Dr Sinead Currie


Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sinead Currie

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About me

About me

I joined the Division of Psychology at Stirling as a lecturer in health psychology in September 2015.

Prior to this I was based in the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology at the University of Manchester where I was a lecturer.

I completed my PhD at Ulster University in 2014. This funded PhD aimed to address physical activity during pregnancy with a theory based, behaviour change intervention.

I have taught a wide range of students and health professionals, led undergraduate and postgraduate modules and supervised student projects.


PhD entitled "What effects does an individually tailored intervention have on the physical activity of primigravida pregnant women?"
Ulster University

MSc Health Psychology
University of Stirling

BSc (hons) Psychology
University of Stirling and University of California, Santa Barbara

Professional membership

Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy

Professional qualification

Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology
British Psychological Society

Research (4)

My research centres around the health of women, children and their families before, during and after pregnancy, specifically around the application of health psychology.

I am interested in a range of behaviours which relate to the preconception, antenatal and postnatal period including:

physical activity, breastfeeding, weight management, diet.

My research interests range from exploratory work to large scale interventions. Multidisciplinary working is essential in my research and enhancing impact of research is a priority of mine.


Co-production of an intervention promoting preconception health and reducing childhood obesity in deprived areas of Scotland
PI: Dr Sinead Currie
Funded by: Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

The Efficacy of a Post-Partum Physical Development Programme
PI: Dr Sinead Currie
Funded by: BAE Systems

HPIT Supervision
PI: Dr Sinead Currie
Funded by: NHS Education for Scotland

Use of Breast Pumps to improve breastfeeding outcomes: development and feasibility testing of a novel incentive intervention
Funded by: Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

Outputs (26)



Hayman M, Alfrey K, Cannon S, Alley S, Rebar AL, Williams S, Short CE, Altazan A, Comardelle N, Currie S, Denton C, Harrison CL, Lamerton T, Mena GP & Moran L (2021) Quality, Features, and Presence of Behavior Change Techniques in Mobile Apps Designed to Improve Physical Activity in Pregnant Women: Systematic Search and Content Analysis. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 9 (4), Art. No.: e23649. https://doi.org/10.2196/23649


Sissions A, Grant A, Kirkland A & Currie S (2020) Using the theoretical domains framework to explore primary health care practitioner's perspectives and experiences of preconception physical activity guidance and promotion. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 25 (7), pp. 844-854. https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2019.1679846


Hill B, Kothe EJ, Currie S, Danby M, Lang AY, Bailey C, Moran LJ, Teede H, North M, Bruce LJ & Skouteris H (2019) A systematic mapping review of the associations between pregnancy intentions and health-related lifestyle behaviours or psychological wellbeing. Preventive Medicine Reports, 14, Art. No.: 100869. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100869

Meeting Abstract

Gillespie N, McInnes R, Hoddinott P, Elders A & Currie S (2018) Breast-milk expression policies and practices in Scotland: a document analysis. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood Conference, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, 10/06/2017 - 14/06/2017. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14 (S2). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/mcn.12587; https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12587


Currie S & Atkinson L (2015) The application of psychological methods, models and theories to the understanding of health in the pregnancy and postpartum period: A review of a BPS funded seminar series. Health Psychology Update, 24 (2), pp. 56-59. http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/health-psychology-update/health-psychology-update-vol-24-no-2-autumn-2015.html



I am deputy programme lead for the MSc Health Psychology.

I lead and/or teach health psychology related topics on a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, this includes:

BSc/ BA Psychology final year special interest topics MSc Health Psychology Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

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