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Professor Imelda Coyne

Professor/ Director UG & L (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Professor of Children's Nursing & Co-Director of the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) The central theme underpinning my programme of research is valuing children's and young people's voices and promoting their participation in matters that affect their lives. My research focuses on: child participation rights, shared decision-making, child and family centred care, technological interventions for chronic illness management and transition from child to adult services. I have over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and have co-authored over 150 conference abstracts, conducted international workshops and delivered keynote addresses at several international scientific conferences.
  Child centred research questions, study design, data analysis   Childhood and mental health   CHILDHOOD CANCER   CHILDRENS BELIEFS   Children's Consultation and Participation   Children's Nursing   Children's Rights   Chronic Illness self-management   Decision Making   Family Centred Care   Family-professional relationships in neonatal care   Health outcomes   Health Services Delivery   Nurse communication in intensive care   Promotion of child centred research   Shared decision-making   TRANSITION PROCESS
 Intervention to improve youth question-asking and provider education during paediatric diabetes visits.
 Family-centred Care of Children: Developing an Irish Children's Nursing Model of Care.
 Supporting Public and Patient Involvement in Research.
 Systematic Review of Neoadjuvant Treatments for malignant and metastatic melanoma
 Systematic Review: Interventions for Promoting Participation in shared decision-making for Children and Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis.

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International Member of the Editorial Board, Nursing & Health Sciences, Wiley, Japan. 2011- current
Chair of Fellows Selection Committee, European Academy of Nursing Science 2013-
Editorial Board Member for Nursing Children and Young People (NCYP), UK. 2011-current
Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN), Wiley 2012-
Editorial Board, Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing: Mark Allen Publishers 2006-
External Examiner for the Masters in Nursing, University of Malta 01-06-2016
External Examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing & Masters of Science in Nursing programme (Waterford Institute of Technology) 01-06-2013
External Examiner for the undergraduate nursing degree programme at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College University of Dublin 2002
External examiner for the child branch on the undergraduate nursing degree programme (B Nurs), University of Manchester, England 2007
Reviewer for research tenders for Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust 2005
External reviewer: Faculty promotion and tenure reviews. The University of British Columbia, Canada 01/06/2010
Member of Research Development Advisory Group, Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) 2007
Invited Keynote "Family-centred care for children in haematology and oncology" The Nordic Society of Paediatric Oncology Nurses VILNIUS, Lithuania 4th June
INVITED TALK. The development and progression of the Undergraduate Nursing Programme 1967-to -2017. St James's Hospital 50 years celebration of Nursing Education and Training. Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin. 24th March
INVITED TALK. Person-centred care: new paradigm or Emperor's new clothes? Research Day. School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Sweden. 23rd November
Scientific Reviewer of HRB Summer Student Scholarships (n=30) applications 01/05/2009
INVITED TALK. Parenting support in Europe. Stakeholders Workshop on Parenting Support. County Council Västmanland &Västerås Municipality & Mälardalen University, Sweden. 25th October
2016. INVITED TALK. Children's health across Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. Open Lecture. Mälardalen University, Sweden. 16th May
INVITED TALK. What do Irish teenagers, parents and professionals say about transition ?. The 16th Killarney National Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Meeting. The Conference Centre, Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry. 4th Feb
INVITED TALK Advantages and challenges with co-developing an ehealth intervention with young people for transition to adult healthcare services. European Academy of Nursing Science, Utrecht, Netherlands 21st January
INVITED TALK. Children's and adolescents' participation in shared decision-making. 2016 European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Meeting Valencia, Spain. 5th April
Host of European Academy of Nursing Science Winter scientific meeting, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 26-27th January
Chair of the Nursing & Midwifery category for adjudication of the Undergraduate Awards programme 2013. UA is a prestigious and international academic awards programme, which is wholly pan-discipline. It aims to celebrate and support the world's brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognising their best coursework and projects. The programme has been under the patronage of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, since February 2012. 2013
