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Visit Ellinor Olander

M104, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Ellinor is a Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health and joined City University of London in the spring of 2013.

Ellinor did her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Australia, before she moved to England to do her MSc and PhD in the area of physical activity behaviour change. After her PhD she took up a post as a Research Fellow at Coventry University where she managed several projects concerning physical activity and maternal and childhood obesity. Ellinor's research interests broadly span public health and implementation science. More specifically, this includes how to support women with healthy behaviour changes during and after pregnancy, how to best support healthcare professionals to in turn support pregnant and postnatal women and interprofessional working. Ellinor leads the COPE project (https://blogs.city.ac.uk/cope/) which focuses on how healthcare professionals can work together to provide women and their families with the best care possible during and after pregnancy.

Ellinor leads the Public Health and Health Inequalities research group within the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research and is the Centre lead for Patient and Public Involvement.

Qualifications

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice with Distinction, City, University of London, United Kingdom, 2013 – 2014
  2. PhD, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2006 – 2009
  3. MSc, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 2005 – 2006
  4. Bachelor of Psychology (minor in Ethics), Murdoch University, Australia, 2001 – 2005

Administrative role

  1. Senior Personal Tutor for Midwifery

Employment

  1. Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health, City, University London, 2016 – present
  2. Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health, City, University London, 2013 – 2016
  3. Research Fellow, Coventry University, 2009 – 2013

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Graduate member of the British Psychological Society, including Division of Health Psychology and Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology ; Member of the Midlands Health Psychology Network; Committee member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

Awards

  1. City, University of London (2015) Enhancement of Student Experience Award, School of Health Sciences
  2. British Psychological Society's Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Inaugural Conference (2008) Best student poster presentation

Languages

English and Swedish.

Research

Research overview

Dr Olander's research focuses on public health in the perinatal period. This includes behaviour change in pregnant and postnatal women and helping healthcare professionals support women and their families.

Publications

Conference papers and proceedings (2)

  1. Flannery, C., Fredrix, M., Olander, E.K., McAuliffe, F.M., Byrne, M. and Kearney, P.M. (2019). P14 Physical activity interventions for overweight and obesity during pregnancy: a systematic review of the content of behaviour change interventions. Society for Social Medicine and Population Health and International Epidemiology Association European Congress Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Hosted by the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health and International Epidemiology Association (IEA), School of Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 4–6 September 2019.
  2. Ayers, S., Thiel, M. and Olander, E.K. (2015). A systematic review of computer- and internet-based psychotherapy interventions for perinatal mental health.

Journal articles (55)

