Professor Colin R. Martin

Professor of Perinatal Mental Health and Lead for Maternal and Reproductive Health (MaRH) group

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Colin R Martin is a registered nurse, chartered health psychologist and chartered scientist.

He has published, or has in press, approximately 200 peer-reviewed journal research papers and more than 80 book chapters.

Colin has an enduring interest in perinatal mental health and wellbeing and, as part of this interest, has developed a number of validated measures for use within perinatal research and clinical practice.

These include the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R), an outcome measure now recommended for global use by the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) in the Pregnancy and Childbirth Standard Set.



Research Interests

  • Perinatal mental health

Research groups

  • Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR)
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health (MaRH) group


Martin C R and Redshaw M, 'Establishing a coherent and replicable measurement model of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale', Psychiatry Research, 264, pp 182-191, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.03.062 (2018)

Hollins M C J, Anderson L and Martin C R, 'A scoping review to determine themes that represent perceptions of self as mother (‘ideal mother’ vs ‘real mother’)', Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 16, pp 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2018.1556786 (2018)

Martin C R and Fleming M P, 'Evidence for the continuum-severity model of psychosis through scrutiny of the architecture of symptoms associated with schizophrenia', Psychosis, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2018.1545861 (2018)

Hollins M C J and Martin C R, 'Development and psychometric properties of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)', Midwifery, 30(6), pp 610-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.10.006 (2014)

Martin C R and Larkin D, Probiotics in Mental Health, CRC Press (2018)



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Academic qualifications

  • RN
  • BSc
  • MSc
  • MBA
  • PhD
  • YCAP
  • CPsychol
  • CSci
  • AFBPsS