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Sue Channon

Dr Sue Channon

Senior Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Neuadd Meirionnydd, Room 418p, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Neuadd Meirionnydd, Room 418c, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Trials Research (CTR), Cardiff University. My background is as an NHS Clinical Psychologist in Child Health when my work was focussed on child development, the impact of long-term conditions on psychological well-being and family-level psychological interventions. My main areas of research interest are in women’s health, implementation of service change in health and social care and health-related behaviour change. I have experience in the development and evaluation of complex interventions and process evaluations as an integral part of randomised controlled trials. I am the academic lead for the Treialon Cymru Associate Members Programme, which has been developed to enable staff in stakeholder organisations across health and social care to connect with and be a part of the Centre for Trials Research. 























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My current areas of research activity are in maternity including managment of obesity in pregnancy and safety of waterbirth, health behaviours and process evaluation.

Selected Research Grants 

  • 2023-25 . Jones A, Sanders J, Kenyon S, Channon S, Milotn R, Prendeville T, Barry S, Davies K, Haque H.  Factors influencing the implementation of the Midwifery Continuity of Carer (MCoC) model of care in England: a mixed methods cross case analysis. The SIMCA Study. £798,458.76 NIHR HS&DR
  • 2019-20 Channon S, Cannings-John R, Coulman E, Couzens Z, Davies F, Grant A, Morantz L, Sanders J, Scherf C, Strange H. The feasibility and acceptability of a planned pre-pregnancy weight loss intervention: The Plan-it study. £281,958 NIHR HTA recommended for funding.
  • 2018-2021 Sanders J, Brocklehurst P, Cannings-John R, Channon S, Gale C, Holmes A, Hunter B, Lugg-Widger F, Mornatz L, Mc Mullen S, Nolan M, Paranjothy S, Robling M. The POOL Study. Establishing the safety of waterbirth for mothers and babies: A cohort study with nested qualitative component NIHR HTA £895,187.06
  • 2017-18 Robling MR, Waters C, Channon S, Cannings-John R, Lugg-Widger F. Establishing the impact of specialist home-visiting on children’s language development and parent-child interaction: developmental pathways to later adverse outcomes. Wellcome Trust ISSF3 Collaboration panel -Population award £50,000.
  • 2016-18 Sanders J, Cannings-John R, Channon S, Hunter B, Warren L, Watson G. Development of individualised weight charts for pregnancy The Burdett Trust for Nursing £164,046
  • 2016-17 Channon S. Development of a Realist Evaluation of the Multi-Disciplinary Intervention Service, Torfaen (MIST). Action for Children £30,292
  • 2014- 2018 Robling MR, Owen-Jones E, Cannings-John R, Sanders J, Kemp A, Segrott J, Holland S, Kenkre J, Cohen D, Channon S, Hood K, Butler C, Jones K, Building blocks 2-6: Antenatal and post-natal parenting support to reduce child mal-treatment: Public Health Research £680,015
  • 2012-2015 Ludgate M, Dyan C, Gregory J, Channon S, Okosieme OE, Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening (CATS) Study II. Action Medical Research £110,353
  • 2011-2014 Channon S. Improving psychosocial support for children and families living with diabetes: The development of a parent –to parent mentoring programme. NISCHR Academic Health Science Collaboration £77,072
  • 2007 - 2010 Lowes L, Gregory J, Cohen D, Hood K, Waugh N, Channon S, Robling M, Gane W, Trevelyan N, Bath L, Warner J. “Delivery of Early Care in Diabetes Evaluation” Diabetes UK £680,773

    Selected Publications

    Allen, D. Cohen, D. Hood, K., Robling, M., Atwell, C., Lane, C., Lowes, L., Channon, S., Gillespie, D., Groves, D., Harvey, J., Gregory, J. (2012) Continuity of care in the transition from child to adult diabetes services: a realistic evaluation study, J Health Serv Res Policy 17 (3): 140-148.

