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    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 (2018)
    • 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)

     

    Completed Projects

    • Understanding Suicide, HSC R&D Office Northern Ireland (2010-2016)
    • 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)

    Frequent Journals

    • Irish journal of medical science

      ISSNs: 0021-1265

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1863-4362

      Springer-Verlag London Ltd

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.85 SJR 0.354 SNIP 0.499

      Journal

    • Children and Society

      ISSNs: 0951-0605

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-0860

      Wiley-Blackwell

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.34 SJR 0.553 SNIP 1.065

      Journal

    • Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)

      ISSNs: 1469-493X, 1361-6137

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-493X

      John Wiley and Sons Ltd

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.53 SJR 2.347 SNIP 1.951

      Journal

    • Reflections

      Journal: Specialist publication

    • BMC Psychiatry

      ISSNs: 1471-244X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-244X

      BioMed Central

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.83 SJR 1.346 SNIP 1.211

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