Sonya MacVicar is a healthcare professional who has worked in a variety of clinical roles including adult nursing, midwifery and advanced neonatal practice.
She was awarded a PhD studentship in 2012 and her doctoral study used behaviour change theory to develop and pilot an intervention supporting breastfeeding for the substance exposed mother and baby. The study was nominated for NMAHP 2016 originality in doctoral studies award.
Research interest includes the impact of substance use disorder in pregnancy and specifically the management of neonatal abstinence syndrome. She has published extensively in this area and currently is part of an international collaboration undertaking a 5 year project on the development, testing and dissemination of a core outcome set for abstinence syndrome.
She is a project lead for a professional development programme to provide neonatal nurse educational theory and clinical competence training in Vietnam. This is a collaboration with a UK charity and Vietnam government bodies to design and deliver a curriculum to upskill the current workforce across diverse healthcare settings within Vietnam.