Our Team

Manager, NSHRI

Eve holds a PhD in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and is a post-doctoral researcher with the National Suicide Research Foundation. She is currently the manager of the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, a national system which collects data relating to self-harm presentations made to Irish hospital emergency departments. Having worked with the National Suicide Research Foundation since 2011, Eve has a particular interest in the profile of hospital-treated self-harm, the profile of intentional drug overdose presentations, as well as the management of self-harm patients. Eve also collaborates with the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency, they operate the Northern Ireland National Self-Harm Registry. In addition, Eve has recently been working to establish routine monitoring of all injury presentations to Irish hospitals.

Eve has been involved in a number of EU consortia including Heal-Train, Optimised Suicide Prevention programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe), and Joint Action for Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE). She is member of the Special Interest Group on unintentional injuries in children, as well as a member of the Northern Ireland Self-Harm Registry Ireland steering committee.

 evegiffin@ucc.ie               Dr Eve Griffin

 021 420 5542                   Dr Eve Griffin

 

 

Data Manager, NSHRI

Christina is the Data Manager on the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm within the NSRF. She completed a BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion in UCC in 2009 and a Masters in Public Health in UCC in 2010 where she specialised in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Christina has just completed her PhD from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC. Her thesis examined the association between physical behaviour and cardiometabolic health in middle-aged adults. Christina is currently looking at the association between weather patterns and hospital-treated self-harm incidence in Ireland using data from the National Self-harm Registry.

c.dillon@ucc.ie

 021 420 5540

Research Fellow, HRB ICE

Elaine is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health at the National Suicide Research Foundation. Her work is funded by the Health Research Board as part of the Inter-Disciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) programme.

Elaine is a graduate of University College Cork and has worked as a research fellow at University College London. In 2012 she completed her PhD at the National Suicide Research Foundation and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork. Her doctoral work examined the psycho-social factors associated with deliberate self-harm in Irish adolescents. She has published papers on various topics including the relative incidence of adolescent suicide and self-harm; associations between bullying and mental health problems; associations between coping style and mental in adolescents and the effects of exposure to suicidal behaviour.

Her work has involved international collaborations with the Child and Adolescent Self-Harm in Europe (CASE study) consortium and the multi-centre Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) study.

Research Officer, SSIS-ACE

Sara works as a senior researcher in the National Suicide Research Foundation, studying the association of work-related factors to suicidal behaviour in the case-control study “Psychological, psychiatric and work-related risk factors associated with suicide in Ireland”.

Sara’s main research interest lies in the area of Psychosocial Occupational Health and Safety. She holds a PhD in this area, from the Dpt. of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC, where she also lectures. Her research is focussed on psychosocial work related factors, aiming to establish a deeper understanding of the practice and management of Occupational Health and Safety, while also exploring the role of Health and Safety Practitioners and of Safety Climate in this.

 

Research Officer and PhD Student

With a first class honours degree in Public Health and Health Promotion from University College Cork (UCC) Caroline began her work in the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) in 2009. Over the years Caroline has worked on intervention projects such as Mind Yourself and Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) as a programme facilitator. Currently Caroline works with the International Association for Suicide Prevention in the area of Research, on behalf of the IASP Board of Directors and Special Interest Groups. Caroline is also undertaking a PhD on “The individual and area level factors associated with drugs frequently used in non-fatal intentional drug overdose” in conjunction with University College Cork and the University of Manchester.

Research Support Officer

Emer holds a Bsc in Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship and completed a MBS in Managerial Information and Managerial Accounting Systems, both from University College Cork. After completing her thesis she began working as a Research Officer with the National Suicide Research Foundation in December 2014.

Emer provides support to her colleagues across a broad range of aspects. She is currently working on the NSRF website and updating it to provide information in a way that everyone can understand. She is involved in different projects throughout the organisation. Emer helped in creating the Suicide Support and Information website: www.suicidesupportandinformation.ie .

