Research Profile

Mary Cronin

Biography

Mary Cronin is a Social Scientist and College Lecturer in the School of Public Health (SPH), UCC since 2006, working on a half-time basis.  She is the lead academic for teaching in the discipline of Health Promotion and makes a unique contribution to breadth of research in the SPH through her work on the social determinants of the health inequities experienced by the Traveller community in Ireland.
Mary lectured in the Department of Health Promotion, NUI Galway from 2002-2004 and was an Outreach Co-ordinator, Placement Co-ordinator and Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies, UCC on the BSc Youth and Community Work team from 1998-2002.  

Mary brings an inter-disciplinary perspective to her research and teaching in Health Promotion based on her academic and professional qualifications and 15 years of professional experience.  She's undertaking her PhD in the discipline of Social Policy in which she has an MA from UCC. She was awarded a Diploma in Community and Youth Work from NUI Maynooth and has two nursing qualifications - Registered Sick Children's Nurse from Guy's Hospital, London and a Registered General Nurse from the Cork Regional Hospital.
Mary worked in Community Development with the Traveller community and in the Mahon area of Cork city, as well as gaining experience on Dublin's south inner city in a drug users rehabilitation programme and a community youth project; she maintains a strong network of contacts with practitioner colleagues.
She worked as a nurse in Ireland, England and Australia, as well as in Liberia and Somalia in Africa, where she managed emergency vaccination and food supplementation programmes during periods of conflict.

As Health Promotion teaching lead Mary teaches/co-ordinates under and post-graduate modules addressing Health Promotion, Promoting Health with Communities, Social Policy and Health, Health Inequities, Culture, Ethnicity and Health, and Qualitative and Participatory Research.  
At UCC she has supervised 14 Masters dissertations, co-supervised two PhD theses and is committed to supporting community-engaged research among the SPH student body.  She's a member of the SPH PhD Review Group and its Civic and Community Engagement Committee. 

Mary has been a College of Medicine and Health nominee to UCC's Civic and Community Engagement committee since 2018; she was an active member of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Working Group of UCC's 'Health Matters' health promotion initiative from 2012-2017.

Research Interests

Mary's research is focused on examining health determinants, particularly structural determinants, to better contribute to social transformation and the amelioration of inequities in Ireland, focusing on the Traveller community, as well as other minority communities. She has a strong interest in participatory and engaged research and its potential to address epistemic injustices experienced by those on the margins of society and to influence public discourse, policy making and health services.     

Research Subject Areas 
  • Structural Determinants of Health Inequities of the Traveller community in Ireland - Mary is completing her PhD in this area. 
  • Structural Determinants of Health Inequities of those on the margins of Irish society 
  • Young People's Health and Wellbeing
  • Women's Health - informed by an Intersectionality perspective
  • Health Promotion Practice
Methodologies / Methods 
  • Critical Social Research
  • Participatory and Engaged Research; Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Health  
  • Qualitative data analysis - discourse analysis, policy analysis, thematic analysis   
  • Public and patient involvement (PPI) in health research
Mary is a Project Partner with Professor Fergus Shanahan and colleagues in the APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC, on a Science Foundation Ireland funded 'Redefining STEM' project (2020-2022), in partnership with the Traveller Visibility Group.  This project employs participatory methods to engage Travellers in disseminating new knowledge on the Traveller microbiome and developing a future research programme with the community. 

Mary is a member of the Inclusion Health Research Group in the College of Medicine and Health, UCC and a member of the inter-disciplinary SHAPE (Society, Health and Political Economy) cluster of ISS21 (institute for Social Science 21) in UCC. 

Mary was the academic lead on a Community Based Participatory Research project in partnership with the Southern Traveller Health Network (STHN) and two Health Service Executive (HSE) South departments, from 2013-16. 

Since 2013 she has facilitated five Community groups to undertake research projects of their choice, through co-designing and directing studies through her supervision of MPH student research projects.  





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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'The psychosocial impacts of cybervictimisation and barriers to seeking social support: Young people's perspectives'
Dennehy, Rebecca; Meaney, Sarah; Cronin, Mary; Arensman, Ella (2020) 'The psychosocial impacts of cybervictimisation and barriers to seeking social support: Young people's perspectives'. Children and Youth Services Review, 111 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Young people's conceptualizations of the nature of cyberbullying: A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research'
Dennehy, Rebecca; Meaney, Sarah; Walsh, Kieran A.; Sinnott, Carol; Cronin, Mary; Arensman, Ella (2020) 'Young people's conceptualizations of the nature of cyberbullying: A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research'. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 51 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Involving young people in cyberbullying research: The implementation and evaluation of a rights-based approach'
Dennehy R;Cronin M;Arensman E; (2018) 'Involving young people in cyberbullying research: The implementation and evaluation of a rights-based approach'. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'A retrospective public health analysis of the Republic of Ireland's Food Harvest 2020 strategy: absence, avoidance and business as usual'
Kenny, Tara,Cronin, Mary,Sage, Colin (2018) 'A retrospective public health analysis of the Republic of Ireland's Food Harvest 2020 strategy: absence, avoidance and business as usual'. Critical Public Health, 28 (1):94-105   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'A typology of alcohol consumption among young people - A narrative synthesis'
Davoren, MP;Cronin, M;Perry, IJ;Demant, J;Shiely, F;O'Connor, K (2016) 'A typology of alcohol consumption among young people - A narrative synthesis'. Addiction Research & Theory, 24 :261-273 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'Alcohol consumption among university students: a typology of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy'
Davoren, MP;Cronin, M;Perry, IJ;O'Connor, K (2016) 'Alcohol consumption among university students: a typology of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy'. Bmj Open, 6 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2009)'A qualitative study of trends in patient preferences for the management of the partially dentate state'
Cronin, M, Meaney, S, Jepson, NJA, Allen, PF (2009) 'A qualitative study of trends in patient preferences for the management of the partially dentate state'. Gerodontology, 26 :137-142 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2007)'Exploring the use of experiential learning workshops and reflective practice within professional practice development for post-graduate health promotion students'
Cronin, M;Connolly, C (2007) 'Exploring the use of experiential learning workshops and reflective practice within professional practice development for post-graduate health promotion students'. Health Education Journal, 66 :286-303 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2016)Report on the Traveller Women's Food, Physical Activity and Health Study.
Cronin, M., O'Leary, A., Russell, J. and Southern Traveller Health Network (2016) Report on the Traveller Women's Food, Physical Activity and Health Study. Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health University College Cork, Cork Ireland. [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)Highlights of the Report on the Traveller Women's Food, Physical Activity and Health Study.
Cronin, M., O'Leary, A., Russell, J. and Southern Traveller Health Network (2016) Highlights of the Report on the Traveller Women's Food, Physical Activity and Health Study. Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health University College Cork, Cork Ireland. [Full Text] [Details]
(2003)'We Consult but Who Decides?' A Qualitaitve Study of Consultative Processes between Traveller groups and Statutory agenices in the Cork area.
Cronin, M. (2003) 'We Consult but Who Decides?' A Qualitaitve Study of Consultative Processes between Traveller groups and Statutory agenices in the Cork area. Traveller Visibility Group, Cork Ireland. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)Society of Social Medicine
MP Davoren, M Cronin, IJ Perry, K O’Connor (2015) OP17 Alcohol consumption among university students: developing a taxonomy of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy Society of Social Medicine   [Details]
(2007)Operational Research for Health Policy: Making Better Decisions. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Service
Thunhurst C, Cronin M, Curtin M ; (2007) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to build Partnerships for Community Health Development Operational Research for Health Policy: Making Better Decisions. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Service [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(1996)A Rolling Stone - the life and times of Traveller Women
Cronin, M (Ed.). (1996) A Rolling Stone - the life and times of Traveller Women Cork, Ireland: Bradshaw Books. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2004)'Citizen Participation: Empty Ritual or Redistribution of Power? A Critical Examination of the Travelling Community's Experiences of Consultation with Statutory Agencies'
