Áine Rose Kelly

Áine is a DPhil student at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, based in the Department of Education.

She has been awarded a doctoral scholarship from the Wellcome Trust. She is supervised by Professor Judy Sebba, Director of the Rees Centre and Dr Nikki Luke, Research Fellow at the Rees Centre.

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Áine holds a MSc in Health psychology and a BSc in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey. In 2013 she was awarded the Ann McPherson fellowship and worked as a research assistant for the Health Experiences Research Group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford. Áine is also a member of the NICE guidelines development group for the attachment of children in care, children adopted from care, and children at high risk of entering care.

Áine is interested in improving the health outcomes of looked after children. Her research will look at the health experiences of children and young people in care with a view to making recommendations to policy makers.

Áine is a Care Leaver Representative for the NICE Guidelines Development Group: Attachment needs for children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or are on the edge of care.    

Áine has recently been appointed as an independent advisor for the BMJ Patient Panel. She is also an independent member of the Fostering panel for Buckinghamshire.

Research

Thesis title:
Improving health outcomes for looked after children and young people: a mixed-methods study.
Supervisors:
Professor Judy Sebba and Dr Nikki Luke

Research interests:
Having grown up in the care system herself, Áine is interested in improving the health outcomes of looked after children. Her research looks at the health experiences of children and young people in care with a view to making recommendations to policy makers.

Áine hopes to develop a career in academia. She will focus on research that will investigate complex and important issues for looked after children and young people with the aim of improving the lived experience of the care system.

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Category

  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Green Templeton College

Research groups

  • Quant SIG
  • Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education