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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Rosa Maria Mendizabal-Espinosa

Rosa Maria

Research Associate, University College London, United Kingdom



Rosa is based at the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordination Centre (EPPI-Centre) in UCL. She conducts qualitative research within neonatal and paediatric healthcare and policy focused evidence syntheses. Her research portfolio includes parental involvement in neonatal healthcare (intensive care units), and in shared decision-making in neonatal and paediatric healthcare in the UK and Mexico. She has a special interest in children's rights, particularly to article 24 UNCRC - the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and article 12 UNCRC - respect for the views the child. Her research is underpinned by a critical realist approach and spans across the disciplines of the social, psychological, biomedical and neurosciences.



Mendizabal-Espinosa, R. M., & Warren, I. (2020). Non evidence-based beliefs increase inequalities in the provision of infant and family centred neonatal care. Acta Paediatr. doi:10.1111/apa.14972

Mendizabal-Espinosa, R. M., & Price, J. E. (2021). Family centred neonatal palliative care in children's hospices: A qualitative study of parents' experiences. Journal of Neonatal Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2020.08.005

Alderson, P., Cohen, M., Davies, B., Elliott, M.J., Johnson, M., Lotteria, A., Mendizabal, R., Stockton, E., Stylianou, M., Sutcliffe, K. and Wellesley, H., 2022. The involvement and autonomy of young children undergoing elective paediatric cardiac surgery: a qualitative study. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 17(1), pp.1-8.


Sociology of Childhood, Sociology of Health and Illness, Ethnographic Research, Critical Realism.
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