Dr Danielle McFeeters

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Email address: mcfeetersd1@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323024 Location: WA101, Jerome K Jerome Building Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Areas of expertise: Population mental health, suicidality and epidemiology


Danielle has recently joined the University of Wolverhampton after completing her PhD at Ulster University in March 2015. She is is currently appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Health and Well-being and specialises in population mental health, suicidality and epidemiology. Her research interests are supported by a strong knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches including structural equation modelling. She has experience of working with large epidemiological dataset having previously conducted analysis of data arising from the World Mental health Survey Initiative (e.g. NISHS, NCS-R). In her recent work, she has contributed to a number of interdisciplinary projects including the evaluation of the Headstart big lottery funded project surrounding the promotion of resilience in young people within the Wolverhampton area. In her own research, she has examined a number of distal (e.g. parental psychopathology) and proximal (e.g. stressful life events) factors implicated in the aetiology of suicidal behaviours. She is also interested in patterns of service use and help seeking behaviours among suicidal populations.  

Research interests

  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Trauma
  • Mental health initiatives

Membership of professional bodies

Professional qualifications and registrations

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy Ref: PR072890


  • PhD Psychology (Pass with Minor Corrections) 2015
  • MSc Applied Psychology (Pass with Distinction) 2010
  • BSc Psychology (First Class Honours) 2009


Journals (include web links if applicable)

O’Neill, S., Corry, C, Mc Feeters, D., Murphy, S., & Bunting, B. (2015).  Suicide in Northern Ireland.Journal of Crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

McHugh, R., Mc Feeters, D., Boyda, D., & O’Neill, S. (2015). Coping styles in adults with cystic fibrosis: implications for emotional and social quality of life. Psychology health and medicine.10.1080/13548506.2015.1020317

McFeeters, D., Boyda., D & O’Neill, S. (2015). Patterns of Stressful Life Events: Distinguishing suicide Ideators from suicide attempters. The Journal of Affective Disorders, 175, 192–198. doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2014.12.034

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., & Shevlin, M. (2014). Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Abuse, and the Mediating Role of Loneliness on Psychosis. Psychosis, 7, 1–13. doi:10.1080/17522439.2014.917433

Boyda, D., & McFeeters, D. (2015). Childhood Maltreatment and Social Functioning in Adults with Sub-Clinical Psychosis. Psychiatry Research.10.1080/13548506.2015.1020317

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)  Practitioner Publications and Reports

Bunting, B., Corry, C., O’Neill,S., Moore, A., Benson, T., & McFeeters, D. (2016). Death by Suicide: A Report Based on the Northern Ireland Coroner’s Database. HSC Research and Development Division, Public Health Agency. http://www.research.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Summary%20Report2.pdf

Boyda, D., & McFeeters, D. (2014). Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland Annual Report 2013-2014 (p. 2). Cork City, Ireland.


Conference Presentations  Oral presentations/seminars/workshops

McHugh, R., Mc Feeters, D., Boyda, D., & O’Neill, S. (2015). Coping styles in adults with cystic fibrosis: implications for emotional and social quality of life. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society. Antrim, Northern Ireland.McFeeters, D., O’Neill, S., Murphy, S. (2014). Suicide by occupation: does work stress influence the risk? Northern Ireland British Psychological Society. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

McFeeters, D., O’Neill, S., Murphy, S., Leavey, G. (2013). Mental Health and Absence Management from Line Managers’ Perspective. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.


McFeeters, D., O’Neill, S., Murphy, S., Shorter, G. (2012). Correlates of Mental Health in a representative sample of Northern Ireland Employees. European Health Psychology Society. Prague, Czech Republic.



McFeeters, D., Boyda, D., & O’Neill, S. (2014). Patterns of Stressful Life Events: Distinguishing suicide Ideators from suicide attempters. Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Conference September 2014, Derry, Northern Ireland.

McFeeters, D., O’Neill, S., Murphy, S., Leavey, G. (2013). The Impact of Change on Absence Management: Line Managers’ Perspective. European Health Psychology Society. Bordeaux, France.

McFeeters, D., & Shevlin, M. (2012). Childhood perceptions of threat and submissiveness: the link with Schizotypy. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.  

Previous professional experience

Temporary Research Consultant: June 2015 -August 2015

Participant recruitment and planning of focus groups; Data collection: Conducting qualitative focus groups; Transcription and thematic analysis; Liaising with multi-disciplinary teams including industry, healthcare and academia; Report writing: Presenting information in a format suitable for a lay audience.


PhD Candidate: October 2011 - March 2015

Some limited teaching and assessment duties, supervision of UG student publication

Further information

Staff development


Quantitative Statistics Courses: 2012-2013

SEM for longitudinal and life course data; Latent Transition Analysis in Mplus; Latent Class Analysis; Latent Transition Analysis; Measurement models: EFA and CFA; Methods for dealing with clustered data; Mediation/Moderation; Moderated Regression

Project Management : 2011-2012

Project Management in the Real World (B) (CAPM); Project management in the Real World (A) (CAPM); Advanced Project Management (CAPM); Project Risk Management (CAPM); Writing Research Grant Proposals


Achieving Quality in Qualitative Research: University of Ulster; Collaborative research and Training in the European Health Psychology Society (Create Qualitative workshop: Prague; Czech Republic)

Teaching/Supervision: 2014-2015

First Steps to Supporting Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Award; Introduction to Research Supervision at UoW: University of Wolverhampton


Leadership in Action Development Programme: Queens University; Self-Harm and Risk Assessment: A global Perspective (Workshop); Economic Evaluation in Health Care: University of Ulster