Agnes Higgins
Professor in Mental Health, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Agnes is a professor in mental health nursing within the School of Nursing and Midwifery where she teaches and supervises across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and leads a team of lecturers and researchers in developing quality evidence to inform mental health education, practice and policy decisions. She is a registered mental health nurse, general nurse and nurse tutor with over thirty five years' clinical and education experience in the areas of mental health, palliative/hospice care and general nursing. She holds a PhD from Trinity, a Master's in Education and Management from Dublin City University, and a primary degree in Nursing Studies from University College Dublin. She was elected Fellow within College in 2014 and Elected Fellow (Ad Eundem) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2016. She is a member of many national and international organisations and groups related to mental health, including expert panel member of Horatio, member of the Grounded Theory Institute, and Member of European Network of Training, Education and Research in Mental Health. In 2002 she was awarded the Provost award for teaching excellence. As a leader of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional bids with internationally recognised partners and in line with a key priority of government and national/international mental health policy, her research programme focuses on building a body of work that promotes mental health recovery, drives mental health service reform and improves mental health practice. The central theme underpinning her research is on increasing understanding of service users' and family members' experience of mental health service provision and the development of psychosocial strategies that promote recovery and social inclusion. As an educator, Agnes has a sustained record for quality and innovative teaching and has led the development of a number of courses and modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She led the development of mental health nurses' education in Ireland from a hospital certificate to a recognised academic discipline and as an outcome of her research she has pioneered, at national and EU level, the development of online courses and learning resources in the area of recovery and mental health. Her contribution to teaching also includes the supervision of many PhD and masters students to successful completion. In addition to being a national and international leader in mental health nursing, research and education, she is considered a champion in the area of mental health service user/patient involvement. She has been involved in the development of a number of organisations that have given a critical voice to people who use the mental health services and is the current chairperson of the board of Mental Health Reform, Ireland's leading national patient coalition campaigning to transform mental health supports and services in Ireland. As a leader in the field, she has a sustained and distinguished record of publishing peer reviewed publications in the top quartile of impact factored journals in the field. To-date, she has published 75 papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals, 2 books, 13 book chapters, 34 reports for national bodies, 3 best practice guides for practitioners. Since joining the academic environment at Trinity, Agnes has held key academic leadership positions, including: Head of School (2011-2014), Head of Discipline Mental Health Nursing (2006-2011), Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Director of Academic and Professional Affairs (2000-2003) and Course Co-ordinator (2000-2003). She continues to contribute to the academic community through her involvement in a number of school, faculty and college committees within Trinity and her involvement as examiner, reviewer, editorial board member and member of national and international committees and organisations.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Higgins A; Downes C; Daly L; Begley T; DeVries J; Sharek D, Developing and Testing the SH-PET Tool to Measure the Impacts of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7, (4), 2017, p54- Journal Article, 2017

Doyle, L., Heikki, E., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M, Higgins, A., Keogh, B., Meade, O., Sitvast, J., Skärsäter, I., Stickley, T. & Kilkku, N., Preparing Masters level mental health nurses to work within a wellness paradigm: Findings from the eMenthe project, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Morrissey, J., Doyle, L., & Higgins, A. , Self-harm: From risk management to relational and recovery-orientated care, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Keogh, B., Skärsäter, I., Doyle, L., Heikki, E., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M, Higgins, A., Meade, O., Sitvast, J., Stickley, T. & Kilkku, N., Working with Families Affected by Mental Distress: Stakeholders perceptions of Mental Health Nurses Educational Needs , Issues in Mental Health Nursing , 2017 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Higgins A, Hevey D, Gibbons P, O'Connor C, Boyd F, McBennett P., & Monaghan M, Impact of co-facilitated information programmes on outcomes for service users and family members: the EOLAS programmes (Paper 2) , Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34, (1), 2017, p29 - 37 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Higgins A, Hevey D, Gibbons P, O' Connor C, Boyd F, McBennett P, Monahan M, A participatory approach to the development of a co-produced and co-delivered information programme for users of services and family members: the EOLAS programme (paper 1), Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34, (1), 2017, p19 - 27 Journal Article, 2017

Skärsäter I, Keogh B, Doyle L, Ellilä H, Jormfeldt H, Lahti M, Higgins H, Meade O, Sitvast J, Stickley T & Kilkku N, Advancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of mental health nurses working with families and caregivers: A critical review of the literature, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Doyle, L., de Vries, J., Higgins, A., Keogh, B., McBennett, P. & O'Shea, M., A mixed methods longitudinal evaluation of a one-day mental health wellness intervention. , Health Education Journal, 76, (2), 2017, p244 - 256 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Keogh B, Doyle L, Ellila H, Higgins A, Jormfeldt H, Lahti M, Meade O, Silvast J, Skarsater I, Stickley T & Kilkku N, Developing e-learning materials in mental health: The Ementhe Project, Mental Health Practice, 20, (5), 2017, p36 - 37 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Pembroke, S, Higgins, A., Pender, N, Elliott, N , Becoming comfortable with "my" epilepsy: strategies that patients use in the journey from diagnosis to acceptance, Epilepsy & Behavior, 70, 2017, p217 - 223 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Wiese A, Kilty C, Bergin C, Flood P, Horgan M, Higgins A, Maher B, O'Kane G, Prihodova L, Slattery D, Bennett D, Protocol for a Realist Review of Workplace Learning in Postgraduate Medical Education and Training , Systematic Reviews:Open Access, 6, (10), 2017, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2017

Higgins A; Downes C; Carroll M; Gill A; Monahan M , There is more to perinatal mental health care than depression: public health nurses' reported engagement and competence in perinatal mental health care, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Georgieva I; Bainbridge E; McGuinness D; Maguire J; Murphy K; Higgins A; McDonald C; Hallahan B, Opinions of key stakeholders concerning involuntary admission of patients under the Mental Health Act 2001, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Keogh B, McBennett P, De Vries, J.,Higgins A, O'Shea M, and Doyle, L., Prisoners Perceptions of a Mental Health Wellness Workshop, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 13, (2), 2017, p81 - 90 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Substance Misuse: gender sensitive practice beyond binary divisions in, editor(s)Cooper D , Ethics in Mental Health-Substance Use, Oxford , CRC Press, Taylor &Francis group, 2017, [Higgins A, Gill A ] Book Chapter, 2017

Watts M; Higgins A , Narratives of recovery from mental illness. The role of peer support , London and New York , Routledge Taylor and Francis Grouo, 2017, 1 - 151pp Book, 2017

Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, An exploration of clinical practice in sites with and without clinical nurse or midwife specialists or advanced nurse practitioners, in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 16, 2016, p151 - 167 Journal Article, 2016

Arkins B; Begley C; Higgins A , Measures for Screening for Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23 , (3-4), 2016, p217 - 235 Journal Article, 2016

Higgins A, Tuohy T, Murphy R, Begley C , Mothers with mental health problems: contrasting experiences of support within maternity services in the Republic of Ireland, Midwifery , 36, 2016, p28 - 34 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Gibbons P, Higgins A, Hevey D, Monaghan M, O' Connor C, An evaluation of the EOLAS psychoeducation programme for service users: An innovative approach to collaboration between clinicians and 'experts by experience', 24th European Congress of Psychiatry European Psychiatry , 33, 2016, ppS565- Published Abstract, 2016

Higgins A, Tuohy T Murphy R Begley C, Mothers with mental health problems: contrasting experiences of support within maternity services in the Republic of Ireland , Midwifery, 36, 2016, p28 - 34 Journal Article, 2016

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Downes, C., Morrissey, J., Costello, P.,Brennan, M & Nash, M., There is more to risk and safety planning than dramatic risks: mental health nurses' risk assessment and safety management practice., International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, (2), 2016, p159 - 170 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Higgins A, Sharek D, Glacken M, Building resilience in the face of adversity: Navigation processes used by older LGBT adults living in Ireland, Journal of Clinical Nursing , 25, (23-24), 2016, p3652 - 3664 Journal Article, 2016

