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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,University of Malt and the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, UK. She is currently a visiting Professor at University of Lund, Sweden. 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 >€5 million 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 >150 peer-reviewed articles, 6 books, 12 chapters, conducted international workshops and delivered keynote addresses at several national and international scientific conferences.Her journal articles span many top-ranking journals in her own discipline and in interdisciplinary journals, indicative of the broad intellectual scope and appeal of her work - including, for instance, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Child: Care, Health and Development, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Child Health Care, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Qualitative Health Research, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, European Journal of Social Psychology,Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology,Youth and Society, Children & Society, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Adolescence, Patient Education and Counseling, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Chronic Illness. Her research has 5550+ citations on Google Scholar and her H-index is 35. 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
 HRB Irish Network for Children's Clinical Trials (In4kids)
 Your Opinion Matters: How to Make the Most Out of Talking to Health Care Providers
 Young adults with a rheumatic diagnose; their experiences of participation in pediatric care and of the transition to adult care
 Developing a logic model for shared decision-making with young people with a long-term condition: an evidence synthesis and consultation
 Tender to undertake a scoping literature review on children's nursing for the National Project to Develop a Vision and Strategic Framework for the Future Direction of Children's Nursing in Ireland.

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Details Date
Reviewer of Senior promotions for Department of Maternal and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology 5th October
Expert Member of the Academic Consultative Group. Hub Na N'Og: Young voices in decision-making. DCEIDY 2020
Irish Universities Association Representative on National Steering Committee Children's Nursing in Ireland (CHI) 2019
Co-Director of Trinity Research in Childhood Centre 2016
Reviewer of grant applications for the Diabetes Danish Academy, Denmark 2019
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
Review of grant application for the Pushing frontiers in health research II application, Versus Arthritis, UK 2019
Member of Review panel for funding proposals for the Economic & Social Research Council (E.S.R.C), England 2006
Reviewer for research tenders for Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust 2005
Reviewer of application for Personal Chair, Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University 2020
Reviewer of Senior promotions for Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan 2021
Reviewer of Senior promotions for Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan. 2013
Reviewer of Tenure application, University of Calgary, Canada 2017
Reviewer of Faculty promotion and tenure reviews. The University of British Columbia, Canada 2010
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 2016
External Examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing & Masters of Science in Nursing programme (Waterford Institute of Technology) 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
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 journal articles for: Journal of Advanced Nursing; International Journal of Nursing Studies; Patient Education and Counseling; Journal of Adolescent Health; Health Expectations; Psycho-Oncology; Supportive Cancer Care Journal; BMC Pediatrics; European Journal of Pediatrics; European Journal of Oncology Nursing; Journal of Family Nursing; Journal of Clinical Nursing; Child: Care, Health and Development; Children and Society; Cancer;Journal of Child Health Care; American Journal of Bioethics; Pediatrics; Childhood; British Journal of Nursing; Journal of Research in Nursing; Western Journal of Nursing; International Nursing Review; Nursing and Health Sciences 1993
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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
Coyne I , Developing and evaluating an adolescent-centred intervention to promote adolescents' communication and engagement in diabetes clinic encounters. , CRI Seminar Series in Collaboration with Child and Adolescent Health Group at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research., Children's Research Institute & University of North Carolina, 11th May , 2021, Children's Research Institute & University of North Carolina, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I, Mallon D & Chubb E , Research with young children: exploring the methodological advantages and challenges of using hand puppets and draw and tell. , Children & Society , 35, (5), 2021, p813 - 830, Notes: [Published September 2021], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Saurbrey Pals R.A. Coyne I., Skinner T., Grabowski D., A delicate balance between control and flexibility: Experiences of care and support among pre-teenage children with type 1 diabetes and their families, Sociology of Health and Illness, 43, (2), 2021, p369 - 391, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Davis S.A., Coyne I., Carpenter D.M., Thomas K.C., Lee C., Garcia N., Sleath B., Adolescent Preferences Regarding a Web Site to Empower Adolescents to Talk With Their Healthcare Providers, Journal of Adolescent Health, 68, (3), 2021, p629 - 631, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Martinez-Santos A-E, Fernandez-De-La-Iglesia JdC, Sheaf G and Coyne I, A systematic review of the educational experiences and needs of children with cancer returning to school, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77, (7), 2021, p2971 - 2994, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Betz, C L., Coyne, I, Hudson, S M., Health Care Transition: The Struggle to Define Itself, Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 2021, p1-15 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quaye A.A., Castor C., Coyne I., Soderback M., Hallstrom I.K., How are children's best interests expressed during their hospital visit?"An observational study, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Al-Motlaq M., Neill S., Foster M.J., Coyne I., Houghton D., Angelhoff C., Rising-Holmstrom M., Majamanda M., Position statement of the international network for child and family centered care: Child and family centred care during the COVID19 pandemic, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 61, 2021, p140 - 143, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pembroke S, Roche EF, Sleath B, Brenner M, Hilliard C, Cody D, Coyne I , Developing a video intervention to improve youth question-asking and provider education during paediatric diabetes clinic encounters: the Promoting Adolescents Communication and Engagement study, Patient Education and Counseling, 104, (9), 2021, p2170 - 2176, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Alsaigh R & Coyne I. , Doing Gadamerian Hermeneutic Phenomenology Research: An analytical framework to facilitate data analysis. , International Journal of Qualitative Methods., 2021, Notes: [ [4th October online] ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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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 , 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
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


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Award Date
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing 2021
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2017
Fellow European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANS) 2007
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
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.