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Eilish McAuliffe

Full Professor
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
01 7166456
University College Dublin, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4

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Eilish McAuliffe is Professor of Health Systems at University College Dublin, a position she has held for the past 4 years. During this time, she has built a new research group, the Health Systems Group, whose research activity is focused on systems and implementation science using participatory and co-design principles. Prof McAuliffe has more than 20 years of experience in health systems research. Her research activity is primarily focused on strengthening health systems. Utilising interdisciplinary approaches to identify problems in existing service provision, particularly in the areas of human resources, organisational change and analysing reform and restructuring in healthcare to identify learning and improve the quality and safety of services is the main focus of her research. She has considerable experience of educating policy makers and managers and has supervised more than 100 research students conducting applied research in Irish healthcare. She established and for a period of 10 years led the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, an interdisciplinary research and education centre, conducting health systems research in low and middle-income countries. She developed international research networks and led successful multi-institutional interdisciplinary bids to international funding agencies. She has also led numerous international comparative studies on various aspects of service delivery. Prof McAuliffe has published articles in leading healthcare journals as well as a number of co-edited and co-authored books on healthcare. She holds a B.Sc. Psychology from University College Dublin, an M.Sc. Clinical Psychology from University of London, an MBA from Strathclyde University and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Prof McAuliffe was awarded a Health Research Board Research Leader’s award in 2015 and is currently the Principal Investigator on the Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (Co-Lead) research programme at UCD. This 5-year programme is developing and evaluating a collective leadership intervention on team performance and patient safety.


  • Head of UCD Health Systems Research Group
    university College Dublin, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, Dublin, Ireland14 Oct 2014


  • BSc
    University College Dublin
  • MBA
    University of Strathclyde
  • MSc
    University of London
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin