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College Photo Name Lalor, Joan
Main Department Nursing
College Title Associate Professor in Midwifery
College Tel +353 1 896 4018
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.
Details Date
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
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
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
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
HRB Clinical Fellowship in Midwifery 2003
Primary Fellowship in Nursing 1992
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
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
Research Interests
Adaption Following Pregnancy Loss 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 Screening Research issues specifice to any health profession
Scanning in Pregnancy Ultrasound screening in pregnancy assessment of fetal wellbeing prenatal diagnosis and screening
service evaluation and development
Research Projects
Project title Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013 and the Pathway of Care for Pregnant Women in Ireland (POLPPath2013)
Summary This project brings together key members of the medico-legal community to debate the interpretation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, with reference to key clinical scenarios in maternity care. The purpose of the workshop is to explore if: 1. The POLP Act has added clarity to the circumstances in which a woman can obtain a lawful termination of pregnancy (TOP) 2. Medics and lawyers reach the same or varying conclusions on whether a TOP in a particular scenario would be lawful under the POLP Act 2013. 3. Data will be collected to inform any future law reform
Funding Agency Irish Research Council
Programme New Foundations Award
Type of Project Multidisciplinary:Medical and Law
Date from March 2014
Date to Dec 2014
Person Months 9

Project title 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)
Summary This study addresses the widespread concern over rising Caesarean section rates throughout Europe, particularly routine CS following a previous CS, despite calls for increased vaginal births after Caesarean (VBAC). VBAC is associated with lower maternal mortality than repeat CS, less overall morbidity for mothers and babies, and is the preferred option for the majority of women. VBAC rates in Ireland, Germany, and Italy are significantly lower (29-36%) than those in the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden (45-55%). The OptiBIRTH project will use a cluster randomised trial in Ireland, Germany, and Italy, with 15 clusters of 94 women in each, to increase VBAC rates from 33% to 53% through a complex intervention designed to increase women-centred care and women's involvement in their care. The multi-national, multi-disciplinary research team for this project developed from the ESF-funded workshop: "Promoting Normality in Childbirth" held in the School in March 2010, and from the COST Action, (IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care), which started in June 2010. The team is composed of 12 partner institutions from 8 countries, and includes service users, midwives, obstetricians, neonatologist, epidemiologist, sociologist, psychologist, bioethicist, health economist and a 'high-tech' small industry. Lead institution: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Lead investigator: Prof Cecily Begley, and team: Valerie Smith, Deirdre Daly, Joan Lalor, Janine Stockdale, David Prendergast, including the Coombe Hospital: Chris Fitzpatrick, Michael Turner, Jan Miletin, Patricia Hughes Co-applicant institutions and lead investigators: Beverley Beech, Association for Improvements in Maternity Services, UK Prof Ingela Lundgren, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Zuyd University, The Netherlands Prof Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland Prof Marlene Sinclair, University of Ulster, UK Hugh Wiseman, Entando, UK Prof Mike Clarke, Queen's University of Belfast, UK Prof Mechthild Gross, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany Prof Declan Devane, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland Prof Sandra Morano, Universita Degli Studi Di Genova, Italy Prof Koen Putman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Funding Agency EU Commission FP7 Framework Programme (€3,000,000) Programme HEALTH 2012 3.2-1 call "Improving the organisation of health service delivery,"
Funding Agency EU
Programme FP7
Type of Project Cluster Randomised Trial
Date from Sept 2012
Date to August 2016
Person Months 48

Project title Enhancing Assessment Feedback
Summary This is an international project across TCD, Exeter and Loughborough Universities seeking to develop a project to support assessment feedback for academics and students. We are undertaking a pilot study in TCD at present across four schools: Midwifery, History, Physics and Dentistry. we hope the data from the pilot project will form the basis of a European Research Council application to be submitted in February 2013. Applicants: Dr Carol Evans (PI) Exeter Dr Mike Waring (Loughborough) Dr Joan Lalor (TCD) Dr Patrick Geoghegan (TCD) Dr Aidan Seery (TCD) Dr Andrew Loxley (TCD)
Funding Agency ERC fundung to be sought
Programme Consolidator grant
Type of Project Education
Date from Nov 2012
Date to Dec 2016
Person Months 12

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Joan G Lalor, Dympna Casey, Naomi Elliott, Imelda Coyne, Catherine Comiskey, Agnes Higgins, Imelda Coyne, Kathy Murphy, Declan Devane and Cecily Begley, Using case study within a sequential explanatory design to evaluate the impact of specialist and advanced practice roles on clinical outcomes: The SCAPE Study, BMC Medical Research Methodology , 2013, p13:55-
TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Lalor, J, Begley, C & Galavan, E, Recasting hope: A process of adaptation following fetal anomaly diagnosis, Social Science and Medicine, 68, (3), 2009, p462 - 472
Notes: [ PubMed ID: 19026477]
Non Peer Reviewed
Dr Joan Lalor, Research Versus Audit: Challenges and Pitfalls, 2nd Annual Research and Audit Conference, St James' Hospital, 28th May , 2009
Lalor, J G , Choosing between imagined lives, Doctoral Midwifery Research Society, University of Ulster, February , 2008, UU
Lalor, J G , Fetal anomaly diagnosis: the human consequences, Perinatal Research Centre , April, 2008, Queens University Belfast
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