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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 research projects; survey development for health services research and for a major national probability survey (Natsal); mapping health service activity; qualitative research methods applied to intervention development and for understanding health behaviours; systematic reviews and scoping literature reviews; and the use of mixed methods in complex intervention development and evaluation.

Current projects include:

Co-designing person-centred frailty interventions with community-dwelling older people and health professionals: What is frailty from older people’s perspectives? How can frail older people be better supported? (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing)

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

Systematic reviews of interactive digital interventions for sexual health promotion and HIV prevention (at UCL)

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in qualitative and mixed methods research projects, in all areas of Public Health and Health Promotion. I have experience with a range of literature reviewing techniques including systematic reviews. I have particular interest in the following areas:

  • sexual health (broadly conceived, i.e. may include sexual wellbeing as well as STIs/HIV or contraception);
  • development and/or evaluation of complex interventions, e.g. health promotion interventions;
  • breastfeeding;
  • e-health at the interface with patients and the public.

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

Interactive digital interventions for sexual health promotion among young people: systematic review

Aicken, C., Bailey, J., Wayal, S., Webster, R., Mercer, C. H., Morris, R., Nazareth, I., Rait, G., Peacock, R. & Murray, E., 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Open Access
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  • Pathways to, and use of, sexual healthcare among Black Caribbean sexual health clinic attendees in England: evidence from cross-sectional bio-behavioural surveys

    Aicken, C., Wayal, S., Blomquist, P., Fabiane, S., Gerressu, M., Hughes, G. & Mercer, C., 18 Sep 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. 19, 1, 668.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
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  • 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).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Activities

    • 2 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Editorial work

    BMC Public Health (Journal)

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

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (Journal)

    Catherine Aicken (Reviewer)
    2018

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

    Psychology and Sexuality (Journal)

    Catherine Aicken (Reviewer)
    2018

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