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

Meet the team

Division of Population Health Sciences staff

 

  • Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Divisional Research Units
  • Department of Psychology
  • Research Leader Unit
  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • SPHeRE Programme
  • Head of Division PHS
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    Head of Division - Population Health Sciences

    Professor Anne Hickey BA, (Mod), PhD     

     

    Head - Division of Population Health Sciences and Department of Psychology
    Co-Director - SPHeRE Programme

     

    Email:  Anne

    Publications: A Hickey

    ResearchGate:  See Anne's ResearchGate profile;

    Anne's Publications Anne Hickey is Head of the Department of Psychology at the Royal    College of Surgeons in Ireland and the serving Head of the Division of Population Health Sciences. She is involved in coordinating and teaching health psychology to health professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including medical, physiotherapy and pharmacy students. Anne has extensive experience in research in healthcare, particularly with neurological patient populations (stroke, multiple sclerosis), including terminal conditions (motor neurone disease); stigmatised groups (e.g., HIV and hepatitis C); and carers of people with stroke. Anne has considerable expertise in the area of method development and, as part of a research team, developed the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL), an individualised measure of quality of life that has received international acclaim. Anne is the RCSI Director of the Health Services Research Institute (HSRI), the first HRB structured PhD scholar's programme in Health Services Research, established in October 2007. She is immediate past Chair of the Division of Health Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland, a member of the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland and Chair of the Scientific Affairs Board of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

     

     

 

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine

Ruairi Brugha

Professor Ruairí Brugha, Head of Department

Ruairí has been at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 2005 and is the first full time Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. He lectures on the Population Health Epidemiology undergraduate Medicine module. He conducts health policy and health systems research, mainly in Africa and Ireland.

Tel: 402 2733, Email: rbrugha@rcsi.ie

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Academic staff

RegienBiesma

Dr Regien Biesma, Lecturer

Regien is a lecturer in epidemiology and public health medicine in RCSI and coordinates the Population Health Epidemiology module in the undergraduate and graduate program (GEM). Research interests include constraints in scaling up of health programmes in low income countries, such as HIV/AIDS, maternal health and chronic diseases and changing patterns of diseases.

Tel: 402 8584, Email: rbiesma@rcsi.ie

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Ronan Conroy

Professor Ronán Conroy, Associate Professor

Ronán is Associate Professor of Biostatistics. He lectures on the Evidence Based Health undergraduate Medicine module. His research interests are broad, with publications in the areas of health psychology, psychiatry, cardiovascular disease and low-technology approaches to infectious disease prevention in developing countries.

Tel: 402 2431, Email: rconroy@rcsi.ie

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PatrickDicker

Patrick Dicker, Lecturer

Pat is a lecturer and statistician in the departments of epidemiology and public health medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology (Rotunda). His research interests cover broad areas, from molecular and cellular therapeutics to public health epidemiology and health systems research.

Tel: 402 2435, Email: patdicker@rcsi.ie

PKennedy

Dr Patricia Kennedy, Lecturer

Patricia Kennedy teaches qualitative research methods on the Structured Population and Health Services Research Education (SPHeRE) Programme. She is the Principal Investigator on the National Needs Assessment of Roma in Ireland (in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Equality and Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre).

Tel: 402 2769, Email: pkennedy@rcsi.ie

natasha rafter

Dr Natasha Rafter, Senior Lecturer

Dr Natasha Rafter is a public health medicine physician and senior lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. Her research interests include healthcare quality and adverse events, medication safety, cardiovascular risk assessment, access to treatment, and medication adherence. She is currently analysing data from the Irish National Adverse Events Study, a retrospective patient chart review study of adverse events in acute Irish hospitals.

Tel: 402 5197, Email: natasharafter@rcsi.ie

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EmerShelley

Professor Emer Shelley, Senior Lecturer

Emer is a consultant in public health medicine and a part-time lecturer of Public Health Epidemiology modules on the undergraduate and graduate entry medicine programmes. Her research interests include an analysis of trends in mortality, morbidity and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and establishing data standards for modules of cardiovascular registers.

Email: eshelley@rcsi.ie

Support staff

MaryOConnell

Mary O’Connell, Department Coordinator

Mary is responsible for coordinating teaching and exams of the JC3 module Evidence Based Health and Population Health Sciences for the undergraduate and graduate entry medicine programme. She also provides general administrative support to the department.

Tel: 402 2434, Email: epi@rcsi.ie

KWoodsHarley

Kayleigh Woods Harley, Department Coordinator

Kayleigh looks after the coordination of the JC3 module Evidence Based Health and Population Health Sciences for the undergraduate and graduate entry medicine programme. She also provides general administrative support to the department, including departmental research activities.

