Julie McLellan

PhD Research Student

Health & Behaviour Change, Psychology, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Stirling.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Glasgow (2006 - 2010)
MSc Health Psychology, University of St Andrews (2010 - 2011)
MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care, University of Stirling/University of Dundee (2013 - 2014)


1) Dr Stephan Dombrowski, Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling.
2) Prof Ronan O'Carroll, Psyshcology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling.
3) Prof Helen Cheyne, Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, University of Stirling.
Contact Information
Office: 3A96B
Tel: +44(0) 1786 466853
Email: j.m.mclellan@stir.ac.uk

Research Project


The development of an intervention to support midwives in helping patients address multiple health behaviours in pregnancy

Approximately 750,000 women give birth in the UK each year. Each woman attends, on average, 8 antenatal health appointments during her pregnancy. Maternity care is an opportunity in which to encourage women to make behavior changes which have a positive impact on their health and that of their unborn baby. For uncomplicated pregnancies, midwives are the primary health care professional responsible for addressing a range of Public Health issues.

The promotion of maternal health behaviours often requires change in maternity healthcare professionals’ behaviours, while some practices are already being implemented and need to be maintained.  Little evidence exists on how to promote, support and sustain evidence-based maternity health care professionals’ behaviours. Interventions that support midwives in their practice to directly promote health behaviour change has the potential to impact multiple behaviours beneficial for maternal and child health in pregnancy and beyond.

The overall aim of my PhD is to work in partnership with midwives to co-design a feasible intervention which will aim to support the delivery of health behavior change practice and consequently support mothers to change health behaviours in pregnancy.

My research interests are focused around maternity professional behaviour and maternal health.



Dombrowski, S. U., Campbell, P., Frost, H., Pollock, A., McLellan, J., MacGillivray, S., ... & Presseau, J. (2016). Interventions for sustained healthcare professional behaviour change: a protocol for an overview of reviews. Systematic Reviews, 5(1), 173.

Jardine, E. E., McLellan, J., & Dombrowski, S. U. (2016). Is being resolute better than being pragmatic when it comes to breastfeeding? Longitudinal qualitative study investigating experiences of women intending to breastfeed using the Theoretical Domains Framework (Forthcoming/Available Online), Journal of Public Health.

Laidlaw, A., McLellan, J., & Ozakinci, G. (2016). Understanding undergraduate student perceptions of mental health, mental well-being and help-seeking behaviour. Studies in Higher Education, 41 (12), 2156-2168. 

McLellan, J., & Laidlaw, A. (2013). Perceptions of postnatal care: factors associated with primiparous mothers perceptions of postnatal communication and care. BMC pregnancy and childbirth13(1), 227.

McLellan, J., & Dale, H. (2013). Can technology be effective in interventions targeting sexual health and substance use in young people; a systematic review. Health Technology, 3(3)195–203.


Conference Presentations

Oral Presentations

McLellan, J. (2016, August). Long-term effects of healthcare professional behavior change interventions: a systematic review of Cochrane reviews. Presented at the joint European Health Psychology Society and Division of Health Psychology conference, Aberdeen.

McLellan, J. (2016, April). An exploration of patients’ pain beliefs and experiences following attendance at an NHS Borders Pain Management Programme. Presented at Stirling Conference on Psychology, Stirling.


Poster Presentations

McLellan J.M., Campbell., S., Scott, C., Jardine, E. & Ozakinci, G. (2016, May) An exploration of patients’ pain beliefs and experiences following attendance at an NHS Borders Pain Management Programme. Poster session presented at the British Pain Society, Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom.

McLellan J.M., Ozakinci, G. (2015, September) Weight management Communication during pregnancy. Poster session presented at the British Health Psychology, Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom.

McLellan J.M., Laidlaw A. (2011, September) Communication with health professionals after birth. Poster session presented at the  Scottish Clinical Skills Network Annual Conference. St Andrews, Scotland.


Funding Acknowledgements

I have been generously awarded a PhD Scholarship by the University of Stirling.

I would like to acknowledge the European Health Psychology Society for the travel and accommodation grant that I was awarded to attend the joint European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology conference (Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 24th-27th August 2016).

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