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


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display