Invited keynote "Children's fears in hospital" Pediatric Care Symposium on The concept of fear in children in the acute setting- what supportive measures can nurses provide ?. In Lucerner Kantonsspital Luczern, Switzerland. 12th November
Invited presentation. Children are the future: research priorities for Europe. Scientific meeting, European Academy of Nursing Science. Aarhus University, Denmark. Chair: Prof. Sanna Salantera 18th January
Invited keynote "Professional-parent-child interaction in healthcare decision making" at the Challenges in Pediatric Care: Innovations through Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatric Care Conference, Basel, Switzerland 13th January
Invited Workshop on Children and young people's participation in healthcare decision-making and child-parent-nurse interaction in paediatric palliative care nursing to students on the Masters in Advanced Nursing (Children). Invite from: Anita Berger-Tarcsay RN, Head of CAS in Pediatric Nursing Institute of Nursing, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland. 15th October
Invited keynote presentation on Delivering family centred care: some practical solutions. National Conference on Hospitalized Children. Barcelona, Spain. 13th May
Invited presentation: How should children's autonomy be recognised in the research context ? Children and Clinical Trials Workshop, Nuffield Council of Bioethics, Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place London W1B 1QH (09/12/2011) 2011
Invited keynote presentation on Practicing family centred care: problems and solutions. International Congress on Academic Pediatric Nursing Congress and Culture Centre Allegro, Berne, Switzerland (3rd - 4th June) 2010
Invited keynote presentation on Family Centred Care: rhetoric or reality ? Interdisciplinary National Neonatal Symposium on Family Centred Care, Hillerod, Copenhagen, Denmark (18-21st september 2009) 2009
Invited keynote presentation on Key principles of Family Centred Care. for the Interdisciplinary Nursing /Medical Paediatric Conference. Juliane Marie Centre for Women, Children and Reproduction, Copenhagen, Denmark. 3rd October 2007
Invitation from Professor Linda Franck, (Institute for Child Health, London) to be the keynote speaker at Research Day, Institute of Child Health (presentation of research findings on project 'Hearing children's voices' funded by the Office of the Minister for Children). 2007
Invitation from Dr Maja Soderback, (Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences, Malardalen University, Sweden) to present programme of research and conduct seminars with doctoral students on children and decision-making. 2007
Invited to present findings from PhD to students and educationalists at the Department of Nursing, Lund University, Sweden 2005
Reviewer for funding proposals for the Economic & Social Research Council (E.S.R.C), England 2006
Invited to present findings from PhD to healthcare staff, managers, and educationalists at the Children's Hospital Yorkhill Hospital Trust. 2005
Chair and responsible for organizing and delivering the first national children's research conference titled 'Recent research with children in Ireland: Challenges and Implications'. School of Nursing, DCU. 2006
In collaboration with Prof. Ingallill Rahm Hallberg (University of Lund), we delivered a qualitative research methods workshop for doctoral students attending the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS), Maastricht, Belgium. Thirty five (n= 35) doctoral students from all European countries attended. 19th-23rd June 2006
Member of judging panel for poster presentations @ Third Annual Cochrane in Ireland Conference, School of Nursing, Dublin City University (February 1) 2007
Founding member of an organisation for children's nurses called the Irish Association of Children's Nursing (IACN). This association provides a forum for networking and sharing of clinical and research expertise. 2003
Keynote speaker at the national launch of the Irish Association of Children's Nursing (IACN). The Education Centre, National Children's Hospital, Dublin (20th April) 2004
Reviewer of articles for Cancer. IF: 6.537 Cancer, an international interdisciplinary journal of the American Cancer Society, publishes high-impact, peer-reviewed original articles and solicited content on the latest clinical research findings. Each issue of Cancer strives to be comprehensive, spanning the breadth of oncology disciplines and providing something for everyone involved in cancer research, risk reduction, treatment, and patient care. 2013-
Reviewer of articles for American Journal of Bioethics. IF: 6.500 The American Journal of Bioethics provides an authoritative, annotated conversation that has been used by judges, Senators, journalists, scholars, schoolteachers, and millions of others as the key source on thousands of topics in the health sciences. 2011
Reviewer of articles for Pediatrics. IF: 5.05. This is the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Impact factor: 5.05 2012-
