UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Dr Claire Powell

Senior Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods for Child Health

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
15th Apr 2019

Research summary

I am a qualitative health researcher with a focus on families living in adversity and the services they might access. Previous work has involved mothers in prison, mothers with perinatal mental health problems, and adult survivors of child maltreatment and domestic abuse, as well as health and social care professionals. I have experience in a range of methods including qualitative, consensus, and evidence review. I am interested in how health policy and practice can be improved to reach more families and avoid causing harm, particularly for survivors of violence and abuse. 

In my current role in the NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit, I work across a broad range of projects including domestic abuse and early years service provision, young people's access to primary care and the school experiences of young people with chronic health conditions. I particularly value working in partnership with third-sector organisations and ensuring the voice of lived experience is listened to and acted on throughout the research process.

Teaching summary

I teach on UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health's BSc Population Health, MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and the 'Practicing Qualitative Research in Child and Adolescent Health' module. I supervise student dissertations on the MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and MSc Paediatrics & Child Health. I am currently co-supervising a PhD student who is working on the health needs of mothers who have their children removed through the family courts.

Previously I have taught a range of qualitative methods, psychology, and child development courses at King's College London and Middlesex University. I was an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College for six years where I co-led an undergraduate psychology module.


Award, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy |
Doctorate, |
First Degree, |
Masters, |


I have a background in psychology (developmental and forensic) and I worked for ten years across a range of community-based mental health and family support organisations as a group facilitator and evaluator before moving into academic research.