Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Ms Michelle Flood

Michelle Flood

Ms Michelle Flood BSc (Pharm), MSc (Healthcare Management), MPSI
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Tel : +353 1 402 2385


I studied pharmacy in RCSI (B.Sc Pharm 2006, MPSI 2007) and worked as a full-time community pharmacist and supervising pharmacist for five years. During this time, I also lectured in pharmacy practice part-time in RCSI and completed an M.Sc in Healthcare Management (2008-2010). In 2012 I was appointed as a full-time lecturer in RCSI School of Pharmacy and commenced a part-time PhD in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) with Lancaster University, developing and studying the impact of a new visualisation tool on workplace-based competence assessment practices using activity theory and semiotics.

My research interests are now primarily focussed on participatory and activity theory-based research interventions in education and patient care. I am interested in how approaches such as the change laboratory and social design methodologies can bring researchers, students, and the public closer together with theoretically grounded and practical interventions to benefit research, education, and public health. I am currently working on a number of other projects relating to patient care (ADHD), education (anatomy, simulation, CPD), and public engagement using primarily qualitative methods (further details available here:

My teaching involves students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is focussed on patient care, communication, and public health. I am Programme Director for Academic Studies for the National Pharmacy Internship Programme (2014-present), and coordinate two NPIP modules (MP2 Personal Skills, and MP5 Public Health). I am Year 5 Lead for the integrated M.Pharm programme and module leader for the Year 1 Gastrointestinal Health module. I am dedicated to providing high quality and innovative learning experiences for students and have won a National Teaching Hero Award (2014), the RCSI President's Teaching Award (2014), and was highly commended in the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (2016) where I was one of three finalists. I am a member of the PSI Professional Development and Learning Committee (PD&L) and the Iontas Alliance for National Awardees of Teaching Excellence in Higher Education.

Peer-Reviewed publications

Hayden, J., Flood, M., Gavin, B., Maršanic, V., & Mcnicholas, F. (2018). Barriers to medication entitlements after diagnosis of ADHD. [Letter] The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(1), 18-19.

Flood, M.
, Hayden J., Bourke, B., Gallagher, P. & Maher, S. (in press). Design and Evaluation of Video Podcasts for Providing Online Feedback on Formative Pharmaceutical Calculations Assessments. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education x(x), x-x

Bligh, B., &
Flood, M. (2017). Activity theory in empirical higher education research: choices, uses and values. Tertiary Education and Management, 23(2), 125-152.

Hayden, J.,
Flood, M., & McNicholas, F. (2016). ADHD in children: a path to free medicines. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-), 185(1), 171-175.

Cousins, G., Galvin, R.,
Flood, M., Kennedy, M. C., Motterlini, N., Henman, M. C., ... & Fahey, T. (2014). Potential for alcohol and drug interactions in older adults: evidence from the Irish longitudinal study on ageing. BMC Geriatrics, 14(1), 57.

Book Chapter

Bligh, B., &
Flood, M. (2015). The Change Laboratory in Higher Education: research-intervention using activity theory. In Theory and method in higher education research (pp. 141-168). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.