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Dr. Louise Doyle

Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Louise Doyle is an associate professor in mental health nursing and previously served as Head of the Mental Health Nursing discipline. She is a registered psychiatric nurse and nurse tutor with over 20 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
 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.
 Identifying the experiences and support needs of family members/companions who support someone presenting to the Emergency Department Following Self-Harm/Suicidal Behaviour.
 Accessing help for suicidal behaviour in the Emergency Department. Doyle, L. (PI), Keogh, B., Morrissey, J. & Higgins, A.
  Building Capacity for Collaborative Education between Service Users, Family Members and Practitioners within Mental Health Services
 Mental Health and Wellbeing in University Staff

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Member of the Advisory Board of the 3Ts charity (Turn the Tide of Suicide). 2016 to present
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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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 present
Member of ENTER (European Network Training, Education and Research Mental Health) 2013 present
Irish Association of Suicidology 2006 present
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, [Doyle, L. ], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
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
Feerick A., Doyle L. & Keogh B, Forensic Mental Health Nurses Perceptions of Clinical Supervision: A Qualitative Descriptive Study, Issues in Mental Health Nursing , 42, (7), 2021, p682 - 689, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Higgins, A. Downes, C., Murphy, R., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., DeVries, J. & Doyle, L., LGBT+ young people's perceptions of barriers to accessing mental health services in Ireland., Journal of Nursing Management, 29, (1), 2021, p59 - 67, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Watts, M. Murphy, E., Keogh, B., Downes, C., Doyle, L., Higgins, A., Deciding to discontinue prescribed psychotropic medication: a qualitative study of service users' experiences, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Sullivan K, Brady AM, Downes C, Higgins A, Doyle L, McCann T & Keogh B, The role and activities of the Traveller mental health liaison nurse: Findings from a multi-stakeholder evaluation, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sullivan, E., Gogan, E., Doyle, L & Donohue, G. , Decider Life Skills Training as a Methods of Promoting Resilience with Mental Health Student Nurses on Clinical Placement., Nurse Education in Practice, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Darker CD., Mullin M., Doyle L., Tanner M., McGrath D., Doherty L., Dreyer-Gibney K., Barret EM., Flynn D., Ivers J, Burke E, Ryan M., McCarron M., Murphy P., et alia, Developing a healthy university campus in Trinity College Dublin - overview and an outline process evaluation , Health Promotion International, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Darker, C.D., Mullin, M., Doyle, L., Tanner, M., McGrath, D., Doherty, L., Dreyer-Gibney, K., Barrett, E.M., Flynn, D., Murphy, P., Ivers, J.H., Burke, E., Ryan, M., McCarron, M., Murphy, P., Sheils, O., Hevey, D., Leen, A., Keogh, L., Walls, B., Bennett, A.E., Petersen, F., Nolan, A., Barry, J.M., Developing a health promoting university in Trinity College Dublin-overview and outline process evaluation, Health Promotion International, 2021, p1-14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Keogh, B., Brady, AM, Downes, C., Doyle, L., Higgins, A., McCann, T. & O'Sullivan, K., Mental Health Liaison Nursing and Minority Groups: The Role and Activities of a Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse., Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2021 (THEconf2021): 'Transforming healthcare in a changing world: new ways of thinking and working', School of Nursing and Midwifery, 10th March, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL

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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, [Doyle, L. ], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
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
Doyle, L. & Dowling, S. , Supporting Teachers Working with Young People who Self-Harm, BCAP Children & Young People, (September), 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, McCann T, An Evaluation of the Role of the Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Carlow and Kilkenny, Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, October, 2018, Report, PUBLISHED
Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, McCann T, An Evaluation of the Role of the Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Carlow and Kilkenny [Summary Report], Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, October, 2018, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A., Murphy, E., Sheaf, G., Doyle, L. & Keogh, B., Mental Health Service Users' Experiences of Coming off Medication: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies, Trinity College Dublin , 2018, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., Adolescent Self-Harm, Nursing in General Practice, 2, (10), 2017, p34 - 36, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Holme, I., Brennan, M. & Higgins, A. , Promoting Our Wellness and Recovery (POWER) Peer Prisoner Mentoring Evaluation Study., Trinity College Dublin, 2017, p1 - 100, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A. Doyle, L. Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., deVries, J., Begley, T., McCann E., Sheerin, F. & Smyth, S. , The LGBTIreland Report: national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, Dublin, GLEN and BeLonG To. , March, 2016, p1 - 310, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A., Doyle, L. Downes, C., Nash, M., Morrissey, J., Brennan, M & Costello, P., Risk Assessment and Safety Planning in Mental Health Nursing Services. An Exploration of Practices, Policies and Processes., Dublin: Health Service Executive, 2015, Report, PUBLISHED


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