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I am a Senior 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 who is investigating suicide prevention in mental health services and Monica McGrath who is working on integrating CBT skills into undergraduate nursing curriculla. I am delighted to welcome two new PhD students in 2021; Jill Mulmolland and Nicole Devlin who will be working to better understand and improve services for mental health and wellbeing.
Completed PhD students include Dr Shane O'Donnell, who developed an intervention for suicide prevention and mentalhealth promotion in men, based on digital storytelling approaches. Shane is currently working with IT Carlow and the Health Services Executive on implementing mental health and wellbeing programmes in Ireland.
Currently I coordinate a year two undergraduate Nursing module in which I supervise a team of 15 teaching staff. We teach and assess over 450 students each year, to have raised awareness of mental wellbeing. We focus on patient care as well as self-care.
- Working Interprofessionally to improve mental wellbeing. [Lecturer Evaluation 5 out of 5]
I also contribute to teaching for
- Evidence Based Nursing, for year two undergraduate Nursing students.
I was previously 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 have experience teaching on the following postregistration modules
- Models of Dementia Care
- Issues in Dementia Care
- Therapeutic Interventions: Communicating with People who have Dementia
Student feedback [Nov 2020, Year 2 UGrd Nursing BSc.]:
"I liked how Karen begins our class with a quick chat about how we feel and how we are getting on in the course, it gives the sense that she would be there to help if we have any problems."
"Well organised and so friendly, Karen motivated me to take time to look over the lectures again as her teaching was great!"
"Approachable teaching style. Canvas was easily laid out and communication was excellent in advance of work required for this module. Plenty of additional resources available"
- Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Research and Impact Netowrk [SPRIN]
- Associate Editor, Cochrane Gynecological Cancer Review Group, Cochrane Collaboration
- Management Committee and Trustee, Men's Health Forum in Ireland
- Deputy Chair of School Assessment Committee
- Member of the Education Committee
- Proportionate ethics reviewer for Faculty
Currently Funded Research Projects
- Common Health Assets: a mixed methods realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community led organisations impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in deprived areas.
PI Baker, R., Kelly M. Co-investigators: Dr Artur Steiner, Dr Jennifer McLean, Dr John Cassidy, Dr Karen Galway, Dr Marcello Bertotti, Dr Pete Seaman, Dr Sarkis Manoukian, Ms Merron Simpson, Professor Antony Morgan, Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Helen Mason, Professor Jon Godwin, Professor Michael Roy, Professor Sam Porter. NIHR £1,535,201.12 (2021-2023)
- Virtual reality and immersive technology to support health and social care professional training. Best, P., Campbell, A., Davidson, G., Galway, K., Maddock, A., Montgomery, L., Schroeder, F. & Van Walstijn, M. Medical Research Council: £22,016 (2019)
- iAmAware: Online Wellbeing Training - Wellcome Seed Funding. Moriarty, J., Best, P., Galway, K. & Schroder, H. £85,919.00 (2019-2020)
- 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)
- 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)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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R4737NUR: 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
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Mulholland, J., Galway, K., O'Hare, L., Bertotti, M. & Gildea, A., Jun 2022, (Unpublished) 9 p.
Research output: Working paperFile16 Downloads (Pure)
CommonHealth Assets: a protocol for a realist review of reviews of the health and wellbeing impact of community led organisations in disadvantaged communities. PROSPERO 2021 CRD42021287959Bellazzecca, E., Baker, R., Bertotti, M., Galway, K., Morgan, A., O'Hare, L., Roy, M. J. & Porter, S., 29 Oct 2021
Research output: Other contribution › Protocol › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)
Corrigendum to ‘Initiating advance care planning on end-of-life issues in dementia: Ambiguity among UK and Dutch physicians’ [Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 65 (2016) 225–230/AGG 3314]van der Steen, J. T., Galway, K., Carter, G. & Brazil, K., 01 Jul 2021, In: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 95, 104382.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
Families with Parental Mental Health Problems: A Systematic Narrative Review of Family Focused PracticeLagdon, S., Grant, A., Davidson, G., Devaney, J., Donaghy, M., Duffy, J., Galway, K. & McCartan, C., 26 Aug 2021, (Early online date) In: Child Abuse Review.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile32 Downloads (Pure)
Freely Available Virtual Reality Experiences as Tools to Support Mental Health Therapy: A Systematic Scoping Review and Consensus Based Interdisciplinary AnalysisBest, P., Meireles, M., Schroeder, F., Montgomery, L., Maddock, A., Davidson, G., Galway, K., Trainor, D., Campbell, A. & Van Daele, T., 23 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile155 Downloads (Pure)
Best Poster Prize - Psychosocial Interventions to improve quality of life and emotional wellbeing for newly diagnosed cancer patients
Galway, Karen (Recipient), 31 Jan 2013
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Karen Galway (Invited speaker)25 Mar 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Next steps for mental health policy in Northern Ireland - the Mental Health Strategy, improving service provision, new ways of working and the future of CAMHS services in NI
Karen Galway (Invited speaker)08 Mar 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
Karen Galway (Invited speaker)18 Oct 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
01 Oct 2021 → 01 Apr 2022
Activity: Consultancy types › Joint or sponsored appointments or secondments with industry or commerceFile
Karen Galway (Participant)27 May 2021 → 28 May 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Press / Media
The Roughest Form of Justice: twenty years after the Good Friday agreement so called punishment beatings are on the rise.
Karen Galway & Sharon Mallon
1 item of Media coverage
Lady Gaga’s Twitter blunder and why speculating about suicide after a celebrity death is problematic
Karen Galway & Sharon Mallon
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Expert Comment
Impact: Public Policy Impact
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