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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
Comiskey, C.M. and Snel, A, Using client's routine urinalysis records from multiple treatment systems to model five year opioid substitution treatment outcomes and improve the quality and usefulness of patient record management systems, Substance Use and Misuse, 51, (4), 2016, p498 - 507, Notes: [], 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, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
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, Notes: [], 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
Comiskey C.M, Hyland J, Hyland P, Parenthood, Child Care, and Heroin Use: Outcomes After Three Years, Substance Use and Misuse, 51, (12), 2016, p1600 - 1609, Notes: [Export Date: 3 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Comiskey C.M, Snel A, Using client's routine urinalysis records from multiple treatment systems to model five-year opioid substitution treatment outcomes, Substance Use and Misuse, 51, (4), 2016, p498 - 507, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 3 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Curtis E, Comiskey C, Dempsey O, Importance and use of correlational research, Nurse Researcher, 23, (6), 2016, p20 - 25, Notes: [Export Date: 3 April 2017], 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, (online), 2016, p1 - 5, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hyland, J. M., Hyland, P. K., & Comiskey, C. M., Victimisation in urban primary schools of high poverty areas: Associations with health-related quality of life, depression and social support., Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2016, p1- , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C., An exploration of clinical practice in sites with and without clinical nurse or midwife specialists or advanced nurse practitioners, in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 16, (1), 2016, p151-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Begley C, Murphy K, Higgins A, Elliott N, Lalor J, Sheerin F, Coyne I, Comiskey C, Normand C, Casey C, Dowling M, Devane D, Cooney A, Farrelly F, Brennan M, Meskell P, MacNeela P. , An Evaluation of Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialist and Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioner Roles in Ireland (SCAPE), Dublin, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, December, 2010, 1-467, Report, PUBLISHED


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.