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Jo-Ann IversJo-Hanna Ivers

Postdoctoral Fellow
BA (hons) PG Dip (Stats) MA(Res) MSc (CBT) C.Psychol (BPS)

Contact Details

Public Health and Primary Care
Trinity College Centre for Health Sciences
Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, Ireland

t: + 353 1 8963737
f: + 353 1 4031211


Jo-Hanna Ivers is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Health & Primary Care.  Her PhD examined Neuropsychosocial Predictors of outcomes in opioid-dependent patients post-detoxification. The study utilised neuro-imaging and quantitative and qualitative measures to examine comprehensively predictors of abstinence in opioid-dependent patients post-detoxification.  Jo-Hanna is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a qualified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She has several years experience working within the Addiction Services with both adult and adolescent populations. 

Research Interests

Current research interests focus on addiction and alcohol and include: Neuro-imaging, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Interventions and Public Health.   Currently Jo-Hanna is one of two principal investigators examining mortality amongst the homeless in Dublin.  In 2013 together with Prof. Barry Jo-Hanna was a principal investigator of a National Evaluation of ‘The National Drug Rehabilitation Framework’. The National Drug Rehabilitation Framework is a set of best practice guidelines for service providers within the Addiction Services.  The framework was developed by the National Drug Rehabilitation Implementation Committee, which is made up of a panel of experts across a range of addiction services from statutory, voluntary and community sectors. The document was created following recommendations from the ‘Report of the Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation’, in May 2007, as a framework to assist services to plan practically and implement a range of different approaches to provide an 'Integrated Care Pathway' for former and current drug users. Prior to obtaining her PhD Jo-Hanna was involved in a number of Addiction specific research projects at the Department of Public Health & Primary Care.


Jo-Hanna teaches undergraduate medical students and post-graduate students, as well as being a guest lecturer in the School of Medicine, TCD (Human Disease) and in St Patrick’s College, DCU.  Her teaching interests include Advocacy, Sensitive Topics, Reflective Practice, Neurobiology of Addiction, Brief interventions, Case Study Research Methods and Human Development.

Recent Key Publications

Peer reviewed

Ivers, J & Ducray, K (2014) "A Case Study of an Adolescent Substance User: An Adolescent Community Reinforcement (A-CRA) Approach". Int J Clin Case Stud 2015, 1:102.

Gilroy, D, O'Brien S, Barry, J, Ivers, JH, Whitson, L, Keenan, Darker, C. (2014). Benzodiazipine use in a methadone maintained opioiddependent cohort in Ireland. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Related Problems. 14, (3), 2014, p101 – 110.

Darker, C., Ivers, J., O’Farrell, A., Dolan, R., Eldin, N., & Allwright. (2013). A qualitative study of the perceived impact of a community mobilization intervention to reduce alcohol consumption amongst amatuer sportsmen. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Cambridge University Press.

Darker, C., Sweeney, BS, El Hassan, H., Smyth, B., Ivers, J, & Barry, J. (2012). Brief interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in opiate dependent methadone maintained patients are effective: results from an implementation study. Drug and Alcohol Review.

J.Ivers, & P.Downes (2011). A phenomenological reinterpretation of Horner’s fear of success in terms of social class. European Journal of Educational Psychology.

Non-peer reviewed

Book Chapter
P.Downes, C.Maunsell & J. Ivers (2007). The jolt between primary and post primary.  In P.Downes, & A.L. Gilligan’s Beyond Educational Disadvantage.

Barry, J & Ivers J, (2013). Evaluation of the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework. Health Service Executive, Dublin

J.Ivers, V.McLoughlin & P.Downes (2010) Current Steps and Future Horizons for CASPr: Review of CASPr North-East Inner City After Schools Project. CASPr: Dublin.

P.Downes, C.Maunsell & J. Ivers (2006). A holistic approach to early school leaving and school retention in Blanchardstown: Current issues and future steps for services and schools. Commissioned Research Report for Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Dublin.

Last updated 23 November 2016 Mary O'Neill (Email).