PhD scholar, HRB

Grace is a PhD researcher in the National Suicide Research Foundation and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in University College Cork (UCC). Grace’s PhD is part of a Health Research Board funded 5-year research programme that aims to identify individual and area-level determinants of self-harm and suicide in order to improve self-harm assessment and management by health services in Ireland.

Grace is also currently involved in producing a report of the Irish findings of the ‘Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe’ (SEYLE) study. Grace was recently awarded the Eadbhard O’Callaghan Memorial Prize for best oral presentation by an early career researcher at the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Youth Mental Health Conference.

In 2014, Grace completed a Higher Diploma in Psychology in UCC and commenced working as a Research Officer with the National Suicide Research Foundation. In this role, Grace worked with Professor Ella Arensman on the development of the 5-year research programme and on a number of collaborative projects including the ‘Horizons’ study and the development of the WHO practice manual for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems for suicide attempts and self-harm.

Post-doctoral Researcher

Dorothy is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the National Suicide Research Foundation and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork on the following 5-year HRB funded research programme, ‘Individual and Area Level Determinants of Self-Harm and Suicide in Ireland: Enhancing Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management of Self-Harm by Health Services.’

Before joining UCC in 2016, Dorothy worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the School of Medicine, University College Dublin and the Graduate Entry Medical School in the University of Limerick, on the HRB funded study, ‘Psychosocial Interventions for Alcohol (PINTA) use among problem drug users.’ Dorothy graduated from the University of Limerick in 2015 have completed a PhD funded by the HRB. Her thesis was entitled ‘Towards Early Intervention for Youth Mental Health in Primary Care: A Mixed Methods Investigation.’ She graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2003 with a BA in English and Geography, followed by a BA in Psychology in 2008. In 2010, Dorothy graduated with an MSc in Health Psychology funded by the IRCHSS from NUI Maynooth. Her thesis examined the meaning and experience of stroke for young females. Dorothy’s research interests include: mental health, psychosocial adjustment to illness, health service evaluation and qualitative research methods.

 dorothy.leahy@ucc.ie               Dr Dorothy Leahy

 021 420 5593                              Dr Dorothy Leahy

Business Manager

Anne joined the NSRF in December 2015 and is currently the business manager for the organisation. Anne is primarily responsible for administering several grant funded studies along with managing and coordinating a number of projects and initiatives within the organisation.

Anne came to the NSRF from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC, where she coordinated the campus based Master of Public Health (MPH) programme, following graduation from the programme.

Prior to this, Anne worked in the Department of General Practice at UCC, where her roles included module coordinator for an online Continuing Professional Development module for general practitioners; UCC coordinator for the World Health Organization Healthy Cities Project and manager of the HRB funded National Diabetes Register project.

Ms Fitzpatrick returned to Cork in June 2006, having left her native city 17 years earlier in 1988. On her return, she worked as a student liaison officer for UCC medical students based at Cork University Hospital.
Before returning to Cork, Anne worked in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she managed a public health project designed to address the public health and economic burden of asthma in a low income population of over 500,000 in the city. She also spent two years working as a special projects manager at the Chicago Housing Authority where she managed various community development projects and initiatives.

Following her graduation from UCD with a Higher Diploma in Development Studies in 1998, Ms Fitzpatrick worked as a project coordinator with GOAL in Dublin, where she coordinated various health and community development projects in Asia, Africa, Central America and Eastern Europe.
Anne graduated from UCC with a BA in Economics and Geography in 1988 and worked with various financial institutions in London, Dublin and Sydney over a period of nine years following graduation.

Research Support Officer

Niall joined the National Suicide Research Foundation in September 2015 and his primary role is to support the Director of Research with the facilitation and management of the NSRF’s research projects. Niall holds an MSocSc in the Sociology of Health and Illness from University College Dublin. Prior to joining the NSRF Niall worked as an independent researcher with a suicide prevention charity based in the North-West were his work centred upon the impact of alcohol use on self-harm/suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland. His current research interests include the quality of media reporting of suicide in Ireland.

