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Assoc Professor

Ann Sheridan

Associate Professor
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
01 716 6427
University College Dublin, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4

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I am researcher, educator and clinical practitioner with extensive experience underpinned by registration as a nurse and nurse teacher. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, Master’s degree in Education, and PhD in Nursing. Prior to and since appointment to UCD I have a substantial record of publication and a track record in securing research and development funding, and I continue to develop expertise in areas related to serious and enduring (chronic) illness, wellness self-management and recovery. While my primary focus is in mental health, the synergetic relationships between physical, psychological, spiritual and social dimensions of health, wellness and illness facilitate exchange and transfer of knowledge and approaches to research, education and practice across care contexts with the capacity to enhance care and service development. My publications and professional profile demonstrate engagement across a diverse range of areas evidenced by invitations to contribute as sole author to eight core disciplinary text books in Ireland, Europe, United Kingdom and United States and as sole, lead or major author in numerous journal articles with publication across a range of high impact discipline specific journal including Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (6.754); Journal of Psychiatric Research (4.437); International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (2.033); Journal of Advanced Nursing ( 2.267); Early Intervention in Psychiatry (2.9); Administration and Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research (2.82); International Journal of Social Psychiatry (1.613;) and Nursing Inquiry (1.159). Evidence of this diversity across disciplinary and subject boundaries exists relating to funded research, publications and presentations in diverse areas such as palliative care; health literacy and non-use of information in cancer services; models of nurse staffing; nursing and midwifery care metrics; prevention of hypothermia in neonates; clinical information systems; and ethics. I have obtained research funding of EUR1.4 million as principal investigator and EUR2.6 million when my co-applicant role is included. This is an exceptional achievement within the SNMHS and by disciplinary norms in Ireland. Internationally I am a member of several multidisciplinary networks with links across 17 EU countries- resulting in H2020 and COST programme submissions, and have established network links with researchers in the US at Yale and Georgetown Universities, and in Norway and Sweden, focussing on examining global issues impacting health including poverty. At a European level I was appointed as the independent nursing professional expert by the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) Secretariat to their project to develop a classification of European Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupations in health and social care. This was a three-year appointment which has now concluded. This involved regular meeting of the committee in Brussels to design, develop, review and agree the European skills and competency framework for nursing. Recently the Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian). ESCO is intended to facilitate the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that could help overcome labour market imbalances and increase occupational and geographical mobility in the EU. Having directed a clinical school of nursing, being a Ministerial nominee to the Nursing Education Forum responsible for the transition of nursing education to third level, and having held a senior leadership role in Health Services Planning and Development, I have strong leadership and professional experience and have recently completed the Developing University Leaders Programme. I have a strong history of student engagement / teaching and contributing significantly to the full range of school activities. I have supervised 4 PhD and I DN student to completion, am currently primary supervisor for 2 and co-supervisor for 1 PhD students, and have examined PhD students externally, internally, chaired PhD and Master by Research examination committees; chaired and am a panel member of doctoral studies panels. I initiated an innovative funded doctoral programme in partnership the Office of the Director of Nursing and Midwifery and NMPDU within the HSE to deliver a national nursing and midwifery metrics programme. These initiatives have resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications and conference presentations. I work in a voluntary capacity with the Hearing Voices Network Ireland facilitating weekly Hearing Voices Groups in North Inner-City Dublin


  • Head of Subject Mental Health Nursing
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland2018


  • BNS
    University College Dublin
  • MEd
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University of Birmingham
    Nursing & Midwifery Board Of Ireland
  • RNT Reg Nurse Teacher
    University College Dublin
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
    St. Brendan’s Hospital Dublin