Tel: 402 2733, Email: kayleighwharley@rcsi.ie

Honorary staff

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, Honorary Senior Lecturer

Email: mgt.fitzgerald@hse.ie

Dr Siobhan Jennings, Honorary Senior Lecturer

Email: Siobhan.jennings@hse.ie

Dr Paul Kavanagh, Honorary Lecturer

Email: paulkavanagh@rcsi.ie

Research staff

Dr Nicholas Clarke, Post-doctoral Researcher

Nick Clarke co-ordinates the Health Research Board funded MedTrack study. MedTrack is Ireland's first medical graduate career tracking study and aims to report, analyse and track the specialty choices, career intentions and early career decisions made by Irish medical graduates, including decisions to work full or part-time, leave medicine, or emigrate.

Email: nicholasclarke@rcsi.ie

Sophie Crowe, Research Assistant

Sophie Crowe is research assistant on the Health Research Board funded Doctor Emigration study.

Tel: 402 2346, Email: sophiecrowe@rcsi.ie

AislingWalsh

Dr Aisling Walsh, Research Fellow

Aisling is working on The Brain Drain to Brain Gain project, supporting the implementation of the WHO Code of Practice on the recruitment of health personnel in Ireland. She also worked on the development and delivery of a technology enhanced learning Masters in Community Systems Health Research. Aisling's primary research interests are in health systems research, maternal and child health, the ethics of health research partnerships between the higher income countries and lower income countries, and reproductive technology.

Tel: 402 8657, Email: aislingwalsh@rcsi.ie

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JGajewski

Dr Jakub Gajewski, Post-doctoral Researcher

Jakub is a post-doctoral health sociologist. He is currently working on the Clinical Officer Surgical Training in Africa (COST-Africa) project, which aims to provide proof-of-concept that surgery can be delivered cost-effectively and safely in district hospitals in Africa.

Tel: 402 2418, Email: jakubgajewski@rcsi.ie

TMcCauley

Dr Tracey McCauley, Post-doctoral Researcher

Tracey is a post-doctoral Researcher on the Clinical Officer Surgical Training in Africa (COST-Africa) project. COST-Africa is a collaborative project, which aims to provide proof-of-concept that surgery can be delivered cost-effectively and safely in district hospitals in Africa.

Tel: 402 2413, Email: traceymccauley@rcsi.ie

PhD and MD students

Kate Gajewska, PhD Scholar

Supervisor: Dr Regien Biesma

Samira Jabakhanji

Samira Jabakhanji, PhD Scholar

Samira has been a PhD candidate in RCSI since October 2015. Making use of the Growing Up in Ireland National Longitudinal Study of Children, she is investigating early life risk factors of childhood obesity across the first five years of children’s lives.

Email: samirajabakhanji@rcsi.ie

Molly Mattsson, PhD Scholar

Supervisor: Dr Regien Biesma

Sarah Murphy, PhD Scholar

Supervisor: Dr Regien Biesma

SamuelAnya

Dr Samuel E. Anya, PhD Researcher

Samuel Anya has a background in obstetrics and gynaecology and is now working as a PhD scholar on the Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (CHRAIC), which seeks solutions to poor maternal and new born outcomes in African countries.

Email: samanya@rcsi.ie

AnnaAwor

Anna Awor, PhD Researcher

Anna C. Awor is a PhD Scholar in Health Systems Research as part of the Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (CHRAIC). Anna has a Bachelor Degree in Statistics and Masters Degree in the Biostatistics.

Email: annaawor@rcsi.ie

Louise Mullen, PhD Scholar

Louise works in the National Cancer Control programme and is a part-time PhD scholar focusing on a Health Research Board funded policy analysis of the development and implementation of the 2006 National Cancer Strategy.

Email: louisemullen@rcsi.ie

DianeNurse

Diane Nurse, PhD Scholar

Diane works for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and is completing a part-time PhD. Her PhD will be in the area of improving access to health services by refugees and other disadvantaged groups.

Email: dianenurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHS Department of Psychology

 

Professor Anne Hickey BA, (Mod), PhD     

 

Head - Division of Population Health Sciences and Department of Psychology
Co-Director - SPHeRE Programme

 

Email:  Anne

Publications: A Hickey

ResearchGate:  See Anne's ResearchGate profile;

Anne's Publications Anne Hickey is Head of the Department of Psychology at the Royal    College of Surgeons in Ireland and the serving Head of the Division of Population Health Sciences. She is involved in coordinating and teaching health psychology to health professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including medical, physiotherapy and pharmacy students. Anne has extensive experience in research in healthcare, particularly with neurological patient populations (stroke, multiple sclerosis), including terminal conditions (motor neurone disease); stigmatised groups (e.g., HIV and hepatitis C); and carers of people with stroke. Anne has considerable expertise in the area of method development and, as part of a research team, developed the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL), an individualised measure of quality of life that has received international acclaim. Anne is the RCSI Director of the Health Services Research Institute (HSRI), the first HRB structured PhD scholar's programme in Health Services Research, established in October 2007. She is immediate past Chair of the Division of Health Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland, a member of the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland and Chair of the Scientific Affairs Board of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

 

Staff profiles 

 

Carole Carolan

Carole Carolan

Department Secretary/Administrator

Tel:+353-1- 402 2428

E-mail:  Carole

First point of contact for the Psychology department and administrative support to the Head of Department/Division. Responsible for admin and secretarial duties across teaching and exams (5 year, GEM, HBPS Physio, Pharmacy). Assisting with research admin and conference organisation. First point of contact general health / safety / housekeeping for Division. 