Research Support Officer

Tiernan has studied Business Studies and Computing technology throughout his years in College.

His main role within the NSRF is ensuring the smooth running of the IT System. This role includes installing new software, fixing/updating computers and printers, setting up and ordering new equipment. Tiernan was also involved in the website design and setup of the new HRB KEDS website –www.suicidesupportandinformation.ie.

Research Administrator

Karen Mulcahy is Research Administrator on the Health Research Board funded programme ‘Individual and Area Level Determinants of Self-Harm and Suicide in Ireland: Enhancing Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management of Self-Harm by Health Services’ since September 2016.  She supports the work of Professor Ella Arensman and team on this programme.

Karen worked in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC, for over a decade as Administrator and subsequently as Department Manager.  She moved to the INFANT Centre in 2014 where she worked as Research Administrator for a year.  Following a two year career break she returned to the NSRF/Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in her current role.  Karen has a BA in Italian and Psychology from UCC.

SPHeRE HRB Scholar

Ailbhe graduated from the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion in 2012 from UCC. She went on to complete the Masters in Public Health, where she specialised in the area of Health Promotion. Ailbhe has worked as an intern on the ‘UCC Food Choice at Work Study’ where she gained both practical and research experience. Ailbhe commenced working in the National Suicide Research Foundation in February 2014, where she gained extensive experience conducting literature reviews and producing briefing documents on various topics related to suicide and self-harm. Ailbhe is currently a SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) PhD scholar.

Senior Researcher, SSIS PAM

Dr Colette Corry is a senior researcher on the SSIS Psychological Autopsy Model currently underway in County Donegal.  Colette graduated from Ulster University with a first class honours degree in Psychology before undertaking a full time PhD programme at UU Magee in Derry.  Her research examined suicidality throughout the lifespan, with an emphasis on childhood adversity and developing psychopathology.  This thesis received the British Psychological Society’s award for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Statistical Excellence in 2010 and formed the basis of a successful large scale DEL funded award to develop the Northern Ireland coroner’s Suicide Database.  Colette has also conducted research for the Northern Ireland Victim’s Commission, Foyle Search and Rescue and contributed to the development of officer protocol at suicide sites with the PSNI.

On completion of her post-doctoral training, Colette was appointed senior researcher on the SSIS PAM at the National Suicide Research Foundation.  This NOSP funded study of suicide risk and how it affects bereaved family members was initiated in County Donegal to assist development of new clinical best practice guidelines, and has now been rolled out to cover five counties with the aim of an All-Ireland implementation strategy.

Research Officer

Gretta holds a BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion and followed on to complete the Masters in Public Health, both from UCC. Gretta has worked on conducting the analysis of The HOPE Social Prescribing Project Erris. The social prescribing project involved linking patients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties with non-medical sources of support within the community to improve mental wellbeing and the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

Gretta is currently working as a research officer on the SSIS ACE project.

Research Officer

Aoife is a recent graduate and just completed the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion in 2016.

This year she volunteered as a full-time research assistant in the Food Choice at Work Study in the Department of Epidemiology and Public from June-September 2016. She is currently a part-time research officer working with Dr Christina Dillon on the NOSP training database.

Research Officer

Orla completed the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion in 2015 and is currently completing a Masters in Public Health.

Orla chose the health promotion pathway in the MPH and has been working with Dr.Eve Griffin on looking at injury presentations made to emergency departments in Ireland. Her thesis is entitled: To establish a profile of unintentional injuries in Ireland presented in emergency departments during 2013 and 2014. She is currently a part-time research officer working with Christina Dillon on the NOSP training database.

Project Coordinator, DBT

Mary Joyce is the co-ordinator of the National Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Project which implements DBT in community mental health services across Ireland. The project both trains and evaluates this implementation of DBT at a national level across Ireland. The research evaluation examines the effectiveness of the intervention for participants, the implementation process, and the economic effectiveness of DBT in Ireland.