Keogh B, Daly L, Sharek D, de Vries J,McCann E, & Higgins A, Sexual health promotion: Participants' perspectives on capacity building, Health Education Journal , 75, (1), 2016, p47 - 60 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Sexuality and mental health: impact of gender and sexual orientation in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in, editor(s)M Chambers , The Craft of Caring, London , Barker London Hodder Arnold , 2016, [Higgins, A; Brosnan L] Book Chapter, 2016

Stickley, T., Higgins, A., Meade, O., Sitsvast, J., Doyle, L. Ellilä, H., Jormfeldt, H., Keogh, B., Lahti, M., Skärsäter, I., Vuokila-Oikkonen P., Kilkku, N., From the rhetoric to the real: A critical review of how the concepts of recovery and social inclusion may inform mental health nurse advanced level curricula - the eMenthe project., Nurse Education Today, 37, 2016, p155 - 163 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C., An exploration of clinical practice in sites with and without clinical nurse or midwife specialists or advanced nurse practitioners, in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 16, (1), 2016, p151- Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

De Vries, J., Begley, T., Downes, C., Doyle, L., McCann, E., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., and Higgins, A., Happiness and mental health in the LGBT community in Ireland, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research: Contemplating the Past, Present and Future, Dublin, Ireland, 9-10 November, Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Downes, C; Gill, A; Doyle, L; Morrissey, J; Higgins, A , Mental health nurses' attitudes towards risk assessment and safety planning in a recovery oriented context , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23, (3-4), 2016, p188 - 197 Journal Article, 2016

Higgins, A., Carroll, M., and Sharek, D., Impact of perinatal mental health education on student midwives' knowledge, skills and attitudes: A pre/post evaluation of a module of study, Nurse Education Today, 36, 2016, p364 - 369 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Morrissey, J., Downes, C., Gill, A. & Bailey, J., Documentary analysis of risk assessment and safety planning policies and tools in a mental health context. , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, (4), 2016, p385 - 395 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Elliott, N., Begley, C., Sheaf, G., Higgins, A, Barriers and enablers to advanced practitioners' ability to enact their leadership role: A scoping review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 60, 2016, p24 - 45 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Varley J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, Normand C, Clarke M, Banka P, The role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse [ESN] in the Irish healthcare system and the impact on patient's satisfaction with care, 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2015, Galway, Ireland, 30-31st March 2015, http://programme.exordo.com/nursingmidwifery2015/delegates/presentation/86/, 2015 Published Abstract, 2015 URL

Keogh B, Doyle L, Higgins A, et al. , Developing e Learning Materials in Mental Health - Findings from Key Stakeholder Consultations , 16th Heath care Interdisciplinary Research Conference , Trinity College Dublin, 5th November 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J, McDonald C, A prospective study of attitudes towards involuntary admission and their clinical determinants in patients from acute illness through to recovery, 41, (1), 2015, ppS161 - S162 Published Abstract, 2015

Sharek, D.B., Mccann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Higgins, A., Older LGBT people's experiences and concerns with healthcare professionals and services in Ireland, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 10, (3), 2015, p230-240 Journal Article, 2015

Doyle, L., Higgins, A., M. Nash, J. Morrissey, M. Brennan, A. Gill, P. Costello, C. Downes , Risk Assessment and Safety Planning in Mental Health Nursing Services, 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 4th and 5th November, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Elliott, N; Pembroke, S; White, M; Pender, N; Doherty, C; Higgins, A, How2tell - the collaborative development of an evidence-based resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy: interim results, 31st International Epilepsy Congress (IEC), Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9th September , 2015 Poster, 2015

Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, Griffiths C, Sheerin F, McBennett P and Higgins A., The impact of four family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19, (1), 2015, p34-50 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, Sharek D, Sheerin F, Daly L, Griffiths C, de Vries J, and McBennett P., Towards a full life: An evaluation of family support programmes for people with disability, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin,, 7, (2), 2015, pp56 Published Abstract, 2015

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J, McDonald C, A prospective study of attitudes towards involuntary admission and their clinical determinants in patients from acute illness through to recovery, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41, (1), 2015, pS161 - S162 Journal Article, 2015

Keogh B, Callaghan P, & Higgins A, Managing preconceived expectations: mental health service users experiences of going home from hospital: a grounded theory study, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 22, (9), 2015, p653 - 746 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Pandor Abdullah, Kaltenthaler Eva, Higgins Agnes, Lorimer Karen, Smith Shubulade, Wylie Kevan, Wong Ruth, Sexual health risk reduction interventions for people with severe mental illness: a systematic review , BMC public health , 15 , (1 ), 2015, p138 - Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Elliott N, Pembroke S, White M, Pender N, Doherty C, & Higgins A., How2tell- the collaborative development of an evidence-based resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy: interim results, Epilepsia, 31st International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9 September 2015, 56, (Suppl 1), Epilepsia Wiley, 2015, pp180 - 181 Published Abstract, 2015 URL DOI

Begley, C., Elliott, N., Lalor, J., & Higgins, A. , Perceived Outcomes of Research and Audit Activities of Clinical Specialists in Ireland. , Clinical Nurse Specialist,, 29, (2), 2015, p100 - 111 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

O'Malley D; Higgins, A Smith V , Postpartum sexual health: principle based concept analysis., Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71, (10), 2015, p2247 - 2257 Journal Article, 2015

Keogh, B., Doyle, L., Higgins, A. et al, Developing Master's Level eLearning material in mental health - Phase one, consulting with key stakeholders , Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery Practice, 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference 2014, RCSI, Dublin, 20th February 2014, Abstract number P.34, 2014, pp116 - 117 Published Abstract, 2014

O'Shea, M; Monahan, M; McBennett, P; Leavy. C; Hevey, D; Higgins, A , Impact of a four day facilitation training programme on participants knowledge, skills and confidence: qualitative findings, The Fifth Symposium of the Irish Institute of Mental health Nursing: 'Recovery and clinical risk management: An oxymoron', Trinity College Dublin, 10th April 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Murphy K, Higgins A, McDonald C, A three month follow up study evaluating clinical change and attitudes towards involuntary admission in individuals detained under the MHA 2001, Schizophrenia Research, 153, (suppl. 1), 2014, pS162 - S163 Journal Article, 2014

Struggle and contestation in the field of mental health. in, Higgins A & MCDaid S , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law , Dublin , Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp1 - 10, [McDaid S; Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2014

Murphy, K., Casey, D., Devane, D., Meskell, P., Higgins, A., Elliott, N., Lalor, J, Begley, C., Reflections on the added value of using mixed methods in the SCAPE study, Nurse Researcher, 21, (4), 2014, p13 - 19 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Keogh,B. . Higgins,A DeVries, J.. Morrissey,J. Callaghan, P. Ryan,D. Gijbels H; Nash M, 'We have got the tools': Qualitative evaluation of a mental health Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) education programme in Ireland, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 21, (3), 2014, p189 - 196 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

O'Shea, M; Monahan, M; Hevey, D; McBennett, P; Leavy. C; Higgins, A , Pre and post test outcome of four day facilitation training programme on participant's knowledge, skills and confidence', 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference: 'Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery Practice', Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, 19-20 February, 2014, pp80- Poster, 2014

Recovery and the recovery ethos: challenges and possibilities in, A Higgins & S McDaid. , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp61 - 78, [Higgins, A; McGowan P] Book Chapter, 2014

Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Coyne, I., Murphy K., Elliott, N, Factors influencing advanced practitioners' ability to enact leadership. A case study within Irish healthcare, Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (7), 2014, p894 - 905 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

The paradoxical role of families in mental health in, editor(s)A Higgins & S McDaid , Mental Helath in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law , Dublin , Gill & Macmillan , 2014, pp115 - 130, [McDaid S; Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2014

