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Visit Ryc Aquino

MLG08, Myddelton Street Building


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Ryc is a PhD student in Health Psychology and joined in October 2014. She is studying the interprofessional relationships and the practice of collaborative working between midwives and health visitors in maternal and child health services.

Ryc completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology in Australia, then moved to the UK to do her MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology. During this time she was an affiliate researcher at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research On Sleep (MICROS), where she contributed to a review of randomised controlled trials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia.


BPsych (Bachelor of Psychology); MSc Clinical and Health Psychology; PhD Health Services Research


Research overview

Ryc's current research aims to understand the processes underlying collaborative practice between midwives and health visitors in the context of maternal and child health service provision. She aims to identify means through which communication and integration between these professions could be strengthened.

Research areas

- Maternal and Child Health
- Behavioural Sleep Medicine
- Health Inequalities

Research centres

- Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research

Principal collaborators

PhD Supervisors

- Professor Ros Bryar (City University London)
- Dr Ellinor Olander (City University London)

External collaborator

- Dr Simon Kyle (University of Oxford)


Conference Papers and Proceedings (2)

  1. Ballesio, A., Aquino, M.R.J., Feige, B., Johann, A., Kyle, S.D., Spiegelhalder, K., Lombardo, C., Ruecker, G., Riemann, D. and Baglioni, C. (2016). Network meta-analysis on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapies for insomnia on daytime depression and fatigue. .
  2. Aquino, M.R.J., Smith, D. and Edge, D. (2013). Midwives' experiences of providing maternity care for women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds: An exploratory study. .

Journal Articles (5)

  1. Ballesio, A., Aquino, M.R.J.V., Feige, B., Johann, A.F., Kyle, S.D., Spiegelhalder, K., Lombardo, C., Rücker, G., Riemann, D. and Baglioni, C. (2017). The effectiveness of behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapies for insomnia on depressive and fatigue symptoms: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. Sleep Med Rev . doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2017.01.006.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Aquino, M.R.J.V., Edge, D. and Smith, D.M. (2015). Pregnancy as an ideal time for intervention to address the complex needs of black and minority ethnic women: Views of British midwives. Midwifery, 31(3), pp. 373–379. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.11.006.
  5. Kyle, S.D., Aquino, M.R.J., Miller, C.B., Henry, A.L., Crawford, M.R., Espie, C.A. and Spielman, A.J. (2015). Towards standardisation and improved understanding of sleep restriction therapy for insomnia disorder: A systematic examination of CBT-I trial content. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 23, pp. 83–88. doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2015.02.003.

Other Activities

Editorial Activity

  1. Editor, Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) Quarterly.


  1. Editor, PsyPAG Quarterly
    Graduate Member, British Psychological Society
    Member, Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society
    Student member, North American Primary Research Care Group (NAPCRG)
    Trainee, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
    Affiliate member, International Society of Behavioural Medicine