 

Dr Mary Clarke BA, MSc, PhD

MaryClarke 

Senior Lecturer and Vice-Dean for International Citizenship

E-mail:  Mary

Publications: Mary 

 

Mary Clarke is a lecturer in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Vice-Dean for International Citizenship. She was educated in Trinity College Dublin and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She coordinates and teaches neuroscience to medical and Physiotherapy undergraduates. Mary is a member of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Research across the Lifespan Group (PERL) http://rcsi.ie/perl. Her area of interest is the role of early life experiences in the aetiology of schizophrenia. In collaboration with colleagues from RCSI and The National Institute of Public Health in Helsinki she examines the effect of prenatal and neonatal risk factors for psychotic disorder, particularly prenatal infection, prenatal stress and the attainment of motor and language developmental milestones. Mary is also involved in projects looking at risk and protective factors for mental illness among young Irish adolescents. These projects examine the psychiatric, neurocognitive, electrophysiological and neuroimaging profile of young adolescents at risk for the development of psychotic disorder in adulthood.

 

Dr Sally Doherty BSc(Hons) PhD CPsychol

Sally Doherty

Lecturer 

Email:  Sally

Publications: Sally

ResearchGate:  See Sally's ResearchGate profile

Sally completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and PhD in the University of Ulster. She worked as a post doctoral researcher in the School of Psychology, NUI Galway on a HRB funded study exploring the impact of CHD on sexual functioning. She is involved in teaching health psychology at undergraduate level to medical, physiotherapy and pharmacy students. Sally has completed a post graduate certificate in teaching and will complete a masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law in July 2015. Sally’s research interests are in cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation and sexual health. Sally is currently on secondment to MUB (Medical University of Bahrain), where she is the Academic Lead in Pscyhology and Behavioural Science.  

 

Dr Frank Doyle, BA(Hons), MLitt, PhD, RegPsycholPsSI 

Frank 

Senior Lecturer

Frank's Publications

E-mail:  Frank 

ResearchGate:  See Frank's ResearchGate profile;

Frank Doyle is a senior lecturer in psychology in RCSI. He co-ordinates and teaches behavioural sciences and statistics to health professionals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the Associate Editor of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine: An Open Access Journal, and has also acted as a statistical consultant on several research projects. He has published in prestigious international journals on areas such as depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation, health behaviours such as smoking and physical activity, quality of life, pain and stress. He is also interested in systematic reviews, meta-analyses and psychometrics. He was Chair of the Division of Health Psychology from 2013-2015.

 

 

Dr Caroline Kelleher BA(Hons), PhD

 CarolineKelleher

Lecturer

Email:  Caroline

Publications: Caroline 

ResearchGate:  See Caroline's ResearchGate profile;

Caroline is a lecturer in psychology in RCSI since 2012. She is involved in teaching Behavioural Sciences to medical, physiotherapy and pharmacy students at undergraduate leveland is the module coordinator for pharmacy students. She has also been involved in module development at postgraduate level and acted as a methodological supervisor for students enrolled in the Masters in Surgery. She has a BSc in honours Psychology and is a previous Irish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) postgraduate scholar. Caroline completed her PhD in 2010 at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

She joined the Department as a postdoctoral researcher on an IRCHSS-funded project (PI: Dr. Karen Morgan) entitled;Exploring trends in sexual activity, contraceptive use and pregnancy experiences in Ireland over the last decade, and has consistently engaged in health-related research with a range of vulnerable populations (e.g. palliative care, falls prevention in older people) since the beginning of her career. Her research interests include STIs/HIV, sexual health, sexual violence, behavioural surveillance and health-related research aimed at informing policy and service provision.

 

Dr Lisa Mellon BA MSc PhD, Reg. Psychol PsSI

Lisa Mellon

Lecturer

E-mail: Lisa

Publications: Lisa 

ResearchGate:  See Lisa's ResearchGate profile;

Lisa Mellon is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. Prior to this she was a post-doctoral researcher on a project assessing the quality of care for smoking cessation services in Irish hospitals. Prior to this, she held a post-doctoral position with the ASPIRE-S Study (Action on Secondary Prevention Interventions and Rehabilitation in Stroke). Lisa has a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology, both from National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to commencing her PhD on the HRB PhD Scholars Programme in Health Services Research, she worked in frontline hospital departments, and was a research assistant on case control and RCT studies in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Monash University, Melbourne. Her research interests include the examination of help-seeking behaviour during onset of an acute medical event, the provision of comprehensive post-stroke rehabilitation to stroke survivors and assessment of post-stroke cognitive impairment, and behaviour change interventions for risk factor management and secondary prevention. Lisa is the current Honorary Secretary of the Division of Health Psychology in the Psychological Society of Ireland. 

 

Karen Morgan PhD, Reg Psychol PsSI 

KarenMorgan

Senior Lecturer Psychology

E-mail: Karen

Publications: Karen 

ResearchGate:  See Karen's ResearchGate profile;

Karen is a senior lecturer in psychology in RCSI. She teaches psychology, behavioural science and research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students (medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy) as well as healthcare professionals. Karen has a background in health and organisational psychology. She has a BA in psychology and an MA in social and organisational psychology. Her PhD (health psychology) was completed as part of the Healthy Ageing Research Programme at RCSI. Karen's research interests include population health, ageing, sexual health and quality of care. She is the current President Elect of the European Health Psychology Society.  Karen is currently on secondment to Perdana University (PU-RCSI School of Medicine) in Malaysia where she is the Academic Lead in Psychology and Behavioural Science perdanauniversity.edu.my

  

Maria Pertl, BA BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Maria Pertl

Lecturer

E-mail: Maria

Publications: Maria 

ResearchGate:  See Maria's ResearchGate profile;

Maria Pertl is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. Before coming to RCSI, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience where she led a cohort study funded by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Health Research Board, which examined relationships between stress and cognitive function in spousal dementia caregivers. Maria previously held a postdoctoral position in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), investigating decision making among people with depression. Maria completed her PhD, MSc, and undergraduate degree in Psychology in TCD. Her doctoral research, conferred in 2013, investigated the contributing factors to cancer-related fatigue and evaluated the effectiveness of a psychological intervention for cancer survivors with persistent fatigue. Maria has taught health psychology and research methods to students in various health-related disciplines in TCD, University College Dublin, and St Patrick’s College and has carried out several research projects on cancer screening and prevention. Her research interests include the impact of stress on health, cognitive aging,caregiving, psycho-oncology, cancer-related fatigue, and models that conceptualise the development of chronic conditions. Maria is the current Honorary Secretary of the Division of Health Psychology in the Psychological Society of Ireland. 


Post-doctoral Researchers

  

Niamh Merriman, BA (Hons),  PhD  

 Niamh Merriman

E-mail: Niamh

Dr Niamh Merriman is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the Division of Population Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is working on a Health Research Board (HRB) funded project called StrokeCog, which aims to model and modify the consequences of stroke-related cognitive impairment through intervention. Prior to this Niamh worked as a Senior Research Associate in Disney Research, Los Angeles. This research investigated factors which may improve the experience of guests in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts through the use of behavioural and virtual reality techniques. Niamh holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience in Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research investigated factors that mediate spatial navigation abilities in older adults, with the over-arching aim of developing and testing a multicomponent training intervention to improve spatial navigation abilities in healthy and fall-prone older adults. Niamh obtained a BA in Psychology from NUI Maynooth in 2009. Research interests include ageing, cognitive impairment,spatial navigation, cognitive interventions, multi-sensory integration, and balance control.

 

Eithne Sexton, PhD

Eithne 

Postdoctoral Researcher 

E-mail: Eithne

Publications: Eithne 

ResearchGate:  See Eithne's ResearchGate profile;

Eithne Sexton is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on the StrokeCog study. The study aims to profile cognitive function in acute and long-term stroke patients and to test the impact of a brief intervention, and is funded by a Health Research Board Inter-Disciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) grant. Eithne is responsible for Work Package 1 which aims to build an innovative epidemiological modelling platform that enables evaluation of the effects of interventions to rehabilitate cognitive impairment post-stroke. Eithne completed her PhD in 2015 as part of the HRB PhD Scholar’s Programme in Health Services Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her thesis focussed on evaluating the complex relationship between chronic conditions and quality of life at older ages. She also holds a BA (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy and an MSc in Applied Social Research, both from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining StrokeCog, she worked as a Research Fellow in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin, and as a post-doctoral researcher in health systems for the RCSI Hospitals Group. She also previously worked as a Data Analyst in the Health Research and Information Division of the Economic and Social Research Institute. 

 

 

DIVISIONAL RESEARCH STAFF

 

Professor Kathleen Bennett BSc, PhD

Kathleen 

HRB Research Leader - Associate Professor Pharmacoepidemiology

E-mail: Kathleen

Publications: Kathleen 

Professor Kathleen Bennett is Associate Professor in Pharmacoepidemiology and Biostatistics in the Population Health Sciences Division of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). She has been involved in scientific research and statistical consultancy for more than 20 years and in that time has been involved in a range of studies including design and analysis of observational and randomised controlled trials, with a particular focus on medicines use and chronic disease. She is currently taking part in a number of national and international collaborative research projects, including pharmacoepidemiology on Irish and European prescribing databases, epidemiological modelling of cardiovascular disease and patient orientated studies in breast cancer.

 

Caitriona Cahir, BA (Mod), HDip (Psy), PhD

  Ccahir

Senior Post-doctoral Research Fellow

E-mail: Caitriona

Publications: Caitriona 

Dr Caitriona Cahir is senior post-doctoral researcher fellow at the Division of Population Health Sciences,Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is working on a Health Research Board(HRB) funded project investigating quality and safety in medication use in the primary and secondary care settings. Prior to this Caitriona worked as a Research Officer in the Social Research Division at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and was employed as a HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) post-doctoral research fellow at Trinity College Dublin,Ireland. The research programme investigated novel approaches to cancer prevention, treatment and cost in conjunction with the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) and National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE). Caitriona holds a HRB Scholars PhD in Health Services Research from the Division of Population Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her doctoral research nvestigated prescribing in older populations in Ireland by evaluating indicators of quality and efficiency. Caitriona obtained a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. Prior to this she studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a risk and operations analyst and as a fund manager for a Global Asset Manager for a number of years.

Research interests are in health services research, medication taking behaviour, patient safety and outcomes, behavioural interventions, health psychology and pharmacoepidemiology.

 

 

Catherine Byrne PhD MPSI

 Cathybee 

Pharmacist

Email: Cathy

Catherine is currently working on a project to determine the frequency and burden of adverse drug events in primary care with Prof. Kathleen Bennett and has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy for the past 20 years.

She obtained her PhD in  Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics having completed two Post Grad Diplomas - Community Pharmacy 2011 and Statistics 2013.

Cathy was born and raised in Perth, Australia and settled in Ireland in 2006. 

 

Jamie Madden, MSc. in Statistics, PhD

 jamiemad

Biostatistician 

Email: Jamie

Jamie is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Division of Population Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is currently working within Breast-Predict, a country-wide collaboration between experts in the area of breast cancer research, funded by the Irish Cancer Society. He is specifically exploring the relationship between population drug exposures to breast cancer outcomes. He completed his PhD in Health Services Research through the HRB Scholars Programme in University College Cork where his thesis involved the modelling of circadian blood pressure patterns. 

  

  

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit
 

 

Professor Gloria Crispino PhD CStat
 
 Gloria 

Head of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit  

E-mail: Gloria

Publications: Gloria 

Professor Gloria Crispino is Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Head of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit at RCSI. Gloria is a member of the Royal Statistical Society and a Chartered Statistician, she holds a PhD in mathematical biology and biostatistics (ITTDublin) and a degree in Economics with major in statistics from L. Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. She has been working in biostatistics and mathematical biology research for 20 years, in academia and industry, both in Europe and the USA. Her areas of research include medical statistics, clinical research, epidemiology, environmental health and mathematical biology. Her most recent publications include design, analysis and interpretation of clinical studies in neurology, emergency medicine and paediatrics.

 

Dr Fiona Boland, BSc (Statistics), MSc. in Statistics, PhD

 

FionaB 

Lecturer - Biostatistics and Research Methods

Email: Fiona

Publications: Fiona 

ResearchGate:  See Fiona's ResearchGate profile;

Fiona is a lecturer in Biostatistics and Research Methods. She graduate with a BSc. in Statistics in 2004 from University College Dublin (UCD), where she subsequently obtained her MSc. in Statistics and her PhD in 2009. For 3 years, prior to working in the RCSI, Fiona lectured in Statisitics in the School of Mathematical Sciences in UCD. Fiona was also a postdoctoral research fellow in the Health Research Board (HRB) Centre for Primary Care.

Fiona's research interests include development and application of statistical modelling techniques to complex problems, clinical prediction rules and randomised controlled trials. Fiona's current projects include investigating practice level variation, paediatric epidemiology and examining drug related mortality during methadone maintenance treatment.

Fiona teaches statistics courses for the Masters in Surgery (MCh) and supervises students on the completion of a minor thesis. Fiona also teaches on the Practical Course in Health Research Methods and coordinates RCSI's Biostatistical Consulting and Support Service which provides statistical advice and support to college researchers.

 

Damien Coté BSc(Hons) and MSc.

 Damien

PhD Research Student 

Email: Damien 

Damien's career has been in breast cancer, taking a variety of approaches, including computational modelling and machine learning. Attained a BSc (Hons) at the University of Winnipeg (Canada), starting in astrophysics, and finished with molecular biology. Completed a MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Turku (Finland).

His project at RCSI is interrogating HER2 breast cancer through multiple –omic approaches - PI Dr Stephen Madden.

Outside of academia Damien has worked at the Tumour Bank in Cancer Care Manitoba and for the Computational Biomedicine group at Turun Biotekniikan Keskus (Turku Centre for Biotechnology).

