Research Profile

Monica O'Mullane

Biography

I joined ISS21 as a research fellow funded by the EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Career Restart) programme in September 2018. Previously, I worked in UCC as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of General Practice on a HRB funded National Diabetes Register Project (2008-2010). I worked in the Department of Government as a lecturer, tutor and course coordinator (2005-2008) whilst pursuing my doctoral study under the supervision of Dr. Aodh Quinlivan. My doctoral thesis examined the use of Health Impact Assessment knowledge in policy development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (2009). 

I lived for eight years in Slovakia, living in Bratislava and then Trnava. I completed my research scholarship into HIA practice and policy in Slovakia, funded by the Slovak Ministry of Education in Bratislava, hosted by the Slovak Academy of Sciences. I then worked in the Department of Public Health, Trnava University, and as an English language teacher in a bilingual primary school (BESST). As part of my work in Trnava University I was Scientific Coordinator for the Slovak team in GENOVATE, 
an EU Framework action-research project on gender equality in research and innovation (2013-2017). 
  
Previous research interest has been primarily in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a policy-aiding approach, which resulted in numerous peer reviewed articles and two books (published by OUP and MUP), in my initiation and coordination of  the Southern (mostly Cork based) HIA Network (in Ireland) and enthusiastic involvement in the WHO Healthy Cities movement (in Cork and Trnava (Slovakia)) and in contributing to Impact Assessment W.H.O. policy.

Other research interests have involved me in curriculum development projects (funded by NAIRTL in Ireland, and by the EC, 
as part of the Leonardo Da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation Project, in Slovakia),  working as a team coordinator in an EC funded health inequalities project (ACTION-FOR-HEALTH, 2012-2013),  researching in the ECDC (E uropean Centre for Disease Protection and Control)  on three disease surveillance systems projects (based in Stockholm), and an initiator (in Slovakia) and evaluator (Ireland and Slovakia) in school mental health programmes (Zippy Friends).I joined ISS21 as a research fellow funded by the EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Career Restart) programme in September 2018. Previously, I worked in UCC as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of General Practice on a HRB funded National Diabetes Register Project (2008-2010). I worked in the Department of Government as a lecturer, tutor and course coordinator (2005-2008) whilst pursuing my doctoral study under the supervision of Dr. Aodh Quinlivan. My doctoral thesis examined the use of Health Impact Assessment knowledge in policy development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (2009). 

I lived for eight years in Slovakia, living in Bratislava and then Trnava. I completed my research scholarship into HIA practice and policy in Slovakia, funded by the Slovak Ministry of Education in Bratislava, hosted by the Slovak Academy of Sciences. I then worked in the Department of Public Health, Trnava University, and as an English language teacher in a bilingual primary school (BESST). As part of my work in Trnava University I was Scientific Coordinator for the Slovak team in GENOVATE, 
an EU Framework action-research project on gender equality in research and innovation (2013-2017). 
  
Previous research interest has been primarily in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a policy-aiding approach, which resulted in numerous peer reviewed articles and two books (published by OUP and MUP), in my initiation and coordination of  the Southern (mostly Cork based) HIA Network (in Ireland) and enthusiastic involvement in the WHO Healthy Cities movement (in Cork and Trnava (Slovakia)) and in contributing to Impact Assessment W.H.O. policy.

Other research interests have involved me in curriculum development projects (funded by NAIRTL in Ireland, and by the EC, 
as part of the Leonardo Da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation Project, in Slovakia),  working as a team coordinator in an EC funded health inequalities project (ACTION-FOR-HEALTH, 2012-2013),  researching in the ECDC (E uropean Centre for Disease Protection and Control)  on three disease surveillance systems projects (based in Stockholm), and an initiator (in Slovakia) and evaluator (Ireland and Slovakia) in school mental health programmes (Zippy Friends).

Research Interests

My research interests intersect broadly under the umbrella theme of social inequality (particularly health and gender) and I have used qualitative research methods in my research, mainly semi-structured interviews and guided reflections, in order to explore the real-life experiences in a given temporal and situational context.

