EGA Institute for Women's Health


Qualitative Researcher's Profiles

Here are thumbnails of researchers who undertake qualitative work in our Institute and these provide details of their projects, methods and theoretical perspectives.

Professor Anna David
Professor Anna David 


Anna has worked in a number of collaborations using qualitative interviews with patients and healthcare professionals to explore their priorities and views on pregnancy conditions such as preterm birth, fetal growth restriction and fetal surgery. Her main focus is on developing novel interventions that are patient centred, and address priorities for care in a way that is sensitive and safe.



Fetal surgery:

Crombag N, Sacco, A, Stocks B, De Vloo P, Van Der Merwe J, Gallagher K, David AL, Marlow N, Deprest J. ‘We did everything we could’– A qualitative study exploring the acceptability of maternal-fetal surgery for spina bifida to parents. Prenatal Diagnosis 2021 in press

Fetal growth restriction:

Harvey ME, David AL, Dyer J, Spencer R. Pregnant women’s experiences and perceptions of participating in the EVERREST Prospective Study, a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 Apr 30 19(1):144

Sheppard M, Spencer RN, Ashcroft R, EVERREST consortium, David AL. Ethics and social acceptability of a proposed clinical trial using maternal gene therapy to treat severe early onset fetal growth restriction. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2016 Mar 9. doi: 10.1002/uog.15880.

Preterm birth:

Uhm S, Crowe S, Dowling I. Oliver S on behalf of Preterm Birth Priority Setting Partnership Steering Group. The process and outcomes of setting research priorities about preterm birth – a collaborative partnership. Infant 2014;10(6):178-81.

Duley L, Uhm S, Oliver S on behalf of Preterm Birth Priority Setting Partnership Steering Group. Top 15 UK research priorities for preterm birth. Lancet 2014;383:2041-2042. PMID: 24931684


Neeltje Crombag
Neeltje Crombag


Midwife and post-doc researcher, worked in the field of obstetrics, more specific in prenatal screening, diagnosis and fetal medicine. The main focus of research has been on patient-perspectives and ethics, with mainly qualitative methods (in-depth interview, focus-group) as well as semi-quantitative approaches (survey). 


Research areas of interest:
-    (Non-invasive) prenatal screening
-    Fetal surgery 
-    Perinatal mental health and resilience 
-    (Prospective) parents perspectives) 
-    Social media use of parents
-    Congenital anomalies and parents’ perspectives 
-    Patient experience and outcome measures
-    Research ethics (equipoise) 
-    Health inequalities


Professor Anne Lanceley
Professor Anne Lanceley


Anne’s background is in humanities (English literature) and healthcare (professional discipline – nursing).  She has extensive clinical and academic expertise in cancer care.  The emphasis of her research is on patient experience and the use of patient reported outcomes to measure the  effectiveness of treatments in the field of women’s cancers.
She established the Patient Care Research Group in 2008.  The Group integrates psychosocial research into the IfWH Department of Women’s Cancer at UCL with the aim of improving long term patient outcomes. The group prioritises multi-disciplinary collaboration in studies to improve quality of life and reducing suffering resulting from women’s cancer.  

Anne’s specific research interests are:

•    Patient experience of prevention and early detection approaches in women’s cancer
•    Patient and health professional communication 
•    Novel interventions including the implementation and evaluation of innovative psychological therapies 
•    Quality of life including the development of QoL measures

Anne’s theoretical perspectives are sociocultural and psychological and she has expertise in a range of qualitative methodologies including ethnography, conversation analysis, and quality of life instrument development. Methods expertise includes focus group and one-on-one interviews and content analysis. 

Jenny Hall, Dept of Sexual Reproductive Health, IfWH
Dr Jennifer Hall

Dr Jennifer Hall is a mixed-methods researcher, employing qualitative, quantitative and psychometric methodologies as her research questions dictate. Her recent qualitative work has focused on women’s experiences of accessing early pregnancy assessment units in the UK as part of the multi-disciplinary VESPA study. She used thematic framework analysis to identify areas of poor experience and recommendations for how services could be approved (BJOG 2021) and also explored the range of emotions that women experience during their care. Planned work includes evaluating women’s and midwives’ experience of assessing pregnancy intention during routine antenatal care and exploring how women and healthcare professionals would like to discuss pregnancy preferences to help reduce unplanned pregnancies and improve preconception care.






Suzy Buckley
Dr Suzy Buckley 

My research interests lie in the use of donor gametes; the demographics, experiences and attitudes of those that use, or are conceived using, donor gametes. 
In recent years there has been an increase in the numbers of women who choose to have a child by themselves using gamete donation. These women are known as ‘single mothers by choice’ or ‘solo Mums’. In association with the Donor Conception Network (DCN), I am working on a questionnaire-based study to investigate this group of mothers to find out more about their make-up. This includes collecting standard demographic information as well as more specific details about their family composition, living situation and parenting experiences. I am also interested in the support sources they use; how often they access them and how useful they find them to be in helping with parenting. It is hoped that this data can be used to support and nurture this growing section of society. 
In collaboration with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), I am also interested in analysing large data sets to investigate any changes in donor demographics over the past 30 years.

 Katie Gallagher, Clinical Research Fellow, EGA Institute for Women's Health
Katie Gallagher is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL EGA Institute of Women’s Health, with the unique role of neonatal nurse research associate on the UCLH neonatal unit. Katie’s research is mainly focused on parental engagement in their infant’s care during the ante and postnatal period, and the experiences and attitudes of healthcare professionals involved in maternal and neonatal care. Katie collaborates closely with parents, professionals, and parent representatives to develop research which will make a difference to the clinical care provided to families. Current areas of research include: the involvement of parents in critical care decision making on the neonatal unit (recently highlighted as an NIHR Alert); the experiences of parents and neonatal healthcare professionals of webcam use in neonatal units, including a workload analysis; the attitudes of healthcare professionals towards extremely preterm infants; the use of social media support in families considering fetal surgery; development of outcomes for fetal surgery for spina bifida, incorporating multi stakeholder perspectives; exploration of global guidelines for neonatal resuscitation following emergent fetal delivery during fetal surgery for spina bifida; exploring practices and attitudes towards neonatal organ donation. Katie is an experienced qualitative researcher, employing a variety of methods to undertake her research including interviews, Q methodology, survey-based research, social media analysis and conversation analysis. Katie is dedicated to the progression of academic neonatal nursing careers and works closely with neonatal nurses in practice to develop their research ideas, capacity, and capability. Katie is Chair of the Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA) Linking Education And Research in Neonatal care group (LEARN) and is an Executive board member of the NNA.