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Professor Julie Jomeen

Professor of Midwifery/ Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences


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Professor Julie Jomeen is at the forefront of leading both research and teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences as part of the University's commitment to improving the health of the region.

Contribution to the health and social care arena in its broadest sense from scientific discovery to translational research which impacts the lives of patients, alongside the provision of skilled graduates to provide the highest quality healthcare workforce, is a key mission of the faculty and the University.

Professor Jomeen is Professor of Midwifery with an active research portfolio in maternity care and has played a significant role in health service development.


Research Interests

Professor Jomeen is actively involved in research within the field of reproductive and maternal health.

  • The psychological impact of pregnancy and childbirth

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Choice in decision-making in maternity care and maternity interventions

  • Other aspects of reproductive health including sexual health and maternity care interventions

Research groups

Professor Jomeen leads the maternal health strand of the Maternal and Reproductive Health (MaRRSH) research group within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

She collaborates with researchers from many other UK institutions, including the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford; University of Nottingham; University of Leeds; University of York; University of East Anglia.

Professor Jomeen also works with researchers from international Universities such as Southern Cross University, where she is an adjunct and Canberra University in Australia; University of Skövde, Sweden; University of Malta; University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Recent projects include

  • Puerperal psychosis – an international collaboration to explore psychological stress factors (University of Canberra Research Grant programme)

  • Fear of Falling in Older Adults: a pilot study on an Alexander Technique Group Intervention (North Yorks and Humber Commissioning Support Unit)

  • Empowering Primary Care practitioners to effectively predict, detect and manage PMI to ensure pregnant and postnatal women’s optimum mental health (North Yorks and Humber Commissioning Support Unit)

  • Intimate partner violence: perspectives of the Muslim community in Hull: community consultation (University of Hull Ferens Trust)

  • Empowering health visitors to predict and detect deleterious mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period and promote optimal care for childbearing women (Burdett Trust for Nursing)

  • A preliminary survey of complementary and alternative therapy use in local maternity services (University of Hull Ferens Trust)


Noonan M, Doody O, Jomeen J, Galvin R (2016), 'Midwives’ Perceptions and Experiences of Caring for Women who Experience Perinatal Mental Health Problems: An Integrative Review', Midwifery, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.12.010.

Jefford E, Jomeen J, Martin CR, 'Determining the Psychometric Properties of the Enhancing Decision-making Assessment in Midwifery (EDAM) Measure in a Cross Cultural ContexT', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-0882-3.

McKenzie-McHarg K, Ayers S., Ford E, Horsch A, Jomeen J, Sawyer A, Stramrood C, Thomson G, Slade P (2015), 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following Childbirth: an Update of Current Issues and Recommendations for Future Research', Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1031646

Jones C, Jomeen J, Hayter M (2013), 'The Impact of Peer Support in the Context of Perinatal Mental Illness: A Meta-Ethnography. Midwifery', [available online http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.08.003].

Jomeen J and Martin C R (2005), 'Confirmation of an Occluded Anxiety Component within the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) during Early Pregnancy', Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23, 1-12.

Full list


Research PhDs

Professor Jomeen welcomes applications from students researching in the field of maternal health with particular interest in the psychological impact of pregnancy and childbirth and perinatal mental health, choice in decision-making in maternity care and maternity interventions.

Completed PhDs 

Professor Jomeen has successfully supervised postgraduate doctoral students from the UK and overseas researching the following topics.

March 2017, Understanding Risk Communication between Women with Pre-Gestational Diabetes and Midwives involved in their Care.

August 2016, Fathers’ Relationship to, and Experience of, their Partner’s Mental Illness during the Perinatal Period

January 2016, Exploring how Women Negotiate Pregnancy in the Context of Food Behaviours and Weight Status

August 2015, An Exploration into the Occurrence of Unusual Thoughts after Childbirth

January 2015, 3D Ultrasound In Pregnancy: Discourses, Women’s Experiences And Psychological Understanding

January 2015, What are Mothers’ and Healthcare Professionals’ Experiences of Infant Feeding within the Current Policy Context and Culture of Healthcare in England?

December 2014, Exploring Defining and Measuring the Signs and Symptoms of Pin Site Infection

August 2014, The Experience of Women who have Received a Diagnosis of Puerperal Psychosis and their Significant Others: Exploring the Role of Relationships

August 2013, The Role of the Self in Women’s Decision-Making about Place of Birth

August 2012, Sexual Health (Chlamydia) and Wellbeing

May 2012, Exploring the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of the Decision Making of Military Nurses: Professional Versus Military Codes

September 2011, Correlates and Predictors of Psychological Distress following Ectopic Pregnancy

December 2009, Postnatal Perineal Trauma and General Health in Maltese Women

Current PhD supervisions 

Professor Jomeen currently supervises a number of PhD and clinical psychology doctoral students researching topics including

  • Coping Experiences following Intimate Partner Suicide

  • Choices made by Women in Pregnancy and Birth, after a Previous Traumatic Birth

  • Women’s Lived Experiences of Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania

  • A Grounded Theory Study of Asexuality

  • Midwives and Public Health Nurses’ Knowledge, Confidence and Illness Beliefs in Relation to Perinatal Mental Illness (Pmi)

  • A Study of the Experiences of Pregnancy, Motherhood and Parenting in Early Years

  • Staff Constructs of Perinatal Mental Illness

Teaching awards and accolades

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA Health Service Studies (Research), University of Leeds

  • PhD, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

External roles

Professor Jomeen chairs the executive committee of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP).

She maintains a strong link with clinical practice and is chair of the Hull and East Yorkshire Maternal Mental Health advisory group, whose work has led to the establishment of a specialist perinatal health service in the locality. She is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Network Steering Group. Professor Jomeen is also a member of the Humber Coast and Vale STP.

Professor Jomeen’s research has led to invitations to speak at conferences and deliver lectures across the UK and overseas. She is adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Australia, and Memorial University, Newfoundland.

External roles include

  • Member of the National Institute for Health Research: Non Medial Clinical leadership Fellowship panel.

  • Member of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Intrapartum Clinical Study Group

  • Member of a DoH national perinatal mental health indicator working group

  • Former member of the UK Health Technology Assessment programme, Maternal, Neonatal and Child review panel

  • Member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Research Advisory Network

  • Former trust board member Ferens Education Charitable Trust.

  • Steering group lead, HS&DR BABY/BABY PaNDA project, University of York

  • Advisory group member, STRAWB Study, University of Liverpool

  • Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education: Best practice in spiritual care education

Editorial board member of

  • British Journal of Midwifery

  • Journal of Health, Organisation and Management

  • Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

Associate Editor
  • Women and Birth

  • BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Peer reviewer of grant submissions and PhD fellowship applications for UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research for Patient Benefit; Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Wellbeing of Women, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC). For International European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research; Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Rapporteur for ESRC and NIHR and referee for numerous academic journals. 


Awards and accolades

Radcliffe Writing Award for Midwifery, for Choice, Control and Contemporary Childbirth (2010).

Royal College of Midwives: Excellence in Partnership Working Award nominations in 2009, 2016 (top three).

Queens Anniversary Prize nominee 2017.

Grants awarded in excess of £1 million from bodies such as ESRC; Burdett Trust for Nursing; North Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit; Family Links; Workforce Development Australia; Commission for Rural Communities and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Successful funding has also been attained from the Wolfson Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation to support faculty infrastructure.

Professional highlights

Professor Jomeen is Professor of Midwifery. Prior to her present role as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, she was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care. She has also held the positions of Head of Department and Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Enterprise.