Cronin, M.; (2004) 'Citizen Participation: Empty Ritual or Redistribution of Power? A Critical Examination of the Travelling Community's Experiences of Consultation with Statutory Agencies' In: Citizenship Revisited - Threats or Opportunities of Shifting Boundaries. [Details]
(2004)'Social Policy Course Reader 2nd ed.(Units 1 & 2), Galway, Dept.of Health Promotion, NUI Galway'
Cronin, M.; (2004) 'Social Policy Course Reader 2nd ed.(Units 1 & 2), Galway, Dept.of Health Promotion, NUI Galway' In: Social Policy Course Reader. Galway Ireland: Dept of Health Promotion, NUI Galway. [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2019)COMMUNICATION IS THE ROOT ISSUE: INFORMING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CYBERBULLYING INTERVENTIONS.
Dennehy, R;Meaney, S;Cronin, M;Arensman, E (2019) COMMUNICATION IS THE ROOT ISSUE: INFORMING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CYBERBULLYING INTERVENTIONS. LONDON: Abstract [DOI] [Details]
(2014)WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AMONG THE YOUTH OF SOCIETY? A NARRATIVE SYNTHESIS.
Davoren, MP;Cronin, M;Perry, IJ;Demant, J;O'Connor, K (2014) WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AMONG THE YOUTH OF SOCIETY? A NARRATIVE SYNTHESIS. LONDON: Abstract [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2020)Young people's conceptualizations of the nature of cyberbullying: A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research.
Dennehy, R;Meaney, S;Walsh, KA;Sinnott, C;Cronin, M;Arensman, E (2020) Young people's conceptualizations of the nature of cyberbullying: A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. OXFORD: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2016)A typology of alcohol consumption among young people – A narrative synthesis.
Davoren M.;Cronin M.;Perry I.;Demant J.;Shiely F.;O’Connor K. (2016) A typology of alcohol consumption among young people – A narrative synthesis. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2021)Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference,
M McNamara & M Cronin (2021) Case Study of Enablers of Health Promotion Intervention for Older Adults Cocooning during Covid 19. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference, Online , 15-OCT-21 - 15-OCT-21. [Details]
(2020)Royal College of Physicians Winter Meeting,
M McNamara & M Cronin (2020) Case Study identifying of Enablers of Physiotherapy-led Health Promotion Intervention during Covid 19. [Poster Presentation], Royal College of Physicians Winter Meeting, Online , 09-DEC-20 - 09-DEC-20. [Details]
(2019)World Anti-Bullying Forum,
Dennehy, R., Meaney, S., Cronin, M & Arensman, E. (2019) Communication is the root issue: Informing the development of an intervention to address cyberbullying. [Oral Presentation], World Anti-Bullying Forum, Dublin , 04-JUN-19 - 06-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)NUIG 23rd Annual Health Promotion Conference,
Dennehy, R., Meaney, S., Cronin, M & Arensman, E. (2019) Communication is the root issue: Informing the development of an intervention to address cyberbullying. [Oral Presentation], NUIG 23rd Annual Health Promotion Conference, Galway , 13-JUN-19 - 13-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)World Anti-Bullying Forum,
Dennehy, R., Meaney, S., Cronin, M & Arensman, E. (2019) Young people’s perceptions of the nature of cyberbullying: A meta-ethnography. [Oral Presentation], World Anti-Bullying Forum, Dublin , 04-JUN-19 - 06-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)SPHERE Network 5th Annual Conference: Getting Research in to Policy and Practice, RCSI,
Dennehy, R., Meaney, S., Cronin, M & Arensman, E. (2019) “Communication is the root issue” Informing Cyberbullying Interventions. [Oral Presentation], SPHERE Network 5th Annual Conference: Getting Research in to Policy and Practice, RCSI, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)WHO European Healthy Cities Conference,
Cronin, Burke, Rogan, Russell, O'Leary, Cahill, O'Reilly & Prendiville (2018) Traveller Women's Perspectives on the underlying causes of their Food Choices - an inter-sectoral partnership working towards an alternative health education discourse and practice. [Oral Presentation], WHO European Healthy Cities Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 01-OCT-18 - 04-OCT-18. [Details]
(2018)SPHeRE Network 4th Annual Conference: The Value of Patient and Public Involvement in Research, Healthcare and Health Planning,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M, Meaney, S. & Arensman, E. (2018) A Rights-Based Approach to Cyberbullying Research Evaluating a Young Person’s Advisory Group as a Model for Participation. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], SPHeRE Network 4th Annual Conference: The Value of Patient and Public Involvement in Research, Healthcare and Health Planning, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Children’s Research Network: Growing up in the digital environment,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M, Meaney, S. & Arensman, E. (2018) Young People’s Perceptions of the Nature of Cyberbullying: A Meta-Ethnography. [Oral Presentation], Children’s Research Network: Growing up in the digital environment, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)18th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway,
