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Division of Population Health Sciences Staff List & Profiles
Staff are listed by Department and Alphabetical Order
- Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
- Department of General Practice
- Department of Psychology
- PHS Divisional Staff and Scholars
Head of Department (Head of Division of Population Health Sciences)
Professor Ruairí Brugha MB, BCh, BAO, MD, FFPHMI, MSc, DCH, Dip Obs, Dip Humanities
AssociateProfessor, Professor in Biostatistics and Research Methods
Ronán Conroy BA, MusB, DipEd, DSc
Dr. Paul McKeown MB, FFPHM(I), MPH, DCH
Dr. Emer Shelley MD, FRCPI, MSc, FFPH, FFPHMI, MSc Dip Med Ed
Dr. Regien Biesma BA, MSc, MPH,PhD
Patrick Dicker BA, MA, MSc, CStat
Dr. Sara McAleese MBiochem, MSc
Dr. Myles Balfe B.A., M.A., Ph.D
Dr. Elaine Byrne BA, MLitt, PhD
Jakub Gajewski MSc
Dr. Niamh Humphries BSocSc. MPhil. PhD
Dr. Tracey McCauley BSc, MSc, PhD
Aisling Walsh BA,MSocSc
Dr. Sam Anya BMedSc MBBSMRCOG
Anna Awor MStat
Everd Maniple Bikaitwoha MBChB, MPH
John Kadzandira MSc, BSc
Diane Nurse B.Sc; BA Hons; M.Phil
Departmental Administrators (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHS Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine - Profiles
Head of Department
Professor Ruairí Brugha qualified as a doctor at UCD in 1980 and spent six years in Africa in the 1980s-90s as a clinician, public health specialist and researcher. He completed his public health medicine training in the UK and joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996 as a lecturer and then senior lecturer. He was co-editor of Health Policy and Planning from 1999 and Head of the Health Policy Unit from2003. In 2005, he joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as the first full time Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. He conducts health policy and health systems research, mainly in Africa and Ireland. See www.ghinet.org for outputs from a multi-country network researching the effects of global initiatives on recipient country health systems, which he co-coordinates, and see Pubmed for journal publications.
Ronán Conroy is the Associate Professor of Biostatistics. He was educated in Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and obtained his Higher Doctorate from the National University of Ireland. He is the module co-ordinator for the Evidence Based Health module, which combines research methods, critical appraisal and research ethics. He teaches hands-on statistics courses on the PhD programmes. In addition, he provides statistical advice and analysis to College researchers.
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. He was responsible for the development of the SCORE risk chart, a simple chart used to estimate risk of cardiovascular disease which is part of the European Task force Guidelines on Cardiovascular Prevention. He also carried out the first public health trials of solar disinfection of drinking water. Together with his wife, Jeannette Golden, he has published research on mental health of the elderly in Ireland.
Paul is a consultant in public health medicine and a part-time lecturer in epidemiology and public health at the RCSI. His speciality is infectious disease epidemiology and environmental issues. He trained in General Practiceand moved to Public Health in 1991. He is head of the Gastrozoonotic Unit at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in Dublin which is Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases. He serves on a number of national and international committees concerned with foodborne illness. His research interests include gastrointestinal disease, outbreak management and the epidemiology of emerging infections.
Emer is a consultant in public health medicine and a part-time lecturer in epidemiology and public health at the RCSI. Her speciality is cardiovascular epidemiology; she was Project Director of the Kilkenny Health Project (1984-1992) and was subsequently Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF). From 2000 to 2006 she was National Heart Health Advisor at the Department of Health and Children. Emer is now the public health lead for the Stroke Programme in the Quality and Clinical Care Directorate of the Health Service Executive. She is Convenor of Examinations for the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and has served on international and national committees, for example in the Irish Heart Foundation. Her research interests include an alysisof trends in mortality, morbidity and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and establishing data standards for modules of cardiovascular registers.
Regien Biesma is a lecturer in epidemiology and public health medicine in RCSI and coordinates the Population and International health module in the undergraduate and graduate program (GEP). She obtained her doctorate in Public Health fromMaastricht University, the Netherlands and holds Master's degrees in Epidemiology and Public Health. Regien worked as a coordinator of international academic cooperation in Eastern Europe, the New Independent States, and Mongolia and was involved in a cohort study on Diet and Cancer at Maastricht University. In her current position, Regien is involved in two research projects: a collaborative study on the effect of Global Health Initiatives on health systems in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Angola and in the Ireland-Africa Partnership for Health Research Capacity Strengthening. Research interests include constraints to scale up of health programmes in low income countries, such as HIV/AIDS, maternal health and chronic diseases and changing patterns of diseases.
Patrick Dicker is a lecturer and statistician in the departments of epidemiology and public health medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology (Rotunda) in the RCSI. Patrick obtained his primary degree in pure mathematics and statistics from University College Dublin in 1992, where he subsequently obtained his master's degree in statistics. He also has a master's degree in bioinformatics from Dublin City University. Prior to working in the RCSI, Patrick spent 10 years working as a consultant biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland, France and Switzerland, where he obtained extensive experience in clinical trials. His research interests cover broad areas, from molecular and cellular therapeutics to public health epidemiology and health systems research. His current collaborations include: intra-uterine growth restriction and neonatal outcomes, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder proteomics, skin cancer in renal transplantation, platelet aggregometry and cardiovascular disease, psychiatric profiling of the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, global HIV/AIDS initiatives and health systems in Africa. He is currently on the research board of the Irish Epilepsy Association.
Elaine's general research interest areas are: information systems and social development; qualitative research methodology, and; health information systems, in particular around HIV and AIDS. She obtained her doctorate from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa in Public Health on the design and development of community based health information systems. Her Masters and undergraduate degrees in economics were obtained fromTrinity College Dublin, Ireland. Elaine recently left the University ofPretoria as senior lecturer in Information Systems (March 2008) and is currently Research Programme Coordinator for the Ireland-Africa Partnership for Health Research Capacity Strengthening in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Myles Balfe is a Senior Research Fellow who has authored over 30 journal articles, mainly as first author. He is currently working on a Diabetes Ireland funded project, ‘what factors influence the self-care practices of young adults with type 1 diabetes?' Prior to this he worked in the UK for 2 years researching child abuse, violence and sexual offending, before which he was based in RCSI for three years as the lead Post-Doc researcher on the Irish National Chlamydia Screening study. Myles obtained a first class honours degree (BA) in Geography from UCC, first class honours Master's degree from the University of Nottingham; and his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield.
Senior Research Fellow
Niamh holds a degree from UCD, a Masters from TCD and a PhD in Sociology from UCD and has fifteen years experience in applied social research (qualitative and quantitative). She joined RCSI in 2006 as a postdoctoral researcher on the HRB funded Nurse Migration Project which examined the impact of international nurse recruitment on the Irish health system. Niamh currently works as Senior Research Fellow on a number of projects relating to health worker migration and health workforce planning including the HRB funded Doctor Emigration and Doctor Migration Projects. Her research interests include: health-worker migration, human resources for health and migration (see publications).
Jakub Gajewski is a health sociologist who has previously worked at National University of Ireland in Galway at Health Promotion Research Centre. Prior to this he worked as a researcher in the Mother and Child Research Institute in Warsaw. He has been involved in several population based studies, including the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. The aim of this study is to gain insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 43 countries and regions across Europe and North America. He was also working as a researcher on several studies focusing on the impact of social factors on people living with chronic illness - particularly Type 1 Diabetes. He is a PhD student at the University of Wroclaw in Poland.
