Researcher Spotlight: Seonad Madden

Michelle Putt Uncategorised

In 2023, four early and mid-career researchers were celebrated for their exceptional work in the annual Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Early and Mid-career Researcher Collective (HiPPP EMR-C) International Awards.

The awards align with the HiPPP EMR-C purpose of creating opportunities for members to build capacity, form collaborations, transcend discipline and sector-based silos, and generate impact across research, policy and practice in the HiPPP field. 

We sat down with each winner to ask them about their award, their research and a few of their favourite things.

BEST PUBLICATION FOR A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT: Seonad Madden, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania and Research Assistant, Health and Social Care Unit, Monash University

Q: How did you feel to be presented with your award?

I was absolutely delighted to receive the ‘Best publication for a postgraduate student’ award for my paper, Understanding the pathway between work and health outcomes for women during the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods through the framing of maternal obesity.

Q: What does it meant to have your work recognised by the HiPPP EMR-C and CRE HiPP?

Writing the paper was a very long, difficult, and mentally challenging process. Receiving recognition from the HiPPP EMR-C and CRE HiPP will hopefully help me increase the paper’s reach and impact…and has helped convince me that the writing process was all worthwhile! Boosting confidence in my ability and in my work was another major benefit.

Q: What excites/motivates you about your research?

The ability to contribute to something that evolves into meaningful recommendations and tools for the benefit of priority populations. Producing research that sits on a (virtual) shelf is not enough, it has to grow and have tangible impact – however small that may be.

Q: What do you hope to achieve with your research in 2024? (or what you’re looking forward to?)

I am looking forward to graduating with my PhD in Public Health!

Q: What does being part of the HiPPP EMR-C mean to you?

The HiPPP EMR-C is where others ‘get’ your research and all are working towards the shared goal of improving health outcomes across preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.

Q: Hot drink order?

Brewed chai with oat milk, extra hot

Q: Your current book/podcast/TV series?

My PhD has killed my book reading habits. I’ve been reading “Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work” by Reshma Saujani for about half of 2023 and keep having to go back to the start. I watched “The Bear” season 1 and 2 this year and loved it.

Q: Favourite holiday destination?

Rome. I’ve been a few times, but I’d go again at a moment’s notice. It has so much history and culture, great food, and lovely people.