Dr Cheryl McQuire

PhD, BSc(Cardiff), MSc(Cardiff)

  • BS8 2PS

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Research interests

Cheryl McQuire is a public health researcher with particular interests in maternal and child health, specialising in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

She has specific methodological interests in natural experiments and methods to improve causal inference.

Current Roles:

  • Programme Manager: Healthy Places, Healthy Planet. NIHR School for Public Health and Care Research

Current Projects:

Current Student Supervision:

  • ‘No alcohol in pregnancy – better safe or better worry? A digital and social media analysis of the acceptability and unintended consequences of the abstinence message’ (3.5 years from Oct 2021; GW4 DTP PhD project supervisor)


Previously, Cheryl has led systematic reviews and meta-analyses on intellectual disabilities and pre/postnatal mental health for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

She has also worked in a research and applied capacity for the National Offender Management Service, as well as in residential settings for families with complex needs.

Cheryl has a BSc in Applied Psychology (Cardiff University; 2008), a MSc in Forensic Psychology (Cardiff Metropolitan University; 2011) and a PhD in Epidemiology (Thesis "Epidemiology of Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Cardiff University, 2018).

In 2017 Cheryl joined the Centre for Public Health back in her home town at the University of Bristol, where she has continued to grow her methodological and subject-matter expertise in the areas of child and maternal health and alcohol-related harm.

External positions

Guest editor for special issue ‘Advances in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)’ for the journal Children

1 Sept 20225 Apr 2023

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

2020 → …

Member of the UK FASD Research Collaboration

External Examiner , University of Salford


  • Alcohol
  • Epidemiology
  • Prenatal health
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Natural experiments


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