Women’s and Children’s Health

Women’s experiences as citizens and as health service users are related, in part, to their gender and this, in turn, influences their attitudes and decision-making in relation to their health, as well as their experiences of the health system.

Research in this field focuses on aspects of women’s health and social experiences. The Women’s and Children’s Health Research Group also examines aspects of the health and wellbeing of children with acute and chronic illness, including the effectiveness of care pathways and interventions.

This research is conducted in association with the Childhood and Human Development Research Centre (CHD-RC). The Women’s and Children’s Health Research Group is led by Professor Abbey Hyde.

What main areas of research are addressed?

The following areas of research are associated with the Women's and Children's Health research group:

  • Adolescent health
  • Breastfeeding
  • Children’s health problems or potential health problems
  • Choices in childbirth
  • First-time motherhood
  • Gender-related health issues
  • Health issues (mental or physical) or health promotion related to parenting
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Men's health
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death
  • Sexuality and sexual health issues
  • Women’s and mothers’ health
What research opportunities are available?

The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems offers opportunities for graduate research training to master's and PhD level to suitable applicants.

Who are the researchers involved?
  • Prof Abbey Hyde
  • Dr Mary Casey
  • Dr Maria Brenner
  • Dr Barbara Coughlan
  • Dr Maria Healy
Where does this research take place?

The research takes place at the UCD School of Nursing & Midwifery & Health Systems.

Current and recent research projects
Completed research projects
Graduate students' research projects (current and recent)

Madeleine Niermeyer
The Consequences of Sustaining a Burn Injury in Childhood
Principal Supervisor: Dr M Brenner

Jessica Daly
Promoting normality during childbirth in an obstetric-led unit
Principal Supervisor: Prof  L OConnor

Kate Masterson Parents' Experiences of the Transfer of an Acutely Ill Child  from a Regional to a Tertiary Care Centre in IrelandPrincipal Supervisor: Dr M Brenner

Sheila Power
Women’s experience of pregnancy loss and subsequent experience of ambivalence in a following pregnancy
Principal Supervisor: Dr B Coughlan

Michelle Gibbons
Exploring the Transition from Treatment to Survivorship in Breast Cancer Patients Principal Supervisor: Dr B Coughlan

Siobhan McCoy
Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Structured Paediatric Procedural Sedation (PPS) Programme to Improve The Quality of Care for Children Presenting in Pain to the Emergency Department
Principal Supervisor: Prof Abbey Hyde

Brona Mooney
Prostate cancer: a study to ascertain the impact of diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer on patients' quality of life and lifestyle behaviours
Principal Supervisor: Prof G Fealy

Martina Murphy
A prospective study of the relationship between amniotic fluid lactate and progress in labour
Principal Supervisor: Dr B Coughlan

Suja Somanadhan
Parent’s experience of caring for a child with Mucopolysacharidoses (MPS); an Irish PerspectivePrincipal Supervisor: Prof P Larkin

Deirdre M. Van Der Putten
Newly-qualified midwives’ lived experience of clinical practice following a direct-entry four-year Bachelor of Midwifery Science degree programme
Principal Supervisor: Dr M McNamara

Deirdre F. Kelleher
The participation of fathers in the care of their chronically ill child
Principal Supervisor: Dr B Coughlan

Denise M. O Brien
How can women's voices contribute to the development of knowledge that women need to achieve an informed choice for pregnancy and childbirth in Ireland? Principal Supervisor: Dr M Casey

Rita Smith
Women's Experiences of an Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Case Study W
Principal Supervisor: Prof A Hyde

Eileen Furlong
A Grounded Theory Study of School-Age Children’s Experiences in the Context of Maternal Breast Cancer
Principal Supervisor: Dr B Coughlan