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Dr Rebecca Garcia

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Professional biography

I am a Registered Nurse (adult) and Chartered Psychologist, currently employed as a central academic (lecturer) and working as the co-Qualification Director for the Future Nurse Cirriculum (R39 & R43). I am also the Module Chair for KYN325, a 60 credit module at level 3 (FHQ6) ' Assimilating nursing: Theory and practice' Nursing qualification. Additionally, I am a member of the Open University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). 

Professional memberships:

  • Nursing Midwifery Council
  • British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research Groups

Open University WELS Death, Dying and Bereavement Research group.

Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy  - University of Bedfordshire, 2017

Examining the factors that contribute to perinatal mortality in white British, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in Luton.'

MSc Health Psychology (Distinction) - University of Bedfordshire, September 2013

BSc Psychology (First Class Honours) - University of Bedfordshire. October 2009-2012

Registered General Nurse - Guys and Lewisham School of Nursing 1994

PGCTHE - University of Bedfordshire 

Advance HE - External Examiners Training (Open University) 

 

Research interests

My research interests include aspects of social health psychology including health inequalities, womens health beliefs and behavours and perinatal mortality. 

External collaborations

I am an external Examiner for Bucks New University (post-graduate programs) and a regular academic reviewer for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and BMJ, among others. 

Publications

Ethnic differences in risk factors for adverse birth outcomes between Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers (2020-01)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Guppy, Andrew; Griffiths, Malcolm and Randhawa, Gurch
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(1) (pp. 174-182)


Frailty and Spousal/Partner Bereavement in Older People: A Systematic Scoping Review Protocol (2020)
Vseteckova, J.; Mahon, A.; Boyle, G.; Jones, K. and Garcia, R.
Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research, 24(4)


Interventions to Widen Participation for Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Men into the Nursing Profession: A Scoping Review (2020)
Garcia, Rebecca
Journal of Diversity & Equality in Health and Care ((In press))


A qualitative study exploring the experiences of bereavement after stillbirth in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers living in Luton, UK (2020)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Malcolm, Griffiths and Gurch, Randhawa
Midwifery ((Early Access))


Children’s unmet palliative care needs: a scoping review of parents’ perspectives (2019-12-03)
Constantinou, Georgina; Garcia, Rebecca; Cook, Erica and Randhawa, Gurch
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 9(4) (pp. 439-450)


Understanding the consumption of folic acid during preconception, among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and white British mothers in Luton, UK: a qualitative study (2018-06-15)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Griffiths, Malcolm and Randhawa, Gurch
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, Article 234 (pp. 1-9)


Barriers and Enablers for UK Home Grown South Asian Prospective Students Choosing Nursing and Midwifery Courses and Careers (2018)
Ali, Nasreen; Quereshi, Iritza; Sidika, Tamanna; Mondokova, Andrea; Muhmood, Sultan; Jan, Azra; Garcia, Rebecca; Cook, Erica; Burden, Barbara; Reid, Caroline and Randhawa, Gurch
Diversity and Equality in Healthcare, 15(4) (pp. 190-197)


Differences in the pregnancy gestation period and mean birth weights in infants born to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and white British mothers in Luton, UK: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data (2017-08-11)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Guppy, Andy; Griffiths, Malcolm and Randhawa, Gurch
BMJ Open, 7 (pp. 1-7)


A comparison of antenatal classifications of ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’ prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England; analysis of retrospective data (2017-04-11)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Guppy, Andy; Griffiths, Malcolm and Randhawa, Gurch
BMC Public Health, 17 (pp. 1-7)


Analgesic effects of self-chosen music type on cold pressor-induced pain: Motivating vs. relaxing music (2015-09-07)
Garcia, Rebecca and Hand, Christopher J.
Psychology of Music, 44(5) (pp. 967-983)


Specific antenatal interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes in the United Kingdom: a scoping review (2015)
Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen; Papadopoulos, Chris and Randhawa, Gurch
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15, Article 226(1)


Protocol: A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care in the UK (2020)
Jones, Kerry; Methley, Abigail; Boyle, Geraldine; Garcia, Rebecca; Smith, K and Vseteckova, Jitka
Prospero - International Prospective register of Systematic Reviews (In Press)


Protocol: A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care worldwide (2020)
Vseteckova, Jitka; Jones, Kerry; Boyle, Geraldine; Garcia, Rebecca and Methley, Abigail
Prospero - International Prospective register of Systematic Reviews (In Press)


Frailty and spousal/partner bereavement in older people: a systematic review (2019)
Vseteckova, Jitka; Mahon, Aoife; Boyle, Geraldine; Guntupalli, Aravinda; Jones, Kerry and Garcia, Rebecca
Prospero 2019 CRD4201919453


A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care in the UK
Vseteckova, Jitka; Jones, Kerry; Methley, Abigail; Boyle, Geraldine and Garcia, Rebecca
NIHR: National Institute for Health Research