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Meet our Research Students

Debra ONeill

  • Qualifications: MBA Master of Business Administration (First Class/ Student of the Year), Institute of Technology Carlow, Certificate EQ-i / EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence , Multi-Health Systems Inc, Certificate in Mediation, Hibernian College Dublin.
  • Name of research project: Diagnosing Culture; Are we solving the right problem in Health Care Reform in Ireland, a review of the current operational organisation culture and an investigation into the preferred future culture to deliver health care transformation in Community Healthcare Organisations.  
  • Description: Culture remains at the core of successful businesses but has failed to be significantly linked to performance in health care reform. This mixed method research will identify and measure the prevailing culture in two contrasting Community Healthcare Organisation in the Health Service Executive and also provide the future preferred culture as self identified by current HSE employees. 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Anne-Marie Brady
  • Funder: 1252 Scholarship 
  • Full time: September 2017-2020

Amanda Drury

  • Qualifications: BSc General Nursing, MSc Cancer Care, PG Cert Statistics
  • Name of research project: The Cost of Survival: Understanding Colorectal Cancer Survivors Quality of Life
  • Description: The Cost of Survival Study is a mixed method study investigating colorectal cancer survivors' quality of life and experience of healthcare up to five years following diagnosis.
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Anne-Marie Brady
  • I feel fortunate to be a student of the school, we have a very positive and supportive research atmosphere.
  • I am a full-time PhD Candidate since September 2013, and expect to submit my thesis by August 2017.

Grace McCarthy


  • Qualifications: BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion-University College Cork, MSc in Biotechnology and Business-University College Dublin
  • Name of research project: Evaluate the role of the informal caregiver using a technological solution (digital training technology) to support self-management of older persons (aged 65 and over) living with multiple chronic health conditions (multimorbidity).
  • Description: This PhD study supports the development of a digital training technology that is effective at reducing informal caregiver burden and improving the quality of home based care for the patient. The results will build into the European Horizon 2020 project ProACT (Integrated Technology Ecosystem for ProACTive Patient Centred Care)
  • Supervisor: Dr. Anne-Marie Brady, Dr. John Dinsmore & Dr. Julie Doyle (DkIT)
  • Funder: 1252 Scholarship
  • Full time: September 2016-2020