Department of Education

James O'Donovan

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

James works with Professor Niall Winters, Dr. Chris Paton, and the Learning and New Technologies group.

His research interests focus on the use of mobile technologies to train health workers in low- and middle-income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in the role of mobile technologies (mHealth) for the supportive supervision of Community Health Workers (CHWs).

His thesis will focus on the design, delivery and evaluation of a mobile based supervision platform for CHWs in rural Uganda.

Prior to commencing the DPhil, James was a medical doctor based in Cambridge, with a specific interest in Global Health. He has previously spent time working in Uganda and Kenya with various NGOs and was Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University working with Dr. Thomas Burke at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University Center for Health Education.

He has been recognised for his work in the field of mHealth with awards and grants from The Royal Society of Medicine, The Velji Foundation, The Oxford Centre for Comparative and International Education and The British Medical Association.

He is always happy to connect with others working in the field and has active collaborations with University of Cambridge, New York University, Makerere University, Columbia University, and The World Health Organization.”

Academic prizes
  • Oxford University Scholarship in Comparative and International Education 2018

Thesis

Designing an mHealth based programme to facilitate the supportive supervision of Community Health Workers in rural Uganda

Funded Research Projects:

  • Development and evaluation of a WHO training programme in Ear and Hearing Care for Community Health Workers (CHWs) in rural Uganda.

  • May 2018-May 2019

    British Medical Assosciation Charitable Arm

  • The role of Photovoice to explore challenges faced by Community Health Workers in Mukono Uganda

  • Peter Hansell Scholarship from The Royal Photographic Society

Publications:

  • Journal articles

    • O'Donovan, J, Hamala, R, Nalubwama, M, Ameniko, M, Govina, G, Gray, N, Panjabi, R, Palazuelos, D, Namanda, AS (2020) “Roles for mHealth to support Community Health Workers addressing COVID-19.”, Global health promotion. 1757975920967924+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1757975920967924

    • O'Donovan, J, Thompson, A, Stiles, C, Opintan, JA, Kabali, K, Willis, I, Mutimba, ME, Nalweyiso, E, Mugabi, H, Kateete, DP, Ameniko, M, Govina, G, Weberman, R, O'Neil, E, Winters, N, Mutreja, A (2020) “Participatory approaches, local stakeholders and cultural relevance facilitate an impactful community-based project in Uganda.”, Health promotion international.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daz127

    • MacRae, MC, Fazal, O, O'Donovan, J (2020) “Community health workers in palliative care provision in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature.”, BMJ global health. 5(5)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002368

    • O'Donovan, J, Newcomb, A, MacRae, MC, Vieira, D, Onyilofor, C, Ginsburg, O (2020) “Community health workers and early detection of breast cancer in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature.”, BMJ global health. 5(5)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002466

    • O'Donovan, J, Thompson, A, Onyilofor, C, Hand, T, Rosseau, N, O'Neil, E (2019) “The use of participatory visual methods with community health workers: A systematic scoping review of the literature.”, Global public health. 14(5) 722-736.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2018.1536156

    • Winters, N, Langer, L, Nduku, P, Robson, J, O'Donovan, J, Maulik, P, Paton, C, Geniets, A, Peiris, D, Nagraj, S (2019) “Using mobile technologies to support the training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: mapping the evidence”, BMJ Global Health. 4(4) e001421-e001421.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001421

    • O'Donovan, J, Hamala, R, Namanda, AS, Musoke, D, Ssemugabo, C, Winters, N (2019) “'We are the people whose opinions don't matter'. A photovoice study exploring challenges faced by community health workers in Uganda”, GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2019.1663233

    • O'Donovan, J, Verkerk, M, Winters, N, Chadha, S, Bhutta, MF (2019) “The role of community health workers in addressing the global burden of ear disease and hearing loss: a systematic scoping review of the literature”, BMJ Global Health. 4(2)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001141

    • O'Donovan, J, O'Donovan, C, Nagraj, S (2019) “The role of community health workers in cervical cancer screening in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature”, BMJ Global Health. 4(3)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001452