Begley C, Murphy K, Higgins A, Cooney A., Policy-makers' views on impact of specialist and advanced practitioner roles in Ireland: the SCAPE study , Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (4), 2014, p410 - 422 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Begley, C., McCarron, M., Huntley-Moore, S., Condell, S., Higgins, A, Successful research capacity building in academic nursing and midwifery in Ireland: an exemplar. , Nurse Education Today , 34, (5), 2014, p754 - 760 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Elliott, N., Begley, C., Kleinpell, R., & Higgins, A, The development of leadership outcome-indicators evaluating the contribution of clinical specialists and advanced practitioners to healthcare: a secondary analysis, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70, (5), 2014, p1078-1093 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Keogh B., Sharek D., Daly L., de Vries J., McCann E & Higgins A., Sexual health promotion programme: Participants' perspectives on capacity building, Health Education Journal, 2014, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Into the future: promoting mental health and democratising support for people with mental/emotional distress. in, editor(s)Higgins, A; McDaid S , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law., Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp270 - 284 , [A Higgins & S MCDaid] Book Chapter, 2014

ELLIOTT N, Begley C, Higgins A, Making Leadership visible: developing leadership outcomes for evaluating the contribution of advanced practitioners to healthcare, 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference, Helsinki, Finland. http://www.nurses.fi/8th-icn-international-nurse-prac/ , 18-20 August 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Higgins A; McDaid S, Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law. , Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, 1 - 284pp Book, 2014

Elliott, N; Higgins A; Begley,C; Lalor,J; Sheerin, F; Coyne,I; Murphy, K , The identification of clinical and professional leadership activities of advanced practitioners. Findings from the Specialist Clinical and Advanced Practitioner Evaluation study in Ireland. , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69, (5), 2013, p1037 - 1050 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Houlihan, D; Sharek, D and Higgins, A. , Supporting children whose parent has a mental health problem: An assessment of the education, knowledge, confidence and practices of registered psychiatric nurses in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 20 , (4), 2013, p287 - 295 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Griffiths C, Sheerin F, Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, McBennett P, Higgins A, Building Confident Families: An evaluation of four family support programmers for people with a disability in Ireland. , 6th Roundtable Meeting of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) Special Interest Group on People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disability, The University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 23rd-25th October, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Higgins A., Sexualities and Palliative Care Spaces St Francis Hospice 12th Annual Conference on the Kaleidoscope of Palliative Care, 22/23 May 2013, 2013 Meeting Abstract, 2013

Lalor, J Casey, D Elliott, N Coyne, I Comiskey, C Higgins, A Coyne I, Murphy K, Devane D, Begley C, Using case study within a sequential explanatory design to evaluate the impact of specialist and advanced practice roles on clinical outcomes: The SCAPE Study, BMC Medical Research Methodology , 2013, p13:55- Journal Article, 2013 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Daly, L., McCarron, M., Higgins, A., McCallion, P, 'Sustaining Place' - a grounded theory of how informal carers of people with dementia manage alterations to relationships within their social worlds., Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, (3-4), 2013, p501 - 512 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Begley C, Elliott N, Lalor J, Coyne I, Higgins A, Comiskey C, Differences between clinical specialist and advanced practitioner clinical practice, leadership, and research roles, responsibilities, and perceived outcomes (the SCAPE study), Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69, (6), 2013, p1323-1337 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Houlihan D, Sharek D, Higgins A., Psychiatric nurses' attitudes towards children visiting their parent in a mental health ward., Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 30, (4), 2013, p261 - 269 Journal Article, 2013

Griffiths C, Sheerin F, Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, McBennett P, Higgins A, Towards a full Life. An evaluation of four family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland. , Reforming Social Services through Public-Private Partnership, The Royal Dublin Society, 9th October, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Murphy K, Casey D, Devane D, Begley C, Higgins A, Meskell P, Elliott N, Lalor J. , Exploring the added value of Mixed Methods Research: Reflections on using Mixed Methods Research design in the SCAPE study. , 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2013 , National University of Ireland, Galway., 15-16th April. , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

O'Malley D, Begley C, Higgins A, Smith V, Self-reported maternal sexual health-related experiences in early pregnancy: Preliminary results from the MAMMI antenatal survey. , 4th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference, NUIG,, Galway, 15-16th April, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

McCann E, Sharek D, Higgins A, Sheerin F, Glacken M, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people in Ireland: mental health issues. , Ageing and Mental Health, 17, (3), 2013, p358-65 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

May, Peter., Hynes, Geralyn., McCallion, Philip., Payne, Sheila., Higgins, Agnes., Larkin, Phil., McCarron, Mary , Challenges in increasing regional equity in palliative care service provision in Ireland , European Journal of Palliative Care, 20, (3), 2013, p130 - 133 Journal Article, 2013

Moore, A., Higgins, A., and Sharek, D., Barriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (4), 2013, p416 - 422 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Murphy K, Casey D, Devane D, Begley C, Higgins A, Meskell P, Elliott N, Lalor J, Exploring the added value of Mixed Methods Research: Reflections on using Mixed Methods Research design in the SCAPE study, 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15-16th April 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M., McCarron, M., Visible Lives: Experiences of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people of Irish healthcare service, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 6, (4), 2012, p52 Journal Article, 2012

Puerperal Psychosis in, editor(s)C Martin , Perinatal Mental Health, Cumbria UK , M&K Publishing , 2012, pp165 - 172, [Higgins A ] Book Chapter, 2012

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., Nolan, M., Sheerin, B., Flanagan, P., Slaicuinaite, S., Mc Donnell, S., and Walsh, H. , Mixed methods evaluation of an interdisciplinary sexuality education programme for staff working with people who have an acquired physical disability, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, (11), 2012, p2559 - 2569 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Higgins A., Callaghan, P. de Vries, J., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J. Nash, M., Ryan, D. Gijbels, H. & Carter, T. , Evaluation of mental health recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Planning education in Ireland: a mixed methods pre-post evaluation. , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, 2012, p2418 - 2428. Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Kartalova-O'Doherty Y, Stevenson C, & Higgins A, Reconnecting with life: a grounded theory study of mental health recovery in Ireland , Journal of Mental Health, 21, (2), 2012, p136 - 144 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Elliott, N., Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Coyne, I., Murphy K. , The identification of clinical and professional leadership activities of advanced practitioners: findings from the Specialist Clinical and Advanced Practitioner Evaluation study in Ireland, Journal of Advanced Nursing , Epub ahead of print, 2012, p1-14 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

Elliott, N; Higgins A, Surviving grounded theory research method in an academic world: proposal writing and theoretical frameworks, Grounded Theory Review: An International Journal, 11, (2), 2012, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2012 URL

McCann, E., Higgins, A., Macguire, G., Alexander, J., Watts, M. & Creaner, M., A survey of pedagogical approaches and quality mechanisms used in education programmes for mental health professionals, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26, (5), 2012, p383 - 389 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Andrews, L., Higgins, A., Waring, M. and Lalor, J, Using Classic Grounded Theory to analyse secondary data: reality and reflections, Grounded Theory Review,, 11, (1), 2012, p12 - 26 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Higgins A, Carroll M, Sharek D, It opened my mind: student midwives' views of a motherhood and mental health module, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 2 (3):287-292, 2012 Journal Article, 2012

All of me: embracing sexuality as a dimension of care in, J Cooper and D Cooper , Palliative Care-Mental Health, Londin, Radcliffe Publishing, 2012, pp126 - 146, [Higgins A ] Book Chapter, 2012

