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Dr Lorraine Mcdonagh
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr McDonagh (she/her) is a health and social psychologist. She is a specialist in gender and sexual minority health, stigma, and sexual health and well-being. Her research interests include inequalities, health service improvement, digital health, behaviour change, and intervention development.

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 Gender Working Group and also sits on the Editorial Board for the journal “Psychology and Sexuality”.

Research Summary

Dr McDonagh currently holds a THIS (The Healthcare Improvement Studies) Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. The aim of her research is to understand individual, interpersonal, and structural contexts influencing(in)equitable access to (use of, experiences in, and outcomes from) primary care for trans and gender diverse communities, and then apply this understanding to improve primary care for communities, and better support staff working in these services. 


She is also working as a senior research fellow in the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections - led by University College London, in partnership with The UK Health Security Agency. 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 sexually transmitted infections, with a concentration on potentially vulnerable populations and primary care.

Teaching Summary

Dr McDonagh has been teaching and supporting learning in higher education for 13 years. She is currently supervising undergraduate, masters, and PhD students from the fields of health psychology, social psychology, primary care, population health, and epidemiology. 

Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2014   Doctorat National University of Ireland
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