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Jenny Fairthorne
Research Fellow



Jenny received her PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2015 for her research pertaining to the health of mothers of children with developmental disabilities. From 2016-2017 she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia where she used linked registry data to ascertain the relationship of socio-economic status, depression and anti-depressant use during pregnancy. Jenny started as a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York in January, 2018. Initially, she will be evaluating the effectiveness of two health interventions using routinely collected health data.


  • PhD
  • MPh
  • MSc




Jenny's primary interest is using routinely collected registry data to explore health retrospectively. Areas explored to date range from perinatal health, maternal health, autism and intellectual disability.


Jenny is currently preparing to evaluate a child asthma health intervention and a self-management intervention for older people with mild frailty. Both evaluations will use linked data.

Research group(s)


Jenny would be interested in supervising PhDs in topics related to perinatal health and maternal health and/or disability which primarily use linked data for evaluations.


Selected publications

External activities


  • York Speakers' Club, 2018-
  • International Society for Autism Research, 2014-
  • Australasian Society for Autism Research, 2014-
  • Perth Epidemiology Group, 2013-
  • International Epidemiology Association, 2013-
  • Public Health Association of Australia, 2013-
  • Australasian Society for ID, 2012-
  • Australasian Society for Medical Research, 2012-
  • Autism Society of WA, 1993-

Invited talks and conferences

  • Oberlander Learning Circle, British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI), 30 March 2017, 1 hour: Women of lowest socio-economic status are at higher risk of hospitalizations associated with depression in the years around pregnancy.
  • Claremont Rotary Club, Perth, Western Australia, 9 Nov 2016, 30 minutes: Autism: Myths, facts, hypotheses, research.
  • Seminar, BCCHRI, 3 June 2016, 30 mins: External cause death of Aboriginal mothers.
  • National Core for Neuroethics Seminar Series, 3 May 2016, BC General Hospital, Vancouver. 1 hour entitled: Early mortality from external causes in Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia.
  • Oberlander Learning Circle, BCCHRI, 21 April 2016, 1 hour entitled: Maternal psychiatric disorder, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability in the child.
  • Neuro-epidemiology Group, TKI, 9 Dec 2015, 1 hour entitled: Relationship between maternal psychiatric disorder, autism and intellectual disability in the child.
  • Executive & Managers of Autism Association of WA, Perth, 4 Feb 2014, 1 hour: Improving the Quality of Life of mothers of children with autism and ID.
  • Presentation at Annual General Meeting of Australasian Society for ID (ASID) for WA, Perth, 22 Oct 2013 entitled: Health of the parents of children with ID.

Media coverage

Jenny Fairthorne

Contact details

Dr Jenny Fairthorne
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(8084)