My research on the topic of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) within the broader frame of Health in All Policies (HiAP) has been a topic of research, chosen as an approach that is promoted to improve policy-making and extends community participation and inclusiveness in policy making processes. My research has examined whether HIA is being used in this promoted way, and to what extent it has been used (instrumentally/ conceptually/ persuasively). I've explored this in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Slovak contexts.

In my research career I have sought to increase understandings of policy-aiding approaches and the way the community is (or is not) included meaningfully in the policy process, and to contribute knowledge of the realities of such approaches, as distinct from the rhetoric and proclamations of their usefulness (such as HIA).

My research work conducted in GENOVATE also led me to explore the realities of gender equality implementation in six higher education country contexts in the European area (Ireland, UK, Slovakia, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey). In conducting qualitative research in the National Diabetes Register Project I was able to examine the views, experiences and perceptions of GPs across the country, in order to improve diabetes care and provision. 

I have made contributions in the following areas:
  • detailed understandings of the process of a policy-aiding approach, Health Impact Assessment (HIA),  in contributing to public policy, across varying socio-political contexts
  • novel conceptualizations of knowledge use in policy 
  • understandings of using guided reflection as an organisation tool in a gender equality change programme 
  • understandings of Irish primary care providers' (GPs) attitudes towards the development of a national diabetes register 



Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Exploring gender equality in Irish higher education: Qualitative case-study research into the response to, and process of, Athena SWAN (GendeResearchIreland)European Commission03-SEP-1831-AUG-22

