Dr Lynsay Matthews PhD MSc MBChB PGCert LTHE FHEA

Dr Lynsay Matthews

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Current role:

Lynsay is a Honorary Research Fellow on the LAVA trial, comparing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic hysterectomy with abdominal hysterectomy. Lynsay undertakes the qualitative process evaluation addressing the acceptability and feasibility of the trial to women and health care professionals.

For more info on LAVA please see www.bham.ac.uk/lava 

Research interest:

Lynsay’s main research interest is on the area of ‘menstrual health and mental health’, with particular interest in premenstrual disorders e.g., premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Lynsay was recently awarded funding to co-develop a research agenda for PMDD alongside stakeholders. This project begins in March 2022.

Lynsay is currently supervising two Master of Public Health students, investigating the association between PMDD and eating behaviours.

MRC/NIHR Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions: 

Lynsay is a co-author on the new framework, funded and published by the MRC and NIHR. The framework (and it’s accompanying summary paper in the BMJ) provide a guide for developing and evaluating complex interventions, and will be used by researchers, health practitioners, funders and journal editors to shape the future of complex intervention research.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5760-1080

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2016
  • PhD in Physical Activity in Health, University of Strathclyde, 2014
  • MSc in Medicine and Science for Sport and Exercise, University of Strathclyde, 2006
  • MBChB in Medicine and Surgery, University of Dundee, 2004



Lynsay graduated with a degree in Medicine before embarking on a research focused career. Since 2009 Lynsay has been working on a broad range of health related studies, including lifestyle interventions for different population groups.

Lynsay has undertaken and published on a range of health related research, including:

  1. lifestyle interventions for people with diabetes, obesity, learning disabilities, and multiple sclerosis;
  2. health service research exploring capacity of senior nursing staff;
  3. systematic reviews on topics of cardiac rehabilitation, gestational diabetes, physical activity and diabetes, and adolescent psychiatry;  
  4. and a wide range of other social and public health related research.

More recently:

Lynsay worked at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow for 6 years (until 2021), where she worked in the Complex Intervention workstream. This work resulted in Lynsay co-authoring the chapter on Evaluation of Behaviour Change Interventions in Cambridge’s Handbook of Behaviour Change, alongside co-authoring the MRC/NIHR’s updated Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions.

Current specialty:  

Lynsay now focuses on Women’s Health. She was editor of 12 chapters in the previous edition of Elsevier’s Physiology in Childbearing textbook, and will be editing a further 7 chapters for next year’s new edition. Lynsay is now developing research ideas for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), alongside supervising two Masters researchers exploring disordered eating in people with PMDD. Lynsay has recently been awarded funding to co-develop a research agenda for PMDD alongside stakeholders. Lynsay is keen to establish a network with other people interested in premenstrual disorders – please do get in touch!


Lynsay teaches sessions on complex intervention research, process evaluation, and programme theory.

Lynsay contributes to several programmes, including:

  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Institute of Clinical Sciences: Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Mixed Methods Research: session on Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions

Postgraduate supervision

  • MPH (1 of 2): Relindis Ebesoh Nkeng, University of Glasgow 2021-2022: A qualitative study exploring the eating behaviours of people with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
  • MPH (2 of 2): Myfanwy Miranda, University of Glasgow: A systematic review exploring the association of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and eating behaviours.

Lynsay is open to receiving expressions of interest from people interested in postgraduate research related to ‘menstrual health and mental health’ e.g., premenstrual disorders.


Research interests:

  • Women’s Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Process evaluation
  • Complex intervention methods 

Current projects:

  • The LAVA trial (PI J.Clark) exploring effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic versus abdominal hysterectomy.
  • Co-developing a research agenda for PMDD alongside stakeholders.
  • Two Masters researchers exploring the association of disordered eating with PMDD.
  • Awaiting decisions on two NIHR funding bids for: (i) infertility; and (ii) colpocleisis for pelvic health

Other activities

  • Member of the Scottish Government’s Cross Party Group for Women’s Health.
  • Member of the Trial Steering Committee for the CHARMER project.