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Fiona Duncan

Mental Health Research Fellow


I am a Research Fellow at Newcastle University.  I have an academic background in psychology, specialising in sport and exercise psychology.  I completed my PhD at Edinburgh University which investigated fatigue after stroke and its associations with mood, physical activity and physical fitness.

Before coming to Newcastle, I worked at Durham University in the department of Sport and Exercise Sciences where I worked on several projects as part of the NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health programme.  These projects focused on how community assets can be used to improve and support public mental health, especially in disadvantaged populations.

I have also previously worked at the Scottish Government where I was involved with health policy development as well as ministerial correspondence and ministerial briefings.

Summary of research project

I am currently co-PI on a project funded by the NIHR SPHR (£249,946) which aims to investigate how digital services within community organisations can support public mental health outcomes such as social isolation and loneliness.

I am also co-applicant on another SPHR grant (£349,274) which aims to investigate how the community asset of informal volunteering can be better harnessed to support public mental health.

Areas of interest 

  • Public Mental Health in adults
  • Physical activity and mental wellbeing
  • Blue spaces and mental wellbeing (Wild swimming, Surf therapy)
  • Digital exclusion and social isolation and loneliness
  • Quantitative and Qualitative research
  • Realist evaluation methodology


Recent or relevant publications 

Lee C, Kuhn I, McGrath M, Remes O, Cowan A, Duncan F, Baskin C, Oliver EJ, Osborn DPJ, Dykxhoorn J, Kaner E, Walters K, Kirkbride J, Gnani S, Lafortune L; NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Programme (2022). A systematic scoping review of community-based interventions for the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health in older adults in the UK. Health Soc Care Community. 30(1):27-57.

Duncan F, Baskin C, McGrath M, Coker JF, Lee C, Dykxhoorn J, Adams EA, Gnani S, Lafortune L, Kirkbride JB, Kaner E, Jones O, Samuel G, Walters K, Osborn D, Oliver EJ (2021). Community interventions for improving adult mental health: mapping local policy and practice in England. BMC Public Health. 16;21(1):1691.

McGrath M, Duncan F, Dotsikas K, Baskin C, Crosby L, Gnani S, Hunter RM, Kaner E, Kirkbride JB, Lafortune L, Lee C, Oliver E, Osborn DP, Walters KR, Dykxhoorn J (2021) School for Public Health Research Public Mental Health Programme. Effectiveness of community interventions for protecting and promoting the mental health of working-age adults experiencing financial uncertainty: a systematic review. J Epidemiol Community Health. 30;75(7):665–73.

Baskin C, Zijlstra G, McGrath M, Lee C, Duncan F et al (2021) Community-centred interventions for improving public mental health among adults from ethnic minority populations in the UK: a scoping review. BMJ Open;11:e041102. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041102

Duncan F., McGrath M., Baskin C., Osborn D., Dykxhoorn J., Kaner EFS., Gnani S., LaFortune L., Lee C., Walters K., Kirkbride J., Fischer L., Jones O., Pinfold V., Stansfield J., Oliver EJ. (2020) Delivery of community-centred public mental health interventions in diverse areas in England: a mapping study protocol. BMJ Open. 10:e037631

Booth J., Connelly L., Dickson S., Duncan F. and Lawrence M. (2017).  The effectiveness of transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TTNS) for adults with overactive bladder syndrome: A systematic review.  Neurourology and Urodynamics. doi: 10.1002/nau.23351 [Epub ahead of print].

Wu S., Duncan F., Anderson N.H., Kuppuswamy A., Macleod M.R. and Mead G.E. (2015) Exploratory cohort study of associations between serum C- Reactive Protein and fatigue after stroke. PLoS One. 10 (11); e0143784.

Duncan F., Lewis S.J., Greig C.A., Dennis M.S., Sharpe M., MacLullich A.M.J. and Mead G.E. (2015) Exploratory longitudinal cohort study of associations of fatigue after stroke. Stroke. 46; 1052-1058.

Duncan, F., Greig C., Lewis S., Dennis M., MacLullich A., Sharpe M. & Mead G. (2014) Clinically significant fatigue after stroke: a longitudinal cohort study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 77(5); 368-373.

Tieges Z., Mead G., Allerhand M., Duncan F., van Wijck F., Fitzsimons C., Greig C. & Chastin S. (2015) Sedentary behaviour in the first year after stroke: a longitudinal cohort study with objective measures. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 96 (1); 15-23.

Kutlubaev, M.A., Shenkin, S.D., Farrall, A.J., Duncan, F.H., Lewis, S.J., Greig, C.A., Dennis, M.S., Wardlaw, J.M., MacLullich, A.M.J. & Mead, G.E. (2013) CT and Clinical Predictors of Fatigue at One Month After Stroke.  Cerebrovas Diseases Extra.  3(1); 26-34.

Duncan, F., Wu, S. & Mead, G.  (2012) Frequency and Natural History of Fatigue After Stroke: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research.  July 73(1); 18-27.

Kutlubaev, M., Duncan F. & Mead G.  (2012) Biological Correlates of Post-stroke Fatigue: A Systematic Review.  Acta Neurologica Scandinavica Apr 125(4); 219-27.

Duncan, F., Kutlubaev, M., Greig, C., Dennis, M. & Mead, G. (2012). Fatigue After Stroke: A Systematic Review of Associations with Impaired Physical Fitness.  International Journal of Stroke. Feb 7(2); 157-62.

Bradley, P., Cooper S. & Duncan F. (2009) A Mixed-methods Study of Interprofessional Learning of Resuscitation Skills.  Medical Education.  43;912-922.

Cooper, S. & Duncan, F (2007) Reliability Testing and Update of the Resuscitation Predictor Scoring (RPS) Scale. Resuscitation. 74: 253-258.

Farrand, P. & Duncan, F. (2007) Generic Health-Related Quality of Life Amongst Patients Employing Voice Restoration Methods Following Total Laryngectomy Psychology, Health and Medicine. 12(3): 255-265.

Farrand, P., Duncan, F. & Byng, R. (2007) Impact of Graduate Mental Health Workers upon Primary Care Mental Health: a Qualitative Study. Health & Social Care in the Community. 15(5): 486-493.

Farrand, P., Duncan, F. & Byng, R. (2006) Roles Undertaken by Graduate Mental Health Workers Across South West England.  Primary Care and Community Psychiatry 11 (1) 21-27.


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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4929-5685