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Dawn joined the Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course (CIRAL) in October 2017, working with Prof. Jane Coad and her team, as a Research Associate. With a background in statistical analysis and mixed methods research, Dawn has had a leading role on a number of NIHR funded single-centre and multi-centre research studies. This includes the Barriers to the Early Assessment of TIA and Stroke (BEATS) Study and Factors influencing the utilisation of alongside and free-standing midwifery units in England (The Midwifery Units Study).


Dawn completed her PhD at De Montfort University Leicester, in 2004. Her thesis, ‘Assessment of techniques for electromagnetic modelling validation’, aimed to quantify the level of similarity between experimental and modelled data. Her research discovered that Feature Selective Validation (FSV) was the most accurate measure of similarity for complex EMC data. Dawn has presented her research findings at a number of national and international conferences.


Since completing her PhD, Dawn has worked on a number of different health related research projects, and developed a passion for mixed methods research. Dawn is particularly interested in: improving the well-being of an aging population; identifying and reducing delays to recognition, diagnosis and treatment of conditions; and developing educational packages/promotions to improve health education of the general population. 

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematical/Statistical, Doctorate, De Montfort University

Medical and Health Statistics, Degree, De Montfort University

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Transient Ischemic Attack Medicine & Life Sciences
Stroke Medicine & Life Sciences
Referral and Consultation Medicine & Life Sciences
General Practitioners Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Nurse Practitioners Medicine & Life Sciences
Clinical Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Midwifery Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2018

8 Citations (Scopus)

Mapping midwifery and obstetric units in England

Walsh, D., Spiby, H., Grigg, C., Dodwell, M., McCourt, C., Culley, L., Bishop, S., Wilkinson, J., Coleby, D., Pacanowski, L., Thornton, J. & Byers, S., Jan 2018, In : Midwifery. 56, p. 9-16 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health

The Midwifery Units Study

Coleby, D., Walsh, D., Grigg, C. & Spiby, H., 6 Jul 2017, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

4 Citations (Scopus)

Service factors causing delay in specialist assessment for TIA and minor stroke: A qualitative study of GP and patient perspectives

Wilson, A., Coleby, D., Regan, E., Phelps, K., Windridge, K., Willars, J. & Robinson, T., 1 May 2016, In : BMJ Open. 6, 5, e011654.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Transient Ischemic Attack
General Practitioners
Referral and Consultation
General Practice
Multicenter Studies
Clinical Trials
Practice Guidelines
Surveys and Questionnaires

Press / Media

Only a minority of stroke victims are being seen by doctors within the recommended timeframe

Andrew Wilson, Dawn Coleby & Tom Robinson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research