  1. Lucas, G., Olander, E.K. and Salmon, D. (2020). Healthcare professionals’ views on supporting young mothers with eating and moving during and after pregnancy: An interview study using the COM-B framework. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(1), pp. 69–80. doi:10.1111/hsc.12841.
  2. Olander, E.K., Aquino, M.R.J. and Bryar, R. (2020). Three perspectives on the co-location of maternity services: qualitative interviews with mothers, midwives and health visitors. Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi:10.1080/13561820.2020.1712338.
  3. Lucas, G., Olander, E.K., Ayers, S. and Salmon, D. (2019). No straight lines - Young women's perceptions of their mental health and wellbeing during and after pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. BMC Women's Health, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12905-019-0848-5.
  4. Mills, H., Atkinson, L., Olander, E., Smith, D., Hayes, L., Currie, S. … De Vivo, M. (2019). Bump start needed: Linking guidelines, policy and practice in promoting physical activity during and beyond pregnancy. British Journal of Sports Medicine. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2019-101413.
  5. Flannery, C., Fredrix, M., Olander, E.K., McAuliffe, F.M., Byrne, M. and Kearney, P.M. (2019). Effectiveness of physical activity interventions for overweight and obesity during pregnancy: A systematic review of the content of behaviour change interventions. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12966-019-0859-5.
  6. Walker, R., Olander, E.K., Hill, B., Willey, S. and Skouteris, H. (2019). Weight management across pregnancy and postpartum care: The need for interprofessional education and collaboration. Nurse Education in Practice, 41. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102651.
  7. Olander, E.K., Berg, F., Berg, M. and Dencker, A. (2019). Offering weight management support to pregnant women with high body mass index: A qualitative study with midwives. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 20, pp. 81–86. doi:10.1016/j.srhc.2019.04.001.
  8. Coates, R., Rocca-Ihenacho, L., Olander, E., Ayers, S. and Salmon, D. (2019). A postgraduate Optimum Birth module to increase midwives’ readiness to work in midwifery-led settings: A mixed-methods evaluation. Birth, 46(3), pp. 533–539. doi:10.1111/birt.12399.
  9. Olander, E.K., Aquino, M.R.J.R., Chhoa, C., Harris, E., Lee, S. and Bryar, R. (2019). Women’s views on contact with a health visitor during pregnancy: an interview study. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20. doi:10.1017/s146342361900046x.
  10. Olander, E.K., Aquino, M.R.J., Chhoa, C., Harris, E., Lee, S. and Bryar, R.M. (2019). Women's views of continuity of information provided during and after pregnancy: A qualitative interview study. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(5), pp. 1214–1223. doi:10.1111/hsc.12764.
  11. Aquino, M.R.J.V., Olander, E.K. and Bryar, R.M. (2018). A focus group study of women's views and experiences of maternity care as delivered collaboratively by midwives and health visitors in England. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12884-018-2127-0.
  12. Olander, E., Lucas, G. and Salmon, D. (2018). Weight management during teenage pregnancy: Issues to consider when developing appropriate support. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(12), pp. 770–774. doi:10.12968/bjom.2018.26.12.770.
  13. Brook, J., Rayment, J., Bryar, R.M. and Olander, E. (2018). Midwifery students' experiences in a health visiting placement: An interview study. Journal of Health Visiting, 6(11), pp. 552–559. doi:10.12968/johv.2018.6.11.552.
  14. Olander, E., Coates, R., Brook, J., Ayers, S. and Salmon, D. (2018). A multi-method evaluation of interprofessional education for healthcare professionals caring for women during and after pregnancy. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32(4), pp. 509–512. doi:10.1080/13561820.2018.1437124.
  15. Olander, E.K., Rayment, J., Bryar, R. and Brook, J. (2018). Midwifery students in health visitor placements: the importance of student-mentor relationships. Midwifery, 62, pp. 49–51. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2018.03.014.
  16. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K., Rowe, H., Fisher, J.R.W. and Ayers, S. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based treatment with telephone support for postpartum women with anxiety: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(4). doi:10.2196/mental.9106.
  17. Teychenne, M., van der Pligt, P., Abbott, G., Brennan, L. and Olander, E.K. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of a home-based physical activity program for postnatal women with depressive symptoms: A pilot study. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 14, pp. 82–89. doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.02.007.
  18. Olander, E.K., Smith, D.M. and Darwin, Z. (2018). Health behaviour and pregnancy: a time for change. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36(1), pp. 1–3. doi:10.1080/02646838.2018.1408965.
  19. Ashford, M.T., Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Interest in web-based treatments for postpartum anxiety: an exploratory survey. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35(4), pp. 394–409. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1320364.
  20. Atkinson, L., French, D.P., Ménage, D. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Midwives' experiences of referring obese women to either a community or home-based antenatal weight management service: Implications for service providers and midwifery practice. Midwifery, 49, pp. 102–109. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2016.10.006.
  21. Hillier, S.E. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Women's dietary changes before and during pregnancy: A systematic review. Midwifery, 49, pp. 19–31. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.01.014.
  22. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K., Rowe, H., Fisher, J.R.W. and Ayers, S. (2017). Internet-based interventions for postpartum anxiety: exploring health visitors’ views. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35(3), pp. 298–308. doi:10.1080/02646838.2017.1313966.
  23. Ashford, M.T., Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2017). Supporting women with postpartum anxiety: exploring views and experiences of specialist community public health nurses in the UK. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(3), pp. 1257–1264. doi:10.1111/hsc.12428.
  24. Soltani, H., Smith, D. and Olander, E. (2017). Weight, Lifestyle, and Health during Pregnancy and beyond. Journal of Pregnancy, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/4981283.
  25. Aquino, M.R.J.V., Olander, E.K., Needle, J.J. and Bryar, R.M. (2016). Midwives’ and health visitors’ collaborative relationships: A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62, pp. 193–206. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.08.002.
  26. Dencker, A., Premberg, Å., Olander, E.K., McCourt, C., Haby, K., Dencker, S. … Berg, M. (2016). Adopting a healthy lifestyle when pregnant and obese - an interview study three years after childbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12884-016-0969-x.
