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

Pre-conference workshops

Two pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, 2 March 2017. Details of both can be found below.

Workshop 1 (full day): Introduction to Bayesian analysis in Stata

  • Facilitated by: Dr Garrett Greene, Department of Psychology, Division of Population Health Sciences, RCSI
  • Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Fee: €70 for PSI/BPS members or students/unwaged, €90 for non-members
  • Venue: Library PC Lab, RCSI, Dublin 2
  • CPD credits: 4

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Workshop aim: Bayesian analysis is becoming more popular in psychology and social sciences. This workshop will introduce attendees to the principles and applications of Bayesian analysis using the Stata statistical software programme. Stata has its own dedicated Bayesian commands, which cover regression, graphical summaries, summary statistics, sample sizes, and hypothesis testing. The workshop will involve an introduction to Stata, followed by the use of Stata for Bayesian analysis using psychology-relevant examples.

Dr Garrett Greene


Biography: Dr Garrett Greene has a background in theoretical physics and mathematical neuroscience, and has lectured in mathematics, computer science and statistics at DIT. 

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Population Health Sciences (Psychology) in RCSI, where he is working on an Irish Research Council-funded project on the development of novel statistical models of treatment adherence and drug delivery as part of the INCATM (inhaler Compliance AidTM) project.

This research focuses on novel statistical methods for analysing complex health behaviour data which informs behaviour change interventions.


Workshop 2 (half-day): The tyranny of participation? Benefits and guidance on how to get key stakeholders involved in your research

  • Facilitated by: Dr Elaine Byrne, Institute of Leadership, RCSI
  • Time: 9.30am - 1pm
  • Fee: €35 for PSI/BPS members or students/unwaged, €45 for non-members
  • Venue: Psychological Society of Ireland, Grantham Street, Dublin 8
  • CPD credits: 2

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Workshop aim: To familiarise participants on participatory tools and techniques that can be used in a variety of research designs.


Dr Elaine Byrne

Biography: Dr Elaine Byrne lived and worked in the Southern African region from 1987 to 2008. She returned to Ireland to work with the RCSI on Irish-Africa collaborative health systems research projects, lecture in qualitative research methodology and has recently joined the Institute of Leadership in RCSI as research coordinator. Her previous work experience was in the areas of lecturing and social development projects in education and health, having worked with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Higher Education, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the South African National Department of Health. Academic positions held included: Lecturer at DCU 1986/87; senior lecturer, Harare Polytechnic, Zimbabwe, 1990-1994; and senior lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2005-2008.

Elaine’s expertise in qualitative research methods is sought as reviewer for a wide range of journals and as keynote speaker/guest lecturer (having given talks in Ireland, Norway, Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan). She sits on expert panels for the National Research Foundation, South Africa and the Academy of Finland. She has been, and is, involved in various roles (as PI, co-PI and applicant) in securing large multi-country research grants, and has extensive experience in managing multi-partner research projects. Elaine has a special interest in participatory research and builds on her early experience of working with NGOs and government departments in Sub-Saharan Africa on data collection and information systems development. She completed her PhD on a participatory approach to the design of a community-based child-health information system for the care of vulnerable children and has published numerous articles in this area.