Shelly McFarlane


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Dr Shelly McFarlane is a Lecturer at the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit of the Caribbean Institute of Health Research. She received her BSc. in Zoology/Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She then pursued an MPhil in Diabetology at the Biochemistry Department of the University of the West Indies; after which she pursued her Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology at the Epidemiology Research Unit of the University of the West Indies.

Dr. McFarlane joined CAIHR in 2005. She has a wealth of experience as project coordinator, health researcher, and project manager for a number of large and small studies, including clinical trials. She has been a member of the investigator and management team large national surveys such as the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Surveys II and III and the Jamaica Youth Risk and Resiliency Behaviour Survey 2006. She has been member of the team of investigators for multi-country studies such as the “Development and Implementation of Culture Sensitive Peer /Lay Diabetes Education Program for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Six English Speaking Caribbean Countries”, and “Congregations Taking Action Against NCDs”. More recently, she has had to meet the rigorous standards for good clinical practices as project coordinator/manager for clinical trials in several ground breaking studies carried out under the aegis of the Caribbean Institute for Medical Research.

She has a history of successful acquisition of grant funding to carry out research. She has been with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research for more than 10 years and has served as workshop facilitator for a number of basic and advanced research skills training workshops aimed at equipping health professionals and other persons seeking development of careers in research. She is an expert trainer in Effective Project Planning and Evaluation and Implementation Research and, in addition to proving training locally, has been called to provide training for persons in the wider Caribbean region, North and Central America and in Africa.

Research Interests

Her research interests include mental health in adolescence. She is also interested in developing clinical interventions using nutraceuticals to aid in the fight against chronic non communicable diseases.



Evidence That Sleep Is an Indicator of Overtraining during the Competition Phase of Adolescent Sprinters. Journal of Sports Medicine, 2021(7):1-12. DOI:10.1155/2021/6694547.EonH.Campbell,MelaniePoudevigne,Shelly McFarlane, Lowell Dilworth, Rachael Irving

Burdens on caregivers of children ages one to sixteen years living with sickle cell disease attending a specialised clinic in urban, Jamaica, Int J Child Adolesc Health 2021;14(1):101-108. Tameka Duncan Baker, Sandra Chisholm Ford, Lorraine Wilson, Marvin Reid, Shelly McFarlane.


Ideal cardiovascular health in urban Jamaica: prevalence estimates and relationship to community property value, household assets and educational attainment: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2020 Dec 15;10(12):e040664. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040664. Joette A McKenzie, Novie O Younger, Marshall Kerr Tulloch-Reid, Ishtar Govia, Nadia R Bennett, Shelly McFarlane, Renee Walters, Damian K Francis, Karen Webster-Kerr, Andriene Grant, Tamu Davidson, Rainford Wilks, David R Williams, Trevor S Ferguson

Trends in cardio metabolic risk factors in the Americas between 1980 and 2014: a pooled analysis of population-based surveys. The Lancet Global Health 2020; 8:e123-e133. 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30484-X IF – 21.69; h5-index – 83 (Google Scholar); Citations – 3 (source Google Scholar) Ferguson TS, Tulloch-Reid MK, Younger-Coleman NO, McFarlane SR– members of NCD RisC Factor Collaboration).

Taddei C, Zhou B, Bixby H, Carrillo-Larco RM, Danaei G, Jackson RT, et al, NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). “Repositioning of the global epicentre of non-optimal cholesterol”. Nature. 2020;582(7810):73-7. Available at: (Ferguson TS, Tulloch-Reid MK, Younger-Coleman NO, McFarlane SR– members of NCD RisC Factor Collaboration).

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). National trends in total cholesterol obscure heterogeneous changes in HDL and non-HDL cholesterol and total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio: a pooled analysis of 458 population-based studies in Asian and Western countries. International Journal of Epidemiology 2020, 49:173-192(Ferguson TS, Tulloch-Reid MK, Younger-Coleman NO, McFarlane SR– members of NCD RisC Factor Collaboration).

Height and body-mass index trajectories of school-aged children and adolescents from 1985 to 2019 in 200 countries and territories: a pooled analysis of 2181 population-based studies with 65 million participants.NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Lancet. 2020 Nov 7;396(10261):1511-1524. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31859-6. Ferguson TS, Tulloch-Reid MK, Younger-Coleman NO, McFarlane SR– members of NCD RisC Factor Collaboration).


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