Anna is a Research Fellow in the Evidence Synthesis Training and Research Group at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her current research involves undertaking different forms of evidence synthesis such as systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials, meta-syntheses and rapid reviews for policy. Anna works closely with colleagues within the University, in particular the Mother and Infant Research Unit. In addition Anna is also passionate about teaching research methods and is involved in the provision of postgraduate teaching for MSc and PhD students.
Anna originally trained in Medicine and undertook a BMSc in Medical Psychology. She received her PhD in 2014 from the University of St Andrews for work evaluating programmes for the prevention of violence in adolescents living in Scotland. Following this Anna continued to work at St Andrews as Post-doctoral Researcher in the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy and the Public Health Group at the University of St Andrews.
Since coming to Dundee, Anna has developed an interest in developing evidence synthesis for policy. This involves developing novel methods for efficient evidence reviews and she has actively contributed to a number of projects which have direct policy implications including: conduction of evidence reviews to inform the Scottish Government’s Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services; conduction of Cochrane reviews on interventions for Breastfeeding Initiation and Support to inform the World Health Organization’s guideline development group on nutrition actions; and conduction of evidence reviews to inform the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Educational Standards for Midwifery.
Wider professional activities
Within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Anna has a number of other roles including:
- Depute Chair of School of Nursing and Health Sciences Equality and Diversity Group
- Athena Swan Self-Assessment Group member for Clinical Schools
- Depute impact champion within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Responsible for the co-ordination of the LTC group PhD applications
Anna is a peer reviewer for a number of journals including Systematic Reviews. In addition she peer reviews grant applications submitted to the ESRC and final reports submitted to the NIHR.
- Gavine, A., MacGillivray, S., Ross-Davie, M., Renfrew, M. Rapid reviews for evidence-based policy making: informing the national review of maternity and neonatal services in Scotland. Oral presentation at the International Congress of Midwives Congress. Toronto, June 2017.
- Cameron, J., McFadden, A., Gavine, A., MacGillivray, S. Massage for promoting growth and development of preterm and/or low birth-weight infants: an update of a Cochrane Systematic Review. Poster presentation at the International Congress of Midwives Congress. Toronto, June 2017.
- Ainine, S., Rutter, J., McFadden, A., Haggi, H. M., Atkin, K., Bell, K., Gavine, A., Jones, H., MacGillivray, S., Siebelt, L., Innes, N. Managing Barriers to Gypsy and Traveller Engagement With Dental Services. Paper presented at IADR General Session, San Francisco, United States, March 2017.
- Martin, G., Gavine, A., Currie, C. & Inchley, J Conceptualizing, measuring and evaluating constructs of the adolescent neighbourhood social environment: a systematic review. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Cádiz, Spain, September 2016.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D., Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. Reducing health inequalities through the prevention of violence. Poster presentation at the European Public Health Conference. Glasgow, 19-22nd November, 2014.
- Goodall, C., Neville, F., Williams, D., Gavine, A., Donnelly, P. 'Can I dance in high heels with this?' Examining the experience and effectiveness of continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring with a female student population. Poster presentation at the European Public Health Conference. Glasgow, 19-22nd November, 2014.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. The effectiveness of universal school-based programmes aimed at the primary prevention of violence in secondary school-aged (11-18 years) young people: Results from a systematic review. Oral presentation to the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, 15th-19th November, 2014.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. Primary prevention of violence in high school pupils in Scotland: Evaluation of the Medics Against Violence programme. Poster presentation to the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, 15th-19th November, 2014.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. A transdisciplinary approach to preventing youth violence: A process evaluation of Medics Against Violence. Oral presentation at the Festival of Public Health. University of Manchester, 4th July 2013.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. The involvement of healthcare workers in delivering school-based violence prevention programmes: limiting and motivating factors. Oral Presentation to NADEGS Annual Conference. Dundee, 24-25 January, 2013.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. An educational approach to preventing violence in Glasgow's secondary school students: The Medics Against Violence programme. Poster presentation to the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, 27-31 October, 2012.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. Establishing an evidence base for the prevention of youth violence: evaluation of the Medics Against Violence programme. Oral presentation to the International Society for Social Paediatrics Annual Conference. St. Andrews, 6-8 August 2012.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D. Goodall, C., Donnelly, P. Prevention of violent lifestyles and associated health risk behaviours. An evaluation of Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) in under 16s. Oral presentation to the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland Annual Conference. Dunblane, 11-12 November, 2010.
Anna is experienced in different forms of evidence synthesis for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods data, and has conducted reviews for a range of organisations including the World Health Organization, Scottish Government, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Department of Health, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats and the Cochrane Collaboration.
Current and recently completed projects include:
- A series of evidence reviews to inform the NMC’s development of Educational Standards
- A systematic review on breastfeeding counselling interventions for WHO
- Rapid Evidence Synthesis on policy research into midwifery skills education for the World Health Organization
- Keeping Secrets Online
- Teenage pregnancy rates among Looked After Young People and care leavers in the United Kingdom and other very high Human Development Index countries compared with their non-looked after peers: a systematic review
- Enhancing Gypsy/Travellers’ trust: using maternity and early years’ health services and dental health services as exemplars of mainstream service provision
- The Scottish Government’s review of maternity and neonatal services. This involves a series of rapid reviews on maternity and neonatal care. Due to contractual status I was unable to be PI on this project, however, I was responsible for the day to day project management.
- A suite of reviews on breastfeeding support, education and initiation for the WHO. This includes two Cochrane reviews and one non-Cochrane review (CoI).
Anna is part of the Research for Practice module team for the MSc in Nursing and Health. She also supervises MSc students undertaking dissertations in evidence synthesis and PhD students.
- McFadden, A., Siebelt L., Gavine, A., Innes, N., Ansera, H., MacGillivray, S. The Engagement of Gypsy Travelers in Health Services: A systematic review. In Press. European Journal of Public Health.
- Gavine, A., MacGillivray, S., Ross-Davie, M., Campbell, K., White, L., Renfrew, M. Maximising the availability and use of high quality evidence for policymaking collaborative targeted efficient evidence reviews for policy making. Submitted to Palgrave Communications
- Zubala, A., MacGillivray, S., Frost, H., Kroll, T., Skelton, D. A., Gavine, A., Gray, N. M., Toma, M., Morris, J. (2017). Promotion of physical activity interventions for community dwelling older adults: A systematic review of reviews. PLoS One, 12(7)1-36.
- Martin, G., Gavine, A., Inchley, J., Currie, C. (2017). Conceptualizing, measuring and evaluating constructs of the adolescent neighbourhood social environment: A systematic review. SSM – Population Health, 3, 335-351.
- McFadden, A., Gavine, A., Renfrew, M.J., Wade, A. McFadden, A., Crowther, S.A., Buchanan, P., Rennie, A.M., Taylor, J.L., Veitch, E., MacGillivray, S. (2017). Support for healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001141.
- Gavine, A., MacGillivray, S., Renfrew, M., Siebelt, L., Haggi, H., McFadden, A. (2017). Education and training of healthcare staff in the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to work effectively with breastfeeding women: a systematic review. International Breastfeeding Journal, vol 12:6.
- O'Sullivan, E., Ota, E., Balogun, O.O., Gavine, A., Renfrew, M.J., MacGillivray, S., McFadden, A. Interventions for promoting the initiation of breastfeeding. (2016). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 11. Art. No.: CD001688.
- Gavine, A., Donnelly, P., Williams, D. (2016). The effectiveness of universal school-based programmes for the prevention of youth violence. Psychology of Violence, vol 6(3): 390-399
- Dombrowski, S., Campbell, P., Frost, H. Pollock, A., McLellan, J. MacGillivray, S. Gavine, A., Maxwell, M. O’Carroll, R., Cheyne, H., Presseau, J. (2016). Interventions for sustained healthcare professional behaviour change: a protocol for an overview of reviews. Systematic Reviews, 5(1):173, 2016.
- Neville, F., Goodall, C., Gavine, A., Williams, D., Donnelly, P. (2015). Public health, youth violence and perpetrator well-being. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, vol 21, 322 – 333.
- Gavine, A., Williams, D., Shearer, M., Donnelly, P. (2011). The Glasgow effect: Useful construct or epidemiological dead end? Public Health, 125, 561-562