Aisling Walsh is a researcher and coordinator of Community Systems Strengthening for Equitable Maternal and Child Health (COSYST-MCH). Through a partnership of development workers, researchers and practitioners, COSYST-MCH aims to strengthen community systems and increase health equity so as to achieve better maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes in Malawi and Zambia. COSYST-MCH will explore causal chains that influence the utilisation or not of MCH services by vulnerable mothers and children in the first 1,000 days of life. Prior to working on COSYST-MCH, Aisling was a researcher on the Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives Network (GHIN), a network of researchers studying the effects of global HIV/AIDS initiatives on health systems in 22 countries. Aisling is also a PhD candidate in RCSI, undertaking a socio-cultural analysis of researchers' experiences of international collaborations for health research involving Zambia and the global north. She obtained a degree in Sociology and History; and a Masters degree in Social Science (M.Soc.Sc) from University College Dublin. Aisling is an honorary research fellow in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Aisling's primary research interests are in health systems research in Africa, in particular the role of the community and voluntary sector. She previously worked as policy and research manager in Disability Federation of Ireland and as a research analyst in the Disability Database Division of the Health Research Board.
Dr. Sara McAleese MBiochem MSc PhD
Sara joined the Doctor Migration project in January 2013 and is Postdoctoral Researcher on the project. She holds a Masters degree in Biochemistry (Oxon), a Masters in Immunology and Global Health (NUIM) and recently completed the HRB Scholars programme in Health Services Research. Her PhD is focussed on implications of the feminisation of medicine for the Irish medical Workforce and will be submitted in the coming weeks. Her research interests include human resources for health, human resource management, global health and qualitative research methods.
PhD Researcher ChRAIC Programme
Samuel Anya obtained BMedSc (Pharmacology) and MBBS degrees from University of Port Harcourt Nigeria. He undertook postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology and qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons. In 2002, he moved to Gambia as a lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology and honorary consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. Having experienced first hand how short comings in the health system contribute to poor maternal and new born outcomes, he has now committed himself to understanding and seeking solutions to these challenges. Samuel regards the PhD programme as an opportunity to further his understanding of health systems and reflect on options for strengthening them.
PhD Researcher ChRAIC Programme
Anna C. Awor is a CHRAIC PhD Scholar in HealthSystems Research. Anna has a Bachelor Degree in Statistics and Masters Degree in the Biostatistics, both from Makerere University, Uganda. Prior to commencing her PhD she received a McGoldrick Biostatistics fellowship Scholars Award from Harvard School of Public Health. She worked as a Statistician for the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Uganda) where she was involved in the protocol writing and analysis of research data and has co-authored a number of peer reviewed papers. For her PhD she will be working on integration of family planning and PMTCT services, her PhD supervisor is Dr.Elaine Byrne.
PhD Researcher ChRAIC Programme
Everd is a lecturer in Health Services Management at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, in Uganda. He has a diverse research background on several aspects relevant to Health Systems Research, ranging from Human Resources for Health (training, workload, productivity, HIV/AIDS, motivation); Health Systems Development (public-private partnership for health, decentralization); hospital organization, management, and efficiency (strategic planning, cost analysis); Equity in health (access determinants); Health Financing (health insurance) and quality of care (prescription practices, patient safety). He is a medical doctor with MPH both qualifications obtained from Makerere University, Kampala. He has worked in rural health services in Uganda and Rwanda, initially as a hospital-based clinician and later as a manager at district and regional levels. He also has a long working experience with international NGOs and universities in Uganda.
Responsible for admin across teaching, exams and research within the department.
Tel: +353-1-402 2733
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Professor of Psychology, current Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Hannah McGee BA(Mod.), PhD,RegPsychol. FPsSI, FBPsS, FEHPS
Dr. Frank Doyle BA, MLitt, PhD
Dr. Mary Clarke BA, MSc, PhD
Dr. Sally Doherty BSc(Hons) PhD
Dr. Lisa Mellon PhD, Reg. Psychol PsSI
Karen Morgan PhD, Reg Psychol PsSI
Natasha Rafter MBChB, FAFPHM, FNZCPHM, MPH, DRACOG, CertMS
PHS Department of Psychology - Profiles
Tel:+353-1- 402 2428
First point of contact for the Psychology department. Administrative support to Head of Department. Responsible for admin and secretarial duties across teaching and exams (5 year, GEP, HBS Physio, HBS Pharmacy). Assisting with research admin and conference organisation.
