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Dr Bernadine O’Donovan

Job Title: Researcher
Position: Post doctoral researcher

Dr. Bernadine O’ Donovan was appointed in 2018 as an APA research fellow with the Discipline of Histopathology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She works within the CERVIVA research group and is based at the National Cancer Registry Ireland (Cork office). Prior to this appointment she attained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and MSc Neuropharmacology at the National University of Ireland, Galway and MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology at Edinburgh University, UK. She was awarded a PhD from Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent, UK. The dissertation was based on patients’ experiences of identifying and managing side effects from medicines. She is now working on the APA cervical screening research project which is a partnership between the CERVIVA research group and CervicalCheck. The ultimate goals of this research are to maximise cervical screening coverage in Ireland and deliver health gains for individual women and the population.

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 8


  • What influences cervical screening uptake in older women and how can screening programmes translate this knowledge into behaviour changing strategies? A qualitative and quantitative research project
    Achieving high cervical screening coverage is important both for the population and individual women. However older women in Ireland are less likely to engage with cervical screening. The aims of the project are (i) to understand non-participation in cervical cancer screening among older women and (ii) to explore women’s present level of understanding of cervical screening in Ireland.

    This project is co-funded by the Health Research Board, Applied Partnership Award Scheme and by the National Screening Services.

    Project partners: Trinity College Dublin (lead), CervicalCheck, The National Screening Services (co-lead), The National Cancer Registry and Newcastle University.

    Last updated 2019