Reviewer of articles for International Journal of Nursing Studies. IF: 3.656 The International Journal of Nursing Studies (IJNS) provides a forum for original research and scholarship about health care delivery, organisation, management, workforce, policy and research methods relevant to nursing, midwifery and other health related professions. 2000-
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Adolescent Health IF 3.612 Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.The Journal of Adolescent Health is a multidisciplinary scientific Journal, which seeks to publish new research findings in the field of Adolescent Medicine and Health ranging from the basic biological and behavioral sciences to public health and policy. 2005-
Reviewer of articles for Psycho-Oncology. If 3.455 Psycho-oncology is an area of multi-disciplinary interest and has boundaries with the major specialities in oncology: the clinical disciplines (surgery, medicine, pediatrics, radiotherapy), epidemiology, immunology, endocrinology, biology, pathology, bioethics, palliative care, rehabilitation medicine, clinical trials research and decision making, as well as psychiatry and psychology. 2014-
Reviewer of articles for Patient Education and Counseling IF: 2.785 Patient Education and Counseling is an interdisciplinary, international journal for patient education and health promotion researchers, managers and clinicians. 2015-
Reviewer of articles for Supportive Cancer Care Journal. If: 2.495 High ranking journal for all aspects of supportive care in cancer patients. Medical, technical & surgical topics in supportive therapy and care at all disease stages. 2017-
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Advanced Nursing. If: 2.267 The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) is a world-leading international peer reviewed journal. JAN targets readers who are committed to advancing practice and professional development on the basis of new knowledge and evidence. 2006-
Reviewer of articles for European Journal of Pediatrics. IF: 2.242 The European Journal of Pediatrics (EJPE) is a leading peer-reviewed medical journal which covers the entire field of pediatrics. 2014-
Reviewer of articles for Health Expectations. IF: 2.267 Health Expectations is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, review articles and critical commentaries. It includes papers which clarify concepts, develop theories, and critically analyse and evaluate specific policies and practices. The Journal provides a multi-disciplinary and international forum in which researchers from a variety of backgrounds can present their work to other researchers, policy makers, health care professionals, managers and consumer advocates. 2008-
Reviewer of articles for BMC Pediatrics IF: 2.012 BMC Pediatrics is an open access journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of health care in neonates, children and adolescents, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. 2003-
Reviewer of articles for European Journal of Oncology Nursing IF: 1.812 The European Journal of Oncology Nursing is an international journal which publishes research of direct relevance to patient care, nurse education, management and policy development. EJON is proud to be the official journal of the European Oncology Nursing Society. 2011-
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Family Nursing.IF: 1.955 Journal of Family Nursing (JFN) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of nursing research, practice, education, and policy issues, as well as empirical and theoretical analyses on the subject of family health. Its interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative perspectives examine cultural diversity and families across the life cycle. 1997-
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Clinical Nursing. IF: 1.635 The Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN) is an international, peer reviewed, scientific journal that seeks to promote the development and exchange of knowledge that is directly relevant to all spheres of nursing practice. 2002-
Reviewer of articles for Child: Care, Health and Development. IF: 1.699 Child: care, health and development is an international, peer-reviewed journal which publishes papers dealing with all aspects of the health and development of children and young people. 2011-
Reviewer of articles for International Nursing Review. IF: 1.496. International Nursing Review is a key resource for nurses world-wide. Articles are encouraged that reflect the ICN's five key values: flexibility, inclusiveness, partnership, achievement and visionary leadership. 2010-
Reviewer of articles for Western Journal of Nursing IF: 1.323 Research.Western Journal of Nursing Research (WJNR) is a widely read and respected peer-reviewed journal published twelve times a year providing an innovative forum for nurse researchers, students, and clinical practitioners to participate in ongoing scholarly dialogue. 2012-
Reviewer of articles for Nursing and Health Sciences IF:1.237 Nursing & Health Sciences (NHS) is a premier international journal focusing on the exchange of knowledge in nursing and health sciences, particularly between the East and West.
