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Dr. Jo-Hanna Ivers
Assistant Professor, Public Health & Primary Care

Biography

Dr Jo-Hanna Ivers is an Assistant Professor in Addiction at the Department of Public Health & Primary Care, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Her research interest includes addiction, recovery, neuropsychological functioning and homelessness. Jo-Hanna has specific training and vast experience in a wide range of research methodologies including qualitative and quantitative methods, neuroimaging processes and behavioural interventions. A significant component of Jo-Hanna's research is outcome and process evaluations within the Health Services and across national programmes. The majority of which have led to direct changes in both policy and practice. She has been appointed to several Drug Advisory Committees, including the Minister for Higher Education Rapid-Response Group for Drug Use in Higher Education. She was part of the consultation for the National Drug Strategy. More recently, Jo-Hanna has been appointed to the European Monitoring Committee on Drug and Drug Addiction, Scientific Committee (Reserve 2019-21). She is the Course Coordinator of the Masters in Addiction Recovery. She leads the Addiction Research Group at the Department of Public Health & Primary Care, TCD.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Catherine D Darker, Emma Moore, Ellen Flynn, Mary O'Neill, Lena Doherty, Jean McMahon, Orla McLoughlin, Eimear Rouine, Jo-Hanna Ivers, Shane Allwright, David McGrath, Aidan Seery, Martin McAndrew, Emer Barrett, Michelle Tanner, Annemarie E Bennett, Sabina Brennan, Martina Mullin, Joe M Barry , Development and proposed evaluation of an eHealth learning tool for undergraduate university students in Ireland, Health Promotion International , 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Aoibheann Conneely, Jo-Hanna Ivers, Joe Barry, Elaine Dunne, Norma O'Leary Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Estimation of palliative care needs of people experiencing homelessness using mortality data and cause-of-death., Palliative Care Medicine , 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Maeve Haran, John R. Kelly, Liam Kennedy, Kieran Hennigan, Huma Farid, Cristina Herteu, Anna Kreisel, Shamus Salehin, Marie O' Sullivan, Shay Keating, Jo-Hanna Ivers & Mike Scully , An audit of the cervical screening programme in the National Drug Treatment Centre (NDTC), Irish Journal of Medical Science , 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Jo-Hanna Ivers, Eamon Keenan, Nicki Kileen, Francesca Giulini and Eamon Keenan, A Review of Drug Checking And Related Considerations For Implementation In Ireland, Drug and Alcohol Review , 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Jo-Hanna Ivers, Nicki Kileen, and Eamon Keenan, 'Whats in the Pill': a survey of drug use and related behaviours amongst festival goers in Ireland , Irish Journal of Medical Science , 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Catherine D Darker, Emma Moore, Ellen Flynn, Mary O'Neill, Lena Doherty, Jean McMahon, Orla McLoughlin, Eimear Rouine, Jo-Hanna Ivers, Shane Allwright, David McGrath, Aidan Seery, Martin McAndrew, Emer Barrett, Michelle Tanner, Annemarie E Bennett, Sabina Brennan, Martina Mullin, Joe M Barry , Development and proposed evaluation of an eHealth learning tool for undergraduate university students in Ireland, Health Promotion International , 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Jo-Hanna Ivers, Nicki Kileen and Eamon Keenan , 'Whats in the Pill: A SURVEY OF DRUG USE AND RELATED BEHAVIOURS AMONGST FESTIVAL GOERS IN IRELAND , Dublin , 2020, p1 - 45 Report, 2020

Ms.Anna McAleer, Ms. Aisling Daly, Ms. Sorcha Leary, Prof Joe Barry, Ms. Martina Mullin), Prof Jo-Hanna Ivers, A Peer-Led Survey of Student Alcohol Behaviours and Attitudes in Undergraduate Students., Irish Journal Medical Science , 2020 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Dr Jo-Hanna Ivers (PhD), Anita Harris (M.Sc.), Pauline McKeown (M.Sc.), & Professor Joe Barry (MD), Mothers experiences of the Parenting Under Pressure Program in a Residential Therapeutic Community: A qualitative study , Journal of Psychoactive Drugs , 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Jo-Hanna Ivers1, Lina Zgaga1, Bernie O'Donoghue-Hynes2, Aisling Heary1, Brian Gallwey2, Joe Barry1, Standardized Mortality Ratios in Homeless Populations in Dublin, BMJ Open , 9, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Jo-Hanna Ivers , An exploratory study of Cannabis users receiving treatment in adolescent services and siblings of Cannabis users who never used cannabis, Lisbon Addictions , Lisbon, 23-25 October 2019 , 2019 Poster, 2019

Ivers, J and Barry J, Evaluation of Tabor Group, Cork, Tabor Group, 2019, p1 - 60 Report, 2019