His interests are in the use of artificial intelligence to enhance and drive modern breast cancer research.

 

Finbarr Leacy BSc (Hons), ScM

FINBARRL 

Research Lecturer in Biostatistics

E-mail: Finbarr

Finbarr joined RCSI as a StAR Research Lecturer in Biostatistics in April 2016. His research focuses on the development, application and dissemination of statistical methodology for handling missing data and confounding in observational epidemiologic studies. He also has a longstanding interest in mental health research. Finbarr conducted his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and MRC Biostatistics Unit. He holds an ScM in Biostatistics and a Certificate in Public Mental Health Research from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc (Hons) in Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science from University College Cork.

  

Dr Stephen Madden BA (Mod), MRes, PhD

SMADD 

STAR Research Lecturer

E-mail:  Smadden

Stephen joined RCSI in January 2016 as a StAR Research Lecturer in bioinformatics. Having gained his PhD in 2007 Stephen remained at UCD and worked in a postdoctoral research capacity on a number of projects within the Bioinformatics Research Group at the Conway Institute predominantly in the areas of cancer genomics and transcriptomics. In 2009 he moved to Dublin City University where he led the bioinformatic and biostatistical core facility for Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland an SFI funded Strategic Research Cluster which aimed to discover and develop new anti-cancer drugs. Most recently he worked as part of the BREAST-PREDICT consortium at the Conway Institute at UCD, where he provided bioinformatic and biostatistics support to the consortium as a whole, and supervised and trained PhD students in the fields of biostatistics and bioinformatics. Stephen’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of cancer genomics and transcriptomics, next generation sequence analysis and multivariate statistics.

  

DIVISIONAL RESEARCH MANAGEMENT/SUPPORT

 

Laura Méchineau Phelan BSc, MSc Fin, MEcon, MSc (Hons), Leadership & Management, LLB (Hons)

Laura Phelan

Research Manager Division of Population Health Sciences 

Email:Laura

Laura Mechineau-Phelan is Research Manager for the Division of Population Health Sciences. Laura is responsible for pre and post-award management, regulatory framework, proposal writing, coordination, reporting, financial and legal management. Negotiation with National HRB, MRCG, IHF, HSE, DoHC, IRC,IRCHSS and International sponsors such as NCI, Welcome Trust, NHS, EC: FP6, FP7, 3HP, H2020.  Professional interests: General and legal management of pre (drafting) and post-award, EU frameworks of research, interface law and research and research resolution / negotiation of complex issues. EU and National research programmes and their regulatory frameworks. Pre- and post-award management. Negotiation with sponsors.

 

SPHeRE - Structured Population and Health-services Research Education


Support Staff 

 

Carlos Bruen BA, MSc

 Carlos

Assistant Director - Academic Affairs, SPHeRE Programme

E-mail: Carlos

CCarlos Bruen is public health researcher and PhD Candidate in the Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine. He is also Assistant Director - Academic Affairs, for the SPHeRE Programme for the Structured Population and Health-Services Research Education (SPHeRE) Programme. His research and teaching focuses on global health policy, systems and governance, including the emergence and evolution of global health initiatives, and the role of individuals, organizations and networks in shaping health systems responses and institutional change. He has previously been involved as a researcher in the FP6 Global Health Initiatives in Africa project and the Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives Network (GHIN), a network of researchers from 22 countries, as well as conducting research for multilateral, national and non-governmental organizations. Prior to this, he was a teaching and research fellow at the University College Dublin (Equality Studies) responsible for modules in global politics and development.

 

Niamh Corbett MA, GradDip CompSc, MMII Grad, Dip PR 

Niamh

Programme Coordinator Administrator - SPHeRE Programme

Email: Niamh

Niamh has over 20 years academic administration experience, having previously held the position of Admissions Officer at Griffith College and Examinations Officer at Independent Colleges. More recently Niamh worked as a Research Officer for the PanCareSurFup (PanCare Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivor Care and Follow-Up Studies) project in the Boyne Research Institute.

  

Elaine Healy, MSc by Research, PG Dip. Stats, B.A. (Mod)

Elaine Healy

Programme Co-ordinator SPHeRE Programme

Email: Elaine 

Elaine Healy is the Programme Co-ordinator for the SPHeRE Programme and joined RCSI  in Feb 2011. Elaine leads the administrative team on the SPHeRE Programme and co-ordinates internal and external communication and events for the Programme. Elaine graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an MSc by Research in Behavioural Science, a PG Dip Stats and a B.A. (Mod) in Natural Science. She has previously worked in both undergraduate and postgraduate programme administration in Trinity College and Dublin City University.

 

Rebecca Kirrane, B.Sc.

Rebecca

Learning Technology Officer, SPHeRE Programme

Email: Rebecca

Rebecca is the Learning Technology Officer for the SPHeRE Programme, a HRB-funded PhD programme in population health and health-services research. Her professional background is in media education and she has taught art, multimedia, animation, video and design to students from ages 5 - 25. Her research interests include blended learning approaches, online pedagogies, flipped learning and gifted education. Rebecca holds a B.Sc. in Multimedia from Dublin City University and an M.Sc in Technology and Learning from Trinity College in Dublin. 

 

Ciarán McCarthy, BA, MPhil, GradDipSc

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Programme Coordinator, SPHeRE

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Ciarán is the Programme Coordinator for the nationally based Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme, a structured HRB funded PhD programme running across Ireland’s 8 university level HEIs. Prior to joining RCSI in early 2014, Ciarán completed a Grad Dip (Education & Training Management) at Dublin City University, an MPhil (Applied Linguistics) at Trinity College and a BA in Italian & Linguistics at University College Dublin. Ciarán's professional background includes project management at the ESRI’s longitudinal Growing Up in Ireland study, programme management on international postgraduate sales programmes and as Academic Director on an international foundation programme; with a background as an international Sales Director in EMEAA for a number of multinational educational organisations, he also has experience as Director at a number language training organisations.

 

HRB / SPHeRE Scholars

     

Annette Burns BA (Psychology); MSc (Applied Social Research)

  AnnetteBurns   

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research - SPHeRE Programme 

Email: Annette

Annette Burns is a scholar on the HRB SPHeRE PhD Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research. Annette has a first class honours degree in Psychology (NUI, Galway) and a first class honours MSc in

Applied Social Research (Trinity College Dublin). Her research interests include psychometric measurement, smoking cessation and behaviour change. She gained practical experience in the area of behaviour change while employed at a specialist research company, where she worked on national and European-level projects employing interventions to change behaviour in the areas of travel, sustainability and physical activity. More recently, she worked as a Research Assistant within the General Practice department of RCSI assisting with a study on multimorbidity in a general practice setting by interviewing older patients about medicine management and adverse events. Annette has also worked with the Tobacco Free Research Institute, assisting with funding applications, survey design and analysis.

   

Orla Caffrey, BA (Hons); HDip (Finance); Msc (Health Economics) 

 OrlaCaffrey

HRSI/ HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research

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Orla has a strong economic background. In 2005, she graduated, with honours, from the National University of Galway, Ireland where she studied Maths and Economics. Before moving into the field of health economic in 2007, she worked as a hedge fund accountant. In 2008, she obtained a Masters in Health Economics from the University of York.

   

Nora-Ann Donnelly MA (SocSci), MSc 

Nora Donnelly 

 

 HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research

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Nora-Ann is a HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research. Nora-Ann has an honours Masters Degree in Politics from the University of Glasgow and a first class honours MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin.  Prior to commencing her PhD Nora-Ann worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator with an International Humanitarian NGO for several years. Following this Nora-Ann worked with the Economic and Social Research Institute and the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science at University College Dublin. Before joining the Scholars Programme Nora-Ann worked with the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at University College Dublin.

 

Isabelle Jeffares,MSc, B.A.

Isabelle 

 

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research - SPHeRE Programme

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Isabelle graduated with a Degree in Psychology from the American College Dublin in 2005. She undertook the Masters in Applied Social Research at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2007. Isabelle was employed for six years in the Work Research Centre, where the main focus of the work was occupational health and social inclusion. In this position, she co-managed several European funded projects. A number of these projects involved the development of e-learning training programmes and handbooks to assist employers in the effective management of important workplace issues, including: mental health promotion, disability management, cultural diversity, absenteeism and substance misuse. In 2007, Isabelle taught the Statistics and Research Design course for the Masters in Women’s Health in the RCSI. During this time, she carried out statistical analyses on data from the Health and Social Services for Older People (HeSSOP) Survey. Through this work she delivered the results for a project paper which investigated the effects of cognitive impairment on the mental health of older people living in Ireland. During this time, she worked on the publication of two other academic papers which investigated the health screening habits of young adults. In 2014, Isabelle worked as project manager of a primary care based complex behaviour change randomised controlled trial in University College Dublin. Her primary responsibilities included administering follow-up questionnaires to patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, knee and/or lumber spine, conducting all statistical analyses for the trial and managing the project database. She started on the HRB SPHeRE PhD programme in September 2016 and her supervisor is Prof Anne Hickey. Isabelle is planning to work on a HRB funded project, entitled “The StrokeCog study: modelling and modifying the consequences of stroke-related cognitive impairment through intervention”.  

   

Yvonne McGowan B.A. MSc

 YvonneMcGowan

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research

Email:  Yvonne 

Yvonne is a HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research. She has a BA in Psychology from DBS and an MSc in Applied Social Research from TCD. Prior to joining the Scholars Programme, Yvonne was a Research Officer within the Psychology department of RCSI. She led on a systematic review of quality of care, as part of the ORCAB programme (Improving quality and safety in the hospital: The link between organisational culture, burnout, and quality of care). She also worked on the Health Behaviour of Young People in Ireland study along with secondary analysis of SLÁN 2007 (Survey of Lifestyle Attitudes and Nutrition, 2007). Yvonne has also worked as a field researcher for the Economic and Social Research Institute on the Growing up in Ireland Longitudinal Survey. Her research interests include cardiovascular disease, quality of care and workforce planning.

