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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
 Estimating the prevalence of asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in Ireland
 The implementation and evaluation of the 'Know the Score' Programme
 Development of an online addiction training course
 Building capacity in child health research and education
 ICARO

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Re-elected as Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon, Portugal. Jan 2023 to present
Elected Chairperson of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Scientific Committee 2020 to present
Expert Advisory Panel Member, Elton John Aids Foundation, Toolkit for pregnant women who use drugs in South Africa. 2022-2023
Expert consultant to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board 2020 to 2021
External expert consultant to the EU body the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) on children of parents who use drugs 2019 to 2020
Elected Vice Chair of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Scientific Committee 2017 to 2019
Appointed as a member of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Scientific Committee 2014 to 2017
Academic Expert- National Drug Strategy Implmentation Committee - Ministerial Appointment 2017 to present
Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA), appointed by the Minister for Health 2013 to 2017
Member of the National Drug Strategy Planning Group -Ministerial Appointment 2015 to 2017
Inaugurial Chairperson of the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) 2010 to 2014
Member of the Board of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, (IRCSET). Ministerial Appointment. 2007 to 2010
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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Irish Medium Basic Medium
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Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications 1998 Present
Chartered Mathematician 1998 Present
Evaluating Treatment Outcomes from Drug Policies and Practices in, editor(s)Carla Rossi and Susanna Conti , Evaluating the impact of Laws Regulating Illicit Drugs on Health and Society, Singapore, Bentham Science Publishers, 2023, pp116 - 134, [Catherine M. Comiskey, Elizabeth M. McCarthy, Zoe Swithenbank and Gordon Hay], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Hollywood, E., Banka Cullen, S. and Comiskey, C., Supporting women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2023), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 7-9 March 2023, 2023, pp7-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Comiskey, C., Banka, S. and Curtis, E. , Using Cohort Designs in Nursing and Healthcare Research, Nurse Researcher , 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
McDonagh, D., de Vries, J. & Comiskey, C., The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on People in Opiate Agonist Treatment: the importance of feeling unloved , European Addiction Journal, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Clarke, G., Hyland, P. and Comiskey, C., Women over 50, alcohol use and engagement with primary health care services: A narrative review using a systematic approach., Journal of Addictive Diseases , 2023, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Lavelle Cafferkey, S. and Comiskey, C., From stigma to education and advocacy: The potential for addiction nurse specialist roles within acute hospital settings. , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Banka-Cullen, S.P., Comiskey, C., Kelly, P., Zeni, M.B., Gutierrez, A., & Menon, U. , Nurse prescribing practices across the globe for Medication-Assisted Treatment of the Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD): A Scoping Review, Harm Reduction Journal, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Marie Hyland, Dr. Sonam Prakishini Banka-Cullen, Dr. Eleanor Hollywood and Prof. Catherine Comiskey, Alcohol use among young people living in urban disadvantage: A sociocultural perspective on the protective shield provided by positive school environment, Drugs Education, Prevention and Policy , 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Marie Hyland, Dr. Sonam Prakishini Banka-Cullen, Dr. Eleanor Hollywood and Prof. Catherine Comiskey, Urgent attention required: Retrospective analysis of alcohol-related emergency department presentations by children and young people from a tertiary hospital in Ireland, ALCOHOL, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Hyland, M., Hollywood, E., Banka Cullen, S. and Comiskey, C., Using an eleven year retrospective analysis of alcohol-related emergency department presentations by children and young people to inform appropriately targeted prevention programmes., 14th EUSPR Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4-6th October 2023, 2023, Poster, PUBLISHED
  

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Banka Cullen, S., Lavelle, S. McDonagh, D., Walsh, R. and Comiskey, C. , In Plain Sight: A Rapid Review of the International Literature and a National Estimate of the Prevalence of Women Who Use Substances and Experience Domestic Violence in Ireland., European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, SAOL , Dublin, Ireland, 2022, Report, PUBLISHED
Comiskey, C., Banka, S., McDonagh, D and Galligan, K., An evaluation of the co-design and roll out of an anti-stigma training programme.. , European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, CityWide, Dublin, Ireland., 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Marie Hyland, Caitriona Dennehy and Catherine Comiskey , The InBetweeners Hospital Study: Nurses experience and training needs in relation to caring for children"s mental health in a children"s hospital setting. , European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Practice Development Office, NCH Tallaght., 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Banka, P. and Comiskey, C., The incubation period of COVID-19: A scoping review and meta-analysis to aid modelling and planning. , MedRxiv , 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Comiskey C and O'Sullivan, K. , An evaluation of Clinishift, a communication platform and smart phone application for hospital managers. , Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College for Enterprise Irealnd , 2018, Notes: [Relevant to hospital managers planning staff allocations.], Report, PUBLISHED
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
Cullen K., Dinsmore J, Comiskey C, Mills J, Delaney S. , The Spectrum of Family Caring: A Description and Analysis of Cross-Cutting and Condition Specific Dimensions of Caregiving, The Carers Association, 2013, Report, COMPLETED
Dinsmore J, Comiskey C and Mills J. , Gridsta Teen Health Promotional Report. , 2012, Report, COMPLETED

  

Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2020
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's recognition as a leader in addiction research has been recognised internationally and nationally by all relevant leading addiction bodies. She uses her training in epidemiology and bio-mathematics to address research questions in addiction epidemiology across the lifespan, from prevalence estimation of children living with parental drug use to ageing and substance use, to modelling treatment outcomes. In October 2022 she was invited to address the EU's Working Party on Drugs in Brussels on Drug Research Priorities for the European Union. In 2020 - 2022 inclusive, she was elected by her EU peers as Chairperson on the Scientific Committee of the European Union's European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. She has been invited to be nominated for this role again from 2023-2024 inclusive. In 2020 she was appointed by the United Nations as their external consultant for the International Narcotics Control Board. In 2020 she was invited to address United Nations in Vienna on her consultancy on ageing and substance use globally. In 2019 she was appointed by the European Union's European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction as an external consultant. From 2019-present She has served on the International Review Board of Xchange, the international registry of drug prevention programmes. From 2017-2020 inclusive she was elected by her scientific peers to serve as the Vice Chair of the EU's EMCDDA Scientific Committee From 2014 to Present she was selected to serve on the Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA from an international competition From 2017 to Present she was nominated by Minister Byrne as the academic expert on the Implementation Committee of the National Drug Strategy. She continues to be the current Ministers appointed Academic Expert to the National Implementation Committee. From 2015-2017 she was nominated by then Minister of Health to serve on the National Drug Strategy Team From 2012 to 2016 she was nominated by Ministers Alex White and Aodan O'Riordan to serve as the Chair of the National advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol From 2017 to Present she has served voluntarily on the Board of the Ana Liffey Drug Project Charity. From 2006-2008 Professor Comiskey was appointed by Minister of Education, Mary Hannafin to serve on the Board of the Irish Research Council. In the last two years Professor Comiskey has obtained over €400,000 in grants and in the last five years she has obtained approximately €2.5 million in personal research funding either as Principal Investigator or as Leading Quantitative Investigator. Theee arise from a range of international and national funding bodies. In total she has obtained over €6.5m in the past 20 years. In addition, she currently has approximately €550,000 in grant funding submitted and awaiting outcome from Horizon 2022 and the Department of Health.