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2015)Health Impact Assessment and policy development The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
O'Mullane, Monica (2015) Health Impact Assessment and policy development The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)'Introduction'
O'Mullane, M. (2013) 'Introduction' In: O'Mullane, Monica (eds). Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from around the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Lessons Learned from Health Impact Assessment Experience around the World: Where to next?'
O'Mullane, M. (2013) 'Lessons Learned from Health Impact Assessment Experience around the World: Where to next?' In: O'Mullane, Monica (eds). Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from around the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Health Impact Assessment and the Policy Process'
O'Mullane, M. (2013) 'Health Impact Assessment and the Policy Process' In: O'Mullane, Monica (eds). Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from around the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Health Impact Assessment: The Conceptual Roots'
O'Mullane, M. (2013) 'Health Impact Assessment: The Conceptual Roots' In: O'Mullane, Monica (eds). Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from around the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2013)Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process Lessons and experiences from around the world
O'Mullane, Monica (Ed.). (2013) Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process Lessons and experiences from around the world Oxford: Oxford University Press.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)''Special Issue- Health Impact Assessment'
Harris-Roxas, B. and O'Mullane, M. (2017) ''Special Issue- Health Impact Assessment'. Global Health Promotion, 24 (2) [Details]
(2017)'Editorial: Health impact assessment for health promotion, education and learning, 'Special Issue- Health Impact Assessment'
Harris-Roxas, B. and O'Mullane, M. (2017) 'Editorial: Health impact assessment for health promotion, education and learning, 'Special Issue- Health Impact Assessment'. Global Health Promotion, 24 (2) [Details]
(2016)'Guided Reflection as an organisational learning [and Data Collection] tool in a Gender Equality Change Management Programme'
Archibong, A., O’Mullane, M., Kállayová, D., Karodia, N., Ní Laoire, C and Picardi, I (2016) 'Guided Reflection as an organisational learning [and Data Collection] tool in a Gender Equality Change Management Programme'. International Journal of Organizational Diversity, 16 (1):19-34   [Details]
(2015)'Health Impact Assessment'
O’Mullane, M and Harris-Roxas, B. (2015) 'Health Impact Assessment'. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 17 (1)   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Development Education at University level in Slovakia: Experiences and Challenges'
Jancovic, J., Fialova, Z. and O’Mullane, M. (2015) 'Development Education at University level in Slovakia: Experiences and Challenges'. Policy & Practice: Development Education Review,   [Details]
(2015)'Health Impact Assessment'
O'Mullane, M. and Harris-Roxas, B. (2015) 'Health Impact Assessment'. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 17 (1) [Details]
(2014)'Implementing the legal provisions for HIA in Slovakia: an exploration of practitioner perspectives'
O'Mullane M; (2014) 'Implementing the legal provisions for HIA in Slovakia: an exploration of practitioner perspectives'. Health Policy, 117 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2014)''It sounds like a great idea but…': a qualitative study of GPs' attitudes towards the development of a national diabetes register'
Mc Hugh SM, O'Mullane M, Perry IJ, Bradley C (2014) ''It sounds like a great idea but…': a qualitative study of GPs' attitudes towards the development of a national diabetes register'. BMJ quality & safety, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Differences in the structure of outpatient diabetes care between endocrinologist-led and general physician- led services'
O'Donnell, M;de Siun, A;O'Mullane, M;Smith, D;Bradley, C;Finucane, FM;Dinneen, SF (2013) 'Differences in the structure of outpatient diabetes care between endocrinologist-led and general physician- led services'. BMC Health Services Research, 13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Trends in age-adjusted coronary heart disease mortality rates in Slovakia between 1993 and 2009'
Psota, M., Pekarcikova, J., O’Mullane, M. and Rusnak, M. (2013) 'Trends in age-adjusted coronary heart disease mortality rates in Slovakia between 1993 and 2009'. Central European Journal for Public Health, 2 [Details]
(2013)'Predictors of depression symptoms in patients with diabetes in Slovakia'
Majdan, M., Krajcovicova, L., Pekarcikova, J., Chereches, R. and O’Mullane, M. (2013) 'Predictors of depression symptoms in patients with diabetes in Slovakia'. International journal of psychiatry in medicine, 44 (4):351-366 [Details]
(2013)'Barriers to, and facilitators in, introducing integrated diabetes care in Ireland: a qualitative study of views in general practice'
Mc Hugh S, O'Mullane M, Perry IJ, Bradley C (2013) 'Barriers to, and facilitators in, introducing integrated diabetes care in Ireland: a qualitative study of views in general practice'. Bmj Open, 3 (8)   [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Barriers to, and facilitators in, introducing integrated diabetes care in Ireland: a qualitative study of views in general practice'
Mc Hugh, S;O'Mullane, M;Perry, IJ;Bradley, C (2013) 'Barriers to, and facilitators in, introducing integrated diabetes care in Ireland: a qualitative study of views in general practice'. Bmj Open, 3 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Ireland and the role of local government'
O'Mullane, M,Quinlivan, A (2012) 'Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Ireland and the role of local government'. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32 :181-186 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Health Impact Assessment and the Role of Local Government in Ireland'
O’Mullane, M. and Quinlivan, A. (2012) 'Health Impact Assessment and the Role of Local Government in Ireland'. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32 :181-186 [Details]
(2011)'Short history of the Faculty of Medicine at the Historical University of Trnava: 375th anniversary of the University of Trnava, Slovakia'
Chmelík, B., Rusnák, M., Bučko, L. and O’Mullane, M. (2011) 'Short history of the Faculty of Medicine at the Historical University of Trnava: 375th anniversary of the University of Trnava, Slovakia'. Journal of Ecology and Health, 6 (90):296-300 [Details]
(2011)'Developing a political science curriculum for non-traditional students'
Buckley, F,Harris, C,O'Mullane, M,Reidy, T; (2011) 'Developing a political science curriculum for non-traditional students'. Science, 10 :248-258 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Informing the Development of a National Diabetes Register in Ireland: A Literature Review of the Impact of Patient Registration on Diabetes Care'
O'Mullane, M; McHugh, S; Bradley, C; (2010) 'Informing the Development of a National Diabetes Register in Ireland: A Literature Review of the Impact of Patient Registration on Diabetes Care'. Informatics in Primary Care, 18 (3) [Details]
(2009)'Review of Government Policy: Development of Ireland’s Drug Strategy, 2000 to 2007'
O'Mullane, M. (2009) 'Review of Government Policy: Development of Ireland’s Drug Strategy, 2000 to 2007'. Irish Journal of Public Policy, 1 (1) [Details]
(2009)'The Case for Health Impact Assessment in Irish Public Policy’'
O'Mullane, M. (2009) 'The Case for Health Impact Assessment in Irish Public Policy’'. Administration, 56 (4):87-109 [Details]
(2009)'Diabetes care in Ireland: a survey of general practitioners'
Mc Hugh, S; O'Keeffe, J; Fitzpatrick, A; de Siún, A; O'Mullane, M; Perry, I.J; Bradley, C; (2009) 'Diabetes care in Ireland: a survey of general practitioners'. Primary Care Diabetes, 3 (4):225-231 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2010)Society for Social Medicine
Mc Hugh S, O'Mullane M, Perry IJ, Bradley C. (2010) Improving the quality of diabetes care: exploring the perspectives of general practitioners in Ireland Society for Social Medicine [Details]
(2009)National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) 2nd Annual Conference
Buckley, F., Harris, C., O’Mullane, M. and Reidy, T. (2009) Teaching Innovations and the Challenges of Curriculum Development for Non-Traditional University Students National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) 2nd Annual Conference [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2014)Health in Impact Assessments.
O’Mullane, M. and Guliš, G. (2014) Health in Impact Assessments. World Health Organisation, Copenhagen, Denmark.   [Details]
(2009)Health Impact Assessment (HIA) research in Ireland: Are HIAs used in policy or left to gather dust on shelves?.
O'Mullane, M. (2009) Health Impact Assessment (HIA) research in Ireland: Are HIAs used in policy or left to gather dust on shelves?. Quarterly International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Health Bulletin, New South Wales, Australia.   [Details]
(2008)Impact Assessment in Policy-Making Circles: A lot Done, More to do’.
O'Mullane, M. (2008) Impact Assessment in Policy-Making Circles: A lot Done, More to do’. PolicyLink, Publication series of the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland. [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2010)IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF DIABETES CARE: EXPLORING THE PERSPECTIVES OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS IN IRELAND.
McHugh, S,O'Mullane, M,Perry, IJ,Bradley, CP,NDRP (2010) IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF DIABETES CARE: EXPLORING THE PERSPECTIVES OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS IN IRELAND. Abstract [DOI] [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(2017)Health impact assessment for health promotion, education and learning.
Harris-Roxas B;O'Mullane M; (2017) Health impact assessment for health promotion, education and learning. Editorship [DOI] [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests centre on social inequality studies, in particular health and gender, health impacts of public policy with a particular focus on Health Impact Assessment (HIA), and comparative health care systems, with a focus on qualitative research methods, including semi-structured interviews.

