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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

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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. In brief, I trained as a General Nurse in St James Hospital and as a Midwife in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin respectively. I gained valuable experience working as Staff Nurse in Older Person Care in both residential and day care services in Leopardstown Park Hospital and also in the addiction services in Trinity Court in Dublin 2. I completed a BA Degree in Psychology at the UCD 1990-1993 and I received a MA Research in Psychology in 1996; thesis title "The psychosocial correlates of sibling adjustment following sudden infant death". I took up the post of Research Psychologist in the Hepatology Unit in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) in 1996, following which in 2000 I worked as a Psychologist then as a Senior Psychologist in the newly established Centre for Liver Disease. My PhD thesis was developed from ongoing research with my colleagues providing care to patients diagnosed with an iatrogenic hepatitis C virus infection, the title of the thesis was "the psychosocial impact of an iatrogenic chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on a previously healthy female population". I also worked as a senior psychologist (PT) in the MMUH Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit from 2006-07. I currently teach psychology on both the undergraduate and graduate Nursing and Midwifery degree programmes in the SNMHS. I am an Honorary Lecturer in the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and I was the Co-Chair of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin (JRN-NMH & UCD) for 5 years from January 2013 to November 2017 and I have collaborated on several funded research projects, leading to publications and conference presentations related to maternity care services. I am a member of the National Hepatitis C Data Base Steering Committee since 2004 and I am also a current member of the HSE Staff Training and Support Work-stream for the Implementation of the National Bereavement Care Standards since April 2017. I was a recent member of the Health Services Executive (HSE) Bereavement Care Standards Development Group 2014-2016. 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. To date I have 28 publications in peer reviewed journals, I have presented widely at both national and international conferences. I have supervised ten graduate research degree students (5 PhD and 5 MSc Research Degree) to completion and I am currently supervising four graduate research degree students (2 PhD and 2 MSc Research Degrees) with backgrounds in nursing, midwifery and psychology in areas of health related care.


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