Dr Fiona Ulph PhD, CPsychol.

Senior Lecturer (T&R)

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Research interests

My research interests focus on children's roles in health care; professional-parent-child communication; and advances in genetics and screening. This includes the following:

Children's roles in health care

  • How to support children with long term conditions.
  • Ensuring children's voices are heard to advance services and research.
  • Exploring how does children's understanding of health and illness develop.
  • The developmental progression of decisional capabilities regarding health care/genetic testing decisions
  • How best to communicate with and support children in health care settings
  • Children's ability to consent to clinical trials and the implications of information format on this capacity
  • How best to facilitate communication between health care professionals and children regarding emotional aspects of health care


  •  How public understanding of genetics affects the utilisation of genetic technology
  •  How people assimilate genetic risk information into their lives
  •  Communication of carrier information to parents and children following newborn screening
  •  Children's understanding of genetic concepts
  •  Access and equity to genetic services
  •  Familial communication about and involvement in health care
  • Implications of genetic advances for information needs and consent models (pharmacogenetics)
  • Creation of resources to support health professional and familal communication about genetics


  • Communication of newborn screening information
  • Implications of expanded screening for consent models

Qualitative studies

The majority of my studies involve qualitative methods which has lead to advisory roles in other areas:

  • Emotion regulation
  • Evaluating interview techniques with children
  • Child centred information materials
  • Establishing best research practice in prision and conflict settings
  • Evaluation of parenting support programmes in new settings

Methodological knowledge

Qualitative Methods:

Thematic analysis


Grounded Theory


Focus Groups

Qualitative methods with children and adolescents

Qualitative research practice in novel situations

Quantitative Methods