Karen Galway


  • Room 06.310 - Medical Biology Centre

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

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


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 three PhD students Colette Ramsey and Shane O'Donnell who are investigating suicide prevention and mental health promotion service innovations and Monica McGrath who is working on integrating CBT skills into undergraduate nursing curriculla. 

Teaching Roles

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"


Leadership Roles

  • 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
  • Member of School Assessment Committee


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)
  • 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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