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.
Her other area of research interest is 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.