  27. Chastin, S.F.M., De Craemer, M., Lien, N., Bernaards, C., Buck, C., Oppert, J.M. … Wong, S. (2016). The SOS-framework (Systems of Sedentary behaviours): An international transdisciplinary consensus framework for the study of determinants, research priorities and policy on sedentary behaviour across the life course: A DEDIPAC-study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13(1). doi:10.1186/s12966-016-0409-3.
  28. Olander, E.K. and Scamell, M. (2016). Teaching students about maternal obesity without creating obesity stigma. Nurse Education Today, 42, pp. 59–61. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2016.04.009.
  29. Newham, J.J., Roberts, H., Aquino, M.R.J. and Olander, E.K. (2016). Supporting early family life: the importance of public health programmes. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34(3), pp. 221–223. doi:10.1080/02646838.2016.1182812.
  30. Scamell, M. and Olander, E. (2016). Teaching about obesity: Caring, compassion, communication and courage in midwifery education. British Journal of Midwifery, 24(7), pp. 494–499. doi:10.12968/bjom.2016.24.7.494.
  31. Olander, E.K., Darwin, Z.J., Atkinson, L., Smith, D.M. and Gardner, B. (2016). Beyond the 'teachable moment' - A conceptual analysis of women's perinatal behaviour change. Women and Birth, 29(3). doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2015.11.005.
  32. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2016). Computer- or web-based interventions for perinatal mental health: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 197, pp. 134–146. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.057.
  33. Ashford, M.T., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2016). Finding Web-Based Anxiety Interventions on the World Wide Web: A Scoping Review. JMIR Mental Health, 3(2). doi:10.2196/mental.5349.
  34. van der Pligt, P., Olander, E.K., Ball, K., Crawford, D., Hesketh, K.D., Teychenne, M. … Campbell, K. (2016). Maternal dietary intake and physical activity habits during the postpartum period: Associations with clinician advice in a sample of Australian first time mothers. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12884-016-0812-4.
  35. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. and French, D.P. (2016). Acceptability of a Weight Management Intervention for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with BMI ≥30 kg/m2: A Qualitative Evaluation of an Individualized, Home-Based Service. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), pp. 88–96. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1806-y.
  36. Olander, E.K. (2015). Weight management in pregnancy. Nursing in Practice, (September/October), pp. 19–24.
  37. Sharry, J.M., Olander, E.K. and French, D.P. (2015). Do single and multiple behavior change interventions contain different behavior change techniques?: A comparison of interventions targeting physical activity in obese populations. Health Psychology, 34(9), pp. 960–965. doi:10.1037/hea0000185.
  38. Olander, E.K., Berg, M., McCourt, C., Carlström, E. and Dencker, A. (2015). Person-centred care in interventions to limit weight gain in pregnant women with obesity - a systematic review. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 15, p. 50. doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0463-x.
  39. Marchi, J., Berg, M., Dencker, A., Olander, E.K. and Begley, C. (2015). Risks associated with obesity in pregnancy, for the mother and baby: A systematic review of reviews. Obesity Reviews, 16(8), pp. 621–638. doi:10.1111/obr.12288.
  40. French, D., Olander, E.K., Chisholm, A. and McSharry, J. (2014). Which Behaviour Change Techniques Are Most Effective at Increasing Older Adults’ Self-Efficacy and Physical Activity Behaviour? A Systematic Review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48(2), pp. 225–234. doi:10.1007/s12160-014-9593-z.
  41. McKenzie-McHarg, K., Crockett, M., Olander, E.K. and Ayers, S. (2014). Think pink! A sticker alert system for psychological distress or vulnerability during pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(8), pp. 590–595. doi:10.12968/bjom.2014.22.8.590.
  42. Patel, C., Atkinson, L. and Olander, E.K. (2013). An exploration of obese pregnant women's views of being referred by their midwife to a weight management service. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 4(4), pp. 139–140. doi:10.1016/j.srhc.2013.10.006.
  43. Ayers, S. and Olander, E.K. (2013). What are we measuring and why? Using theory to guide perinatal research and measurement. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(5), pp. 439–448. doi:10.1080/02646838.2013.834041.
  44. Olander, E.K. and Atkinson, L. (2013). Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand, 92(10), pp. 1227–1230. doi:10.1111/aogs.12195.
  45. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. and French, D.P. (2013). Why don't many obese pregnant and post-natal women engage with a weight management service? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(3), pp. 245–256. doi:10.1080/02646838.2013.809518.
  46. Bashir, S., Sparkes, E., Anwar, K. and OLANDER, E.K. (2013). Postpartum women’s views of celebrity weight loss. Women and Birth, 26(2). doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2012.11.005.
  47. OLANDER, E.K., Fletcher, H., Williams, S., Atkinson, L., Turner, A. and French, D.P. (2013). What are the most effective techniques in changing obese individuals' physical activity self-efficacy and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(29). doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-29.
  48. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. and French, D.P. (2013). Why don't many obese pregnant and post-natal women engage with a weight management service? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
  49. OLANDER, E.K., Atkinson, L., Edmunds, J.K. and French, D.P. (2012). Promoting healthy eating in pregnancy: What kind of support services do women say they want? Primary Health Care Research and Development, 13, pp. 237–243.
  50. Eves, F.F., OLANDER, E.K., Webb, O.J. and Chambers, J. (2012). Likening stairs in buildings to climbing a mountain; Self-reports of expected effects on stair climbing and objective measures of effectiveness. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, pp. 170–176.
  51. OLANDER, E.K., Atkinson, L., Edmunds, J.K. and French, D.P. (2011). The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain: an exploratory study. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 2, pp. 43–48.
  52. OLANDER, E.K. and Eves, F.F. (2011). Elevator availability and its impact on stair use in a workplace. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, pp. 200–206.
  53. OLANDER, E.K. and Eves, F.F. (2011). Effectiveness and cost of two stair climbing interventions – less is more. American Journal of Health Promotion, 25, pp. 231–236.
  54. Eves, F.F. and OLANDER, E.K. (2009). Increasing stair climbing in a train station: The effects of contextual variables and visibility. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, pp. 300–303.
  55. OLANDER, E.K., Eves, F.F. and Puig-Ribera, A. (2008). Promoting stair climbing: Stair-riser banners are better than posters... sometimes. Preventive Medicine, 46, pp. 308–310.