Glacken, M., Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Breen, M. & McCarron, M. , Older LGBT People's Pathways to Coping and Support. , All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association 4th Annual Conference, Silver Springs Hotel, Cork, 7th June, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Lawler D, Lalor J, Begley C, Higgins A, Sheerin F, Keenan P, Nicholl H, Tuohy, Kavanagh R. , Accommodating diversity in the maternity services: the experiences of women with disabilities , 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Durban, June, 2011, pp163 - 163 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Daly, L., McCarron, M., Higgins, A. and McCallion, P., 'Living on the fringes' - the Implications for Nurse Education, Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice, National University of Ireland Galway, April 4th-5th, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Morrissey, J. & Higgins, A. , The Darkness of Hope? A study of Nurses' responses to clients with suicidal behaviour, Annual International Research Conference, School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, Dublin, 4-5 Nov , 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Keogh B Higgins A Callaghan P, Mental Health Service Users' Experiences of Going Home from Hospital, Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice , NUI Galway, 4th - 5th April , 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Apantaku-Olajide, T., Gibbons, P., Higgins, A , Drug-induced sexual dysfunction and mental health patients' attitude to psychotropic medications, Sexual and Relationship Therapy , 26, (2), 2011, p145 - 155 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Higgins, A: Maguire, G: Watts, M; Creaner, M; McCann, E; Rani, S: Alexander, J , Service User Involvement in Mental Health Practitioner Education in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18 , (6), 2011, p469 - 561 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Lalor J, Lawler, D., Begley, C., Sheerin, F., Keenan, P., Higgins, A., Nicholl, H., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: accessibility issues for women receiving care within the publically-funded maternity service in the Republic of Ireland, 11th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery , Trinity College Dublin, November, 2010, pp71 - 71 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Higgins A; Lynch A; Nash M, Antidepressants-Associated Sexual Dysfunction: Impact, Effects and Treatment , Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety , 2, 2010, p141 - 150 Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text

Mental Health Legislation: The Irish Context in, editor(s)P Barker , Mental Health Ethics: The Human Context , London and New York , Routledge, 2010, [Ryan, D; Higgins, A ] Book Chapter, 2010

Higgins A , Women Poverty and Mental Health: Giving Women a Voice, : Challenging Poverty- Creating Hope Breaking the cycle of poverty and mental health problems , Brussels, 22nd -23rd October , 2010, Mental Health Europe Invited Talk, 2010

Higgins, A; Glacken M , Sculpting the distress: easing or exacerbating the grief experience of same sex couples , International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15 , (4,), 2009, p170 - 176 Journal Article, 2009

Gleeson M; Higgins A , Touch in mental health nursing: An exploratory study of psychiatric nurses' views and perceptions , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 16, (4), 2009, p382 - 389 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Clients with mental health problems who sexualize the nurse-client encounter: the nursing discourse. , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 65, (3), 2009, p616 - 624 Journal Article, 2009 URL TARA - Full Text

Moore AM; Higgins, A , Testicular Cancer: Exploring the psychosexual issues , British Journal of Nursing, 18 , (19), 2009, p1182 - 1186 Journal Article, 2009

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Sexuality and mental health nursing in Ireland: weaving the veil of socialised inhibition , Nurse Education Today, 29, 2009, p357 - 364 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Sexuality and Gender in, editor(s)P Barker , Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring , London, Hodder Arnold , 2008, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2008

Sexuality and mental health in, editor(s)J, Morrissey, B, Keogh, L, Doyle , Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing - Concepts, Application, Challenges and Reflections: An Irish perspective, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2008, pp359 - 371, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2008

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C, 'Veiling sexualities': a grounded theory of mental health nurses responses to issues of sexuality, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62 , (3), 2008, p307 - 317 Journal Article, 2008

Glackin, M; Higgins, A, The grief experience of same-sex couples within an Irish Context: tacit acknowledgement, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14, (6), 2008, p297 - 302 Journal Article, 2008

Higgins, A; Farelly M, Peer review publication output by psychiatric nurses in the Republic of Ireland, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 14, (5), 2007, p495 - 502 Journal Article, 2007

Higgins, A, Impact of psychotropic medication on sexuality: Literature review, British Journal of Nursing, 16, (9), 2007, p545 - 550 Journal Article, 2007

Veiling Sexuality: The development of a grounded theory in sexuality and psychiatric/mental health nursing in, editor(s)Glaser, B. and Holton, J. , The Grounded Theory Seminar Reader, Mill Valley, CA, Sociology Press, 2007, pp301 - 320, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2007

Higgins, A; McBennett, P, The petals of recovery in a mental health context, British Journal of Nursing, 16, (14), 2007, p852 - 856 Journal Article, 2007

Higgins,A; Barker, P; Begley, C, Iatrogenic sexual dysfunction and the protective withholding of information: in whose best interest?, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13, (4), 2006, p437 - 446 Journal Article, 2006

McGrath, D., Higgins, A., Implementing and evaluating reflective practice group sessions, Nurse Education in Practice, 6, (3), 2006, p175-181 Journal Article, 2006

Higgins, A, Review of The Tidal Model: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, by Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 53 , (6), 2006, p740 Review, 2006

McGrath, D; Higgins, A , Implementing reflective practice group sessions: process and challenges , Nurse Education in Practice , 6, (3), 2006, p175 - 181 Journal Article, 2006

Higgins, A, Opening Skinner's Box , Review of Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century , by Lauren Slater , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 53, (5), 2006, p617 Review, 2006

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C , Sexual health education for people with mental health problems: what can we learn from the literature? , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13, (6), 2006, p687 - 697 Journal Article, 2006

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Sexuality the challenge to espoused holistic care , International Journal of Nursing Practice , 12, (6), 2006, p345 - 351 Journal Article, 2006

Elliott, N & Higgins, A, Self and Peer Assessment- does it make a difference to student group work?, Nurse Education in Practice, 5, (1), 2005, p40 - 48 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

Carroll M, Daly D, Higgins A and Begley C., Supernumerary Preceptorship - the key to learning midwifery skills in the Republic of Ireland, Evidence Based Midwifery, 3, (1), 2005, p39 - 44 Journal Article, 2005

Hanley, E., Higgins, A., Asssessment of practice in intensive care: Students' perceptions of a clinical competence assessment tool, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 21, (5), 2005, p276-283 Journal Article, 2005

Hanley, E: Higgins, A , Assessment of practice in intensive care: students' perceptions of a clinical competence assessment tool Part 2'. , Intensive and Critical Care Nursing , 21, (5), 2005, p276 - 283 Journal Article, 2005

Hanley, E: Higgins, A , Assessment of clinical practice in intensive care: a review of the literature Part 1'. , Intensive and Critical Care Nursing , 21, (5), 2005, p268 - 275 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins, A; McCarthy, M , Psychiatric nursing students' experiences of having a mentor during their first practice placement: An Irish perspective., Nurse Education in Practice, 5, (4), 2005, p218 - 224 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Neuroleptic medication and sexuality: the forgotten aspect of education and care. , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 12 , (4), 2005, p439 - 446 Journal Article, 2005

Elliott, N & Higgins A, Post-graduate students' views of a self and peer assessment strategy, 15th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau, Dublin, July, 2004 Oral Presentation, 2004

Nicholl H., Higgins A., Reflection in pre-registration nursing curricula, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46, (6), 2004, p578 - 585 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C., Hypersexuality and dementia- dealing with inappropriate sexual expression, British Journal of Nursing, 13, (22), 2004, p1330 - 1334 Journal Article, 2004

Nicholl, H; Higgins A, Reflection in preregistration nursing curricula, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46, (6), 2004, p578 - 585 Journal Article, 2004

Higgins A, Sexuality and Intimacy in Long Term Care- The challenges, Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies 4th Annual Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 2004 Oral Presentation, 2004

Denny, M Higgins, A, The use of a computer assisted learning interactive multimedia package called "admissions" as a self directed learning tool, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies 3rd Annual Research, Trinity College, Dublin, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

McCarthy, M; Higgins, A, Moving to an all graduate profession: preparing preceptors for their role, Nurse Education Today, 23, (2), 2003, p89 - 95 Journal Article, 2003

O'Flynn, M; Caffrey, S; Higgins A, Therapists' experience of the obligation to report when working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, The Irish Journal of Psychology, 24, (1-2), 2003, p58 - 69 Journal Article, 2003

Denny M; Higgins, A, A pilot study addressing the Use of Computer assisted Technology in Teaching Undergraduate Student Nurses, All Ireland Educational Technology Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Corr B; Higgins A; Frost E, Hardiman, A, Exploring loss of sexuality and intimacy with Motor Neurone Disease patients, 14th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Milan, Italy, 17-19th November , 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Denny, M; Higgins, A, The use of computer assisted technology to enhance student psychiatric nurses learning during a practice placement, Nurse Education in Practice, 3, (2), 2003, p80 - 88 Journal Article, 2003

Higgins, A; Nicholl, H, The experience of lecturers and students in the use of microteaching as a teaching strategy, Nurse Education in Practice, 3, (4), 2003, p220 - 227 Journal Article, 2003

Corr B; Higgins A; Frost E, Intimacy and Sexuality in MND/ALS: The patients perspective, findings from a research study, 14th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Milan, Italy, 17-19th November, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Nicholl, H., Higgins, A., Reflective Practice in Diploma in Nursing curricula: the tutors views, Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies 3rd Annual Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 13-15th Nov, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Higgins, A; Nicholl, H, An investigation into the teaching and assessment of reflective practice in diploma in nursing curricula in schools of nursing in the Republic of Ireland, RCSI 21st Annual Nursing Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 22 -23 Feb, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Carroll, M., Curtis, L., Higgins, A., Nicholl, H. Redmond, R., Timmins, F., Is there a place for Reflective Practice in the Nursing Curriculum?, Journal of clinical effectiveness in nursing, 6, (1), 2002, p36-41- Journal Article, 2002 DOI

Higgins, A. Nicholl, H, "Mentorship: student psychiatric nurses perspectives", 8th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Canada, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Carroll, M., Curtis, L., Higgins A., Nicholl, H., Redmond, R. and Timmins, F., Is there a place for Reflective Practice in the Nursing Curriculum?, Nurse Education in Practice, 2, (1), 2002, p13 - 20 Journal Article, 2002

Higgins, A., "Selection and preparation of mentors, insights form an action research study.", School of Nursing and Midwifery studies Trinity College Dublin 2nd Annual Research Conference, 2001 Oral Presentation, 2001

Higgins, A., "Addressing issues of sexuality in clinical practice.", School of Nursing and Midwifery studies Trinity College Dublin 2nd Annual Research Conference, 2001 Oral Presentation, 2001

Higgins, A., "Sexuality: the challenge to holistic palliative care.", Bas Solas: First International Multidisciplinary conference on Palliative Care, Dublin Castle, 2000 Oral Presentation, 2000

Action research: a means of changing and improving the clinical learning environment in, editor(s)J, McNiff and G, McNamara , Action Research in Ireland, Dublin, September Books, 2000, [Higgins, A.] Book Chapter, 2000

Higgins A, Sexuality: The Hidden Aspect of Care, RCSI 15th Annual Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 1995 Oral Presentation, 1995

Doyle L; Ellila H; Jormfeldt H; Lahti M; Higgins A; Keogh B; Meade O; Sitvast J; Skärsäter I; Stickley T; Kilkku N, Preparing Masters level mental health nurses to work within a wellness paradigm: Findings from the ementhe project, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing Journal Article,

Smith S, Casey D , Cooney A, Higgins A, Mc Guinness D, Bainbridge E, Keys M, Georgieva I, Brosnan L, Beecher C, Hallahan B, McDonald C, Murphy K, A qualitative exploration of stakeholders' perspectives of involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act 2001 in the RoI, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing Journal Article,

Murphy R, McGuiness D, Bainbridge E, Felzmann H, Brosnan L, Keys M, Murphy K, Hallahan, B, McDonald C, Higgins A, Service users' experiences of involuntary hospital admission under the Mental Health Act 2001 in the Republic of Ireland: highlighting the need for person-centred care, Psychiatric Services Journal Article,

Murphy R, McGuiness, D, Bainbridge E, Felzmann H, Brosnan L, Keys M, Murphy K, Hallahan, B, Higgins A, McDonald C, Service users' experiences of mental health Tribunals in Ireland: mixed reaction, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine Journal Article,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Holme, I., Brennan, M. & Higgins, A. , Promoting Our Wellness and Recovery (POWER) Peer Prisoner Mentoring Evaluation Study., Trinity College Dublin, 2017, p1 - 100 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Holme, I., Brennan, M. & Higgins, A, Promoting Our Wellness and Recovery (POWER) Peer Prisoner Mentoring Evaluation Study, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, 2017, p1 - 100 Report, 2017

Higgins A; Elliott N; Varley J; Tyrrell E; Downes C; Begley C; Normand C; Doherty C; Clarke M, An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on care: SENsE study, Dublin, Epilepsy Ireland, February, 2017, p1 - 299 Report, 2017

Sylvia Thompson, Gateway pioneers recovery-oriented approach to mental illness Peer-led project in Rathmines offers 'place to regain myself and get a sense of hope' , 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017

Monahan M, Holme I, Stacey G, Morrissey J, De Vries J, McKenna H, Nash M, Higgins A., Report of the Scoping Exercise on the Introduction of Graduate Entry Mental Health Nursing in Ireland, Dublin, DoH, 2017 Report, 2017

McDonald, C; Hallahan, B; Murphy K, Higgins, A, Murphy R , A prospective evaluation of the operation and effects of the Mental Health Act 2001 from the viewpoints of service users and health professionals, NUIG and Trinity College Dublin , 2017 Report, 2017

Carol O' Brien, LGBTI teenagers 'twice as likely' to self-harm , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Higgins A., Downes C., Daly L., Begley T., DeVries J. and Sharek D. , The Development and Piloting of the Sexual Health Promotion Education Evaluation Tool (SH-PET). , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2016 Report, 2016

Higgins, A., 'Recovery: alignment of values and vision within Mental Health in Recovery: a journey for all disciplines ', Dublin, HSE Mental Health Division Dublin , 2016, - Protocol or guideline, 2016

Higgins A; Heavey D; Monahan M; McBennett P; O'Shea , EOLAS: Phase 2 An evaluation of a peer and clinician led information programme on recovery and mental health difficulties for users of services and family members, Dublin , School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College , 2016, p1 - 163 Report, 2016

Murphy R, Lidenau A, Corrigan C, Downes C, Higgins A, Development and impact of peer-led mental health support in the community: A review of Aras Follaain and Gateway, Dublin, Mental Health Ireland , 2016 Report, 2016

Higgins, A., Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., de Vries, J., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., and Smyth, S, The LGBTIreland Report: The National Study of the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex People in Ireland, Dublin, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services, 2016, p1 - 308 Report, 2016 URL

Editorial , An alarming picture of attitudes confronting young LGBT people , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Eilish O' Regan , Bullies' cruel taunts make LGBT teens feel unsafe on our streets, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Higgins A , Psychotropic medication and sexual side-effects, Sexual Health News , (2), 2016, p17- Journal Article, 2016

Carol O Brien , LGBT Self-harm rates horrific , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Higgins, A; Morrissey, J; Doyle, L; Bailey, J Gill, A , 'Best Practice Principles for Risk Assessment and Safety Planning: a guide for mental health nursing. ', Dublin, Dublin: Health Service Executive, 2015, - Protocol or guideline, 2015

Higgins A , 'Interview on peer led education for people experiencing mental health problems: EOLAS research 14th May', Dublin South FM, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015

Higgins A, Mothers Mental Health , La Leche League Annual Conference , The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise , 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Sylvia Thomas, Eolas offers integrated, innovative map of mental health services, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

Eileen Ring, Mental health coping aid to be rolled out nationwide, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

Watts, M., Downes, C., & Higgins, A , Building Capacity in Mental Health Services to support Recovery: an exploration of stakeholder perspectives pre and post intervention, Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwiferyhttp://www.lenus.ie/hse/handle/10147/581285, 2015 Report, 2015

Higgins A, Do families have a role within the recovery paradigm at the , Recovery : A journey of Hope., Hotel Kilkenny , 11th December, 2015, HSE and NMPDU Invited Talk, 2015

Higgins, A , Risk assessment and safety planning in a recovery context Keynote paper presented , A Vision for Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing from Diagnosis to Dialogue Dublin Castle 15th April , 2015, ONMDU Invited Talk, 2015

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Downes, C., Nash, M., Morrissey, J., Brennan, M. & Costello, P, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning within Mental health Nursing Services: an exploration of practices, policies and processes, Dublin, Health Service Executive , 2015 Report, 2015

