Joanne Cull

Research student profile

Research degree: PhD programme
Start date: 2021
Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID): 0000-0001-8990-154X
Publications: CLoK profile

Research summary

Project: 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.

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

In October 2023 The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) published an Alert to circulate Joanne's paper ‘Views from women and maternity care professionals on routine discussion of previous trauma in the perinatal period: A qualitative evidence synthesis’.

You can view the alert here: NIHR Alert

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Research Supervisor: Professor Gill Thomson
Student: Joanne Cull

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