Dr Helena Mc Elhinney has been employed as a Research Officer at NICVA since 2018. Prior to this role, she completed a PhD from Ulster University. Her research focused on decision making by HSC professionals’ around child protection referrals of unborn babies. She has a background in psychology, health promotion, public health, teaching and business development/management. Her research interests include child protection, mental illness, domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences. She has published in peer reviewed journals, published online manual resources for researchers, presented at international conferences and sits on several advisory groups in UU, QUB, ADRC-NI and NISRA.

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