Research Profile

Mary Cronin

Biography

Mary Cronin is a College Lecturer in the School of Public Health, UCC and has worked there since 2004, on a part-time basis. Prior to that she lectured in the Dept of Health Promotion, NUI Galway from 2002-2004 and in the Dept of Applied Social Studies, UCC from 1998-2002. Mary has an MA in Social Policy from UCC and a Diploma in Community and Youth Work from NUI Maynooth. She qualified as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse at Guy's Hospital, London and as a Registered General Nurse at the Cork Regional Hospital. She worked in Community Development in Cork and as a nurse in Ireland, England and Australia, as well as Liberia and Somalia, where she managed emergency vaccination and food supplementation programmes.

Mary's research interests lie in critically analysing and understanding the Health Inequities experienced by marginalised and minority groups, particularly the Traveller community in Ireland.  Mary is interested in exploring the roles which Health Discourse, Public Policies and Community Development can play in the amelioration of Health Inequities. She has expertise in Qualitative Interpretive and Critical Social Research, as well as Community Based Participatory Research approaches. She is currently co-supervising a PhD study on young people's perceptions of Cyber-bullying; this study employed a participatory methodology through the recruitment of a Youth Advisory Group to assist in the design, implementation and analysis stages of the study.  
Mary's PhD research involves employing Foucauldian concepts on discourse to analyse public policies related to health determinants.  She received a post-graduate bursary from the Royal Irish Academy under its Third Sector Research Programme which provided initial funding towards her PhD research.

Mary is one of the College of Medicine and Health's nominees to UCC's Civic and Community Engagement committee; she was an active member of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Working Group of UCC's Health Matters health promotion initiative from 2012-2017. 
 She supervises research projects at PhD and Masters levels and has a strong commitment to and experience of supporting community engaged research. Mary teaches and co-ordinates under-graduate and post-graduate modules in the areas of Health Promotion, Community Development, Social Policy and health, Health Inequities, Qualitative and Community Based Participatory Research.

Research Interests

Mary's research interests lie in critically analysing and understanding the Health Inequities experienced by marginalised and minority groups, particularly the Traveller community in Ireland.  She is interested in exploring the roles which Health Discourse, Public Policies and Community Development can play in the amelioration of Health Inequities. 

She has expertise in Qualitative Interpretive and Critical Social Research, as well as Community Based Participatory Research approaches. She is currently co-supervising a PhD study on young people's perceptions of Cyber-bullying; this study employed a participatory methodology through the recruitment of a Youth Advisory Group to assist in the design, implementation and analysis stages of the study.  

Mary's PhD research involves employing Foucauldian concepts on discourse to analyse public policies related to health determinants.  She received a post-graduate bursary from the Royal Irish Academy under its Third Sector Research Programme which provided initial funding towards her PhD research.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(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]
(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]
(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
(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]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(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
1987Registered General Nurse
2003Third Sector Research Programme post-graduate research bursary Royal Irish Academy

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
UCC Health Matters Alcohol and Substance Abuse Working Group Member2012 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC (Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health) College Lecturer (50% contract post)01-MAY-06 /
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 DIPLOMACommunity & Youth Work

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
Gaeilge FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Outreach Activities

 Description

Undertaking Community Based Participatory Research Projects on health issues with community groups in Cork

Other Activities

 Description

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

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach in the discipline of Health Promotion, focusing on its 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.  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.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2015Chisara Faith Duru University College CorkMPHA study of the perspectives of Mothers experiencing Homelessness on their and their children’s Health Promotion Needs
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

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Health Promotion: Concepts, Principles and Practice EH6029Health Promotion: Concepts, Principles and Practice
2020Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion EH6045Practice Portfolio - Health Promotion

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Southern Traveller Health Network, HSE South Traveller Health Unit, HSE South Dept of Health Promotion and Improvement IRELAND
TVG Drugs and Alcohol Project Traveller Visibility Group CorkIRELAND
NICHE Community Health Development ProjectIRELAND

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