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Dr. Joan Lalor

Assoc Prof/Dir of Teaching & Learning PG (Nursing)

Joan Lalor completed her PhD studies " A Longitudinal study of women's experiences of carrying an baby with a fetal abnormality up to the birth and beyond". Her ongoing work in the area of fetal abnormality continues as male partner experiences of an adverse diagnosis are being explored. She is also a member of the ICM expert research group, is a reviewer for several professional peer review journals and is an associate editor with the BMC. She is also a member of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and is currently involved as a lead an co-reviewer for two systematic reviews. Joan has worked in midwifery practice and education and her research plan is centered around the following themes: prenatal screening and diagnosis, communication and theory development, assessment of maternal and fetal wellbeing and service evaluation. Additional research interests include guideline development to support evidence based practice, research utilisation and ensuring informed choice for women in maternity services.
  Adaption Following Pregnancy Loss   assessment of fetal wellbeing   Fathers in maternity care   Foetal Abnormality   Health psychology   Identification and quantification of health care needs   Maternity Care   Midwifery   Parenthood   Perinatal health   Population based intervention trials   prenatal diagnosis and screening   Prenatal Screening   Research issues specifice to any health profession   Scanning in Pregnancy   service evaluation and development   Ultrasound screening in pregnancy
 Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013 and the Pathway of Care for Pregnant Women in Ireland (POLPPath2013)
 Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centred care (OptiBIRTH)
 Enhancing Assessment Feedback
 An Ethnographic Study of in-labour transfer to hospital for planned home birth.
 A case study of concealed pregnancy in 21st Century Ireland

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Informing Families Steering Group:This group has received government funding to develop national guidelines for best practice in breaking the news to parents that their child has a disability. Joan is a member of the Informing Families Steering Group advising on aspects of breaking bad news relevent to prenatal screening.
Reviewer for Cochrane protocols and reviews 2006
Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011
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Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Cochrane Collaboration, UK. 2003 current
ICM Research Advisory Network 2004 current
Grounded Theory Institute, San Franscisco, USA 2004 current
Birth/Death Research group, UK 2008 current
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement 2008 current
Association of Research Ethics Committees (AREC) 2012 current
Reviewer for Midwifery, An International Journal 2006 current
Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing 2004 current
Reviewer for Social Science in Medicine 2006 current
Reviewer for PEDIATRICS 2008 current
Reviewer for Libyan Journal of Medicine 2009 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Men's Health 2009 current
Reviewer for Archives in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009 current
Reviewer for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 2009 current
Reviewer for Qualitative Research 2010 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2009 current
Reviewer for Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2011 present
Reviewer for Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2011 current
Reviewer for Oxford Internet Institute, (University of Oxford) for the Policy Studies Organization (PSO). 2011 current
Reviewer for Nurse Education in Practice 2012 current
Reviewer for Sexual and Reproductive Health 2013 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Research and Methodology in Education 2013 current
Reviewer for Postgraduate Medical Journal 2013 current
Sylvia Murphy Tighe and Joan Lalor , Concealed pregnancy and Neonaticide: A changing knowledge base, Perceptions of Pregnancy: From Medieval to Modern Conference, University of Hertfordshire, 16-18 July 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  TARA - Full Text
Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Coyne, I., Murphy K., Elliott, N, Factors influencing advanced practitioners' ability to enact leadership. A case study within Irish healthcare, Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (7), 2014, p894 - 905, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lawler, D., Lalor, J., & Begley, C, Challenges and barriers encountered by women with a disability when accessing maternity services: a literature review, International Journal of Childbirth, 3, (4), 2014, p203 - 217, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Comiskey C, Coyne I, Lalor J, Begley C., A national cross sectional study measuring predictors for improved service user outcomes across clinical nurse or midwife specialist, advanced nurse practitioner and control sites, Journal of Advanced Nursing , 70, (5), 2014, p1128-37 , Notes: [PMID: 24147433 ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murphy K, Casey D Devane D, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliot N, Meskell P, Begley C, Exploring the added value of Mixed Methods Research: Reflections on using Mixed Methods Research design in the SCAPE study , Nurse Researcher, 21, (4), 2014, p13 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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, under review , 2014, Notes: [.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Murphy, K., Casey, D., Devane, D., Meskell, P., Higgins, A., Elliott, N., Lalor, J, Begley, C., Reflections on the added value of using mixed methods in the SCAPE study, Nurse Researcher, 21, (4), 2014, p13 - 19, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sylvia Murphy Tighe & Joan Lalor, Concealed pregnancy: secrecy and silence., Forum, May, 2014, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Lalor, J, Murphy Lawless, J, The Impact on Midwifery Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to Women's Reproductive Autonomy, 30th ICM Triennial Prague Congress, Prague, 1-5 June, 2014, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Lundgren, I, van Limbeek, E, Vehvilainen-Julkunen, K, Nicoletti, J, Lalor, J, Matterne, A, Nilsson, C, Clinicians views of factors of importance for improving the rate of vaginal births after caesarean section (VBAC) - A study from countries with high and low VBAC-rates, Clinicians views of factors of importance for improving the rate of vaginal births after caesarean section (VBAC) - A study from countries with high and low VBAC-rates, Brussels, 9-10 April , 2014, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED

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Lalor, J, Socioeconomic value of midwifery-led care, 10 years of midwifery led care in Ireland, RCSI, Waterford, 22nd September, 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J, Prenatal Screening in Ireland, Mortality and Morbidity in Pregnancy, HSE Tullamore, 13th October, 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T. & Kavanagh, R. (2009), Maternity care needs of women disabilities: a hidden challenge., European Academy of Nursing Science Annual Scientific Meeting, Klaipeda, Lithuania, January , 2009, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Lawler, D., Lalor, J. & Kavanagh, R. , Focus group dynamics: changes in participant behaviour when the facilitator is a wheelchair user, 15th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Qualitative Health Research , Vancouver, Canada, 6th October , 2009, pp1-, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Dr Joan Lalor, Research Versus Audit: Challenges and Pitfalls, 2nd Annual Research and Audit Conference, St James' Hospital, 28th May , 2009, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J , Words you never want to hear, Irish Hospice Foundation End of Life Series. Children's Forum, Dublin , 10th June, 2009, Irish Hospice Foundation, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J G , Fetal anomaly diagnosis: the human consequences, Perinatal Research Centre , April, 2008, Queens University Belfast, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J G , Choosing between imagined lives, Doctoral Midwifery Research Society, University of Ulster, February , 2008, UU, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J G , Obstetric ultrasound in Ireland: A national picture, Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound, Dublin , February , 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J, Research ethical approval- governance or surveillance?, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions , Dublin, April , 2008, Notes: [The limitations of current ethical committees' models in meeting with the requirements of good scientific research practices and standards to adequately protect research participants in the national and international scientific community. ], Oral Presentation, PRESENTED


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HRB Clinical Fellowship in Midwifery 2003
Primary Fellowship in Nursing 1992
In keeping with the college strategic plan the school of nursing and midwifery have established a number of recognised Research Groupings in core health critical research areas. Joan's research area of interest lies within Maternity Care and Women's Health. Joan's key areas of interest include: Methods of assessment of fetal wellbeing Screening and diagnosis of fetal anomaly Prenatal screening and diagnosis (including service evaluation and development), Theory generation, Transition to and preparation for parenthood and Advanced practice within midwifery