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Dr Barbara Coughlan


Barbara Coughlan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
01 716 6441
University College Dublin, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


I joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems (SNMHS) as a Lecturer in 2004. I am a registered Nurse and Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and I am a Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland in the division of Health Psychology. I completed a BA Degree in Psychology at the UCD in 1993 followed by a MA Research in Psychology in 1996 where I explored "The psychosocial correlates of sibling adjustment following sudden infant death". I worked as a Research Psychologist in the Hepatology Unit in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) from 1996 then as a Psychologist till 2002 when I took the role of Senior Psychologist in the newly established Centre for Liver Disease. My PhD examined "the psychosocial impact of an iatrogenic chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on a previously healthy female population" and grew from my work in the Centre. I was a member of the National Hepatitis C Data Base Steering Committee from 2006 to 2017 and the Health Services Executive (HSE) Bereavement Care Standards Development Group 2014-2016. More recently I have been a member of the HSE Staff Training and Support Work-stream for the Implementation of the National Bereavement Care Standards. Psychological well-being situated within a biopsychosocial model of health, broadly encapsulates my research interest to date. More specifically the focus of my research includes maternal health and well-being, bereavement, pregnancy loss and perinatal death; professional self-care and self-compassion; coping with and adjusting to chronic illness and cancer; physical and mental health issues in people with enduring mental health problems. I have collaborated on several funded and non funded research projects, leading to publications and conference presentations related to my interests and expertise. To date I have 134 publications, 33 in peer reviewed journals, I have presented widely in person and as a co -author at both national and international conferences. I teach both the undergraduate and graduate Nursing and Midwifery degree students on relevant areas from psychology and research methods and I have supervised eleven students (5 PhD and 6 MSc Research Degree) to completion. I am currently supervising 3 students (2 PhD and 1 MSc Research Degree) with backgrounds in nursing, midwifery and psychology in areas of health related care. I am an Honorary Lecturer in the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and I was the UCD Chair (2013 to 2017) now Co-Chair of the Joint Research Network (JRN) between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin [more recently including the Ireland East Hospital Group (JRN- NMH & UCD & IEHG)]. The JRN Philosophy "Midwives, Nurses, Academics and Students Working Together in a Community of Practice and Research" is a important driver in my academic role here in UCD.


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • RGN
    Nursing & Midwifery Board Of Ireland
  • RM
    Nursing & Midwifery Board Of Ireland


  • Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland22 Sep 1986 - 24 Apr 1987
    RCSI Nursing