question: how can maternity services empower pregnant women affected by previous trauma to access support?

Over a third of pregnant women (around 250,000 women each year in the UK) have experienced trauma such as domestic abuse, childhood trauma or sexual assault. For some women this negatively impacts their physical and mental health and experience of motherhood. Women who have suffered trauma may find the perinatal period particularly challenging and find that aspects of maternity care, such as clinical procedures, trigger memories of their previous abuse.

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Research supervisor: Professor Gill Thomson
PhD student contact: Joanne Cull

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