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Alan Kelly, Associate Professor

Professor Alan Kelly Associate Professor of Biostatistics
B.Sc.(Lon), M.Sc.(Dub), Ph.D.(Dub), F.S.S., C.Stat.

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


Professor Alan Kelly is the current Head of the Department of Public Health & Primary Care.  He is a Fellow (1979) and Chartered Statistician (1993) of the Royal Statistical Society and Director of the Small Area Health Research Unit (SAHRU) (link to SAHRU page).  Professor Kelly joined Trinity in 1978 as a postgraduate researcher in applied biostatistics in the Department of Statistics and continued as a staff member until 1986 when he left to take up a post in FAO in Rome and then on to WHO in Geneva. On returning to Trinity in 1991, He joined the Department of Community Health & General Practice (now Public Health & Primary Care).  He also holds a part-time attachment to Dental School.

Research Interests

Currently these focus on the areas of population health and health services research although for many years Professor Kelly was actively involved in supporting clinical research in the School of Medicine. The application of Bayesian spatial models to understanding the spatial distribution of disease and service provision has been a long-standing interest.  Other areas include disease clustering (with EUROCAT and the impact of differential area-level deprivation on health and health service provision (  In addition, Professor Kelly provides an “open-door” consulting service to departmental staff and to the staff and postgraduates in the Dental School. He has supervised a number of PhD and MSc candidates and acted as Statistical Advisor to some dozens of PhD and MD candidates.


Professor Kelly lectures to undergraduate medical and dental students and at postgraduate level on the clinical doctorate programme in Dental Surgery. He has provided extra-mural course in biostatistics since 1991; initially as evening courses, but since 2005 as distance learning courses (

Service to College and Community

Professor Kelly has served on the University Council for two terms and on the Personnel Appointment Committee and as a member of a number of ad hoc committees.   He has also been the external examiner for postgraduate programmes and PhD theses and acted as referee for a large number of journals.  He is currently a Board Member of the Irish Journal of Medical Science.    Professor Kelly has served on many national and international committees.

Five Key Publications

C. Darker, B. Sweeney, H. El Hassan, A. Kelly, B. Smyth and J. Barry., Cognitive behavioural coping skills therapy in cocaine using methadone maintained patients: a pilot randomised controlled trial, Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems, 14, (3), 2012, p101 – 110

Teljeur C, Kelly A, O'Dowd T, Spatial Variation in General Medical Services Income in Dublin General Practitioners, International Journal of Family Medicine, 2011, (971231), 2011, p1 – 5

Loans, M., Dolk, H., Kelly, A., Teljeur, C., Greenlees, R., Densem, J., EUROCAT Statistical Monitoring: Identification of Ten Year Trends of Congenitcal Anomalies in Europe, Birth Defects Research, 92, (1), 2011

Teljeur, C., O'Dowd, D., Thomas, S., Kelly, A., The distribution of GPs in Ireland in relation to deprivation, Health and Place, 16, 2010, p1077 – 1083

Lawler M, McCann SR, Marsh JC, Ljungman P, Hows J, Vandenberghe E, O'Riordan J, Locasciulli A, Socié G, Kelly A, Schrezenmeier H, Marin P, Tichelli A, Passweg JR, Dickenson A, Ryan J, Bacigalupo A; Severe Aplastic Anaemia Working Party of the European Blood and Marrow Transplant Group., Serial chimerism analyses indicate that mixed haemopoietic chimerism influences the probability of graft rejection and disease recurrence following allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for severe aplastic anaemia (SAA): indication for routine assessment of chimerism post SCT for SAA., British Journal of Haematology, 144, (6), 2009, p933-945

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