I have taught (in Trnava University, Slovakia) undergraduate and postgraduate modules in  Design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programmes  (Dizajn, implementácia a hodnotenie programov podpory), Health inequalities and health determinants (Nerovnosti v zdraví a determinanty zdravia), Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Research Methods (2010-2014).

For the Department of Public Health (UCC, currently the School of Public Health) I engaged in some teaching duties (2008-2010), and continue to contribute to the MPH programme on the topic of HIA:

Seminar delivered to Health Research Board (HRB) PhD students, Impact of Public Policy and Health Care on Population Health Department of Epidemiology and Public Health 
- Seminar delivered to postgraduate students, Health Impact Assessment and the Implications for Public Health, as part of the Masters in Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health 
- Lecturing on the BSc Public Health and Health Promotion- 3 modules (Term II): Comparative Health Care Systems- Case Studies; Healthy Public Policy; Health Impact Assessment
Supervised a Masters in Public Health student (2009)


For the Department of Government UCC, my teaching duties included (2005-2008):

- Tutor for the module 'Local Government in Ireland' (2005-2007)
- As part of a lecturer exchange with the Department of Political Science, College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, I lectured on undergraduate modules (teaching on the modules entitled Irish Politics Today and European Union Politics and Policies) (2006)
- Lecturer on 'Health Policy' for the BSc Government (year 4) (2007)
Course coordinator and teacher of the Certificate in Political Issues and Community Action (2007-2008)
- Lecturer 'Comparative Health Systems' module on the (formerly named) MSc Health Care Management (UCC Department Management and Marketing) (2007-2008) 

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