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Professor Catherine Comiskey

Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)
DOLIER STREET - SCHOOL OF NURSING


Professor Comiskey holds a MA and 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. Professor Comiskey has over 20 years research and lecturing experience in statistics and mathematics applied to healthcare and her personal research interests are in substance use, child wellbeing and innovation. From 2017 to present Professor Comiskey was elected by EU members as Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, a committee with a legal remit from the EU. In 2014 Prof Comiskey was selected after an EU wide competition to serve as an EU expert on the Scientific Committee of the EU's European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Portugal. From 2017 to present she was invited by Minister Byrne to be the sole academic expert on the National Drug Strategy Implementation Committee. From 2014 to 2017 she was invited by Minister Varadkar to serve on the Oversight Forum on Drugs. From 2014 to 2017 she was invited by Minister White to Chair the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol. In 2007 to 2010 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). Catherine has served as Head of School (2014-2017), Director of Research (2008-2011 and 2011-2014), Inaugural Director and Founder of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI)(2014-2017), Inaugural and Founding Chair of the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland CRNINI (2010-2014) and Professor in Healthcare Statistics at the School of Nursing and Midwifery (2008-present). Catherine has had responsibility for developing, writing and implementing the School of Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan, the School's Financial Plan the Staffing Plan, the School's Research Plan, the TCPHI Strategic Plan, the CRNINI Strategic and Financial Plan, and is currently leading on quantitative methodologies and directing and promoting innovation and research in nursing, midwifery and healthcare education, practice and policy. Professor Comiskey has over 100 peer reviewed publication in her research topics, she has successfully graduated to completion 12 PhD's, one DSc and one MD. She is currently supervising an additional 10 PhD's and has three PhD applicants pending. Catherine mentors emerging academics and school children and has been a judge at the Young Scientists Exhibition since 2012.
  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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Elected Vice Chair of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Scientific Committee 2013
Academic Expert- National Drug Strategy Implmentation Committee - Ministerial Appointment 2017
Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA), appointed by the Minister for Health 2013
Member of the National Drug Strategy Planning Group -Ministerial Appointment 2015
Inaugurial Chairperson of the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) 2010
Member of the Board of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, (IRCSET). Ministerial Appointment. 2007
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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French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Basic Medium
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Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications 1998 Present
Chartered Mathematician 1998 Present
Catherine Comiskey, Addiction Debates, United Kingdom, SAGE Swift Series, 2019, Book, APPROVED
Chapter 6 Developing a Detailed Design for Research with Communities. in, editor(s)Suzanne Guerin, Nóirín Hayes, Sinéad McNally , in Research and Evaluation in Community, Health and Social Care Settings Experiences from Practice, Oxford, United Kingdom, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018, pp90 - 105, [Suzanne Guerin & Catherine Comiskey ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Chapter 12 Conclusion. in, editor(s)Suzanne Guerin, Nóirín Hayes, Sinéad McNally , Research and Evaluation in Community, Health and Social Care Settings Experiences from Practice, Oxford, United Kingdom, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018, pp170 - 185, [Nóirín Hayes & Catherine Comiskey ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Chapter 3 Commissioning, Procuring and Contracting Evaluations and Research in, editor(s)Suzanne Guerin, Nóirín Hayes, Sinéad McNally , Research and Evaluation in Community, Health and Social Care Settings Experiences from Practice, Oxford United Kingdom, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018, pp45 - 60, [6. Marian Quinn, Catherine Comiskey & Gail Birkbeck ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Sarah Jackson, Catherine Comiskey, Zubair Kabir, 'A systematic review on the recent effects of migration from high TB incidence countries on the epidemiology of tuberculosis in low to medium incidence countries. ', Dublin, Ireland, PROSPERO, 2018, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED  URL
Carew, Anne Marie and Comiskey, Catherine , Rising incidence of ageing opioid users within the EU wide treatment demand indicator; The Irish opioid epidemic from 1996 to 2014, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, (192), 2018, p329 - 337, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Comiskey, C.M , Take-home naloxone: While good it is far from good enough. , The Lancet, Public Health , 3, (5), 2018, pe205 - e206, Notes: [https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468266718300549?via%3Dihub ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
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
Comiskey, C.M. Banka, P., Hyland, J. and Hyland, P, Leadership, sustainability and extending the learning from the Healthy Schools programme to other national and international contexts, Childrens Research Digest , 5, (3), 2018, p7 - 13, Notes: [https://childrensresearchnetwork.org/files/CRN_Digest_05_VOL_03_A5_WEB_AW.pdf], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Huntley-Moore, S, Curtis, E, Duffy, E, O'Rourke, F. , Critical Preparation and Readiness to support future change, Nursing Management , Volume 25, (Number 2), 2018, p31 - 38, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
  

