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Jennifer MacDonald


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Jennifer graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Stirling in 2006 and went on to do an MSc in Health Psychology, also at the University of Stirling, graduating in 2010. Jennifer began her PhD at GCU in 2011 and in 2017, successfully defended her thesis to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Jennifer's PhD involved using an extended Reasoned Action Approach to predict and explain ‘at-risk’ online older adults’ condom use intentions and inform the development of a future tailored intervention(s). 


Jennifer joined the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention team at GCU as a Research Associate in October 2015. This role was funded by the Scottish Government via the Scottish Infection Research Network and arose from GCU being a partner in the Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention institute (SHAIPI). Jennifer worked across various applied infection prevention and control research projects, bringing together her interests and expertise in infectious diseases, psychological theories and models of behaviour and behaviour change, and intervention development, implementation, and evaluation. Jennifer was also responsible for coordinating public involvement activities for the Community Network (ChaiN) for SHAIPI.


Jennifer is currently a Research Fellow with the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Research Group at GCU, working on the CSO-funded project 'Optimising services for people at highest risk of HIV: Developing best practice in delivering HIV PrEP through evaluation of early implementation across Scotland'. 

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Research Output 2015 2019

9 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Staphylococcus aureus
Psychological Theory
Nursing Staff
19 Downloads (Pure)

A visual affective analysis of mass media interventions to increase antimicrobial stewardship amongst the public

Langdridge, D., Davis, M., Gozdzielewska, L., McParland, J., Williams, L., Young, M., Smith, F., MacDonald, J., Price, L. & Flowers, P., 16 Sep 2018, In : British Journal of Health Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mass Media
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Behavioral Medicine
Public Health
4 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Delivery of Health Care
Mass Media
Cohort Studies
27 Downloads (Pure)

Effectiveness of national and sub-national infection prevention and control interventions in high and upper-middle income countries: outcomes of a systematic literature review

Price, L., MacDonald, J., Melone, L., Howe, T., Flowers, P., Currie, K., Curran, E., Ness, V., Waddell, D., Manoukian, S., McFarland, A., Kilpatrick, C., Storr, J., Twyman, A., Allegranzi, B. & Reilly, J., May 2018, In : The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 18, 5, p. e159 - e171 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Infection Control
Patient Care Bundles
Capacity Building
Cross Infection
11 Downloads (Pure)

Interventions to improve healthcare workers’ hand hygiene compliance: a systematic review of systematic reviews

Price, L., MacDonald, J., Gozdzielewska, L., Howe, T., Flowers, P., Shepherd, L., Watt, Y. & Reilly, J., Dec 2018, In : Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 39, 12, p. 1449-1456 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hand Hygiene
Delivery of Health Care
Self Efficacy