Associate Professor Fran Boyle

Research Social Scientist

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Assoc Prof Fran Boyle is a social scientist and health services researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences Research. Fran's background is in psychology and public health and her research focuses on people’s lived experiences of health, health services and the health system. Fran's research expertise is in the application of social sciences methods (including the integration quantitative and qualitative approaches) and health systems thinking to guide policy and practice.

Fran is a Principal Investigator with the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth where she co-leads the Care after Stillbirth program. Her research addresses the psychosocial impacts of perinatal loss and is committed to improving outcomes for women and families through the implementation and evaluation of best practice parent-centred perinatal bereavement care in hospital and community settings.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours1), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Boyle, Frances M., Horey, Dell, Middleton, Philippa F. and Flenady, Vicki (2019) Clinical practice guidelines for perinatal bereavement care — An overview. Women and Birth, . doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2019.01.008

  • Schirmann, Anne, Boyle, Frances M, Horey, Dell, Siassakos, Dimitrios, Ellwood, David, Rowlands, Ingrid and Flenady, Vicki (2018) Understanding mothers' decision-making needs for autopsy consent after stillbirth: Framework analysis of a large survey. Birth (Berkeley, Calif.), 45 3: 255-262. doi:10.1111/birt.12344

  • Shakespeare, C., Merriel, A., Bakhbakhi, D., Baneszova, R., Barnard, K., Lynch, M., Storey, C., Blencowe, H., Boyle, F., Flenady, V., Gold, K., Horey, D., Mills, T. and Siassakos, D. (2018) Parents’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences of care after stillbirth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-summary. BJOG, 126 1: 12-21. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.15430

  • Flenady, Vicki, Wojcieszek, Aleena M., Middleton, Philippa, Ellwood, David, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Coory, Michael, Khong, T. Yee, Silver, Robert M., Smith, Gordon C. S., Boyle, Frances M., Lawn, Joy E., Blencowe, Hannah, Hopkins Leisher, Susannah, Gross, Mechthild M., Horey, Dell, Farrales, Lynn, Bloomfield, Frank, McCowan, Lesley, Brown, Stephanie J., Joseph, K S, Zeitlin, Jennifer, Reinebrant, Hanna E., Ravaldi, Claudia, Vannacci, Alfredo, Cassidy, Jillian, Cassidy, Paul, Farquhar, Cindy, Wallace, Euan, Siassakos, Dimitrios, Heazell, Alexander E. P., Storey, Claire, Sadler, Lynn, Petersen, Scott, Froen, J. Frederik and Goldenberg, Robert L. (2016) Stillbirths: Recall to action in high-income countries. The Lancet, 387 10019: 691-702. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01020-X

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Available Projects

  • This project offers a rare opportunity to follow-up a cohort of families who joined a longitudinal study following the death of a baby 30 years ago.

    The goal of the research is to understand the long-term consequences of a baby’s death for parents and families and to explore pathways to resilient or adverse psychosocial outcomes.

    This will be achieved by investigating parents’ experiences and outcomes following a baby’s death over a 30-year time span.

    Understanding and experience in at least one of the following areas is essential: longitudinal research; perinatal mental health; bereavement care; mixed methods research.

    Please email me if you would like further details.

  • We are currently conducting online surveys in a number of countries to investigate the views of parents and health professionals in relation to stillbirth. The information being collected aims to identify strategies to improve care following stillbirth at health services and wider community levels. Both quantitative and qualitative data are being collected.

    Other topics also exist in this area. Interested students are invited to make contact to explore possibilities.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Boyle, Frances M., Horey, Dell, Middleton, Philippa F. and Flenady, Vicki (2019) Clinical practice guidelines for perinatal bereavement care — An overview. Women and Birth, . doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2019.01.008

  • Schirmann, Anne, Boyle, Frances M, Horey, Dell, Siassakos, Dimitrios, Ellwood, David, Rowlands, Ingrid and Flenady, Vicki (2018) Understanding mothers' decision-making needs for autopsy consent after stillbirth: Framework analysis of a large survey. Birth (Berkeley, Calif.), 45 3: 255-262. doi:10.1111/birt.12344

  • Shakespeare, C., Merriel, A., Bakhbakhi, D., Baneszova, R., Barnard, K., Lynch, M., Storey, C., Blencowe, H., Boyle, F., Flenady, V., Gold, K., Horey, D., Mills, T. and Siassakos, D. (2018) Parents’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences of care after stillbirth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-summary. BJOG, 126 1: 12-21. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.15430

  • Flenady, Vicki, Wojcieszek, Aleena M., Middleton, Philippa, Ellwood, David, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Coory, Michael, Khong, T. Yee, Silver, Robert M., Smith, Gordon C. S., Boyle, Frances M., Lawn, Joy E., Blencowe, Hannah, Hopkins Leisher, Susannah, Gross, Mechthild M., Horey, Dell, Farrales, Lynn, Bloomfield, Frank, McCowan, Lesley, Brown, Stephanie J., Joseph, K S, Zeitlin, Jennifer, Reinebrant, Hanna E., Ravaldi, Claudia, Vannacci, Alfredo, Cassidy, Jillian, Cassidy, Paul, Farquhar, Cindy, Wallace, Euan, Siassakos, Dimitrios, Heazell, Alexander E. P., Storey, Claire, Sadler, Lynn, Petersen, Scott, Froen, J. Frederik and Goldenberg, Robert L. (2016) Stillbirths: Recall to action in high-income countries. The Lancet, 387 10019: 691-702. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01020-X

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project offers a rare opportunity to follow-up a cohort of families who joined a longitudinal study following the death of a baby 30 years ago.

    The goal of the research is to understand the long-term consequences of a baby’s death for parents and families and to explore pathways to resilient or adverse psychosocial outcomes.

    This will be achieved by investigating parents’ experiences and outcomes following a baby’s death over a 30-year time span.

    Understanding and experience in at least one of the following areas is essential: longitudinal research; perinatal mental health; bereavement care; mixed methods research.

    Please email me if you would like further details.

  • We are currently conducting online surveys in a number of countries to investigate the views of parents and health professionals in relation to stillbirth. The information being collected aims to identify strategies to improve care following stillbirth at health services and wider community levels. Both quantitative and qualitative data are being collected.

    Other topics also exist in this area. Interested students are invited to make contact to explore possibilities.