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Professor Imelda Coyne

Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Professor Imelda Coyne is a Professor in Children's Nursing & Co-Director of the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC). She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) and a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANS). She has held the Alva Myrdal Visiting Professorship at Mälardalen University, Sweden, Manchester University and the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, UK. She is currently a visiting Professor at University of Lund, Sweden and the University of Malta. In 2017, Imelda led the consultation with young children aged 3-5 years to inform the Irish Government national strategy 'First 5 Early Years' In 2011, Imelda led the consultation with children and young people to inform the Irish Government children's policy framework 'Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures' Since 2009, Imelda has been an Ambassador for the Children's Participation Hub, Irish Government, wherein she promotes the importance of children's participation and voices in policies that affect children's lives. Imelda has obtained more than €2 million in grant funding for research. The central theme underpinning her programme of research is valuing children's and young people's voices and promoting their participation in matters that affect their lives. Her 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. Imelda has published over 140 journal articles, 6 books, 12 chapters, 150 conference abstracts, conducted international workshops and delivered keynote addresses at several national and international scientific conferences. Imelda has held significant leadership roles in nurse education including: Director of Nursing and Midwifery Degree programme (TCD), Head of Children's Discipline (TCD), Director of Professional and Academic Affairs (TCD), Director of International Cooperation (Erasmus, TCD), Director of Undergraduate Nursing degree (DCU), Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing (DCU) and Director of Bachelor in Nursing Studies (DCU). In 2015, Imelda led the development and writing of the Undergraduate nursing and midwifery curriculum, in response to Trinity Education Project (TEP) and the revised Standards and Requirements for Registration Education Programmes in Nursing. She led the preparation for the site visit by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2017. Imelda is passionate about supporting students to develop their potential in clinical practice and research and has helped undergraduate students to publish in peer-reviewed journals and postgraduate students to obtain funding for their studies. From 2013-2016, Imelda chaired the Nursing & Midwifery category for the Undergraduate Awards programme. Imelda teaches and coordinates modules on the BSc Children & General Nursing undergraduate degree, the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing, MSc in Child Health, MSc Nursing, and the MSc in Translational Oncology.
  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.
 Arts based interventions to promote transition to adult services for children and adolescents with chronic conditions.
 Early Years Strategy Children's Consultation
 Investigation of parents' informational needs for their child's transition to adult healthcare services. (PINCH-CF)
 Developing an eHealth intervention to support children and young people's (with chronic illnesses) transition to adult healthcare services.

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Review of grant application for the Pushing frontiers in health research II application, Versus Arthritis, UK 22nd March
Expert Member, NCCP Children's Adolescents/Young Adults (CAYA) Cancer Clinical Leads Group 2019
Member of the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonates Transition Group, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2017
Member of the Board for CanCare4Living - Irish non-profit organisation of cancer survivors and supporters and professionals. 2016
Reviewer of Cochrane protocols and reviews 2017
Member of Review panel for funding proposals for the Economic & Social Research Council (E.S.R.C), England 2006
Member of Review panel for research tenders for Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust 2005
Member of the Irish Council of Professors, Deans and Heads of Nursing and Midwifery 2014
Member of the Board of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) 2013
Member of Research Development Advisory Group, Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) 2007
Member of the Bishop's Bioethics Committee 2006
Member of the Steering Group for Irish Association of Children's Nursing (IACN) 2003
Chair of Fellows Selection Committee, European Academy of Nursing Science 2013
Chair of the Nursing & Midwifery category for adjudication of the Undergraduate Awards programme. UA is a prestigious and international academic awards programme, which is pan-discipline. 2013
Member of the National Committee for Nutritional Sciences, Royal Irish Academy (Dublin City University representative) 2000
International Member of the Editorial Board, Nursing & Health Sciences, Wiley, Japan. 2011
Editorial Board Member for Nursing Children and Young People (NCYP), UK. 2011
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
External reviewer: Faculty promotion and tenure reviews. The University of British Columbia, Canada 01/06/2010
Host of European Academy of Nursing Science Winter scientific meeting, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 26-27th 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 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
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
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
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. 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. 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. 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. 2010-
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Member, International Network for Child and Family Centred Care 10/01/15 current
Member of the International Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2014 Current
Member of the Children's Research Forum (CRF) 2013 Current
Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes (ACENDIO) 2013 Current
Member, International and Interdisciplinary Health Care Transition Research Consortium 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
Child Health Nurse Researchers, UK 2001 Current
Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe (PNAE) 2000 Current
Cochrane Community 2000 Current
Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland 1991 Current
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 1986 1999
Betz C and Coyne I , Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Services for Adolescents and Young Adults with Long-term Conditions: An International Perspective on Nurses Roles and Interventions. , 1st , Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2020, 1 - 240pp, Book, IN_PRESS
Nursing initiatives and future directions for transition practice and research. in, editor(s)Betz C L & Coyne I. , Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Services for Adolescents and Young Adults with Long-term Conditions: An International Perspective on Nurses Roles and Interventions. , Switzerland , Springer Nature , 2020, pp319 - 336, [Coyne I & Betz CL], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS  URL
Health Care Transition: An Overview and Introduction IN Betz C L & Coyne I. in, editor(s)Betz C L & Coyne I. , Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Services for Adolescents and Young Adults with Long-term Conditions: An International Perspective on Nurses Roles and Interventions. , Springer Nature , 2020, pp1 - 18, [Betz C L & Coyne I. ], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS  URL
Edwards S & Coyne I. , A Nurses Survival Guide to Children's Nursing. , First Updated edition , Edinburgh, Elsevier, 2019, 1 - 495pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
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
Coyne I , Creating a better model of care for children and adolescents in our healthcare system , 8th SEHA International Nursing, Midwifery, and Allied Health Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24-26th September, 2019, SEHA, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Unravelling the complexities of shared decision-making in pediatrics: children's, parents' and healthcare professionals' perspectives. , November Grand Rounds, Centre for Clinical and Translational Science & Training, UC Medical Sciences Building, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, US. , 1st November , 2019, Professor Richard F Ittenbach, Invited Talk, 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
Al-Motlaq, M A, Carter B, Neill S, Hallstrom IK, Foster M, Coyne I, Darbyshire P, Feeg V & Shields L. , Toward developing consensus on family-centred care: an international descriptive study and discussion. , Journal of Child Health Care , 23, (3), 2019, p458 - 467, 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
Coyne I , Invited Keynote "Family-centred care for children in haematology and oncology" The Nordic Society of Paediatric Oncology Nurses VILNIUS, Lithuania, VILNIUS, Lithuania, 4th June, 2018, 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 , 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 , 2017, CEO, St James Hospital , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Children's health across Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. , Open Lecture. , Mälardalen University, Sweden., 16th May, 2016, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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, Prof. Maja Soderback, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , INVITED TALK Advantages and challenges with co-developing an ehealth intervention with young people for transition to adult healthcare services. , EANS Scientific meeting , Utrecht, Netherlands, 21st January , 2016, European Academy of Nursing Science, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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


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Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2017
In recognition of my work, I was invited by President Michael D Higgins, to the Aras to celebrate 'Women in the Sciences' on International Women's Day. Áras an Uachtaráin 8th March 2018
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, for the International Nursing Day, in partnership with ICN. Asked to speak about my research, as the topics 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.