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Child Health Care IF:1.10 Journal of Child Health Care is a broad ranging, international, professionally-oriented, interdisciplinary and peer reviewed journal. It focuses on issues related to the health and health care of neonates, children, young people and their families, including areas such as illness, disability, complex needs, well-being, quality of life and mental health care in a diverse range of settings. 2007-
Reviewer of articles for Childhood. IF: 1.06 Childhood is a major international peer reviewed journal and a forum for research relating to children in global society that spans divisions between geographical regions, disciplines, and social and cultural contexts. Childhood publishes theoretical and empirical articles, reviews and scholarly comments on children's social relations and culture, with an emphasis on their rights and generational position in society. 2011-
Reviewer of articles for Journal of Research in Nursing IF:0.978 Journal of Research in Nursing publishes quality research papers on healthcare issues that inform nurses and other healthcare professionals globally through linking policy, research and development initiatives to clinical and academic excellence. 2011-
Reviewer of articles for Children and Society. IF:0.730 Children & Society is an international, interdisciplinary journal publishing high quality research and debate on all aspects of childhood and policies and services for children and young people. 2011-
Reviewer of articles for British Journal of Nursing. British Journal of Nursing (BJN) is the leading general clinical journal for nurses. Authoritative, accessible and diverse, it's an essential read for everyone from students to specialists. 2010-
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Member of the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonates Transition Group, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2017 Current
Board Member of CanCare4Living - Irish non-profit organisation of cancer survivors and supporters and professionals. 2016 Current
Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2014 Current
Irish Council of Professors, Deans and Heads of Nursing and Midwifery 2014 Current
Children's Research Forum (CRF) 2013 Current
Board Member of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) 2013 Current
Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes (ACENDIO) 2013 Current
Health Care Transition Research Consortium (HCTRC) USA 2013 Current
European School of Oncology (ESO) 2012 Current
Research Inventory for Child Health in Europe (RICHE) 2012 Current
Children's Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) 2010 Current
European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) 2010 Current
Bishop's Bioethics Committee 2006 2010
Steering Group for Irish Association of Children's Nursing (IACN) 2003 2010
Child Health Nurse Researchers, UK 2001 Current
Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe (PNAE) 2000 Current
Cochrane Community 2000 Current
National Committee for Nutritional Sciences, Royal Irish Academy (Dublin City University representative) 2000 2004
Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland 1991 Current
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 1986 1999
Edwards S & Coyne I. , A Survival Guide to Children's Nursing. , 2nd edition, Edinburgh, Elsevier, 2019, 1 - 495pp, Book, APPROVED
Betz C and Coyne I , The Role of Nursing in Health Care Transition Planning: An International Perspective: Implications for Practice, Research, Education and Policy. , 1st , Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2019, 1 - 240pp, Book, IN_PRESS
Helen Malone and Imelda Coyne, Choosing a statistical test: Decision making framework for comparative and inferential studies , Trinity Health and Education International Conference (Theconf2019), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 6th and 7th March, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Stålberg A, Sandberg A, Coyne I, Larsson T, & Söderbäck M, Using an interactive communication tool in healthcare situations: Patterns in young children's use of participation cues. , Journal of Child Health Care , 2019, Notes: [[online January 3rd 2019]], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
McCann, E., Keogh, B., Doyle, L. & Coyne, I. , The experiences of youth who identify as trans* in relation to health and social care needs, Youth & Society, 51, (6), 2019, p840 - 864, Notes: [[online July 5th ]], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Callery P & Coyne I. , Supporting children and adolescents inclusions in decisions and self-management: What can help ? , Patient Education and Counseling , 102, (4), 2019, p605 - 606, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Flood C & Coyne I. , A literature review of the psychological status of asylum-seeking children: implications for nursing practice. , British Journal of Nursing , 28, (7), 2019, p461 - 466, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Arnold O & Coyne I. , Early Childhood Interventions to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy: A Systematic Review. , Nursing Research , 68, (2), 2019, p181 - 182, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Connor S, Brenner M, Coyne I, Family ]centred care of children and young people in the acute hospital setting: a concept analysis, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2019, Notes: [Published on line 17th May], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  Handle