Nash M. Bracken-Scally M. Smith V. Higgins A. Eustace-Cook J. Monahan M. Callaghan P. Romanos MT, Literature review using systematic approaches to explore physical illness co-morbidity among people with serious mental illness and related healthcare interventions, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2015, 1- Report, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A , Recovery: A positive message for the future. , Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference on Supporting Recovery , Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick, 2014, Mental Helath Ireland, 23 May - 25th May pp Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Stigma and Discrimination: Barriers to social inclusion. Does the label matter , 2nd National Mental Health Conference on Destigmatisation and Recovery , 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan , 10th October , 2014, Sola Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Stigma and Discrimination: Barriers to social inclusion. Does the label matter?, 2nd National Mental Health Conference on Destigmatisation and Recovery , 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan , 10th October, 2014, organised by Solas group Invited Talk, 2014

Doyle L., O'Shea M.T., Keogh B., de Vries J., McBennett P. and Higgins A., Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Longitudinal Evaluation Report , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, September, 2014, 147 Report, 2014

Higgins A and Carroll M , Enabling Disclosure, Paper presented at the All Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference, Crown Plaza Santry Dublin 16th October 2014, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Building and nurturing an educational climate for careful nursing. , Careful Nursing- Sensitivity, Competent, Professional Nursing - closing the gap between nursing practice and nursing science in contemporary nursing in Ireland , School of Nursign and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, 3rd April , 2014, Organised by the Adelaide Society and Trinity College Dublin Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Recovery and emerging paradigm , A Vision for Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing Conference , Dublin Castle, 5th November, 2014, HSE in association with NMPDU Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Daly L, deVries, Keogh B, McCann, and Sharek D, The Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion: A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective, HSE Sexual Health News, 7, (Autumn/Winter), 2013, p2- Journal Article, 2013

Higgins A, Daly L, de Vries J, Keogh B, McCann E, Sharek D, Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion: A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective. , HSE, HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, 2013, p1 - 128 Report, 2013

Doyle, L (PI); Higgins, A; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; McBennett, P, An exploration on the impact of Wellness Workshops on participants knowledge and attitudes to mental health, Phase 11 Suicide or Survive and National Office of Suicide Prevention, 2013 Report, 2013

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M. & McCarron, M. , Older and being LGBT in Ireland in the 21st Century, 6th European Gay Police Association Conference, Dublin Castle, 28-29th June, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Doyle L., Higgins A., Sharek D., Keogh B., De Vries J., McBennett P. , Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Evaluation Final Report. Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin., Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, August, 2012 Report, 2012

Higgins A, Breen M, Boyd F, Hevey D, Sharek D, Mc Bennett P, EOLAS Project: The design, delivery and evaluation of a peer and clinician led information programme on recovery and mental health diffi culties for users of services and family members, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin:, 2012, 1-100 Report, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A., Sexuality and sexual health: the challenges for practitioners. Nursing Homes Ireland Conference on "Assessing and Managing Behaviours that Challenge in Older People , Ashling Hotel , 26th September, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Higgins A, Sheerin F, Daly L, Griffiths C, McBennett P, An evaluation of the capacity building potential of 'family focused' initiatives in area of disability, Report prepared for Genio, 2012 Report, 2012

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M., and McCarron, M., Meeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender needs in Ireland's nursing homes, Nursing Homes Ireland Newsletter, Spring 2012, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Higgins A, 'Interview with Dil Wickremasinghe older LGBT issue Saturday 13th October', Newstalk Radio: Programme 'Global Village' , 2012, - Broadcast, 2012

McCarron, M., Higgins, A., Larkin, P., Drennan, J., McCallion, P., Payne, S., Hynes, G., May, P., Evaluation of the Programme to Support Palliative and Hospice Care in the Republic of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, 2012 Report, 2012

Higgins, Agnes, Psychiatric Nurses and the pharmacy industry: the real cost of a free lunch., Mad Medicine: do conflicts of interest drive you crazy., Conference organised by Health Action International (HAI) UCC , 23rd September , 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Higgins A, ' Interviewer Michael Fitzgerald on Visible Lives LGBT Research report', Near FM Radio Show Global Solidarity,, 2011, - Broadcast, 2011

Jennifer Hough, Silence stigmatises' mothers with mental health problems, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Higgins A, Sharek D, McCann E, Glacken M, Breen M, McCarron M, Sheerin F, Visible Lives Identifying the experiences and needs of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Ireland, Dublin, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), 2011, 1-191 Report, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Jennifer Hough, Mothers with mental illness 'afraid to talk', 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Carl O'Brien, A third of older gay people fear rejection, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Higgins A; Allan O, 'Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual people: a good practice guide for mental health nurses', Institute of -IrisMental Health Nurse, GLEN and HSE, 2010, - Protocol or guideline, 2010

Higgins A , Alexander, J, Creaner, M; Maguire, G; Rani, S; McCann, E; O'Neill, O; Watts, M; Garland, M, The current education/training available for professionals working in mental health services in the Republic of Ireland , Mental Health Comission: Dublin, 2010 Report, 2010

Begley C, Murphy K, Higgins A, Elliott N, Lalor J, Sheerin F, Coyne I, Comiskey C, Normand C, Casey C, Dowling M, Devane D, Cooney A, Farrelly F, Brennan M, Meskell P, MacNeela P. , An Evaluation of Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialist and Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioner Roles in Ireland (SCAPE), Dublin, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, December, 2010, 1-467 Report, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A; Nolan M, Mason K, Ring A, Slaicuinaite S, Sheeran B, Flanagan P, The development, implementation and evaluation of an educational programme on sexuality and acquired disability, Dublin, Trinity College: Dublin , 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins, A; Begley CM; Nevin M; et al , The development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development: Research report, Dublin , NCNM, 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins, A., Begley, C., Timmins F., McGonagle, I., Nevin M. et al, 'Nurse and Midwife Clinical Competency Determination and Competency Development Planning Toolkit.', Dublin, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, 2010, - 1-92 Protocol or guideline, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, Callaghan P, de Vries J, Keogh B, Morrissey J; Nash, Ryan D Gijbels H, Evaluation of Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) education programme on participants' knowledge, attitude and skills of mental health recovery , Dublin, Irish Mental Health Recovery Education Consotriuum, 2010 Report, 2010

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R , The strengths and weaknesses of publicly-funded Irish health services provided to women with disabilities in relation to pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood , Dublin, National Disability Authority, 2010 Report, 2010 URL

Higgins, A; Murphy-Lawless, J , Helping Young Women to Understand Sex and Sexuality: An Evaluation of the Pilot Holistic Sexual Education Programme , Letterkenny Women's Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency: Dublin, 2009 Report, 2009

Higgins, A; Lalor, J; Andrews, L; De Vries, J; Maguire G, An Evaluation of the Father Focus Project, Dublin, Report prepared for the HSE and Crisis Pregnancy Agency, April, 2009 Report, 2009

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: policies governing procedure and practice in service provision in Ireland during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. , National Disability Authority, Dublin., 2009 Report, 2009

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: policies governing procedure and practice in service provision in Ireland during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. , Dublin, National Disability Authority, 2009 Report, 2009 TARA - Full Text URL

De Vries J., Mayock P., Higgins A., Sherlock L., Doyle L., Andrews L. and Sheaf G., A review of the international literature on the role of outside facilitators in the delivery of school-based sex education, Dublin, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, December, 2009, p1 - 190 Report, 2009 DOI

Begley,C., Higgins,A.,Lalor,J., Sheerin,F.,Alexander.J., NICHOLL,H., Lawler,D., Keenan,P., Tuohy,T.&Kavanagh,R, Women with disabilities:barriers and facilitators to accessing services during pregnancy,childbirth and early motherhood, Dublin, National Disabiliity Authority, 2009 Report, 2009

Higgins, A , A Recovery Approach within the Irish Mental Health Services: A Framework for Development , Dublin, Mental Health Commission, May, 2008 Report, 2008

Murphy-Lawless, J; Higgins, A; Pembroke, S , The Impact of the WISE UP Programme forWomen Living and Working with Social Exclusion: An Evaluation for the Irish Family Planning Association, Dublin , Irish Family Planning Association, 2008 Report, 2008