Cronin, M., Burke, A., Rogan, AM., Russell, J. et al (2018) Traveller Women's Perspectives on the Underlying Causes of their Food Choices - an Inter-Agency Partnership working towards an Alternative Discourse and Practice. [Oral Presentation], 18th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 07-JUN-18 - 07-JUN-18. [Details]
(2017)SPHeRE Network 3rd Annual Conference,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Corcoran, P. Arensman, E. (2017) Collaborating with a youth advisory group in the design of the CY:BER Study. [Poster Presentation], SPHeRE Network 3rd Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 12-JAN-17 - 12-JAN-17. [Details]
(2017)World Anti-Bullying Forum,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Arensman, E (2017) Cyberbullying and Young People: Behaviours, Experiences & Resolutions. [Oral Presentation], World Anti-Bullying Forum, Stockholm, Sweden , 07-MAY-17 - 09-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017)World Anti Bullying Forum,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Arensman, E. (2017) Collaborating with Young People in Cyberbullying Research. [Oral Presentation], World Anti Bullying Forum, Stockholm Sweden , 07-MAY-17 - 09-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017)Annual Psychology Health and Medicine Conference,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Corcoran, P. Arensman, E. (2017) Collaborating with Young People in Cyberbullying Research. [Poster Presentation], Annual Psychology Health and Medicine Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 03-MAR-17 - 03-MAR-17. [Details]
(2016)Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development 19th Annual Conference,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Arensman, E. (2016) Cyberbullying and Young People: Behaviours, Experiences and Resolution. [Invited Oral Presentation], Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development 19th Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 07-OCT-16 - 07-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016)National Health Services Research Institute,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Corcoran, P. Arensman, E. (2016) Collaborating with Young People in the Design of a Cyberbullying Study. [Poster Presentation], National Health Services Research Institute, UCC, Cork Ireland , 10-NOV-16 - 10-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Children's Research Network Conference,
Dennehy, R. Cronin, M. Corcoran, P. Arensman, E. (2016) Collaborating with Young People in Cyberbullying Research. [Poster Presentation], Children's Research Network Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 06-DEC-16 - 06-DEC-16. [Details]
(2015)Promising Paths: Research, Practice & Policy for Healthy and Sustainable Campuses,
M. P. Davoren, M Cronin, I. J. Perry and K O’Connor. (2015) Alcohol consumption among university students: Developing a taxonomy of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy. [Oral Presentation], Promising Paths: Research, Practice & Policy for Healthy and Sustainable Campuses, Kelowna Canada . [Details]
(2015)Society of Social Medicine Annual Conference,
M. P. Davoren, M Cronin, I. J. Perry and K O’Connor. (2015) Alcohol consumption among university students: Developing a taxonomy of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy. [Oral Presentation], Society of Social Medicine Annual Conference, Dublin Ireland . [Details]
(2015)41st Annual Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society,
M. P. Davoren, M Cronin, I. J. Perry and K O’Connor. (2015) Alcohol consumption among university students: Developing a taxonomy of consumption to aid the tailoring of effective public health policy. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 41st Annual Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, Munich Germany . [Details]
(2014)40th Annual Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society,
Davoren, M. P. Cronin, M, Perry, I. J. Demant, J Shiely F and O’Connor K (2014) ‘What are the different types of alcohol consumption among the youth of society? A narrative synthesis’. [Oral Presentation], 40th Annual Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, Turin Italy . [Details]
(2014)18th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway,
M Byrne, M Cronin, MP Davoren, V Ahern (2014) The University as a Setting for Health Promotion Initiatives - a case Study of the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Working Group of UCC Health Matters. [Oral Presentation], 18th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2014)Social Science and Medicine 58th Annual Conference,
Davoren, MP., Cronin, M., Perry, IJ., Demant, J., Shiely, F. and O'Connor, K. (2014) Types of alcohol consumption among young adults - a Narrative Synthesis. [Poster Presentation], Social Science and Medicine 58th Annual Conference, Keble College, Oxford University, England . [Details]
(2013)17th Annual Health Promotion Conference, NUI Galway,
Deane, A., Hennessy, B. and Cronin, M. (2013) From Grassroots to Government - a case study of the Social Justice and Policy Work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. [Oral Presentation], 17th Annual Health Promotion Conference, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, UCC,
Hogan, K. and Cronin, M. (2012) Exploring cervical screening uptake among older Irish socio-economically disadvantaged women. [Poster Presentation], Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, UCC, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Irish Forum for Global Health Biannual Conference,