Ivers JH & Barry, J (2018). , An Evaluation of a Case-management Framework in Cork and Kerry Region., Health Service Executive, 2018, p1 - 70 Report, 2018

Ivers, JH, Larkan, F & Barry, J , A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis of the Recovery Process in Opioid-dependent patients Post-detoxification., . Journal of Psychoactive Drugs , Vol 50, (3), 2018, p231 - 239 Journal Article, 2018

Jo‐Hanna Ivers Jacqueline Fitzgerald Christopher Whelan Brion Sweeney Eamon Keenan Andrew Fagan Jason McMarrow Jim Meany Joe Barry Thomas Frodl , Progressive white matter impairment as a predictor of outcome in a cohort of opioid‐dependent patient's post‐detoxification Special Issue, Addiction Biology , Volume23, Issue1, 2018, p304 - 312 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Ivers JH, Zgaga L, Sweeney B, Keenan E, Darker C, Smyth BP, Barry J., A naturalistic longitudinal analysis of post-detoxification outcomes in opioid-dependent patients., Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, (S1), 2018, p339 - 347 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Prospective Pilot Study of Neuropsychological functioning in Opioid Dependent Patients, Neuroscience of Ireland Symposium , University College Dublin, 25th October 2018 , 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Ivers JH & Barry, J, Standardised Mortality Ratios in Homeless Populations in Dublin. , Dublin, Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and Health Service Executive. Dublin., 2018, p1 - 90 Report, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Jo-Hanna Ivers, Joe Barry, Evaluation of the Parenting Under Pressure (PuP) Programme at Coolmine , Coolmine Therapeutic Community , 2018, p1 - 50 Report, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Drug Related Deaths and Homelessness: Dr Jo-Hanna Ivers, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin & Dr Kieran Harkin GP, Irish Street Medicine Symposium 2017, Dublin , 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Therapeutic Communities as a unique approach to treatment:the Irish perspective, European Federation of Therapeutic Communities , Dublin Castle , September, 2017, EFTC Invited Talk, 2017 URL

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Successful application of a cross-sectoral integrated care approach to addiction and homeless services: the experience from southern Ireland. , Lisbon Addiction: , Lisbon, October 2017, EMCDDA, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL

Jo-Hanna Ivers , White Matter Integrity in Opioid Dependent Patients , The 2016 Young Neuroscience Symposium , Trinity College Dublin , September 1st, 2016 , 2016 Poster, 2016 URL

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Mortality Amongst the Homeless , Irish Street Medicine Symposium 2016, Cork, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Ivers, J & Ducray, K, "A Case Study of Adolescent Substance Misuse: A Successful Application of the Adolescent Community Reinforcement (A-CRA) approach in an Irish context"., 2014 Case Study, 2014

Gilroy D, O'Brien S, Barry J, Ivers Jo-Hanna, Whiston L, Keenan E, Darker C, Benzodiazepine use in a methadone maintained opioid dependent cohort in Ireland, Heroin Addiction and related clinical problems, 2014, p17 - 22 Journal Article, 2014

Barry, J & Ivers J,H, Evaluation of the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework, Dublin, Health Service Executive, Dublin, 2013, p1 - 125 Report, 2013

Darker, C., Ivers, J., O'Farrell, A., Dolan, R., Eldin, N., & Allwright, 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., 30, (1), 2013, p57-66 Journal Article, 2013

Darker, C., Sweeney, BS, El Hassan, H., Smyth, B., Ivers, JH, & Barry, J. , Brief interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in opiate dependent methadone maintained patients are effective: results from an implementation study. , Drug and Alcohol Review., 31, ((3)), 2012, p348-56. Journal Article, 2012

J.Ivers, & P.Downes, A phenomenological reinterpretation of Horner's fear of success in terms of social class., European Journal of Educational Psychology, 27, ((3)), 2011, p369-388 Journal Article, 2011

Jo-Hanna Ivers, Catherine Darker, Brion Sweeney, Haytham El Hassan, Bobby Smyth, Joe Barry, Association between poly-drug use and alcohol consumption in an Irish cohort of methadone maintained patients, 7th Conference of INEBRIA, 9th and 10th September 2010, Gothenburg (Sweden), Gothenburg, 2010, pp19- Oral Presentation, 2010

The jolt between primary and post primary. in, Beyond Educational Disadvantage. , P.Downes, & A.L. Gilligan, Dublin, 2007, pp22 - 31, [P.Downes, C.Maunsell & J. Ivers ] Book Chapter, 2007

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jo-Hanna Ivers , 'Faces of Recovery ', Cork City Hall , Trinity College Dublin, 2019, - Exhibition, 2019

O'Dowd, T, Handy, D & Ivers, JH (2017), A Future Together: Building a Better GP and Primary Care Service. Health Service, Dublin, Health Service Executive , 2018 Report, 2018