    • O'Donovan, J, Stiles, CE, Sekimpi, D, Ddumba, I, Winters, N, O'Neil, E (2018) “Potential challenges of implementing the Community Health Extension Worker programme in Uganda”, BMJ Global Health. 3(4)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000960

    • Winters, N, O'Donovan, J, Geniets, A (2018) “A new era for community health in countries of low and middle income?”, The Lancet Global Health.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30072-X

    • O'Donovan, J, Kabali, K, Taylor, C, Chukhina, M, Kading, JC, Fuld, J, O'Neil, E (2018) “The use of low-cost Android tablets to train community health workers in Mukono, Uganda, in the recognition, treatment and prevention of pneumonia in children under five: a pilot randomised controlled trial.”, Human resources for health. 16(1) 49+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-018-0315-7

    • O'Donovan, J, O'Donovan, C, Kuhn, I, Sachs, SE, Winters, N (2018) “Ongoing training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature”, BMJ open. 8(4) e021467-e021467.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021467

    • O'Donovan, C, O'Donovan, J (2018) “Why do women request an elective cesarean delivery for non-medical reasons? A systematic review of the qualitative literature.”, Birth (Berkeley, Calif.). 45(2) 109-119.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12319

    • O'Donovan, J (2016) “Response to 'Distant peer-tutoring for developing countries'.”, Medical teacher. 38(2) 215-216.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3109/0142159x.2015.1083966

    • O'Donovan, J, Ahn, R, Nelson, BD, Kagan, C, Burke, TF (2016) “Using low-cost Android tablets and instructional videos to teach clinical skills to medical students in Kenya: a prospective study.”, JRSM open. 7(8) 2054270416645044-2054270416645044.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/2054270416645044

    • Davies, S, O'Donovan, J (2015) “Twelve tips for medical students to maximise learning in theatre.”, Medical teacher. 37(8) 790-791.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3109/0142159x.2015.1042442

    • O'Donovan, J, Bersin, A (2015) “Controlling Ebola through mHealth strategies.”, The Lancet. Global health. 3(1) e22+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/s2214-109x(14)70357-2

    • O'Donovan, J, Maruthappu, M (2015) “Distant peer-tutoring of clinical skills, using tablets with instructional videos and Skype: A pilot study in the UK and Malaysia.”, Medical teacher. 37(5) 463-469.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3109/0142159x.2014.956063

    • O'Donovan, J, Watson, R, Colloby, SJ, Blamire, AM, O'Brien, JT (2014) “Assessment of regional MR diffusion changes in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease.”, International psychogeriatrics. 26(4) 627-635.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/s1041610213002317

    • O'Donovan, J, Watson, R, Colloby, SJ, Firbank, MJ, Burton, EJ, Barber, R, Blamire, AM, O'Brien, JT (2013) “Does posterior cortical atrophy on MRI discriminate between Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and normal aging?”, International psychogeriatrics. 25(1) 111-119.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/s1041610212001214

    • O'Donovan, J (2012) “'How does the surgical profession ensure it continues to attract the best candidates?'.”, International journal of surgery (London, England). 10(7) 378-379.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsu.2012.04.018

    • O'Donovan, J (2011) “Is targeting beta-amyloid pathology, with immunotherapy, an effective treatment option for Alzheimer's disease?”, Reviews in Clinical Gerontology. 21(4) 340-345.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0959259811000141

    • O'Donovan, J (2011) “Jumping (or being pushed) from maternity care?”, The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners. 61(582) 62+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp11x549045

    • O'Donovan, J (2011) “Online peer mentoring scheme for medical students.”, Medical teacher. 33(6) 507-508.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2011.586615

    • O'donovan, J, Namanda, AS, Hamala, R, WINTERS, N, BHUTTA, MF “Exploring perceptions, barriers, and enablers for delivery of primary ear and hearing care by Community Health Workers: A photovoice study in Mukono District, Uganda”, BMC International Journal for Health Equity.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-020-01158-8

    • O'donovan, J, Newcomb, A, MacRae, M, Vieira, D, Olinyofor, C, Ginsburg, O “Community health workers and breast cancer early detection in low- or middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature”, BMJ Global Health.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002466

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