MacLeod, F., Cronin, M., Rubaihayo J. and Collins, A. (2012) Moving Mountains to Develop Public Health Knowledge and Skills in Uganda and Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Irish Forum for Global Health Biannual Conference, Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(2006)14th Annual Public Health Forum,
Thunhurst, C., Cronin, M., Curtin, M.; (2006) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], 14th Annual Public Health Forum, Telford , 14-MAR-06 - 15-MAR-06. [Details]
(2006)NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference,
Thunhurst, C. Cronin, M. (2006) Supporting Partnership Development by Keeping Community Groups in the Driving Seat. [Oral Presentation], NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of Warwick , 01-SEP-06 - 01-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)31st Annual Meeting of European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services,
Thunhurst, C., Cronin, M., Curtin, M.; (2005) The Orchid Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Other], 31st Annual Meeting of European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services, *University of Southampton . [Details]
(2005)9th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway,
Cronin, M., Thunhurst, C., Curtin, M.; (2005) Partnerships for Health - A Case Study of the ORCHID Project. [Oral Presentation], 9th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2005)32nd Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland,
Thunhurst, C. Cronin, M.; (2005) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], 32nd Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, Nenagh, Ireland . [Details]
(2005)Royal Irish Academy Conference on Volunteering and Philanthropy,
Thunhurst, C. Cronin, M.; (2005) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Conference on Volunteering and Philanthropy, Belfast , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference,
Thunhurst, C., Cronin, M., Curtin, M.; (2005) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Break Down the Barriers that Inhibit Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of Warwick , 31-AUG-05 - 01-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)47th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society of the UK,
Thunhurst, C., Cronin, M., Curtin, M.,; (2005) The ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], 47th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society of the UK, University of Chester , 13-SEP-05 - 15-SEP-05. [Details]
(2004)LABOr Conference: Learning from Best Practise in Training and Employment of People with Disability in Europe,
D'Eath, M., Walls, M., Hodgins, M. Cronin, M.; (2004) Quality of Life of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], LABOr Conference: Learning from Best Practise in Training and Employment of People with Disability in Europe, Unknown . [Details]
(2004)International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference,
D'Eath, M., Walls, M., Hodgins, M., Cronin, M.; (2004) Selecting a Quality of Life Instrument - challanges and experiences. [Poster Presentation], International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference, France (June 2004) . [Details]
(2004)International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference,
D'Eath, M., Walls, M., Hodgins, M., Cronin, M.; (2004) Barriers to Quality of Life of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability in Ireland. [Poster Presentation], International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference, France (June 2004) . [Details]
(2004)Health Services Research Annual Conference,
Thunhurst, C., Curtin, M., Cronin, M.; (2004) ORCHID Project - Using Operational Research to Build Partnerships for Community Health Development. [Oral Presentation], Health Services Research Annual Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2004)International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference,
D'Eath, M., Walls, M., Hodgins, M., Cronin, M.; (2004) The Role of Family in Quality of Live of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) conference, France (June 2004) . [Details]
(2003)WHO International Healthy Cities Conference,
Cronin, M. (2003) The Practice of Participatory Democracy - elements of good practice in statutory agencies. [Oral Presentation], WHO International Healthy Cities Conference, Belfast , 01-OCT-03 - 01-OCT-03. [Details]
(2001)Health Services Research Conference.(2001),
Cronin, M.; (2001) Health Services Research in multi-cultural Ireland - time for discussion?. [Oral Presentation], Health Services Research Conference.(2001), UCC . [Details]
(2000)Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care Conference (2000),
Cronin, M.; (2000) Health Research on Ethnic Minority Groups - Who Defines the Research Questions?. [Oral Presentation], Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care Conference (2000), Bournemouth, England . [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1997MA Social Policy 1H
1993Diploma in Community & Youth Work 2.1H
1990Registered Sick Children's Nurse (Hons) Guys Hospital, London
1987Registered General Nurse (1st class hons) An Bord Altranais
2003Third Sector Research Programme post-graduate research bursary Royal Irish Academy