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Findings of Casement Evaluation for Person with Complex Needs , Cork Regional Case-Management Seminar , City Hall, Cork, 22nd February 2018 , 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jo-Hanna Ivers , 'Faces of Recovery ', Trinity College Dublin , Science Gallery Dublin, 2018, - Visual art production, 2018

Ivers, JH & Hayes, C , Findings of the We Can Quit Programme. A smoking cessation programme for women in socially disadvantaged communities, Dublin , Irish Cancer Society. Dublin, 2017 Report, 2017

Jo-Hanna Ivers , Action Research Amongst Recovery Coaches in the North Inner-City , National Recovery Conference 2016, City Hall, Dublin , 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

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

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

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Developing a sustained method of health care for individuals experiencing homelessness, who use drugs: informed by lessons learned and lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Summary
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic in Dublin, homeless people were identified as a particularly vulnerable group due to their morbidity profile, living conditions and drug use behaviour. A vital component of the health services' strategy to protect homeless people from COVID-19 involved the expansion of harm reduction practices that resulted in improved access to healthcare. The project aims to develop a sustained and improved way of providing healthcare by defining and evaluating the policies and practices that were implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimise the risk of infection in homeless patients who use drugs. The study design incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods. Mixed methods research capitalises on the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies by combining approaches in a single research study to increase the breadth and depth of understanding. The mixed-methods design is well suited to health service research because it enables the research team to simultaneously evaluate the extent to which targeted outcomes are achieved, while also examining the processes by which these outcomes occur as well as the context. The study consists of 5 distinct work packages that will collectively result in a protocol for sustained and improved ways of delivering healthcare to homeless individuals who use drugs. Both separate and integrated use of qualitative and quantitative approaches for data collection and analysis to address the research objectives will be employed. Knowing the practices that were developed during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential. However, systematically reviewing how these policies were implemented from the lived experience of those involved is imperative to building a sustained model of health care
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Title
    • Development, Implementation & Evaluation Of A Basic Peer-Led Addiction Recovery Coach Programme For Individuals With Complex Needs
  • Summary
    • This project will use a two-phased approach (figure 1) to assist in the development, delivery, evaluation and implementation of a Peer-Led Addiction Recovery Model for Individuals with Complex Needs. This phased approach will identify process and outcome measures, which are essential for the successful implementation of this Peer-Led Addiction Recovery Model for Individuals with Complex Needs in an Irish context.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • 01/01/2021
  • Date To
    • 01/01/2022
  • Title
    • Cognitive control in Opioid Dependent Patients
  • Summary
    • This project examines neurocognitive functioning in opioid dependent patients. Data is being collected in Ireland, Bulgaria, Pakistan and the United States (Virginia) using a crossover battery of instruments. The data includes persons across the recovery spectrum, from detoxification through to long-term recovery (10 years+). The data is unique globally.
  • Funding Agency
    • Departmental Funding
  • Date From
    • July 2018
  • Date To
    • Ongoing
  • Title
    • Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment Services (SWAAT)
  • Summary
    • Exploration of barriers to addiction treatment in disadvantaged communities
  • Funding Agency
    • Genio Reform Funding
  • Date From
    • March 2020
  • Date To
    • August 2020
  • Title
    • A case-management approach for high and very high-frequency attendees to the Emergency Departments in Cork.
  • Summary
    • The Service Reform Fund (SRF) has been established to support the implementation of reforms in Disability, Mental Health and Homelessness in Ireland. The Homelessness programme is being implemented through an integrated approach by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government; Local Authorities; the Department of Health; and the HSE. This is in line with the 'Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness' (Department of Housing, 2016). Dr Ivers was a co-applicant for: A case-management approach for high and very high-frequency attendees to the Emergency. Departments in Cork.
  • Funding Agency
    • Government of Ireland
  • Date From
    • September 2018
  • Date To
    • September 2020
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Parents Under Pressure Programme
  • Summary
    • The PuP programme aims to improve family functioning and child outcomes by supporting parents who are, or have been, drug or alcohol dependent. Evaluations of the PuP have been carried out in other countries but never in Ireland. In addition, this is the first evaluation anywhere of the PuP programme in a residential setting.
  • Funding Agency
    • Coolmine Therapeutic Community
  • Date From
    • September 2017
  • Date To
    • March 2018
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Tabor Group
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • September 2017
  • Date To
    • March 2018
  • Title
    • Mortality Amongst the Homeless 2005-2015 Dublin
  • Summary
    • Development of National Index Mortality Amongst Homeless.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive & Dublin Regional Homeless Executive
  • Date From
    • August 2015
  • Date To
    • June 2016
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Implementation of National Drug Rehabilitation Framework.
  • Summary
    • Evaluation of Implementation of National Drug Rehabilitation Framework. Funder: Health Service Executive €86,000.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • September 2013
  • Date To
    • September 2014
  • Title
    • The therapeutic potential of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of opioid addiction
  • Summary
    • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, which is an FDA-approved as a treatment for major depressive disorder. There is an emerging body of evidence examining the effectiveness of rTMS for substance addiction, and while in its infancy, research on this topic has had significant effects. To date, there has been limited work examining the effect of TMS with Opioid Dependent Patients.
  • Funding Agency
    • Wellcome Trust
  • Title
    • Equal Access Collaboration for Health
  • Summary
    • Socially excluded groups (e.g. homeless people, prisoners, drug-users, migrants, Travellers or Roma, individuals with chronic psychiatric conditions) have complex health needs, experience poor outcomes across a range of indicators (chronic disease, morbidity, mortality, self-reported health). The study examines the pathways that link social exclusion with health inequalities that are both complex and diverse, requiring system-wide responses.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Institute of Innovation & Technology
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Implementation of National Drug Rehabilitation Framework in the Cork and Kerry region.
  • Summary
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • September 2016
  • Date To
    • March 2017
  • Title
    • Neuopsychological functioning in opioid dependant patients
  • Summary
    • The aim of the current study is to compare cognitive function in Opioid Dependent Patients (ODP) receiving OST (Opioid Substitute Therapy) with Opioid Dependent Patients (ODP) with long-term abstinence who are not receiving (Opioid Substitute Therapy).
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Title
    • Developing a human model of healthy ageing in persons in long-term recovery from addiction
  • Summary
    • A 'disease' model' of care predominates addiction medicine that is limited to long-term MMT with few options for recovery. In their pursuit of recovery, patients sought support through mutual aid programmes as well as personally derived peer support networks beyond medical treatment. We thus currently have a recovery model that neglects biology and a medical model that emphasises a perspective based on containment rather than recovery. In this proposal, we hope to provide evidence, based in medical science, that full recovery rather than MMT leads to improved biological and brain health.
  • Funding Agency
    • Wellcome Trust

