Staff Member Biography
Catherine Nixonposition: Investigator Scientist
phone: 0141 353 7638
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Catherine graduated with a BSc (hons) in Neuroscience and Psychology from Keele University. She went on to do an MSc in Social Science Research and a PhD in Social and Public Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
Catherine joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2007 as a research assistant, working on the multicentre external evaluation of the national sexual health demonstration project: Healthy Respect phase 2. This piece of work involved the collection and analysis of quantitative sexual health data from adolescents aged 15-16 and led to Catherine becoming interested in health inequalities and how these might be remedied using public and social care policy.
In 2009, Catherine secured funding from the Chief Scientists Office for Scotland to undertake a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research. This project, which formed the basis of Catherine’s PhD, used qualitative interviews to explore how discussions about sexual health and relationships are undertaken within local authority care placements.
In 2013, Catherine began working as an Investigator Scientist on the THRIVE trial. This three-arm randomised controlled trial compares the effectiveness of two antenatal interventions (Mellow Bumps and Enhanced Triple P for Baby) with the routine care experienced by women who are identified as vulnerable in pregnancy. In particular, the study aims to assess whether antenatal interventions can improve maternal mental health and well-being; improve mother-infant bonding and interaction; reduce child maltreatment; and, improve child language acquisition.
Catherine’s research interests include: sexual health and relationships education; parenting interventions; social inequalities; looked after children and young people; hard-to-reach and hidden populations; quantitative methods; and qualitative methods.
Nixon CL. Communicating about sexual health and relationships within local authority care placements [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2015.
Elliott L, Henderson M, Nixon C, Wight D. Has untargeted sexual health promotion for young people reached its limit? A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:398-404pubmed open access
Henderson M, Smith D, Elliott L, Nixon C, Wight D. Vulnerable young people in alternative education settings: their sexual health needs, experience and use of sex education and sexual health services. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper no. 21, Glasgow, 2011open access
Parkes A, Henderson M, Wight D, Nixon C. Is parenting associated with teenagers’ early sexual risk-taking, autonomy and relationship with sexual partners?. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2011;43:30-40pubmed open access
External Evaluation Team . Evaluation of Healthy Respect phase 2: Final Report. Edinburgh, 2010open access
Henderson M, Wight D, Nixon C, Hart G. Retaining young people in a longitudinal sexual health survey: a trial of strategies to maintain participation. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010;10pubmed open access
Phase Two Programme Evaluation Team , External Evaluation Team (Including Henderson M & Wight D & Nixon C) . The final report of Healthy Respect phase 2. Edinburgh, 2010open access
Phase Two Programme Evaluation Team, External Evaluation Team, (Including , Henderson M, Wight D, Nixon C, ). Evaluation of Healthy Respect phase 2: Interim Report - Executive Summary. Edinburgh, 2008open access
Phase Two Programme Evaluation Team, External Evaluation Team, (Including , Henderson M, Wight D, Nixon C, ). Evaluation of Healthy Respect phase 2: Interim Report. Edinburgh, 2008open access