Dunn, V; O'Sullivan, F; Loughrey, E; Ryan, K; Larkin, P; Higgins, A; Rhatigan, J; Clarke, D, Future of Palliative Care education in Ireland: A discussion paper., Dublin, Irish Hospice Foundation, 2007 Report, 2007

Higgins, A, Preceptorship explained, Hospice Connection, 4, (1), 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins A, Intimacy and Sexuality, Challenging the taboo 21st Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology, Sligo, 11th October, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

Higgins A, Sexuality and Mental Health Problems: A historical perspective, 2nd Annual Sexual Health in Ireland Conference organised by the Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine & Infectious Diseases St James's Hospital in association with the Haughton Institute, Dublin, 5th September, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

Higgins A, Evidence based practice in palliative care, Irish Association of Palliative Care National Conference, Dublin Castle, 2002 Invited Talk, 2002

Higgins, A., "Qualitative research: from theory to practice.", Irish Hospice foundation research conference, 2001 Invited Talk, 2001

Higgins, A., "Depression in terminally ill patients: implications for nurses.", Irish Association of Palliative Care National Conference, 2000 Invited Talk, 2000

Higgins, A., Impact of cancer on sexuality: are nurses responding to the challenge, Opening paper at St Luke's Hospital annual nurses conference, 2000 Invited Talk, 2000

Higgins, A., "Sexuality and Intimacy, the forgotten aspect of palliative care.", National conference on palliative care, St Francis Hospice Dublin, 1999 Invited Talk, 1999

Higgins, A., A Trip Down Memory Lane, Irish Association of Palliative Care Journal, (February), 1998 Journal Article, 1998

Higgins, A., "Student Nurses experiences of a mentorship programme.", Association of Nurse Teachers annual conference, 1998 Invited Talk, 1998

Higgins A, Body image and the patient with cancer, 2nd Annual conference of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Knock, Co. Mayo, 1997 Invited Talk, 1997

Higgins A, Mental Illness: Demystifying some of the issues, Simon Community National Conference, Dublin, 1997 Invited Talk, 1997

Higgins A, Sexuality and Nursing Care, Annual Nursing Conference organised by Critical Care Association, Dublin Castle, 1995 Invited Talk, 1995

Higgins, A., "A Study of Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Dealing with Issues of Sexuality in their Nursing Practice.", An Bord Altranais News, 6, (3), 1994 Journal Article, 1994

Higgins A, Changing to Primary Nursing, South Eastern Health Board Annual Nursing Conference, Cork, 1994 Invited Talk, 1994

Higgins A, Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Dealing with Issues of Sexuality in Clinical Practice, Irish Nursing Research Interest Group Dublin, 1994 Invited Talk, 1994

Higgins A, Roy's adaptation model of nursing: Relevance and application to psychiatric nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Managers Conference, Round Room Rotunda Hospital Dublin, 1989 Invited Talk, 1989

Editorial, The Reality of LGBT Mental Health Necessitates a More Welcoming Society, - Miscellaneous,

Higgins, A., Carroll, M., Downes, C., Monahan, M., Gill, A., Madden, D., McGoldrick, E. & Nagel, U. , Perinatal mental health: an exploration of practices, policies, processes and education needs of midwives and nurses within maternity and primary care services in Ireland, Dublin, Health Service Executive Report,

Eilish O' Regan, LGBTI teens' lives at risk in struggle for sexual identity, - Miscellaneous,

