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Dr. Rikke Siersbaek
Research Fellow, Public Health & Primary Care


Dr Rikke Siersbaek is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy and Management in the School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in population health and health services research from Trinity College Dublin which she completed as a scholar on the SPHeRE programme (

She is currently leading on a research project entitled 'How and why do financial incentives contribute to helping people stop smoking? A realist review' ( under co-PIs Dr Sara Burke from the Centre for Health Policy and Management ( and Dr Paul Kavanagh from the HSE Health Intelligence Unit. Additionally, she works on the HRB-funded Foundations' project (, researching how key learnings from Ireland's health systems responses to COVID-19 can be used to inform the implementation of Sláintecare.

Her thesis is entitled 'How can health systems make healthcare more accessible for populations experiencing homelessness? A realist and policy analysis' (

Prior to undertaking her PhD, she was part of the Trinity College Dublin research team which provided technical support to the Committee on the Future of Healthcare and assisted with the drafting of the Sláintecare report, the ten year plan for reforming the Irish health service published in 2017 (

Her research interests include health inequalities, health systems, and health policy, as well as realist research in the school of Pawson and Tilley. She has attended various realist training courses including a week-long Oxford University short course in realist review and realist evaluation taught by Dr Geoff Wong and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi.

She is the co-author of seven peer reviewed research articles and one book chapter and has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has undertaken consultancy work for Focus Ireland resulting in the publication of a report entitled 'Supporting the mental health of children in families that are homeless: a trauma informed approach' (

She is a member of the volunteer leadership group running the All Ireland Inclusion Health Forum (

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Siersbaek Rikke, Ford John Alexander, Burke Sara, Ní­ Cheallaigh Clí­ona, Thomas Steve, Contexts and mechanisms that promote access to healthcare for populations experiencing homelessness: a realist review , BMJ-Open, 11 , (4 ), 2021, pe043091 - Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Rikke Siersbaek, John Ford, Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Sara Burke, Steve Thomas, Making healthcare accessible for single adults with complex needs experiencing long-term homelessness: A realist evaluation protocol, HRB Open Research, 3, 2021, p73 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI

Rikke Siersbaek, John Ford, Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Sara Burke, Steve Thomas, How accessible is healthcare for single adults experiencing long-term homelessness and complex needs? A realist evaluation protocol, HRB Open Research, 3, 2020, p73 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Rikke Siersbaek, Ann-Marie Lawlee, Joanne Dowds, Aoife Molamphy, Niamh O"Rourke, Una Kennedy, Una Geary, Adrian Moughty, Jess Sears, Vicky Sandys, Lilly Macken, Ann-Marie Sweeney, Claire Rooney, Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, An Integrated Inclusion Health Service for Homeless Adults in Dublin: An Observational, Descriptive Study, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Sara Burke,Sarah Barry,Rikke Siersbaek,Bridget Johnston,Maebh Ní Fhallúin,Steve Thomas, Sláintecare - A ten-year plan to achieve universal healthcare in Ireland, Health Policy, 2018, p1-5 Journal Article, 2018 DOI