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. Sally’s research interests are in cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation and sexual health
E-mail: FrankFrank Doyle is a senior lecturer in psychology in RCSI. He co-ordinates and teaches behavioural sciences and statistics to medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy and other health professionals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the Associate Editor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: An Open Access Journal (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rhpb20) He has also acted as a statistical consultant on several research projects. He is particularly interested in the fields of psychosomatic medicine and cardiovascular disease, and has published in international journals in this area. Other research interests include cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention behaviours. Frank has won awards for his research presentations at national and international conferences.
Head of Department
Caroline is a lecturer in psychology in RCSI. She is involved in teaching Behavioural Sciences to medical, physiotherapy and pharmacy students at undergraduate level. She has a BSc in honours Psychology. A previous IRCHSS scholar recipient, Caroline completed her PhD in 2010 at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her doctoral research examined the psycho-social impact of rape and sexual assault in a sample of Irish women and she has consistently engaged in health-related research with a range of vulnerable populations since the beginning of her career (e.g. palliative care, falls prevention in older people). As well as lecturing within the Department, Caroline has just completed work as the lead postdoctoral researcher on an IRCHSS-funded project (PI: Dr. Karen Morgan) exploring trends in sexual activity, contraceptive use and pregnancy experiences in Ireland over the last decade.
Professor of Psychology
Professor Hannah McGee is a health psychologist, Professor of Psychology, founding director of RCSI's Health Services Research Centre - the first such centre in Ireland, established in 1997; and current Dean of the Faculty of HealthSciences of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Her research interests are in psychosocial aspects of health and illness and in health services research. She has led on national research programmes including on cardiovascular issues (acute coronary syndromes, cardiac rehabilitation, stroke); on vulnerable populations (older people, hepatitis C patients) on sexual health (population profiles of sexual health and sexual violence); and on professional issues (management of complaints against doctors; public perceptions of biomedical research). Among leadership roles, she has been president of the Psychological Society of Ireland and the European Health Psychology Society and is currently Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. She has been a member of national boards or committees including the National Cardiovascular Advisory Forum. She was appointed in 2009 by the Minister for Health and Children to lead a Cardiovascular Policy Group in developing national policy.
Dr. Lisa Mellon PhD, Reg. Psychol PsSI
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
Senior Lecturer Psychology
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 http://www.perdanauniversity.edu.my/.
Dr Natasha Rafter is a specialist in public health medicine and clinical research fellow on the Irish National Adverse Events Study, undertaking an MD. She graduated in medicine from Otago University and worked in hospital and GP settings for five years before commencing specialist training. During her training she worked in communicable disease, reviewed the regional asylum seeker mental health service, did a cost utility analysis of anti-inflammatory medication, and developed a business case for district wide cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment. Prior to joining RCSI Natasha was the senior research fellow on two randomised controlled trials of CV combination medication in high risk patients at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Her research interests include patient safety, pharmacovigilance, CV risk assessment, access to treatment, and adherence. Natasha has also worked in medicine and medical devices safety at the Irish Medicines Board and the New Zealand medicines regulator Medsafe.
PHS Divisional Staff
Division Research Manager
Laura Méchineau Phelan, BSc, MSc, MEcon, MSc (Hons)(Leadership & Management)
Dr. Fiona Boland, BSc (Statistics), MSc. in Statistics, PhD
SPHeRE Programme Staff
Carlos Bruen BA, MSc - SPHeRE Programme Administrator
Elaine Healy, MSc by Research, PG Dip. Stats, B.A. (Mod) - Programme Coordinator
Rebecca Kirrane B.Sc.
Ciaran McCarthy BA, MPhil, Grad Dip Sc Database Manager, SPHeRE Programme
Dr. Amanda Slevin BA Hons, HDip, MA, PhD SPHeRE Scholars
Orla Caffrey BA (Hons); HDip (Finance); Msc (Health Economics)
Antoinette Copley, BSc, MSc
Nora-Ann Donnelly, MA (SocSci), MSc
Yvonne McGowan BA, MSc
Lisa Mellon, BA, MSc
Sarah Murphy B.A., M.Soc.Sc.