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Associate Editor.

Events/conferences (9)

  1. Why do individuals decline weight management services? Findings from evaluations of NHS services targeting obesity in the West Midlands. Cambridge, UK (2013).
    Description: Institute of Public health, University of Cambridge. Invited presentation.
  2. Can't or won't: obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. Manchester, UK (2012).
    Description: Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. & French, D.P., oral presentation at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting.
  3. Identifying and addressing parental barriers and facilitators to engaging in child weight management programmes. Nottingham (2012).
    Description: Olander, E.K. & Cornfield, S., Department of Health's National Child Measurement Programme workshop. Invited presentation.
  4. Identifying parental barriers and facilitators to engaging in child weight management programmes. London (2012).
    Description: Department of Health's National Child Measurement Programme workshop. Invited presentation.
  5. Just4Mums - weight management support for overweight and obese pregnant women in Coventry. Coventry (2012).
    Description: Invited keynote speech at the Infant Mortality Event, organised by NHS Coventry, Coventry Welcome Centre.
  6. What are the most effective techniques in changing obese individuals' self-efficacy towards physical activity and their physical activity behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Liverpool, UK (2012).
    Description: Olander, E.K., Fletcher, H., Williams, S., Atkinson, L., Turner, A. & French, D.P., oral presentation at the Division of Health Psychology Conference.
  7. Which families decline a weight management service targeting their overweight/obese child's weight and why do they do so? Newcastle, UK (2012).
    Description: Human Nutrition Research Centre seminars, Newcastle University. Invited presentation.
  8. Pre- and post-natal women's and health professionals' views of gestational weight gain. Warwick, UK (2012).
    Description: West Midlands' Association for the Study of Obesity 'Early Life Management of Obesity' conference, University of Warwick. Invited presentation.
  9. Parental reaction to the National Child Measurement Programme letter and willingness to accept weight management support. Stirling, UK (2011).
    Description: Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. & French, D.P., poster presentation at the UKSBM conference, University of Stirling.