Dr Niina Kolehmainen
Niina is a clinician researcher with passion for developing, evaluating and implementing complex (multifaceted) interventions to improve lives for children with disabilities.
Niina completed an MSc and a PhD in Health Services Research in Aberdeen [2006 and 2009, respectively]; has a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Edinburgh ; and an undergraduate degree (BSc Hons) in occupational therapy from Finland .
holds an MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship, within which she leads a programme of work to develop an intervention to increase children's participation in physical play;
leads the 'Good Goals' programme of work to improve service delivery for children and families;
collaborates actively with allied health clinicians and families;
works with other researchers (especially behaviour scientists and implementation researchers) to advance the science of behavioural medicine;
teaches postgraduates students in research methods, supervises MSc and PhD students, and mentors other clinician researchers and junior researcers; and
participates in national and international networks to advance children's research and allied health research.
Further details about Niina's research can be found here:
Medical Research Council, Population health scientist fellowship scheme. £283,837. Participation in physical leisure pursuits and play in children with motor impairments: developing a theory- and evidence-based intervention. Kolehmainen N, Francis J, Ramsay C, Owen C, McKee L. 09/2010 – 08/2014
Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office. Healthcare improvement grants. £70,396. Using ‘Good Goals’ to improve
children’s occupational therapyservices: a feasibility study of a
multifaceted caseload management intervention. Kolehmainen N, Francis J, McKee L, Duncan E, MacLennan G. 10/2009 - 09/2010
Scottish Executive Chief Scientist Office. Research training fellowship. £127,369. Optimising caseload management: developing an intervention in paediatric occupational therapy. Kolehmainen N, McKee L, Francis J, Duncan E, Grant A. 10/2006–09/2009.
Elizabeth Casson Trust. College of Occupational Therapists’awards. £1,000. Introduction to international health and social development: Pg Dip module. Kolehmainen N.
NHS Advancing Healthcare Award 2012. A prestigious UK award recognising the Good Goals project as one of the top three allied health innovations in improving patient care pathways.
Early Career Researcher in Behavioural Medicine 2010. A personal award by the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine.
MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship 2010-2014. A highly competitive, peer-reviewed research training award by the UK Medical Research Council.
CSO Research Training Fellowship 2006-2009. A competitive, peer-reviewed research training award by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government
Kolehmainen N. Mixed methods implementation research in health services for
children and families: the Good Goals project.The Center for Mental Health Implementation and Dissemination Science in States (IDEAS) New York University Child Study Center, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. New York, US. September 2012
Kolehmainen N. Using shared goal setting to improve access, efficiency and health: the Good Goals intervention. Allied Health Professions Conference 2012 AHPs as Agents of Change. Edinburgh, UK. September 2012
Kolehmainen N. Developing multifaceted interventions in rehabilitation: illustrations from caseload management and physical activity. McGill University. Montreal, Canada. February 2012
Contributions to Journals
- Kolehmainen, N., Duncan, ES. & Francis, JJ. (2013). 'Clinicians' actions associated with the successful patient care process: a content analysis of interviews with paediatric occupational therapists'. Disability & Rehabilitation, vol 35, no. 5, pp. 388-396.
[Online] DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.694960
- Kolehmainen, N., Francis, JJ., McKee, L. & Duncan, EAS. (2012). 'Beliefs about responsibilities, the aims of therapy, and the structure of the therapy process: a qualitative study of caseload management issues in child health occupational therapy'. Child: Care, Health and Development, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 113-116.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01220.x
- Kolehmainen, N., Maclennan, G., Ternent, L., Duncan, EA., Duncan, EM., Ryan, SB., McKee, L. & Francis, JJ. (2012). 'Using shared goal setting to improve access and equity: a mixed methods study of the Good Goals intervention in children's occupational therapy'. Implementation Science, vol 7, pp. 76.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1748-5908-7-76
[Online] AURA: Kolehmainen_2012.pdf
- Kolehmainen, N. & Francis, JJ. (2012). 'Specifying content and mechanisms of change in interventions to change professionals’ practice: an illustration from the Good Goals study in occupational therapy'. Implementation Science, vol 7, pp. 100.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1748-5908-7-100
[Online] AURA: kolehmainen_2012.pdf
- Kolehmainen, N., Francis, JJ., Ramsay, CR., Owen, C., McKee, L., Ketelaar, M. & Rosenbaum, P. (2011). 'Participation in physical play and leisure: developing a theory- and evidence-based intervention for children with motor impairments'. BMC Pediatrics, vol 11, pp. 100.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-11-100
[Online] AURA: Kolehmainen_2011.pdf
- Kolehmainen, N., Duncan, E., McKee, L. & Francis, JJ. (2010). 'Mothers' perceptions of their children's occupational therapy processes: A qualitative interview study'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol 73, no. 5, pp. 192-199.
[Online] DOI: 10.4276/030802210X12734991664101
- Kolehmainen, N., Francis, J., Duncan, E. & Fraser, C. (2010). 'Community professionals' management of client care: a mixed-methods systematic review'. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, vol 15, no. 1, pp. 47-55.
[Online] DOI: 10.1258/jhsrp.2009.008157
[Online] AURA: Kolehmainen2010.pdf
- Kolehmainen, N., MacLennan, G., Francis, JJ. & Duncan, EAS. (2010). 'Clinicians' caseload management behaviours as explanatory factors in patients' length of time on caseloads: a predictive multilevel study in paediatric community occupational therapy'. BMC Health Services Research, vol 10, no. 249.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-10-249
[Online] AURA: Kolehmainen%202010.pdf
- Kolehmainen, N., Francis, J. & McKee, L. (2008). 'To provide or not to provide treatment: that is the question'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol 71, no. 12, pp. 510-523.
Comments and Debates
- Cook, JA. & Kolehmainen, N. (2010). 'Commentary on “Methodological issues arising from a pilot RCT investigating the effectiveness of joint protection”'. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, vol 17, no. 12, pp. 654-664.
[Online] AURA: Comm_draft_4_IJTR_Final_1_.docx
Contributions to Conferences
- Kolehmainen, N., Duncan, E., Francis, JJ., McKee, L. & Duncan, EAS. (2010). 'Identifying issues relevant to behaviour change interventions: Can the theoretical construct domains be used to identify both individual- and organisational-level issues?'. Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom, 15/09/10 - 17/09/10,.