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
UCC Civic and Community Engagement Committee Member2018 /
UCC Health Matters Alcohol and Substance Abuse Working Group Member2012 / 2017

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC (Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health) College Lecturer (50% contract post)01-MAY-06 /
University College Cork College Lecturer/
UCC (Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health) Assistant Lecturer/Researcher01-OCT-04 / 30-APR-06
NUI Galway (Dept of Health Promotioni) College Lecturer01-OCT-02 / 31-AUG-04
UCC (Dept of Applied Social Studies) College Lecturer01-SEP-98 / 31-AUG-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1997University College Cork MASocial Policy
1993St Patrick's College, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) Diploma in Community & Youth WorkCommunity & Youth Work
1987Cork University Hospital Group Registered General NurseGeneral Nursing
1990Guy's Hospital Registered Sick Children's NurseSick Children's Nursing

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
Gaeilge FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Outreach Activities

 Description

Ongoing Collaboration with Cork Healthy City Project

I collaborate with and support the Southern Traveller Health Network workers in policy related areas such as the development of the National Traveller Health Action Plan

I bring to the research team experience of working with the Traveller community, well established working relationships, and expertise in participatory / engaged research methods.

Member of the management committee of the Niche Community Health Project, Knocknaheeny, Cork: 2020- Spring 2021

I provided training to local Travellers prior to them acting as peer researchers on the All Ireland Traveller Health Study in 2009

Other Activities

 Description

Active member of the Health Promoting University's 'Alcohol & Substance Abuse' Working Group 2012 - 2017 

Inclusion Health Research Group in College of Medicine & Health - active member since established in Dec 2020. 
Mediated the recruitment of a community partner for research funding application; contributed to the preparation of a research application on the health service experiences of families experiencing homelessness

2021/22 Collaborating with Dr M Dempsey & Dr S Foley on a publication on women's experiences of endometriosis services and treatment in Ireland. 

Founder member of the Irish Forum for Global Health in 2004

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I am the discipline lead for Health Promotion in the SPH.  My teaching focuses on Health Promotion's  core concepts and principles, along with a critical analysis of preceding public health discourse, theories and practices. I place particular focus on the Social Determinants of Health and the root causes of Health Inequities and the actions needed to reduce them.  I teach on Public Policy, Health Discourse and Community Development as means to ameliorate Health Inequities, as well as Qualitative Critical Social Research and Participatory, Community and Civic Engagement in Research.
I also teach on the topics of Ethnicity, Culture and Health and Anti-Racist Practice.  

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2015Tara Kenny UCCMPHA retrospective mixed methods analysis of the development of the Food Harvest 2020 strategy
2021Colette O'Connor UCCMSc in Occupational HealthMenopause as an Occupational Issue
2021Ayisha Lightbourne UCCMPHLiving with Chronic Illness - a Qualitative Exploration of Women's perceptions & experiences of diagnosis, supports & treatment option in managing Endometriosis
2015Chisara Faith Duru University College CorkMPHA study of the perspectives of Mothers experiencing Homelessness on their and their children’s Health Promotion Needs
2016Katie Casey UCCMPHA metaethnographical review of qualitative evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa of barriers/facilitators influencing the adoption of new neonatal umbilical cord care recommendations
2015Martin Davoren UCCPHDAlcohol consumption and related harm among university students in Ireland
2021Isobel Graves UCCMPHExploring Barriers, Facilitators & Suggestions for Improvements for Muslim Women in the Irish Healthcare System
2020Rebecca Dennehy UCCPHDCyberbullying and Young People: Behaviours, Experiences and Resolutions
2019Liliane Agbor UCCMPHA NOVA analysis of the types of Food Surplus flowing through the Food Assistance System in the Republic of Ireland
2020Michelle McNamara UCCMPHA case study identifying enablers to a physiotherapy-led Health Promotion intervention which supported older adults to stay physically active during the Covid 19 cocooning phase
2014Arinola Oloko UCCMPHExploratory Study of the Concepts and Principles underpinning the Community Development work of NICHE
2013Aideen O'Leary UCCMPHA Pilot Study of Traveller Women's perceptions of their relationship between their Emotional Well-being and their Food Choices
2014Edward Murphy UCCMPHExploring the Role of the Traveller Familiy in supporting Travellers experiencing addiction

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Prof Fergus Shanahan APC, UCCIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Denise Cahill Cork Healthy CityIRELAND
Katherine Harford Lets Grow Together, Knocknaheeny, CorkIRELAND
Traveller Visibility Group Traveller Visibility Group CorkIRELAND

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School of Public Health

Scoil na Sláinte Poiblí

4th Floor, Western Gateway Building, Western Road,

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