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Projects

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    • An exploration of the experiences, concerns and needs of transgender identified children and young people.
  • Summary
    • The aim of the study is to explore the experiences, concerns and needs of transgender identified children and young people and to prepare a report on both the process and outcome of the consultation to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The objectives of the study are to: (1)dentify the things that make their lives easy and the things that make life hard for transgender identified children and young people;(ii)identify the things that work well for transgender identified children and young people and (iii) identify the things that transgender identified children and young people consider needs to change to enhance their lives. Research team Higgins A (PI); Doyle L; Keogh B; Coyne I; McCann E; Walsh S
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An exploration of the development and impact of peer-led mental health support in the community: A review of Aras Follaain and Gateway. Dublin Mental Health Ireland
  • Summary
    • Peer support models of service delivery for people with mental health difficulties have increasingly featured in policy and practice both in Ireland and abroad. This research project aimed to (i)examine the role of two community peer-led services; (ii) explore the effectiveness and impact of the peer led services on recovery outcomes and process and (iii) explore if the model of delivery constitute a model of partnership working with mental health services that is compatible with current mental health service priorities Research team Higgins A, Murphy R, Lidenau A, Corrigan C, Downes C
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Mind Mothers: An analysis of the needs and practices of midwives, public health nurse and practice nurses in relation to perinatal mental health
  • Summary
    • Higgins A (PI) Carroll M; Monaghan M,
  • Funding Agency
    • NMPDU
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Coming off psychotropic medication: peoples experiences and challenges
  • Summary
    • Higgins A; Watts M; Keogh B; Doyle L
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Title
    • Support Needs Analysis of the Parents of Children from Our Lady's Children's Hospital Haematology/Oncology Service
  • Summary
    • A Hynes G; Higgins A; Coyne I
  • Funding Agency
    • The Children's Medical and Research Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Developing and testing a tool to evaluate a sexual capacity building programme across time Phase 11
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE and Crisis Pregnancy Programme
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of a peer mental health mentoring prison programme (POWER study)
  • Summary
    • Doyle, L (PI), Higgins, A., Keogh, B., Brennan, M. & Morrissey, J.
  • Funding Agency
    • Suicide or Survive
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • LGBTIreland: Exploration of mental health issues and LGBTI people in Ireland and public attitudes towards LGBTI people
  • Summary
    • Higgins A (PI); Sharek D; Doyle, L; McCann, E; Sheerin, F; DeVries J; Begley T
  • Funding Agency
    • GLEN and BeLONGTo
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • The collaborative development of an evidence-based educational resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy(How2tell)
  • Summary
    • Elliott N (PI), Higgins A, Begley C, Doherty C, Pender D, White M
  • Funding Agency
    • Epilepsy Ireland/HRB
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Literature review using systematic approaches to explore physical illness co-morbidity and related health care interventions among people with mental illness M Nash (PI); A Higgins; V Smith; M Monaghan; P Callaghan; J Eustace- Cooke, M Romanos
  • Summary
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • EOLAS: An evaluation of a peer and clinician led psychoeducation programme for people diagnosed with severe mental health difficulties Phase 11
  • Summary
    • . A Higgins (PI) D Heavey
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Title
    • Stepping up to Therapeutic Risk in a mental health context: the development and Evaluation of a Risk Framework and education programme for clinical staff
  • Summary
    • Higgins A; Doyle L (Joint PIs); Nash M; Brennan M; Costello P
  • Funding Agency
    • NMPDU
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Developing Master's Level e-learning material in Mental Health (eMenthe)
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A., Doyle, L. Keogh, B. ( et al including European partners).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU lifelong learning programme/Erasmus Multilateral Networks
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on patient quality of life.
  • Summary
    • Higgins A (PI) N Elliott, C Begley, C Doherty, C Normand, M Clarke
  • Funding Agency
    • Epilepsy Ireland/HRB
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the effectiveness of the FPSHP (and its support activities) in building capacity amongst health, education and community professionals with regard to the promotion of sexual health
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI); McCann E; Doyle, L; Sharek, D; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; South.
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • November 2012
  • Date To
    • July 2013
  • Title
    • An exploration on the impact of Wellness Workshops on participants knowledge and attitudes to mental health
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI); Doyle, L; Sharek, D; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; McBennett, P:
  • Funding Agency
    • Suicide or Survive and National Office of Suicide Prevention
  • Date From
    • Feb 2012
  • Date To
    • Sept 2012
  • Title
    • The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems: A feminist perspective
  • Summary
    • Tuohy, T; Higgins, A, Murphy-Lawless, J
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the capacity building potential of 'family focused ' initiatives in area of disability
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI) ; Sheerin, F; Daly, L; Griffiths C; McBennett, P
  • Funding Agency
    • GENIO
  • Date From
    • Jan 2012
  • Date To
    • Oct 2012
  • Title
    • Maternal health and Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Phase 2 (MAMMI 2).
  • Summary
    • Cecily Begley, Valerie Smith, Agnes Higgins, Declan Devane,Mike Clarke, and Michael Turner "
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of a peer and clinician led psychoeducation programme for people diagnosed with severe mental health difficulties Phase 1
  • Summary
    • A Higgins (PI) D Heavey EOLAS.
  • Funding Agency
    • GENIO and Celbridge Mental Health Services
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • A prospective evaluation of the operation and effects of the Mental Health Act 2001 from the viewpoints of service users and health professionals
  • Summary
    • Colm McDonald, Brian Hallahan; Kathy Murphy (UCG) and Agnes Higgins TCD.
  • Funding Agency
    • Mental Health Commission
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Programme to Support Palliative and Hospice Care in the Republic of IrelandMcCarron, M: Higgins A; Larkin, P; Drennan, J; McCallion, P; Payne S; Hynes, G; May, P.
  • Funding Agency
    • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Title
    • Development and Evaluation of a Toolkit to support Nurse and Midwife Clinical Competency Development: Higgins A; Begley C, Timmins F; McGonagle I; Norman I
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Title
    • The experiences and needs of older LGBT people (55 and over) living in the Republic of Ireland A Higgins; M McCarron; E McCann; F Sheerin, M Glacken
  • Funding Agency
    • GLEN (Gay/Lesbian Equality Network €39,037
  • Date From
    • Dec 2009
  • Date To
    • Oct 2010
  • Title
    • Health Research Board The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems: A feminist perspective (T Tuohy PhD student, A Higgins , J Murphy Lawless)
  • Funding Agency
    • € 213,387 Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • Oct 2009
  • Date To
    • Oct 2012
  • Title
    • The current education/training available for professionals working in mental health services in the Republic of Ireland
  • Summary
    • PI A Higgins with Jane Alexander, Mary Creaner, Gerry Maguire, Shobha Rani, Eddie McCann, Orla O'Neill, Mick Watts and Malcolm Garland
  • Funding Agency
    • 61,237 from the Mental Health Commission
  • Date From
    • December 2008
  • Date To
    • Aug 2009
  • Title
    • Health Research Board Exploring mental health services users experiences of going home from hospital: A grounded theory study (B Keogh PhD student, A Higgins, P Callaghan)
  • Funding Agency
    • € 71, 821 Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the Mental Health Recovery and WRAP education programme
  • Summary
    • PI Agnes Higgins, with P Callaghan, J Morrissey, B Keogh, M Nash, J DeVries, D Ryan, H Gijbels
  • Funding Agency
    • 35, 246 from the Irish Mental Health Recovery Consortiuum
  • Date From
    • Jan 2009
  • Date To
    • June 2010
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the SHARE (sexual health and rehabilitaiton education) Programme
  • Summary
    • The focus of this reseach in on developing, implementing and evaluating, in collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team in the Royal Hospital an education programme on Sexual Health and Rehabilitation education. PI A Higgins with M Nolan, K Mason, A Ring, S Slaicuinaite, B Sheeran, P Flanagan
  • Funding Agency
    • 13,000 from The Royal Hospital Donnybrook
  • Date From
    • March 2008
  • Date To
    • February 2009
  • Title
    • Sex education and Schools: a study of supports and outside facilitators for sex education in secondary schools
  • Funding Agency
    • Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Title
    • An Evaluation of the WISE UP Sexual education programme
  • Summary
    • The Wise up project is a sexual health education programme for women from disadvantaged areas which is run by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency. The evaluation of this programmes was carried out in association with Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless and Sinead Pembrooke
  • Funding Agency
    • 25,000 from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Date From
    • Oct 2006
  • Date To
    • Oct 2007
  • Title
    • The strengths and weaknesses of publicly funded Irish health services provided to women with disabilities in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood
  • Summary
    • PI C. Begley with A.Higgins, J. Alexander, F. Sheerin, P. Keenan, J. Lalor, D. Lawler, R Kavanagh, T Tuohy, H. Nicholl
  • Funding Agency
    • € 109,000 from the National Disability Authority
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • The evaluation of Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialists and Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners in Ireland (SCAPE)
  • Summary
    • PIs C Begley and K Murphy (NUI Galway), plus A Higgins, F Sheerin, I Coyne, J Lalor, N Elliott, C Normand, C Comiskey, D Devane, A Cooney, M Dowling, D Casey, F Farrelly, M Brennan
  • Funding Agency
    • € 350,000 from NCNM
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Gay/Lesbians experience of grief and bereavement from the death of a partner
  • Summary
    • A qualitative study on Gay/Lesbians experience of grief and bereavement folllowing the death of a partner. A Hiigins in association with M Glackin
  • Funding Agency
    • 5,000 from the Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • An exploration of how psychiatric nurses respond to issues of sexuality in clinical practice
  • Summary
    • This was my PhD research with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College. It was supervised by Professors Phil Barker (visiting professor) and Cecily Begley and completed in October 2006
  • Funding Agency
    • 160,446 from the Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • Oct 2002
  • Date To
    • Oct 2006
  • Title
    • Building research capacity using an action research approach
  • Funding Agency
    • St Joseph's Learning Disability Service St Ita's Hospital Portrane in association with the National
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development
  • Summary
    • National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. Higgins A (PI), Begley, C; et al Development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the Pilot Holistic Sex Education Programme for young women
  • Summary
    • A Higgins in association with J Murphy Lawless
  • Funding Agency
    • 3000 from the Letterkenny Women's Health Centre
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Advancing Recovery in Ireland: Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) A qualitative Evaluation within Seven Pilot Sites
  • Summary
    • Higgins A (PI) Repper J; Watts M
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Evaluation of The Teen father project
  • Summary
    • An evaluation of a community based initiative to increase support for teen fathers to become involved in parenting their child. A Higgins and J Lalor joint PIs) with L Andrews, J De Vries, and G Maguire. Funding Agency: Health Service Executive-North East, €5,000
  • Funding Agency
    • €5,000 from the Health Service Executive-North East,

Keywords

Childhood and mental health; Clinical learning environment in nursing; Gender and Mental Health; Gender issues, gender studies; Mental health nursing; Mental health promotion; Nursing Education; Psychiatry; Sexuality and sexual health; Therapeutic relationships and communication

Recognition

Representations

Chairperson of Board of Mental Health Reform 2016

National steering group for implementing and evaluating on recovery oriented services in Irish mental health services (HSE) 2016

HSE National Group with responsibility for developing a Service Model for people who identify asTransgender 2016

International Steering Group on Open Dialogue 2016

Editorial Board for Grounded Theory Review (International Journal) 2012

Reviewer for: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing/Journal of Mental Health/International Journal of Mental Health Nursing/Journal of Advanced Nursing/Nurse Education in Practice/Nurse Education

Department of Health and Children's research committee, which developed the National Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery Research in Ireland. 2002

National Council for Education Awards Accreditation Committee for the Diploma in Nursing (psychiatric) in Waterford Institute of Technology 1997

National Council for Education Awards Accreditation Committee for the Diploma in Nursing (psychiatric) in Letterkenny Institute of Technology 1997

Awards and Honours

Elected Fellow (Ad Eundem) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2016

Elected to Trinty Fellowship 2014

Appointed as Visiting Professor University of Ulster 2014

Master in Arts jure officii (MA jo) Trinity College Dublin 2010

Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science 2009

Health Research Board Fellowship 2003

Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, Trinity College Dublin 2002

Scholarship Awards, University Examination, University College Dublin 1991

Scholarship Awards, University Examination, University College Dublin 1992

Memberships

Executive member of Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing 2009 – Present

Member of the International Grounded Theory Institute 2002 – Present

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Tutors Division) 1993 – Present

Member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society 2006 – 2012

Member and active participant of the Irish Hospice Foundation Research Committee 1998 – 2009