Fiona has a BSc (hons) degree in Midwifery, a MSc in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Global health.
She worked as a Staff Midwife and Midwifery Research Assistant in the NHS, before taking up a role as a Healthcare Manager for an NGO-run orphanage in north Africa.
She has worked at LSTM for over 10 years, initially as a Research Assistant and subsequently as M&E Data Manager. Projects have included a wide variety of maternal and newborn health research studies and implementation packages across sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
Fiona has a particular interest in the assessment and improvement of care quality for women and newborns and the provision of breastfeeding support for new mothers. She completed her PhD in Global Health in 2021, during which she developed the Maternity Patient Reported Outcome Measure.
Current research includes: patient reported outcome measure for assessing quality of care in maternity services; use of assisted vaginal births in healthcare facilities in Kenya; monitoring of emergency obstetric signal function availability and performance in selected counties in Kenya; and peer-mother breastfeeding support for mothers of low-birth-weight babies in western Kenya.
Fiona has taught and assessed at postgraduate level, including on the Diploma in Tropical Nursing, the Diploma in Reproductive Health, and Masters modules on Quality Improvements in Maternal and Newborn Health. She is currently supervising two PhD students and developing a QI blended learning package.
Fiona is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.