Bahia Abdallah

Background: My background was originally in Nursing Sciences. I completed my BSN, Health Teaching Diploma and Master in Public Health at the American University of Beirut. I worked as a NICU Nurse at the American University Hospital in Beirut and moved to academia as an instructor and then lecturer and assistant director for the Nursing Program at the University of Balamand till present. Since November 2009 I have commenced my PhD within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at the University of Dundee, supervised by Professor Martyn Jones, Dr Heather Whitford and Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones. I am also certified as Lactation Consultant IBCLC since 2011.

PhD Project: My PhD aims to investigate massage as an intervention on Preterm and/or Low Birth Weight Infants in NICU. A scoping review of systematic reviews and an integrative review were undertaken to explore the effects of massage on growth and development, parent-infant interaction and breastfeeding in preterm and LBW infants. Currently I am in the process of conducting a qualitative investigation on the Perceptions and Attitudes of Lebanese Nurses and Mothers toward Infant Massage in NICU.

Research Interests: Neonatology, Maternal and Child Health, Psychosocial