Dr Zoe Darwin
- Position: Lecturer (Maternal Health)
- Areas of expertise: perinatal mental health; maternal wellbeing; paternal wellbeing; engaging fathers/co-parents/partners; gestational diabetes; psychosocial aspects of reproduction; applied health research
- Email: Z.J.Darwin@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 0549
- Location: Baines Wing
- Website: Twitter | White Rose
I joined the University in 2014, having held previous Research Fellow posts at the University of York and been awarded my PhD from the University of Manchester. My background is in Health Psychology and Applied Health Research. I am strongly committed to applied research that has the potential to impact policy and practice. Leading the final year dissertation in the pre-registration Midwifery programme enables me to work with our future midwives as they develop knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice and undertake their own systematic reviews.
I am proud to be involved with several external roles including being Deputy Chair of the International Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology and sitting on the Editorial Board for Baby Buddy. These enable me to help publicise research in reproductive psychology and to make research findings accessible and meaningful to members of the public.
- Admissions Lead (Midwifery)
I am a member of the School of Healthcare's Maternal Family and Child Health research group. My primary area of research is psychosocial aspects of reproductive health, with special interests in perinatal mental health, engaging partners, and behaviour change. I have worked with a range of methodologies and methods including randomised controlled trials, primary qualitative research, mixed methods evaluations, quantitative systematic reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses.
I currently supervise doctoral researchers examining midwife-father communication in birth (Debbie Garrod), weight management in pregnancy (Hannah Hartley) post-traumatic growth following traumatic birth (Rhianna Ketley), and perinatal mental health in co-mothers (Alex Howat).
- PhD Assessing and Responding to Maternal Stress
- MSc Health Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
I contribute to teaching on all levels of our pre-registration Midwifery programme, focusing on research methods and psychosocial aspects of reproduction. I am the Admissions Lead for Midwifery and enjoy welcoming our applicants from their first visit to the University.
Research groups and institutes
- Maternal, child and family health