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Research interests

I'm a mixed methods researcher with a background in Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Promotion. My research interests include sexual health, e-health at the interface with patients and the public (i.e. for the delivery of healthcare and health promotion), broader concepts of health and wellbeing, health inequalities, infant feeding, childhood obesity, understanding the patient experience of healthcare, and the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

I'm experienced in the co-ordination of multi-institutional and smaller scale research projects; survey development for health services research and for a major national probability survey; mapping health service activity; qualitative research methods applied to intervention development and to understanding health behaviours; systematic reviews and scoping literature reviews; and the use of mixed methods in complex intervention development and evaluation.

Current projects include:

An investigation of the use of simulated training to enhance clinical leadership skills within the residential care sector (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing)

Experiences of living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and receiving services in Sussex

Cochrane systematic review of interactive digital interventions for sexual health promotion and HIV prevention (at UCL)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College London

Master, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Bachelor, University College London

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, University College London

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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 22 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

The caring values of student nurses, and their development during educational programmes

Wright, C., Aicken, C., Laurenson, M. & Galvin, K., 12 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) 4th Qualitative Health Research Network Symposium: Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

Open Access
educational program

Mixed-methods evaluation of a novel online STI results service

Gibbs, J., Aicken, C. R. H., Sutcliffe, L. J., Gkatzidou, V., Tickle, L. J., Hone, K., Sadiq, S. T., Sonnenberg, P. & Estcourt, C. S., 11 Jan 2018, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Insurance Benefits
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Public Health

Understanding the burden of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and Trichomonas vaginalis among black Caribbeans in the United Kingdom: Findings from a systematic review

Wayal, S., Aicken, C., Griffiths, C., Blomquist, P., Hughes, G. & Mercer, C. H., 7 Dec 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 12, e0208315.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Trichomonas vaginalis
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Ethnic Groups
Research Personnel

Finding sexual partners online: Prevalence and associations with sexual behaviour, STI diagnoses and other sexual health outcomes in the British population

Cabecinha, M., Mercer, C. H., Gravningen, K., Aicken, C., Jones, K. G., Tanton, C., Wellings, K., Sonnenberg, P. & Field, N., 10 Apr 2017, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections. 93, 8, p. 572-582 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Sexual Partners
Reproductive Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Behavior

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Editorial work

Sexually Transmitted Infections (Journal)

Catherine Aicken (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Psychology and Sexuality (Journal)

Catherine Aicken (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

BMC Public Health (Journal)

Catherine Aicken (Member of editorial board)
9 May 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work