Prior to this project, Mary completed her PhD in Applied Psychology in University College Cork. Her PhD research focused on developing scales to measure individual differences in online environments. During this time, Mary also worked as a lecturer, demonstrator and tutor, focusing primarily on teaching Research Methods and Statistical Applications in Psychology.

Senior Researcher, DBT

Conall  is working as a Senior Research Officer on the National Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Project. The project is responsible for the coordinated implementation and evaluation of DBT in Ireland. Conall has been working with the project since July 2015.

Conall holds a BA (International) degree in Psychological Studies and Spanish from NUI Galway and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Cardiff University, Wales. From 2014 to 2015, Conall completed his Masters in Applied Psychology in University College Cork. His Masters research involved a mixed methods approach, investigating online social capital and how it relates to happiness and well-being in adolescents. Conall is also an Assistant Psychologist in the Cork Mental Health Services.

Senior Researcher, DBT

Justina is working part time as a Senior Research Officer on the National Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Project. The project is responsible for the coordinated implementation and evaluation of DBT in Ireland.

Justina joined the NSRF in 2015 and worked with Professor Ella Arensman on the development of the WHO practice manual for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems for suicide attempts and self-harm as well as conducting research relating to institutional abuse in Ireland.

Justina holds a MA in English from UCC and spent many years working in Corporate Communications management in the UK and Ireland. She has written extensively for various business publications over the years and continues a freelance consultancy role in this area.

Her interest in health related communications led to the decision to return to UCC in 2014 to undertake a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health (MPH). She received her MPH in 2015 from UCC where she also tutors on the MPH programme.

Administrator, DBT

Louise is the Project Administrator for the National Dialectical Behavior Therapy Project Office. This office is tasked with training and overseeing the co-ordinated implementation of DBT teams and programmes throughout Ireland.

Louise has been in post since June 2013 and prior to this she worked in the financial services and IT industries.

Louise holds a degree in Insurance and European Studies from the University of Limerick and also a Postgraduate Diploma in Software Localisation from UL.

Research Officer, DBT

Edel is a Research Officer for the National DBT Project Office. This office is tasked with training and overseeing the co-ordinated implementation of DBT teams and programmes throughout Ireland. Edel has been in post since November  2016 and prior to this she worked in Mental Health positions within Ireland and New Zealand.

Edel holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Ulster Coleraine, an MSc in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) from the University of Ulster Magee and also a Diploma in Executive and Leadership Coaching with The Coaching and Mentoring Partnership.

Data Registration Officers


The DROs collect data based on self-harm presentations to Emergency Departments throughout the Republic of Ireland.

The following are our DROs and their respective hospitals:
HSE West Region
Ailish Melia
Sligo General Hospital
Catherine Murphy
University Hospital Limerick
Ennis General Hospital
Nenagh General Hospital
St. John’s Hospital, Limerick
Mary Nix
Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe
University College Hospital Galway
Eileen Quinn
Letterkenny General Hospital
HSE South Region
Tricia Shannon
Waterford Regional Hospital
Wexford General Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel
Karen Twomey
Kerry General Hospital, Tralee
Una Walsh & Ursula Burke
Bantry General Hospital
Cork University Hospital
Mallow General Hospital
Mercy Unviersity Hospital, Cork
HSE Dublin/ Midlands Region
Liisa Aula
St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire
Edel McCarra
Our Lady’s Crumlin Hospital, Dublin
Diarmuid O’ Connor
Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar
Naas General Hospital
Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise
The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, Incorporating The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght
Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore
Laura Shehan
St James’ Hospital
HSE Dublin/ North East Region
Alan Boon
Beaumont Hospital
Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
Temple Street Hospital
Rita Cullivan
Cavan General Hospital
Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda
Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
Agnieszka Biedrycka
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin