Jennifer Hanratty

Jennifer Hanratty is a research fellow in Queen's University Belfast. She is currently writing a number of systematic reviews on child health topics including measuring outcomes in autism, psychosocial interventions for maltreated children and interventions to improve emotion/self-regulation in children and young people. She has a background in psychology and is interested in emotion/self-regulation and children's emotional health and wellbeing.


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Does training in evidence based practice make clinicians better decision makers?

Jennifer Hanratty highlights a recent cross-sectional study on evidence-based practice, disruptive behaviour disorders, training & clinical decision making.

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Music therapy for neglected children: can music therapy improve the parent-child relationship?

In this blog, Nuala Livingstone considers an interesting study with Randomized Controlled Trials design, which looks at the effect of music therapy treatment on parent-child interactions.

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Having a laugh: Can medical clowns ease the pain of allergy tests?

In this blog, Jennifer Hanratty examined a study, which tested the efficacy of the “Dream Doctors” medical clowns in easing anxiety and pain in children undergoing allergy skin prick tests.

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Smoking bans linked to healthier outcomes for children

In this co-authored blog, Victoria Simms and Jennifer Hanratty consider a recent systematic review, which aimed to assess the effectiveness of the introduction of smoke-free legislation on child health outcomes.

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To nap or not to nap?

Jennifer Hanratty critically appraises and summarises a new systematic review of napping, child health and development from 0-5 years, which suggests that children should stop taking day-time naps at age 2 or risk disrupting their night-time sleep.

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Can children be supported to make decisions about their own health care?

Nobody likes being left out, especially when it comes to making decisions that can have a big effect on you. There’s a lot of discussion in the NHS at the moment around shared decision making and it mostly focuses on adults. But what about the children…Won’t somebody please think of the children?! From a children’s rights [read the full story…]