Coyne I, Sheehan A, Heery E, While A. , Health care transition for adolescents and young adults with long-term conditions: Qualitative study of patients, parents and healthcare professionals' experiences. , 2019, Notes: [[online 20th July 2019] ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Coyne I , Child centred care: exploring the importance of centredness. , Child Health Nurse Researchers Network Meeting., Bastad, Sweden , 4-5th October , 2018, Professor Inger Hallstrom , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Voices of Young Children. , Voices of Young Children. , Dublin, Ireland , 19th November, 2018, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Helen Malone & Imelda Coyne, Study Day: Mental Health and 22q11 Deletion Syndrome, Lucena Clinic, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, 30th May , 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Children's health across Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. , Open Lecture. , Mälardalen University, Sweden., 16th May, 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Coyne I , Person-centred care: new paradigm or Emperor's new clothes? , Research Day. , School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Sweden., 23rd November , 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Coyne I , Staff attitudes to Family-Centred Care in a neonatal unit, Family-Centred Care Study Day, Castleford, West Yorkshire, 02 October, 2015, Supporters of Families and Babies, 1 - 23pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , How should children's autonomy be recognised in the research context ? , Research Support & Education Day, , School of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin., 10th March , 2015, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Priorities for paediatric nursing research- international perspective, Child Health Researchers network , Lund University, Sweden, 02 December , 2014, Professor Inger Hallstrom , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
06 JANUARY 2014 -Irish Independent , Website steps up to plate for hockey star, Irish Independent, 06 JANUARY 2014, 2014, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Tuesday, 15th April, 2014- Laura Ryder , Rhode native shortlisted for national award, 2014, -, Notes: [ Tuesday, 15th April, 2014], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED


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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2017
Fellow European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANSEANS is an independently organised body composed of individual members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nursing science in Europe through scholarship and research. The Academy purpose is to sustain a forum of European nurse scientists - Fellows and Scholars to develop and promote knowledge in nursing science and to recognise research and scholarly achievement in the pursuit of excellence. 2007
MA (JO) 2011
Best Paper 'Children's complex care needs: a systematic concept analysis of multidisciplinary language ' selected as the winner in the Clinical strategy & programmes category of the HSE Open Access awards for 2018. 7th December 2018
International Nurses Day 2018. Featured nurse on the Researcher Storyteller program by Springer Nature on May 12 2018, for the International Nursing Day, in partnership with ICN. Asked to speak about my research, as the topics I develop are of high interest worldwide. 12th May 2018
Best Hospital Project for the website and materials I created '' 2014 Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards. 2014
Best abstract, European Academy of Nursing Science Scientific Meeting 2016
Best conference abstract from 200 oral presentations, International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, New Orleans, USA 2015
Best conference poster, Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries perpetual trophy -Evaluation Study Day 2014
Best Lecturer for Katie Hill, Gold Medal Winner of the Nursing & Midwifery, Irish Undergraduate Award 2011
Best overall oral presentation, 23rd Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 2005
Best conference paper in "Innovation in Practice" category, 23rd Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 2005
Cochrane Training Fellowship Health Research Board, €150,000, April 2008 2008-
Albert College Career Start Fellowship, Dublin City University €36,000 2004
Best undergraduate thesis (Distinction), Royal College of Nursing 1993
Cow and Gate Paediatric Nursing Scholarship, UK. 1993
English National Board Scholarship, UK 1991
Health Savings Association Bursary Award (HAS), UK 1988
My research programme focuses on the participation of children, adolescents and young adults in shared decision-making and chronic illness management. Current projects are focused on interventions to promote adolescents with chronic conditions participation in self-management, medication adherence, and clinic interactions. Previous research focused on transition of youth to adult healthcare services; psychosocial support for children with cancer; consultation on early years provision; transition for adolescents with mental health needs; experiences of CAMHS; outcomes for diabetes management; parents of children with Cystic Fibrosis information needs and interventions to promote young children's participation in healthcare encounters.