    Channon S, Bekkers  MJ, Sanders  J, Cannings-John  R, Robertson  L, Bennert  K, Butler  C, Hood  K, Robling  M. Motivational interviewing competencies among UK family nurse partnership nurses: a process evaluation component of the building blocks trial. BMC Nursing.2016, 15:55.

    Channon S, Coulman E, Cannings-John R, Henley J, Lau M, Lugg-Widger F, Strange H, Davies F, Sanders J, Scherf C, Couzens Z, Morantz L. The acceptability of asking women to delay removal of a long-acting reversible contraceptive to take part in a preconception weight loss programme: a mixed methods study using qualitative and routine data (Plan-it). BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 Oct 18;22(1):778. doi: 10.1186/s12884-022-05077-0.

    Channon, S, Coulman, E, Moody, G, Brookes-Howell, L, Cannings-John, R, Lau, M, Rees, A Segrott, J, Scourfield, J and Robling, M 2020. Qualitative process evaluation of the Fostering Changes program for foster carers as part of the Confidence in Care randomized controlled trial. Child Abuse and Neglect 109 , 104768. 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104768

    Channon S, Marsh K, Jenkins A Robling M (2013) Using Motivational Interviewing as the basis for a peer support programme in high school. Pastoral Care in Education: Vol 31 Issue 1 66-78

    Christie D, Channon S. (2013) The potential for motivational interviewing to improve outcomes in the management of diabetes and obesity in paediatric and adult populations: a clinical review. Diab. Obesity and Metabolism. 2013 Aug 8. doi: 10.1111/dom.12195.

    Copeland, al. 2019. The feasibility and acceptability of providing a novel breastfeeding peer-support intervention informed by Motivational Interviewing. Maternal and Child Nutrition 15(2), article number: e12703

    Gregory JW, Townson J, Channon S, et al Effectiveness of home or hospital initiation of treatment at diagnosis for children with type 1 diabetes (DECIDE trial): a multicentre individually randomised controlled trial BMJ Open 2019;9:e032317. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032317

    Hales, C., S. Channon, P.N. Taylor, M.S. Draman, I. Muller, J. Lazarus et al (2014). The second wave of the Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening (CATS II) study: the cognitive assessment protocol. BMC endocrine disorders, 14(1), 95

    Hales C, Taylor PN, Channon S et al.  Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening II: effect of treating maternal sub-optimal thyroid function on child cognition. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2018.

    Hales C, Taylor P, Channon S,  McEwan K, Thapar A, Langley K,  Muller I, Draman MS, Dayan C, Gregory JW, Okosieme O, Lazarus JH, Rees DA, Ludgate M, Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening II: effect of treating maternal sub-optimal thyroid function on child behaviour, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, , dgz098,

    Henwood, T, Channon, S, Penny, H, Robling, M and Waters, C 2020. Do home visiting programmes improve children's language development? A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies 109 , 103610. 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103610

    Holford N, Channon S, Heron J, Jones I. The impact of postpartum psychosis on partners. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18(1):414. Published 2018 Oct 23. doi:10.1186/s12884-018-2055-z

    Lazarus J., Bestwick J., Channon S., Paradice R., Maina A.,Rees R., Chiusano al, (2012) Antenatal thyroid screening and childhood cognitive function . New England Journal of Medicine; 366:493-501.

    Lugg-Widger FV, Cannings-John R, Channon S, Fitzsimmons D, Hood K, Jones KH, Kemp A, Kenkre J, Longo M, McEwan K, Moody G. Assessing the medium-term impact of a home-visiting programme on child maltreatment in England: protocol for a routine data linkage study. BMJ Open. 2017 Jul 1;7(7):e015728.

    McLackland B, Channon S Fowles K, Asley-jones L. (2013) An intervention aimed at helping parents with their emotional attunement to their child. Community Pract; 86(4): 24–27.

