Áine Rose Kelly

Having grown up in the care system herself, Áine is interested in improving the health outcomes of looked after children.

She is a DPhil student at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, based in the Department of Education, supervised by Professor Judy Sebba and Dr Nikki Luke.


Áine has been awarded a doctoral scholarship from the Wellcome Trust. Her research looks at the health experiences of children and young people in care with a view to making recommendations to policy makers.


Information sheet

Outline of doctoral research

Presentation to Royal College of Nursing Specialist Looked After Children Nurses January 2015

Áine is a member of the NICE guidelines development group for the attachment of children in care, children adopted from care, and children at high risk of entering care.

She is an independent advisor for the BMJ Patient Panel http://www.bmj.com/about-bmj/advisory-panels/patient-panel-members/aine-kelly as well as an independent member of the Fostering panel for Buckinghamshire.

Áine holds a MSc in Health psychology and a BSc in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey. In 2013 she was awarded the Ann McPherson fellowship and worked as a research assistant for the Health Experiences Research Group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford.


Kelly, A., & Ogden, J. (2016). The effects of perceived early childhood attachment and care status on young people’s eating behaviour. Journal of Adoption and Fostering. 40 (3), 234-246.

Kelly, Áine. (2016). Growing up in care. BMJ, 352:i1085.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1085




Wellcome Trust’s Mosaic publication interviewed Áine for the following article which featured also in the Independent online, 9 May 2017:

What role can first hand experience of the care system play in making it better for future generations?

Improving health outcomes

Doctoral researcher Áine Kelly