Dr Zoe Darwin

Dr Zoe Darwin

Lecturer in Maternal Health

0113 343 0549

Summary: Academic Unit: Midwifery, Social Work, Pharmacy and Counselling & Psychotherapy

Location: Baines Wing


Zoe is a Lecturer in Maternal Health and Admissions Tutor for the pre-reg BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme. With a background in Health Psychology and Health Services Research, Zoe is strongly committed to applied research that has potential to impact policy and practice. Her primary area of research is psychosocial aspects of reproductive health, with special interests in perinatal mental health, engaging partners, and behaviour change. Zoe's research has spanned randomised controlled trials, primary qualitative research, mixed methods evaluations, quantitative systematic reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses.

Zoe is a member of the School of Healthcare's Maternal Family and Child Health research group. She currently supervises doctoral researchers examining midwife-father communication in birth (Debbie Garrod), weight management in pregnancy (Hannah Hartley) and traumatic birth and birth-related anxiety (Rhianna Ketley).

Zoe's doctoral research, 'Assessing and Responding to Maternal Stress (ARMS): Antenatal Psychosocial Assessment in Research and Practice' was supported by a University of Manchester Strategic Studentship co-funded by the Medical Research Council and Tommy’s Baby Charity. She was awarded the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) Annual Doctoral Thesis Award (2013) in recognition of the high level of scholarship and potential for significant impact on practice and future research.

Zoe is actively involved in peer review for several journals; she is an editorial member for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and Book Reviews Editor for Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. Zoe is a committee member of the international Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (http://www.srip.ac.uk/).