    Milosevic S, Channon S, Hunter B, Nolan M, Hughes J, Barlow C, Milton R, Sanders J.  Factors influencing the use of birth pools in the United Kingdom: Perspectives of women, midwives and medical staff. Midwifery 79, 2019:

    Milosevic, S, Channon, S, Hughes, J, Hunter, B, Nolan, M, Milton, R and Sanders, J 2020. Factors influencing water immersion during labour: qualitative case studies of six maternity units in the United Kingdom. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 20 (1) , 719. 10.1186/s12884-020-03416-7

    Milton, R, Sanders, J, Barlow, C, Brocklehurst, , Cannings-John, R, Channon, S, Gale, C, Holmes, A, Hunter, B, Paranjothy, S, Lugg-Widger, F, Milosevic, S, Morantz, L, Plachcinski, R, Nolan, M and Robling, M 2021. Establishing the safety of waterbirth for mothers and babies: a cohort study with nested qualitative component: The protocol for the POOL study. BMJ Open 11 (1) , e040684. 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040684

    Moody G, Coulman E, Brookes-Howell L, Cannings-John R, Channon S, Lau M, Rees A, Segrott J, Scourfield J, Robling M. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the fostering changes programme. Child Abuse & Neglect Volume 108, October 2020, 104646,

    Morgan, J.E., Channon, S., Penny, H. Waters C. Longitudinal studies examining the impact of prenatal and subsequent episodes of maternal depression on offspring antisocial behaviour. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2019).

    Morgan‐Trimmer S, Channon S, Gregory JW, Townson J,  Lowes L. (2016) Family preferences for home or hospital care at diagnosis for children with diabetes in the DECIDE study. Diabetic Medicine,  33 (1), 119–124.

    Paine, AL, Cannings‐John, R, Channon, S, Lugg‐Widger, F, Waters, CS, Robling, M. Assessing the impact of a family nurse‐led intervention on young mothers’ references to internal states. Infant Ment HealthJ. 2020; 41: 463– 476

    Rees S, Channon S, Waters CS. The impact of maternal prenatal and postnatal anxiety on children's emotional problems: a systematic review. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Jun . doi:10.1007/s00787-018-1173-5. PMID: 29948234

    Robling M,  McNamara R, Bennert K,, Butler C, Channon S, Cohen  D, et al (2012). The effect of the Talking Diabetes consulting skills intervention on glycaemic control and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes: cluster randomised controlled trial (DEPICTED study).BMJ 2012;344:e2359 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2359

    Robling M, Bekkers M, Bell K, Butler C, Cannings-John R, Channon C,et al. Effectiveness of a nurse-led intensive home-visitation programme for first-time teenage mothers (Building Blocks): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Lancet October 14, 2015

    Robling M, CanningsJohn R, Channon S, et al. What is usual care for teenagers expecting their first child in England? A process evaluation using key informant mapping and participant survey as part of the Building Blocks randomised controlled trial of specialist home visiting. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020152. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-020152

    Sanders, J, Channon, S, Cannings -John, R, Coulman, E, Hunter, B, Paranjothy, S, Warren, L, Drew, C and Phillips, B 2020. Pregnancy and weight monitoring: a feasibility study of weightcharts and midwife support. Maternal and Child Nutrition 16 (4) , e12996. 10.1111/mcn.12996

    Sanders, al. 2019. Implementation of the Family Nurse Partnership programme in England: experiences of key health professionals explored through trial parallel process evaluation. BMC Nursing 18(1): 13. (10.1186/s12912-019-0338-y)


    Qualifications: BSc Social Psychology, Dip Clin Psych, DClinPsych, PhD by Published works awarded June 2017

    Current Post: Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University,  Director of Research Design and Conduct Service/Senior Research Fellow 

    Previous University and Clinical Posts in last 10 years

    2014- 2017          Cardiff University (0.4wte) Centre for Trials Research South East Wales Trials Unit, Senior Research Fellow /Deputy Director of Research Design and Conduct Service

    2012-2017            NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist Clinical Psychology Training Cardiff & Vale UHB (0.6wte)

    2005-2011            NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paediatrics/Joint Service Lead Cardiff and Vale UHB