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Professor Catherine Comiskey

Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Professor Comiskey holds a B.A.(Mod) degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in biomathematics with statistics and epidemiology from Dublin City University, Ireland. In 2007 she was appointed by Minister of Education and Science to serve on the board of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, (IRCSET). Prof. Comiskey has over 20 years research experience in statistics and mathematics applied to healthcare. As former Director of Research, inaugural Director of the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (CPHI) and Professor of Healthcare Statistics at the School of Nursing and Midwifery she has had responsibility for developing and implementing the Schools strategic plan for research and is currently leading on directing and promoting innovation and research in healthcare practice. Professor Comiskey's personal research interests are in implementation, modelling of treatment and intervention outcomes with a special interest in substance misuse, infectious diseases and children.
  Addiction   Addiction and substance abuse   Biostatistical methods   Cervical cancer   Child centred research questions, study design, data analysis   Clinical research, trials   Drug Abuse   Epidemiology   Health outcomes   Infectious diseases   Mathematical modelling   Population Studies   Substance Abuse   Surveys & Survey Research
 Building capacity in child health research and education
 Implementing and evaluating an addiction nursing model - Phase 2
 An evaluation of the Gay Men's Outreach Service
 Data mining from the Healthy Schools Research Programme
 Evaluating a smart phone application for nursing shift work allocation

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Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA) 2013
Inaugurial Chairperson of the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) 2010 to present
Member of board of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, (IRCSET). 2007-2010
Invited external consultant and expert statistical reviewer for the Health Techology Assessment (HTA) funding programme of the National Health Service, UK 2008 to present
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Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Chartered Mathematician 1998
Carew, Anne Marie and Comiskey, Catherine , Treatment for opioid use and outcomes in older adults: A systematic literature review, Drug and Alcohol Dependence , 182, (1), 2018, p48 - 57, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Using Implementation Science to Guide Leadership and Determine Readiness for Change in Healthcare in, editor(s)Curtis E. and Cullen, J. , Leadership and Change for the Health Profession, UK, Open University Press, 2017, ppChapter 17 , [Comiskey, C.M and Sheehan, A. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Wiessing, L., Ferri, M., Běláčková, V., Carrieri P, Friedman S.R, Folch C, Dolan K, Galvin B, Vickerman P, Lazarus J.V, MravÄ Ã­k V, Kretzschmar M, Sypsa V, Sarasa-Renedo A, UuskÃ"la A, Paraskevis D, Mendão L, Rossi D, van Gelder N, Mitcheson L, Paoli L, Gomez C.D, Milhet M, Dascalu N, Knight J, Hay G, Kalamara E, Simon R, Comiskey C, Rossi C, Griffiths P, Molinaro S, Franchini M, Siciliano V, Benedetti E, Perduca M, Ylli A, Anta G.B, Bravo Portela M.J, Indave I, Rácz J, Zábranskỳ T, Å tefunková M, Dávila P.F, Salekesin M, Vorobjov S, Dan M, Fierbinteanu C, Popescu D, Verdes L, Abagiu A.-O, Hatzakis A, Moudatsou M, Antypas T, Cadet-Tairou A, Collins A.M, Liddell D, Monitoring quality and coverage of harm reduction services for people who use drugs: A consensus study, Harm Reduction Journal, 14, (1), 2017, p19-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Waldron C, Macgiolla Phadraig C, Nunn J, Comiskey C, Donnelly-Swift E, Guerin S, Clarke M.J, Oral hygiene programmes for people with intellectual disabilities, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017, (4), 2017, pCD012628-, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Comiskey, C. M., Milnes, J and Daly, M, Parents who use drugs: the wellbeing of parent and child dyads among people receiving harm reduction interventions for opiate use. , Journal of Substance Use, 22, (2), 2017, p206-210 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gabrielle McKee, Margaret Codd, Orla Dempsey, Paul Gallagher, Catherine Comiskey, Describing the implementation of an innovative intervention and evaluating its effectiveness in increasing research capacity of advanced clinical nurses: Using the consolidated framework for implementation research, BMC Nursing, 16, (1), 2017, p21-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Emma Atkin-Brenninkmeyer, Fiona Larkan and Catherine Comiskey , Factors concerning access to a potential drug consumption room in Dublin, Ireland , Cogent Social Sciences, 3, (1), 2017, p1398207-, Notes: [Open Access ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Comiskey, C.M., Hyland, J. and Cummins, P. , Longer term treatment outcomes for parents and non-parents who use drugs and have children in their care , Substance Use and Misuse , 51, (12), 2016, p1600 - 1609, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yvonne Leckey, Lynda Hyland, Gráinne Hickey, Anne Lodge, Paul Kelly,Tracey Bywater, Catherine Comiskey, Michael Donnelly & Sinéad McGilloway , A mixed-methods evaluation of the longer-term implementation and utility of a teacher classroom management training programme in Irish primary schools, Irish Educational Studies, 35, (1), 2016, p35 - 55, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Smith, E, Comiskey, C.M and Carroll A, Prevalence and risk factors for osteoporosis in adults with acquired brain injury., Irish Journal of Medical Science, 185, (2), 2016, p473 - 481, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Professor Comiskey has a particular interest in the design, implementation and execution of evaluations of treatment and intervention programmes with a view to providing research based evidence for policy and service delivery decisions. She has an interest in using bio-mathematical and statistical models to identify key factors which improve the implementation and the outcomes from these treatments and interventions. Areas of application that Comiskey has worked in include substance misuse, treatment for heroin and opiate use, cocaine use, prevalence estimation of hidden phenomena, infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS, HepC, measles, HIB meningitis, HPV and cervical cancer, immunisations, physical and mental health outcomes for children from disadvantaged areas, obesity and randomised control trials.