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Dr Catherine Ellis

Senior Lecturer

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Catherine Ellis

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) related to parenting behaviour and decision-making. Design and evaluation of interventions to reduce SUDI and SIDS and support safer infant care practices. Interest in qualitative research approaches and expertise in phenomenology, particularly interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Key Publications

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  • Decision-making for the infant sleep environment among families with children considered to be at risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy: a systematic review and qualitative metasynthesis, Pease, A., Garstang, J., Ellis, C., Watson, D., Ingram, J., Cabral, C., Blair, P., Fleming, P. 1 Mar 2021, In: BMJ Paediatrics Open
  • Improving engagement with services to prevent Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in families with children at risk of significant harm: A systematic review of evidence, Garstang, J., Watson, D., Pease, A., Ellis, C., Blair, P., Fleming, P. 1 Sep 2021, In: Child: Care, Health and Development
  • Systematic Literature Review Report for The National Child safeguarding Practice Review into the Sudden Unexpected Death of Infants (SUDI) in families where the children are considered to be at risk of significant harm, Pease, A., Garstang, J., Ellis, C., Wastson, D., Blair, P., Fleming, P. 30 Jul 2020
  • Safely Sleeping? An Exploration of Mothers' Understanding of Safe Sleep Practices and Factors that Influence Reducing Risks in their Infant's Sleep Environment, Ellis, C. 2019
  • Preventative strategies for sudden infant death syndrome, Sidebotham, P., Bates, F., Ellis, C., Lyus, L. 26 Mar 2018, Sudden infant and early childhood death: , Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press
  • Young mothers: You get ’That Look’, Ellis, C. 10 Apr 2018
  • Young mothers:: Their perceptions of risk for SIDS and associated infant-care practices, Ellis, C. 8 Jun 2018, 2018 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival.
  • Engaging young, vulnerable mothers: Reflections of a novice researcher using IPA, Ellis, C. 18 May 2017, International Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference
  • Artists and academics: A social project to make PhD research available to the public, Ellis, C., Mbarushimana, A. 26 Nov 2016
  • Unintentional asphyxia, SIDS, and medically explained deaths: a descriptive study of outcomes of child death review (CDR) investigations following sudden unexpected death in infancy., Garstang, J., Ellis, C., Griffiths, F., Sidebotham, P. 1 Dec 2016, In: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

PGR Supervision

  • Claire Camara Understanding the lived experience of young people aged 12-19 who have a chronic condition and are taking part in a therapeutic clinical trial. Start Date: 06/05/2021
  • Jennifer Menzies How do first time fathers directly influence infant feeding outcome in primiparous women? Start Date: 01/03/2020


  • Medical Science PhD January 21 2020
  • Health Education PGCert March 01 2011
  • Health MSc September 01 1998
  • Nursing PGDip July 01 1991
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2019
  • Registered Nurse Tutor RNT 2014
  • Registered Health Visitor RHV 1991
  • Registered Midwife RM 1988
  • Registered General Nurse RGN 1986

PGR Supervision

Jennifer Menzies Start: 01/03/2020

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