Keywords

Addiction; Homelessness; Recovery

Recognition

Representations

Member of European Monitoring Committee on Drug and Drug Addiction (Reserve 2019-2021) December 2019

Full Committee Member and Chair of Addiction Group: Healthy Trinity Committee (ongoing)  September 2019

Invited Member of Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Checking Working Group (National Committee - Department of Health). September 2019

Provost Appointed:  Member Trinity College Dublin Misuse of Drug Policy Group (Ongoing)  February 2020

January 2016-January 2017 Member of the advisory group for the National Drug Strategy's Continuum of Care group. An expert review group for development of the National Drug Strategy 2016. 2016

September 2015- Present Founding Member of the Recovery Academy of Ireland - A national committee of service users, services providers, policymakers and academics developing the addiction recovery movement. 2015

Appointed by the Minister for Higher Education. Ministerial Rapid Response Group for SubstanceUse in Higher Education (August 2019-February 2020) September

Awards and Honours

2019 TCD Dean's Awards for Innovation in Teaching May 2019

2018 nominated 'Rising Star Awards' Association for Psychological Science September 2018

2018 shortlisted for the EMCDDA 2017 Scientific Paper Award. A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis of the Recovery Process in Opioid-dependent patients Post-detoxification. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. October 2018

2018 shortlisted for the Integrated Care Academy© International Integrated Care Award as part of the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care. A cross-sectorial integrated care approach to addiction services, homeless services and prison services - the experience from Southern Ireland May 2018

2013 Travel Fellowship Martino's Neuroimaging Center, Harvard Medical School. May 2013

2018 Appointed Research Fellow Representative on the Faculty Executive Committee, Trinity College Dublin June 2018

2016 Best Poster Neuroscience Ireland Symposium. May 2016

2018 Shortlisted for Early Career Award, Neuroscience Ireland October 2018

2008 Senior Research Fellowship at the Combat Poverty Agency. 2007- 2008

2007 Postgraduate Research Fellowship at the Combat Poverty Agency 2007-2008

Memberships

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 2014 – Present

Graduate member of Psychological Society of Ireland. 2010 – Present

Chartered member of the British Psychological Society. 2011 – Present

Specialist Interest Networks Clinical Psychology, Academics, Teachers & Researchers, and Psychotherapy Sections of the British Psychological Society. 2012 – Present

Post-doctoral Member of Neuroscience Ireland & Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. 2012 – Present

Post-doctoral Member of Cognitive Neuroscience Society. 2013 – Present

Member of Women in Technology and Science (WITS). 2016 – Present

Chartered Scientist Science Council UK. 2016 – Present

Member Association for Psychological Science. 2018 – Present