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Dr Lorraine McDonagh
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Dr McDonagh is a health and social psychologist. She is a specialist in stigmatised conditions, sexual health and well-being, psychometrics, and sexual minority issues. Her research interests include sexually transmitted infections, digital health (eHealth), behaviour change, intervention development and health service improvement.

She is an expert advisor on qualitative methods, psychometrics, and patient and public involvement for the NIHR Research Design Service.

She is a member of the UCL Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team and also sits on the Editorial Board for the journal “Psychology and Sexuality”.

Research Summary

Dr McDonagh is currently working as a research associate in the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections - a collaboration between Public Health England, University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 


In this role, she works within a multi-disciplinary team, providing health and social psychological expertise (e.g., theoretical models). She currently leads on multiple projects (systematic reviews, qualitative studies, and online questionnaire studies) aimed at developing interventions to facilitate effective and efficient early access to care and treatment for STIs and BBVs, with a concentration on vulnerable populations and primary care.

Teaching Summary

Dr McDonagh has been teaching and supporting learning in higher education for 10 years. She is currently supervising undergraduate, masters  and PhD students in health psychology, social psychology, primary care, population health and epidemiology. 


She is a course lead on the "Qualitative Research Methods in Health" module for the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, the Institute of Child Health, and the Division of Medicine at UCL.

Academic Background
2018 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2014 PhD Doctorat – Psychology National University of Ireland
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