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Professor Imelda Coyne

Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Professor Imelda Coyne is a Professor & Director of the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC). She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD), Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANS), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She has held the Alva Myrdal Visiting Professorship at Mälardalen University, Sweden. External examiner at Manchester University, University of Malta and expert member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, UK. 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, 14 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. Her research has 14000+ citations on Google Scholar and H-index is 53. 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   Promotion of child centred research   Shared decision-making   TRANSITION PROCESS
 Promoting child-centred psychosocial care for young children with Type 1 diabetes: Development and testing of a play-based communication
 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
 Investigation of the impact of a telephone intervention for children with low von Willebrand Factor and their parents/guardians.

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Member of the Transition of Care to Adult Services (Children and Young People) Working Group, HSE. Chair: Dr Ciara Martin, National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead for Children and Young People, Clinical Design & Innovation, Health Service Executive Ireland. The role of the Working Group is to provide expert advice and strategic leadership and collaborate to develop a national framework to guide transition of care to adult health services. The Working Group membership includes multi-disciplinary and specialty representation from across paediatric, adult and community/primary care services. 04/04/2022
Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health (IJAHM) Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin, Germany. The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health (IJAMH) is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, scientific journal with aim to publish original research in all aspects of promotion and improvement of adolescents" health and wellbeing. 01/01/2021
Academic Expert on the Academic Consultative Group. Hub Na N'Og: Young voices in decision-making. DCEIDY Purpose is to promote and support collaboration between Hub na nÓg and the third level sector in the development of education, training and research for children and young people's participation in decision-making. The network is comprised of academic experts with strategic responsibility for education and research in children and young people's participation in decision-making. 01/06/2021
Member, National Clinical Care Programme (NCCP) Children's Adolescents/Young Adults (CAYA) Cancer Clinical Leads Group The purpose of the National CAYA Clinical Leads Group is to ensure that the National Children"s Cancer Service and associated hospitals build on robust local clinical governance arrangements, in order to operate as a cohesive national clinical network for the purpose of sharing of good practice, problem solving and clinical audit, in relation to Children and Adolescent/Young Adults cancer. Chair: Professor Owen Smith, National Clinical Lead for CAYA, NCCP, HSE 17/04/2019
Irish Universities Association Representative on National Steering Committee for Children's Nursing in Ireland (CHI) 2020
International member of Editorial Board, Nursing Children and Young People (NCYP), UK. 2011
International Member of Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA) Grant review Committee, Denmark Member of the Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA). Invited member of the international Committee for Talent Development under the auspices of the DDA. As a member of the committee I am part of an international review panel that will perform a professional peer review evaluation of applications received by the DDA in relation to PhD scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and visiting professorships. 2019
Member of the International Network on Family & Child Centred Care (INFCC). International network of multi-disciplinary global experts within academia, practice, research and leadership to explore, critique and build on the present state of the science for child- and family-centred models of care, reflecting an international perspective. 2017
International Member of Editorial Board, Nursing & Health Sciences, Wiley, Japan. 2011
Review of grant proposals for Children's Health Foundation as part of the HRCI HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2022. 2021
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 2016
Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing: Mark Allen Publishers 2006-
Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN), Wiley 2012-
Review of application for Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Canada Research Chairs Program, Canada 2017
Review of senior promotion, Department of Maternal & Child Health. College of Nursing - Sultan Qaboos University, Oman 2021
Review of Senior promotions for Department of Maternal and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan 2013
Review of Faculty promotion and tenure reviews. The University of British Columbia, Canada 2010
Review of Academic for promotion to Associate Professor in Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 2015
Review of Academic for promotion to Associate Professor, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2021
Review of Academic for Tenure application, University of Calgary, Canada 2017
Review of Academic for promotion to Reader (Teaching and Scholarship). Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health, University of Manchester. 2020
Review of application for Personal Chair, Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales 2020
Reviewer of Senior promotions for Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Jordan 2021
Review of senior promotion, Yong Loo Lin School Of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 2021
Reviewer of Cochrane protocols and reviews 2017
Review of research grants, Pushing frontiers in health research II application, Versus Arthritis, UK 2019
Review of research grants, Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), UK 2006
Reviewer of research grants, 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, Working Party on Children and Clinical Research. Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Academy of Medical Sciences, London, UK. 2013
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
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 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
Invited keynote Research Day, Institute of Child Health, London, UK 2007
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
Member, Scientific Review Panel Health Research Board, Summer Student Scholarship 2009
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Member, International Network for Child and Family Centred Care 2015 2024
Member Children's Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) 2010 2024
Member of the International Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2014 2024
Member, International and Interdisciplinary Health Care Transition Research Consortium 2013 2024
Member of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) 2010 2024
Member of the Children's Research Network 2013 2024
Member Youth Participation Special Interest Group, Children's Research Network 2016 2024
Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes (ACENDIO) 2013 2016
European School of Oncology (ESO) 2012 2024
Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) affiliate of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) 2016 2024
Research Inventory for Child Health in Europe (RICHE) 2012 to date
Child Health Nurse Researchers, UK 2001 to date
Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe (PNAE) 2000 to date
Cochrane Community 2000 to date
Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland 1991 to date
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 1986 1999
Coyne I & Carter B., Being Participatory: Researching with Children and Young People: Co-constructing Knowledge Using Creative, Digital and Innovative Techniques., 2nd editions, Switzerland., Springer International Publishing,, 2024, 1 - 198pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Coyne I, INVITED KEYNOTE. Transition from Pediatrics to Adult Services for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: What are the Challenges and How Can We Make It Better?, 10th International Nursing Conference on Child and Adolescent Cancer Survivorship, Children"s Hospital Philadelphia, USA, April 4-5 2024, 2024, Children"s Hospital Philadelphia, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne Imelda, Pembroke Sinead, Sleath Betsy, Brenner Maria, Roche Edna F., Hilliard Carol, Cody Declan, Adolescents, parents, and providers' experiences of triadic encounters in paediatric diabetes clinics: A qualitative study, Health Expectations, 27, (1), 2024, pe13916-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kirwan K & Coyne I, Care provision for adolescents with mental health difficulties in the acute paediatric setting: exploring the challenges and facilitators, TheCONF2024, School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD, 2024, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Helen Malone and Imelda Coyne, Providing Clarity on Bayesian Statistical Techniques for Novice Researchers: Bayesian Model Comparison and Bayesian Estimation, THEConf2024 New Horizons in Healthcare: Global Impact, Local Relevance, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 5 - 7th March, 2024, Poster, PUBLISHED
Apriyanti E, Kirwan L, Sheaf G, Coyne I., Parents experiences and needs following their child's admission to PICU, The CONF 2024, School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 2024, Poster, PUBLISHED
Nursing Children and Young People. RCN Publishing Company, London, UK, RCN Publishing Company, [eds.], 2023, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
Nursing & Health Sciences, Australia, Wiley, [eds.], 2023, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
P DeCosta, D Grabowski, I Coyne, 'Theoretical Foundations of Child-Centred Care in Healthcare', OSF, OSF, 2023, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED  URL
Lisa Kirwan, Efa Apriyanti, Imelda Coyne, Greg Sheaf., 'Experiences of care for adolescents with mental health difficulties in the acute paediatric care setting: A mixed methods systematic review', PROSPERO, 2023, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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Lisa Kirwan, The experiences of care for adolescents with mental health difficulties in the acute paediatric setting in Ireland, Research Blitz, School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD, Boston Connell College School of Nursing, December 2023, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Coyne I, The importance of transition from paediatric to adult healthcare for adolescents with chronic illnesses. , Children Hospital Ireland Grandround. International Adolescent Health Week (IAHW). , Online. , March 25th , 2022, Children Hospital Ireland, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , Transitioning from child to adult healthcare services: How to prepare youth for transition., IFNA UK-Ireland chapter Webinar seminar.[Online] , Online, 5th of December 202, 2022, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , INVITED KEYNOTE Participation of Children and Adolescents in information-sharing and healthcare decision-making., 3rd International Mediterranean Pediatric Nursing Congress. , Ankara, Turkey, October 12-15 -2022,, 2022, Notes: [Theme: Child Centred Care Approach and Respect for the Dignity, Rights and Views of Children. ], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coyne I , The importance of transition from paediatric to adult healthcare for adolescents with chronic illnesses., Adolescent and Young Adult Palliative Medicine HST Training Day, Ireland, Online, 21st June 2022 , 2022, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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


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Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing 2021
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2017
Elected Fellow European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANS) 2007
Personal invite by President Michael D Higgins to celebrate 'Women in the Sciences' on International Women's Day. Áras an Uachtaráin 8th March 2018
Alva Myrdal Visiting Professorship Mälardalen University, Sweden 2015-2017
Albert College Fellowship Award, Dublin City University 2004
MA (jure oficii) 2011
Cochrane Fellowship Award, Health Research Board 2008-2010
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
Featured as Leading Researcher for International Nurses Day 2018, in partnership with ICN. 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
Article selected as the "Editor's Choice" Journal of Advanced Nursing 67(12):2561-2573. 2011
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
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, health literacy 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.