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Dr. Louise Doyle

Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Louise Doyle is an associate professor in mental health nursing and Head of the Mental Health Nursing discipline. She is a registered psychiatric nurse and nurse tutor with over 25 years' experience in mental health nursing practice, education and research. She holds a BNS (Hons) degree from DCU, and an MSc. (Nursing Education) and PhD from UCD. She collaborates extensively in research both nationally and internationally and is a member of successful EU consortia. Her research is located predominately within mental health with a focus on suicide and self-harm and she is currently involved in a number of research projects within her area of interest. Past and current studies on which she has led and collaborated include an examination of self-harm and help-seeking in young people, healthcare providers' responses to those who are suicidal, supporting mental health and suicide prevention within prison settings, risk assessment strategies in mental health nursing practice and self-harm/suicide and mental health within the LGBTI population. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular expertise in mixed methods research on which she delivers workshops and has published widely. Her research findings in mental health have had a meaningful impact on mental health nurse education and clinical practice nationally and internationally through the publication of peer reviewed papers and books and the development of 'Best Practice' guidelines to support mental health nursing practice. Her research findings have also been reported widely in both print and broadcast media, she has delivered a number of invited public talks, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She has reviewing commitments for grant bodies and for a number of international high-impact nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare journals. Louise has extensive teaching experience and has developed and is module leader for two undergraduate mental health modules. She is also module leader on the interdisciplinary 'Suicide, Suicidal Behaviour and Self-Harm' module on the MSc mental health which was the first MSc level interdisciplinary module developed in Ireland on suicidal behaviour. In addition to her teaching, Louise supervises across the BSc, MSc and PhD programmes. Louise's teaching is firmly grounded in research, including her own research, which reflects the synergy between her teaching, clinical experience and research areas and affords undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to learn from subject experts.
  Adolescent help-seeking behaviour   mental health   mental health interventions   MENTAL-HEALTH-CARE   Self-harm   Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour
 Health Research Board. `VISTA - VISion To Action for promoting mental health and recovery. An Implementation Science approach to "Sharing the Vision" - Ireland's national mental health policy.
 SOCMED - Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health
 Identifying the experiences and support needs of family members/companions who support someone presenting to the Emergency Department Following Self-Harm/Suicidal Behaviour.
 The Pathway to the Emergency Department: A national study of ambulance personnel experiences and training needs when responding to people with self-harm and suicidal behaviour.
 `A rapid evidence review to inform the development of guidance for mental health service providers on the care and treatment of LGBTQIA+ service users."

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Member of the Implementation Advisory Group for the National Clinical Programme for Self-Harm and Suicide-Related Ideation 2022 to present
Member of the Advisory Board of the 3Ts charity (Turn the Tide of Suicide). 2016 to 2018
Associate Editor BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (Mental Health papers) 2016 to present
Reviewer BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 to present
Reviewer International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2016 to present
Research advisor to Mental Health Reform 2016 to present
Grant reviewer for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC - UK). 2014
Reviewer for Nursing Research 2013 to present
External Examiner BSc. (Psychiatric Nursing) Athlone Institute of Technology 2013 to 2016
Member of the external programmatic review panel Dundalk Institute of Technology. 2013
Book proposal and chapter reviewer (Sage publications and McGraw hill publications) 2013
Occasional Journal Reviewer for: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Child Abuse and Neglect, Irish Educational Studies, Journal of Mental Health, Health Education Journal, Nurse Prescribing. 2012
Member of the organising committee for the Annual International Research Conference - Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education and Technology 2012 to 2014
Reviewer Journal of Clinical Nursing 2007 to present
External Examiner BSc. (Nursing) Dundalk Institute of Technology 2007 to 2010
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Member of Mixed Methods International Research Association 2023 present
International Association of Youth Mental Health 2017 present
Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) affiliate centre of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) 2016 present
Executive Member of the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing 2016 present
Member of the Advisory Board of 3Ts Charity(Turn the Tide of Suicide) 2016 2018
Member of ENTER (European Network Training, Education and Research Mental Health) 2013 present
Irish Association of Suicidology 2006 present
Darker CD, Mullin M, Doyle L, Tanner M, McGrath D, Doherty L, Dreyer-Gibney K, Barrett EM, Flynn D, Murphy P, Ivers JH, Burke E, Ryan M, McCarron M, Murphy P, Sheils O, Hevey D, Leen A, Keogh L, Walls B, Bennett AE, Petersen F, Nolan A, Barry JM., Developing a health promoting university in Trinity College Dublin-overview and outline process evaluation, Health Promotion International, 38, (4), 2023, p1 - 14, p1-14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
de Vries J, Downes C, Sharek D, Doyle L, Murphy R, Begley T, McCann E, Sheerin F, Smyth S, Higgins A, An exploration of mental distress in transgender people in Ireland with reference to minority stress and dissonance theory., International Journal of Transgender Health, 24, (4), 2023, p469 - 486, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/26895269.2022.2105772], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
deVries, J., Downes, C., Sharek, D., Doyle, L., Murphy, R., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S. & Higgins, A., Irish transgender voices on mental health and mental healthcare, Mental Health and Social Inclusion., 2023, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Monaghan, M. & Doyle, L. , 'It stopped you thinking about food' - The experiences of mealtimes and attending a post-meal support group for young people with anorexia nervosa. , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 32, (1), 2023, p128 - 138, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Byrne, E., Keogh, B., Cummins, N. & Doyle, L., 'Prehospital staff experiences of responding to suicide and self-harm: A semi-structured interview study', Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Research in Ireland Conference, Maynooth, 13th October 2023, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
De Vries, J., Downes, C., Sharek, D., Doyle, L., Murphy, R., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., Higgins, A., 'Voices of the transgender community in Ireland on mental health'., Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2023 (THEconf2023): 'Back to normal or forward to better? New horizons in healthcare', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 7-9 March 2023, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
O"Sullivan, K., Downes, C., Begley, T., De Vries, J., Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Monahan, M., Molloy, R., Murphy, R & Higgins, A., LGBTQI+ strength: What I like about being LGBTQI+"., Sexuality and Social Work Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 18th - 19th July, 20, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing and Mental Health Promotion in, editor(s)Higgins, A., Kilkku, N. & Kristofersson, G.K. , Advanced Practice in Mental Health Nursing: A European Perspective., Berlin, Springer, 2022, pp173 - 195, [Doyle, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Higgins, A., Gibbons, P., Downes, C., Doyle, L.,Hevey, D., Monahan, M., Kroll, T., Barry, J., Eustace-Cook, J.& Murphy, R. , Scoping review of factors influencing the implementation of group psychoeducational initiatives for people experiencing mental health difficulties and their families. , Journal of Mental Health, 31, (6), 2022, p859 - 872, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  DOI
Keogh, B., Murphy, E., Doyle, L., Sheaf, G., Watts, M. & Higgins, A., Mental Health Service Users Experiences of Medication Discontinuation: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies , Journal of Mental Health, 31, (2), 2022, p227 - 238, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Keogh, B., Carr, C., Doyle, L., Brady, AM. and Higgins, A., Traveller Community Engagement with Local Mental Health Services in Dublin North City and County, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, June, 2024, p1 - 32, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in LGBTQ+ Young People.", World Mental Health Day Research Conference " Building Capacity in Mental Health and Suicide Research., UCC/NSRF, Cork, 10th October 2023, 2023, National Suicide Research Foundation, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Keogh B, Carr C, Doyle L, Higgins A, Morrissey J, Sheaf J, & Jowett A J, An Exploration of Conversion Therapy Practices in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, February, 2023, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., Rashleigh, C., Keogh, B., & Carr, C., Trinity Shape Study - Suicide Help-seeking and Prevention. Key Findings Report, June, 2023, p1 - 15, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., 'The experiences of family members/friends who accompany somene to the Emergency Department with Suicidal Behaviour', CRC FM, 2022, -, Broadcast, COMPLETED
Doyle, L., `Paramedics" Experiences in Responding to Mental health Crises"., Irish Paramedicine Education & Research Network (IPERN) Launch, Virtual, 17th March 2021, 2021, Irish Paramedicine Education & Research Network, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Doyle, L., '`Emergency Department not fit for suicidal patients, study finds."', Business Post, 2020, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., '`Mental Health Patients report negative `tick-box exercise" in hospital emergency departments."', The Examiner, 2020, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Higgins, Morrissey, J. & Downes, C., Accessing Help for Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in the Emergency Department: The Experiences of Service Users.", National Suicide Research Foundation Virtual Seminar for World Mental Health Day., Virtual, 9th October 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Higgins, A. & Downes, C. , Accessing Help for Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in the Emergency Department: The Experiences of Service Users. , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
EHB Gold Medal For Nursing 1996
MA (jure officii) 2007