 

 

Daniela Rohde

Daniela Rohde

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research - SPHeRE Programme

Email: Daniela

Daniela is a HRB PhD scholar in Population Health and Health Services Research. Daniela holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Social Research, both from Trinity College Dublin. She has several years' experience working with homeless persons with severe and enduring mental health and addiction problems. More recently she worked as a Research Assistant in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems on a number of different projects, including a national review of the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework. Her research interests include quantitative methodologies, mental health, cardiovascular disease, secondary prevention and health behaviours.

 

Áine Ryan, MSc, BSc (Hons) Physio., MISCP.

AineRyan

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research

Email: Áine

Áine is a HRB PhD scholar in Population Health and Health Services Research (SPHeRE). She graduated from Brunel University, London in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Prior to commencing the SPHeRE programme she worked clinically for nine years in a variety of clinical areas in the Irish Health Service as part of Physiotherapy and interdisciplinary teams. She has held senior roles in Rheumatology, Orthopaedic Triage, Musculoskeletal Outpatients and Pain Management. Áine completed her Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2010 in University College Dublin. Areas of research experience include function and morphology of spinal muscles in Low Back Pain along with communication style and exercise compliance in Physiotherapy. Her areas of research interest are non-invasive interventions (physical activity and exercise promotion) and adherence to lifestyle modifications in individuals with multimorbidity.

 

Amelia Smith, B.Sc, M.Sc, PG Cert

 Amelia 

HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research - SPHeRE Programme

Email: Amelia 

Amelia is a PhD student working within Breast-Predict, Ireland's first collaborative cancer research centre, funded by the Irish Cancer Society. Amelia is also is a 3rd year Scholar on the Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme. Amelia's research is focused on the relationship between population drug exposures, specifically; statins, and breast cancer outcomes. She has completed a B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences (NUIM), Postgraduate Cert in Stem Cell Biology (UU), M.Sc in Translational Oncology (TCD), and Postgraduate Cert in Statistics (TCD).

  

Caroline Walsh B(Sc), M(Pharm), MPSI

  Caroline 

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Caroline graduated with a B(Sc.) Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. She completed her pre-registration training in the pharmacy department of Tallaght Hospital between September 2014 and September 2015, graduating with a Masters of Pharmacy (M(Pharm)) from RCSI in November 2015. Caroline returned to Tallaght hospital in November 2015, working as a clinical oncology and aseptic unit pharmacist until September 2016. She started on the HRB SPHeRE PhD programme in September 2016. Caroline’s PhD supervisor is Prof Kathleen Bennett and my co-supervisor is Dr Caitriona Cahir.

Caroline is working on Prof Bennett’s project ‘Quality and Safety in Patient Care’, which is being funded through the Research Leader’s Award grant 2015. Her specific areas of interest within this project are adverse drug reactions and medication adherence.’


  

PhD STUDENTS

 

Ross Brannigan, BA(Hons), Psychology

 Rossnew

PhD Student

E-mail: Ross 

Ross Brannigan obtained his Bsc in Psychology from Maynooth University in 2016. Additionally, Ross has carried out research in various areas through internships while completing his degree,these areas ranged from fear generalization and avoidance to circadian rhythms and the effects of social jetlag. Ross began his PhD in RCSI in September 2016 in order to further his education and continue researching interesting areas within psychology and epidemiology.

 

Garrett Greene B.A. (Mod.), Ph.D.
B.A. (Mod.), Ph.D.

  garrett

Postdoctoral Researcher  

Email: Garrett 

Garrett is a postdoctoral researcher in the division of Population Health Sciences. His research focuses on developing novel statistical methods for analysing complex patient adherence data as part on the INCA project.
He holds a degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Mathematical Neuroscience from Trinity College. His previous research includes computational modelling of neural systems and models of sensory coding.

 

Mary Elizabeth Walshe PhD, BSc Physiotherapy, MISCP.

Mary E Walsh 

PostDoctoral Researcher  

Email: Mary 

Dr Mary Walsh is an affiliate postdoctoral researcher to the Division of Population Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She also works as a postdoctoral researcher in Health Systems Research and Development with the RCSI Hospitals Group. Working with Professor Anne Hickey, she is currently involved in a number of research projects in the area of stroke rehabilitation. Mary was awarded her PhD in 2016 through the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI. Her doctoral research explored falls-risk after stroke and included a prospective cohort study, validation of risk prediction models and a qualitative component. Mary also holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from UCD (2009), a Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation from UCC (2012), and has international clinical experience as a physiotherapist in acute care.