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Suicide prevention and postvention Supporting people bereaved after suicide Improving the evidence base for mental health services Digital mental health Workplace mental health Co-design and implementation science methodologies


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I am a Lecturer in Mental Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.  My research interests include evidence based policy and health service development; help seeking and access to mental health services; suicide prevention and mental health promotion; psycho-oncology and connections between physical, emotional and social health.  Completed works include surveys in General Practice settings, sociological autopsy studies of suicide (mixed methods), policy reviews and systematic literature reviews including meta-analyses.  

I am currently supervising two PhD students Colette Ramsey and Shane O'Donnell who are investigating suicide prevention and mental health promotion service innovations.


Teaching Roles

I am involved in teaching the following undergraduate modules

  • Evidence Based Nursing Year 3, BSc Nursing (Module Co-cordinator, Teaching Evaluations 2015, 2016, Score 5/5)

I am involved in teaching on the following postregistration modules

  • Models of Dementia Care
  • Issues in Dementia Care
  • Therapeutic Interventions: Communicating with People who have Dementia

Leadership Roles

  • Associate Editor, Cochrane Gynecological Cancer Review Group, Cochrane Collaboration
  • Management Committee, Men's Health Forum in Ireland
  • Member of School Research Ethics Committee


Currently Funded Research Projects

  • Adapting digital social prescribing for supporting people bereaved by suicide, in collaboration with Elemental Software, funded by Medical Research Council Proximity to Discovery £22,000 Galway, K., Mallon, S Forbes T., Best P., Santin., O., Leavey G., Pitman, A. (2018)


Completed Projects

  • Understanding Suicide, HSC R&D Office Northern Ireland (2010-2016)
  • Developing a collaborative roadmap for evidence-based practice for the Cancer Fund for Children: a workshop approach. Workshop Scheme, HSC R&D Office Northern Ireland (2015-6 & 2017-8)
  • An evaluation of health & social care professional's family focused practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families in adult mental health and children's services in Northern Ireland. Commissioned Research, HSC Board, Northern Ireland. (2015-2017)
  • General Practitioners Perceptions on Palliative Care for Individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other progressive dementias, St Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (2013-2015)

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Research Output

Adapting digital social prescribing for suicide bereavement support

Galway, K., Forbes, T., Mallon, S., Santin, O., Best, P., Neff, J., Pitman, A. & Leavey, G., 20 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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    Explorations of the impact of suicide on social and healthcare interactions and relationships; complexity in support needs. Symposium, Postvention

    Galway, K., Pitman, A. & Scott, H., 18 Sep 2019, 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention “Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges”: Conference Programme. International Association for Suicide Prevention

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Literature review and mapping of supportive services for children and young people with cancer: Phase II:Literature review and mapping exercise

    O'Rourke, C., Galway, K., Semple, C. & Ballantine, J., 04 Jun 2019, Belfast: Cancer Fund for Children. 49 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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    Dementia Friendly Award Finalist

    Galway, Karen (Recipient), Monaghan, Catherine (Recipient) & Carlisle, Susan (Recipient), 03 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Staff Excellence Awards

    Galway, Karen (Recipient), 18 Jan 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    iAmAWARE: a co-production evaluation to inform the development of a computer-based psychoeducation programme

    Trisha Forbes (Presenter), , John Moriarty (Advisor), , Karen Galway (Advisor), , Paul Best (Contributor), , Heike Schroder (Contributor), , Paula McFadden (Contributor), & Patricia Gillen (Contributor)

    08 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Link Between Youth Suicide and Paramilitary Activity

    Karen Galway (Invited speaker)

    05 Nov 201906 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 at QUB

    John Moriarty (Presenter), , Trisha Forbes (Presenter), , Karen Galway (Presenter), , Paul Best (Presenter), , Paul McCafferty (Presenter), , Estelle Lowry (Presenter), & Aideen Maguire (Presenter)

    16 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Forensic Mental Health Past, Present and Future

    Mark Linden (Organiser), , Karen Galway (Session chair), , Richard Bunn (Member of the organising committee), , Gavin Davidson (Invited speaker), , Cherie Armour (Invited speaker), , Michelle Templeton (Invited speaker), & Helen Walker (Invited speaker)

    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    International Association for Suicide Prevention (External organisation)

    Karen Galway (Member)

    15 Sep 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

    Press / Media

    Men's Health Week

    Karen Galway


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Promoting Men's Health Week

    Karen Galway


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Men's Health Week 2019

    Karen Galway


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Adapting digital social prescribing for suicide bereavement support

    Karen Galway (Participant), Sharon Mallon (Participant), Paul Best (Participant) & Olinda Santin (Participant)

    Impact: Public Policy Impact

    Re-assessment of Cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus.

    Fouad Yousef (Participant), Christopher Cardwell (Participant), Marie Cantwell (Participant), Karen Galway (Participant), Liam Murray (Participant), Lesley Anderson (Participant), Suzanne Murphy (Participant), Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Participant), Brian Johnston (Participant), Robert Watson (Participant), Peter McCarron (Participant), Anna Gavin (Participant), Shivaram Bhat (Participant), Helen Coleman (Participant), Damian McManus (Participant) & Helen Coleman (Participant)

    Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact