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Dr. John Gerard Dinsmore

Ussher Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Dr. John Dinsmore is Health Innovation Lead/Deputy Director of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) and Ussher Assistant Professor of Digital Integrated Care at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Dr. Dinsmore's teaching and research focuses on the application of health psychology and behavioural science to the fields of digital health and digital integrated care, with specific emphasis on proactive person-centred ageing and chronic disease/multimorbidity management. His work also seeks to strengthen academic, service and industry collaboration in order to translate research outcomes into practice within health and social care. Committed to leading the advancement of digital health within health and social care, Dr. Dinsmore has secured significant competitive research funding totalling over 5 million euros as PI or collaborator, from a variety of National and International sources such as H2020, FP7, EU AAL Programme, SFI and Enterprise Ireland. Presently Dr. Dinsmore is the Coordinator and Lead PI of the H2020 project ProACT, which will see the development of a proactive digital integrated care technology ecosystem to support multi-morbidity disease management in an ageing population ( Since joining Trinity College Dr. Dinsmore's leadership roles include Deputy Director of the TCPHI and Lead TCD Principal Investigator (PI) for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health, Knowledge and Information Community (KIC). He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the EIT Health KIC UK/Ireland Co-Location Centre (CLC). Dr. Dinsmore further serves/has served on number of School and College strategic and research committees (e.g. EIT Steering Committee, Tangent Academic Oversight Committee and TCPHI Executive (previously School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee and Creative Arts Practice Steering Committee). Externally Dr. Dinsmore is a member of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Ireland Digital Academy expert group on digital transformation; steering committee member of the Irish eHealth Research and Innovation Network; scientific advisory board member to the University College London led Human Behaviour Change Project; and has previously represented TCD internationally at working groups exploring digital and connected health with the World Economic Forum and WHO. His work is also widely published receiving notable commendations.
  Behavioural Change   Behavioural Psychology   Chronic Disease   Chronic Disease Management   Chronic disease self-management   Computerised clinical systems   COPD   Dementia   Digital Behavioural Change Interventions   Digital Health   Digital Integrated Care   eHealth   Health informatics   Health Psychology   Healthcare Ecosystem   Healthcare Innovation   Informal Caregiving   Medical technology   mHealth   Mobile Applications   multimorbidity   Patient and Public Involvement in Research   Remote Monitoring   Stroke
 SEURO - Scaling EUROpean citizen driven transferable and transformative digital integrated health and social care
 SMILE - Supporting Multimorbidity Self-Care through Integration, Learning and eHealth
 Advancing Social Inclusion through Technology EmPowerment (aSTEP)
 NET4AGE-FRIENDLY - International Interdisciplinary Network on Health and Wellbeing in an Age-friendly Digital World

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Details Date
External PhD Examiner University College London 2018
Board of Directors of European Institute of Technology UK/Ireland Co-Location Centre 2018-Present
Reviewer - Nature - Human Behaviour 2018 - Present
Steering Committee - EHealth Research and Innovation Network (ERIN) 2017 to Present
Scientific Advisory Board Member to the Human behaviour Change Project - 2017-2020
Session Chair - 1st Freedom Tech National Assembly (FreedomTech is a partnership between Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland whose aim is to promote the creation of a viable and cost effective Assistive Technology Ecosystem nationally) 2017
Reviewer EU JPI MYBL Programme - 2017
Reviewer on Swedish Government 'Knowledge Foundation' Research Funding Programme. Review of applications in 'E-health solutions for person-centred care of older people' category. Please see: 2017
Reviewer Health infomatics Journal 2017
World Health Organisation (WHO) 'GATE' (Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology) Member 2015 to Present
Working group World Economic Forum - Strategy in digital ageing, sustainable cities and finance. Meetings in Tokyo, Japan and London UK 2015-2016
WHO 2nd World Forum - Lead roundtable meeting on "Connected Things" - Kobe, Japan. Oct 2015
EU Advisory Team - EU AAL CMU on AAL JP Call 7 award criteria for 2015. 2015
International Reviewer - RAIND (Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Grant Programme at Michigan State University (MSU), United States. 2014
Journal Reviewer - IEEE Intelligent Systems Journal 2014
Leonardo of the Science Gallery, Ireland 2013 to Present
Judging panel for the 'Belfast Telegraph' App for Life Contest. October 2012
Health XL Dublin Mentor - Mentor to Healthcare Start ups in Dublin 2012
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Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) 2019 Present
Irish eHealth Research and Innovation Network (ERIN) 2017 Present
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health 2017 Present
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology Europe (AAATE) 2017 Present
European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) 2016 Present
European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP-AHA) 2016 Present
Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) - World Health Organisation (WHO) 2015 Present
Health 2.0 Dublin Chapter 2013 Present
IPPOSI (Irish Platform for Patients, Organisations, Science and Industry) 2012 Present
Human Computer Interaction Ireland (SIGCHI Ireland) 2012 Present
Performing Rights Society (PRS) 2006 Present
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 2006 Present
Ambient Assistive Living (AAL) Network Europe 2013 2016
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographical Sciences 2012 2015
Boot F.H., Ghosh R., Dinsmore J., Maclachlan M., Views and Experiences of People with Intellectual Disabilities to Improve Access to Assistive Technology: Perspectives from India, Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 2021, Notes: [Serves as a background paper for the WHO Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology 2021], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Boot F., Kahonde C., Dinsmore J., MacLachlan M., Perspectives on access and usage of assistive technology by people with intellectual disabilities in the Western Cape province of South Africa: Where to from here?, African Journal of Disability, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Marques M., Smit E., Norris E., Silva C., Dinsmore J., Michie S., Promoting open behaviour science through ontologies: The case of the tailoring ontology, European Health Psychology Society Conference, Virtual Event, 23/08/2021, European Health Psychology Society, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Silva C., van Allen Z., Presseau J., Dinsmore J., Marques M, Scoping Review of Theories and Classification Systems of Multiple Behaviours and Multiple Goals in Behavioural Science, European Health Psychology Society Conference, Virtual Event, 23/08/2021, European Health Psychology Society, 2021, Poster, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ballin M., Hult A., Björk S., Dinsmore J., Nordström P., Nördstrom A., Digital exercise interventions to improve measures of central obesity or centrally obese individuals: a systematic review, International Journal of Public Health, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tompkins L., Doyle J., Murphy E., Galvin M., Sheerin J., Jacobs A., Sillevis-Smitt M., van Leeuwen C., Smith Suzanne., Sheridan P., Dinsmore J., Informal carers experience of using a digital application to support older adults with multimorbidity, The Conf2020, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, 2020, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Smith S., Doyle J., Murphy E., Dinsmore J., Digital technology adoption by healthcare professionals: learnings from a 12-month trial in two countries, THEconf2020, Dublin, Ireland, 04/03/2020, 2020, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sheridan S., Doyle J., Tompkins L., Sheerin J., Galvin M., Murphy E., Sillevis Smitt M., van Leeuwen C., Jacob A., Dinsmore J., The Role of Telephone Nurse Triage in Supporting Older Adults with Multimorbidities to Self-Manage using Digital Technology, The Conf 2020, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, 3rd-5th March , 2020, Poster, PUBLISHED
Sheridan P., Doyle J., Smith S., Van Leeuwen C., Sillevis Smitt M., Jacobs A., Dinsmore J., The Role of Telephone Triage Nurses in Supporting Older Adults with Multimorbidities in Ireland and Belgium to Self-Manage using Digital Technology, DigiFest 2020, Birmingham, UK, 10/03/2021, 2020, Poster, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Murphy E, Doyle J, Hoogerwerf EJ, Kuiper J, Desideri L, Fiordelmondo V, Hannigan C, Jacobs A, Maluccelli L,Smith S, Dinsmore J , Whitepaper: Needs and requirements of ProACT IC for Multimorbidity Care and Support, Final Report Update, European Commission CORDIS, February, 2020, p1 - 65, Report, PUBLISHED  URL

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Dinsmore J, Keynote: The challenge for designing a digital health and well-being intervention for an ageing population: Managing multi-morbidity inside complex multi-stakeholder ecosystems of care., TechAAL, London, UK, 25th March, 2019, The Institution of Engineering and Technology UK, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Hannigan C., Murphy E., Dinsmore J., Designing a Digital Health Intervention for Older Adults with Multimorbidity, Sparks , Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 6th Feb, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J, Conference KEYNOTE: Can tech change our behaviour or can clever behaviour models get tech used?, Tech and Physical Activity Conference, Umeå, Sweden, 7-8th, November, 2018, Umeå University, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J., Bennett P., McGuinness S, Panel: The Challenges and Opportunities of Delivering Healthcare Innovations , DkIT, Dundalk, Ireland, 21/04/2018, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J., Murphy E., Hannigan C., Galvin M., Brady AM., McCarron M., Smith S., Doyle J., ProACT: A Digital Behavioural Change Intervention for Multimorbidity Self-Management, Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) Innovation Day, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland, 13/04/2018, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J., Key Note: Designing a Behavioural Change Intervention for Multimorbidity Self-Management, 4th Annual CBC Conference, London, UK, 20/02//2018, 2018, Notes: [Opening Keynote address of Conference], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J, Advancing Digital Behavioural Change Interventions for Chronic Disease Management, eHealth Ireland Ecosystem: 'Unlocking Data for Better Health Outcomes', Dublin City University, 01/11/2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Dinsmore J, Advancing Digital Health, Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) Research Symposium: Driving Healthcare Innovation, Trinity College Dublin, 21/05/2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Fryers R., Holzer Saad T., Kelly K., Dinsmore J, Report Defining The Needs of Stakeholders For a Wayfinding Platform For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities and Their Carers, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, March 2018, 2018, p1 - 29, Report, PUBLISHED
Dinsmore J., European Funding Opportunities and Digital Health, Launch of the EHealth Research and Innovation Network for population health, NUIG, Galway, Ireland, 14th June, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Honourable Paper Mention - CHI 2019 - for Paper: Managing Multimorbidity: Identifying Design Requirements for a Digital Self-Management Tool to Support Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions 2019
Irish Healthcare Awards Project Commendation for ProACT 2018
Health Research Board (2017) Recognition of EU Research Leadership 2017
Dyson Award Ireland (PI on research project WayFinding) 2017
Universal Grand Design Challenge People's Award (Centre for Excellence in Universal Design): Project 'WayFinder' 2016
Winner of the BIOEVOLVE Conference Digital Hack 2015
Leonardo of the Science Gallery Dublin 2013-Present
Propellerhead Artist Endorsement 2012
CMJ Music Marathon Music Artist Spotlight 2009
SONICBIDS Artist Endorsement 2009
GIO GOI Artist Endorsement 2006
Today FM Rising Artist Award 2005
Virgin Radio Xtreme Unsigned Artist Award 2005
XFM London Unsigned Artist Award 2005
My core research aims to advance the field of digital health across 4 key interlinked areas, as follows: 1) By understanding and improving the effectiveness of digital interventions to support delivery of single and multiple chronic disease (multimorbidity) models of person-centred integrated care (with a focus on older adult populations). 2) By understanding and enhancing user engagement with digital interventions through the application of behavioural science, health psychology theories and person centred design. 3) By advancing the role of digital health interventions to de-centralise integrated care to the community. 4) By understanding best practices for trialling/implementing digital health interventions in relation to development stage and regional and organisational preparedness. The majority of this work above has been advanced through the development and evaluation of the of the ProACT platform via the EU Horizon 2020 project ProACT ( - role Coordinator). ProACT has now been successfully implemented in 4 trials across 3 countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy) via 2 grants (H2020 and the Sláintecare Integration Fund) Outcomes from these recently completed trials will be published from 2020 with a 5th trial due to start in Belgium in the summer 2020. My future research aims to build on the above, evolving the ProACT platform and associated technologies to account for new diseases and populations. Presently I am working with teams across the EU to achieve this (with new projects to commence in 2020) as well as develop new digital tools to assess organisational and local/regional specific readiness for transferability and scalability of digital integrated care solutions. These tools we hope will enable healthcare policy makers and organisations evaluate the impact of potential solutions to support disease management and integrated care processes. Further to the work above, I also have research interests in the role assistive technologies can play to support individuals with intellectual disability and autism. In collaboration with the ALL Institute (NUIG), DOCTRID Institute and World Health Organisation GATE (Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology) my focus has been on understanding international barriers and facilitators to assistive technology access/use for people with intellectual disability and autism. This work wil be advanced from 2020 via a new COST ACTION.