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Dr. Sarah Parker
Research Fellow, Public Health & Primary Care


Dr Sarah Parker is Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Policy and Management, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She currently works on the HRB-funded Foundations' project, researching how key learnings from Ireland's health system response to COVID-19 can be used to inform the implementation of Sláintecare. Prior to this, Sarah was Researcher at the Children's Research Centre, TCD, where she worked on several commissioned projects including a biographical study of women's homelessness and a qualitative longitudinal study of homeless youth and their families. Sarah holds several degrees from TCD including a PhD in Social Policy (2021), M.Sc. in Applied Social Research (2011) and BA in Sociology and Social Policy (2006). Funded by the Irish Research Council, her doctoral research was an award-winning mixed methods study on the dynamics of family homelessness in Ireland. She has undertaken consultancy work in the voluntary sector, delivered several invited talks and guest lectures and co-authored over 16 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters on the topics of homelessness, health systems and health policy. Her most recent collaborative work has been published in edited collections by Routledge (forthcoming) and Palgrave MacMillan as well as high impact journals, including: The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, Housing Studies, Child & Family Social Work, and the Journal of Family Issues.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ellen Cosgrave, Aishling Sheridan, Edward Murphy, Martina Blake, Rikke Siersbaek, Sarah Parker, Sara Burke, Frank Doyle, Paul Kavanagh, Public attitudes to implementing financial incentives in stopsmoking services in Ireland, Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, 9, (9), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 TARA - Full Text DOI

Rikke Siersbaek, Sarah Parker, Paul M Kavanagh, John Ford, Sara Burke, How and why do financial incentives contribute to helping people stop smoking? A realist review protocol, BMJ Open., 12, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text


Awards and Honours

1st place Dean of Research Award at the Multidisciplinary Research Showcase 2018