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Curtis E.A, Duffy E,Comiskey C, O'Rourke F, Griffiths C, Sheerin F., Nursing and Midwifery Career Guide: A guide for newly qualified nurses and midwives in the Republic of Ireland., Dublin., 2018, p1 - 43, Report, PUBLISHED
Comiskey, C.M., O'Sullivan, K. and Quirke, M.B, Blossom Ireland: An evaluation of current programme quality and readiness for service upscaling, Dublin, Ireland, 2016, Report, IN_PRESS
Dinsmore J, Comiskey C and Mills J. , Gridsta Teen Health Promotional Report. , 2012, Report, COMPLETED

  

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Post Doctoral Scholarship awarded from The AIDS Fund 1991
Post Doctoral Scholarship, Society of Actuaries 1991
Doctoral Scholarship The AIDS Fund 1989
Doctoral Scholarship The Health Research Board 1988
Professor Comiskey has been recognised by the EU, the Irish Department of Health and by addiction services as an international and the national expert in Addiction Research. She holds leadership positions on the EU's Monitoring Centre, the Irish Governments Drug Strategy Implementation Committee and serves voluntarily on the Board of the Ana Liffey Drug Project Charity. In the last five years Professor Comiskey has successfully obtained over €2 million in personal research funding either as Principal Investigator or as Leading Quantitative Investigator from a range of international and national funding bodies. In total she has obtained over €6m in the past 20 years. Catherine has a particular interest in the design, implementation and execution of evaluations of treatment and intervention programmes for people with substance use disorders and their families. The research Catherine has completed on school child wellbeing overlaps with this interest. Professor Comiskey believes in leading by example and by driving her personal research teams 'research for impact' agenda. This builds on her previous 15 year experience of three consecutive innovative cohort studies. The first cohort study, THE ROSIE STUDY see https://www.nacda.ie/index.php/publications/100-the-rosie-study-drug-treatment-outcomes-in-ireland-pdf.html was one of only 5 such studies internationally, and it researched treatment outcomes for a cohort of over 400 people who used drugs. This study was a result of a competitive tender and involved over 50 healthcare services, 30 GP's and received an investment of over €1,000,000 from the Irish Government. The second cohort study THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS STUDY (see https://www.twcdi.ie/what-we-offer/healthy-schools/ ) measured outcomes for over 600 children attending DEIS band 1 urban disadvantaged schools. This study was also the result of a competitive tender and initially secured funding of over €400,000. In addition Professor Comiskey subsequently won five PhD scholarships from the Irish Research Council and TCD to enable further work on this project. Professor Comiskey is currently working on a third cohort study THE HEALTHY ADDICTION (HAT) RECOVERY MODEL FOR ADDICTION NURSING. This research has to date received €75,000 in three consecutive grants from the Nursing and Midwifery Programming Development Unit (NMPDU) (see https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/onmsd/nmpdu/nmpddn/annual-report-2017.pdf page 11). The model for nursing addiction services developed by Professor Comiskey is currently being implemented and evaluated across all of north Dublin Addiction Nursing Services.