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Professor Catherine Comiskey

Professor/ Head of School (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Head of School (School Office - 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
 Measuring the development and well-being longitudinal outcomes of children from birth to two years following public health nurse intervention.
 Mathematical modelling of the impact of host and environmental risk factors on the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) within a national cohort.
 An evaluation of the Zoom Boom Kids Programme informed by the Healthy Schools Evaluation
 An Ethnographic Exploration of the Conditions of Possibility for Parental Participation in Policy Processes in Primary Schools in working class communities
 The BREATHE Project

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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
Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, Evaluation of the clinical practice roles of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialists in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 2016, Notes: [.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Murphy, E & Comiskey, C.M. , Modelling the Impact of Place on Individual Methadone Treatment Outcomes in a National Longitudinal Cohort Study, Substance Use & Misuse, 50, (1 ), 2015, p99-105 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Prof. Catherine Maria Comiskey, Scaling up nurse education: An evaluation of a national PhD capacity development programme in South Africa, in the context of the global shortage of nursing graduates, Nurse Education Today, DOI information: 10., 2015, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
O'Toole RF, Jackson S, Hanway A, O'Donnell J, Comiskey CM, Rogers TR, O'Flanagan D, Tuberculosis incidence in the Irish Traveller population in Ireland from 2002 to 2013., Epidemiology and infection, 2015, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sheehan A, Comiskey C, Williamson C, Mgutshini T., Evaluation of the implementation of a PhD capacity-building programme for nurses in South Africa., Nursing Research, 64, (1), 2015, p13-23 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Elizabeth A. Curtis, Catherine Comiskey and Orla Dempsey, Correlational Research: Importance and Use in Nursing and Health Research, Nurse Researcher, 2015, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Comiskey, C., O'Sullivan, K., Quirke, M., Wynne, C., Hollywood, E., McGilloway, S, An analysis of the first implementation and impact of the World Health Organisation's health promoting school model within disadvantaged city schools in Ireland, Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 10, (4), 2015, p281 - 293, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wynne C, Comiskey C, McGilloway S. , The role of body mass index, weight change desires and depressive symptoms in the health-related quality of life of children living in urban disadvantage: testing mediation models. , Psychology and Health , 2015, Notes: [DOI:10.1080/08870446.2015.1082560], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Comiskey, C.M., The Australian Treatment Outcome Study - implications for treatment philosophies, policy, political processes and practice. Invited commentary on Teesson et al (2015). , Addiction, (110), 2015, p994-995 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Wynne C., Comiskey CM, McGilloway S, Quirke MB, O'Sullivan K, Hollywood E. , The relationship between body mass index and health related quality of life in urban disadvantaged children, Quality of Life Research, 2014, 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.