Mary-Ann O’Donovan MPhil, BSc (Mng)
Niamh O'Rourke, RGN, MPH,MSc
Eithne Sexton MSc, MPhil, B.A.(Mod)
Emma Wallace MB, BAO, Bch(Hons), B MedSci(Hons), MICGP, DCH FPC
PHS Divisional Staff - Profiles
Laura Méchineau Phelan is the Research Manager for the Division of Population Health Sciences of the RCSI. She qualified in Ireland (MSc(Hons) LMD first class 1.2 honours) and in France (BSc, MSc, MEcon) and did authorship two thesis: "Efficience des Marchés Financiers" (Paris XII, 1995) and "Research Governance: Development and Implementation of Research Data Handling Policies for the Division of Population Health Sciences of the RCSI" (NUI, 2009). She is currently finishing a LLB (Hons) in Irish Law with the University of West England, Bristol. After working as a researcher for the Banque de France and publishing two main reports she joined a trading room as a Risk Manager Assistant and Back Office Manager (commodities and currencies markets). She moved to Ireland in 1999 to become Director of an Irish Company and manage its national and international operations. She joined the RCSI in 2006 and has contributed towards coordinating and securing research funding and subsequent (€85m,HRB,FP6,FP7,Others). Her main responsibilities include writing and coordinating proposals and reports to sponsors; general administrative management of ongoing research grants in particular financial and legal matters. Her interests are governance and general management including legal matters.
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.
HRB PhD Scholars in Health Services Research - Profiles
HRB PhD Scholar
Suzanne is a HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research. She has a B.A. in History and French from U.C.C. and an M.A. in Politics from U.C.D. Suzanne currently works as an Assistant Principal in the Dept. of Social Protection. She has worked in a number of government departments over the past 14 years, in a range of areas including the area of policy development (Strategic Policy Unit, Dept. Education & Skills) and cross-sectoral issues (Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence). Suzanne's research interests include health policy development, policy responses to cross-sectoral issues and health sector reform.
SPHeRE Programme Administrator
Carlos Bruen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine. He is also Programme Administrator for the Structured Population and Health-Services Research Education (SPHeRE) Programme.
He previously worked as a researcher on the Global Health Initiatives (GHIs) in Africa research consortium (http://www.globalhealthobserver.org/), a project exploring the health systems-effects of GHIs in southern African countries and the impact of GHI finance on the health and wider aid landscape. He has also contributed to the Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives Network (GHIN), a network of researchers from 22 countries, as well as to a number of other health-systems research commissioned projects with non-governmental organisations and multilateral agencies. His research focuses on the politics of policy making in global health organisation and governance. Prior to this he completed an MSc (UCD), after which he worked for several years as a Teaching & Research Fellow in the Equality Studies Centre, UCD, coordinating and contributing to modules in global politics and development, and postgraduate research methods training.
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.
HRSI/ HRB PhD Scholar
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.
Antoinette Copley is a HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research. Antoinette has an honours degree in Psychology (Open University - UK) and Research Masters degree Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked as an Assistant Psychologist and a Data Manager in a large teaching hospital in Dublin. During this time her main area of work was in the field of challenging behavior in dementia. She supported a multidisciplinary team in their desire to improve the quality of care given to people with dementia. She is a PhD student with the Psychology department.
HRB PhD Scholar
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.
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.
Learning Technology Officer, SPHeRE Programme
Rebecca is the Learning Technology Officer for the SPHeRE programme, a HRB structured PhD Scholars 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. A self-confessed new millennial learner who lives online, she is fascinated by the challenge of capturing and maintaining the attention of contemporary learners in a fast-paced, online environment.
Rebecca holds a B.Sc. in Multimedia (DCU) and is currently completing an M.Sc in Technology and Learning with the School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD.
Database Manager, SPHeRE Programme
Ciarán is the Database Manager for the Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme, a structured HRB funded PhD programme. Prior to joining RCSI in early 2014 as the Programme Co-Ordinator on SPHeRE, 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 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.
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.
HRB PhD Scholar
Louise McMahon is Director of Performance and Service Improvement with the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board since September 2010. The Board is responsible for Performance, Commissioning and effective Financial Management of all heath and social services contracting with the six Health and Social Care Trusts and a range of other statutory, voluntary and private sector providers. Louise joined the health service as an NHS Graduate Management Trainee and worked in the former Western and Eastern Health and Social Services Boards and the North and West Belfast Community Trust. In recent years she worked as Senior Commissioner with the Eastern Regional Health Authority, and latterly with the Health Service Executive with particular focus on acute hospital services in Dublin. Louise is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, P.G.C.E., Dip. HSM, MBA and has studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
PHD Scholar in Health Services Research
Sarah Murphy is a part-time student on the HRB PhD scholars programme in Health Services Research and is currently working as a Policy Manager in the Health Information and Quality Authority. Sarah graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. in French and Sociology and a Masters degree in Sociology (Health and Illness) and has extensive experience working in health and social services research and policy and standards development in both academia and the public sector in the fields of child health, reproductive health, disability, social care and social inclusion. Her areas of interest include the social determinants of health, international developments in health and social care policy and research methodologies.
HRB PhD Scholar
Frank is a HRB PhD scholar in Health Services Research. Frank qualified as a pharmacist having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Pharmacy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Prior to commencing his PhD, he worked in the community pharmacy setting and areas of research experience include pharmacy-based smoking cessation programmes and organisational change management.
Mary Morrissey is Head of Psychology in Health Intelligence (HI), Health Service Executive (HSE) based in Dublin. Health Intelligence involves the development and use of knowledge to support decision making to improve the health of the population. Her role in Health Intelligence allows for an enhanced interface of policy and service provision and strengthens decision making through the application of evidence and the development of innovative and best practice solutions across the health care sector including generation of a shared vision/statement of purpose, mentoring and facilitation.
She holds an adjunct Lecturer position with the Dept of Public Health and Primary Care Trinity College Dublin. She also works clinically providing Psychological intervention for the Diabetes Clinic in Connolly Memorial Hospital, Dublin.
Mary holds an MSc Research from Trinity College Dublin and a BA (Hons) from University College Cork. She holds a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Senior Managers in Government (SMG) diploma from Harvard (2006). She has previously served on the Change Management Team for the interim Health Service Executive; Regional Director of Services for Children on the Autistic Spectrum in Dublin Mid-Leinster Region; and Head of Psychology, Cheeverstown House, Dublin. She was president of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2010-2011.
Mary-Ann is a HRB PhD scholar in Health Services Research. Prior to this she was employed as research officer in the Disability Databases Team of the Health Research Board. In this role she was responsible for the management of the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD). Previously Mary-Ann was employed as research officer by the National Disability Authority as part of the 6th Framework EU funded project ‘Measuring Health and Disability in Europe (MHADIE)’ and also worked as research officer for Rehab Group. Her MPhil thesis explored the absence of disabled people from commercial advertising and its impact on the disabling experience.
HRB PhD student SPHeRE
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 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.
Eithne Sexton is a PhD Scholar on the HRB Scholar's Programme in Health Services Research. Eithne has an honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy, and an MSc in Applied Social Research, both from Trinity College Dublin. She worked previously as a Data Analyst in the Health Research and Information Division of the Economic and Social Research Institute. Her PhD research focuses on the measurement of quality of life at older ages, and the relationship between quality of life and chronic disease. She is a PhD student with the Psychology department.
Assistant Director - Academic Affairs, SPHeRE Programme
Amanda is the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs on the Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme, a HRB funded PhD Scholars Programme. Prior to joining RCSI in late 2013, Amanda completed an IRCHSS funded PhD in Sociology (UCD), a MA and HDip in Adult and Community Education (both with First Class Honours, NUIM), and a BA Hons in Community Development (with First Class Honours, LYIT). Amanda's professional background spans education (third level, adult, and community), qualitative research, research administration, and community development. Her research interests include policy-formation and decision-making within the Irish State, Irish State hydrocarbon management, social movements, education, and the impacts of hydrocarbon exploitation on communities.