Research Profile

Suzanne McCarthy

Biography

Total Career Publications: 23

Publications 2008-2014: 23

Total Citations: 278

h-index: 6

Total Career Research Income: 95,450

Research Income (2008-2014): 95,450

PhDs Graduated (Career): 1

PhDs Graduated (2008-2014): 1

Dr Suzanne McCarthy is a lecturer in clinical pharmacy practice at the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, is Director of the MSc Clinical Pharmacy, and a research pharmacist at Cork University Hospital.. She has worked in this role since 2008. She studied pharmacy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen graduating in 2003. She worked for two years in Kings College Hospital, London, until she commenced her PhD studies at the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research (CPPR), School of Pharmacy, University College London under the supervision of Professor Ian Wong. She graduated in 2009 - her PhD was focused on the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Also during this time, Suzanne worked as a paediatric pharmacist at the Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy's and St. Thomas NHS Trust and as an expert member of the Great Ormond Street Research Ethics Committee. Suzanne has published extensively in the area of ADHD and collaborates with a number of international experts in the field. Suzanne also researches in the area of health literacy and health economics, and has published widely on these topics.

Research Interests

Paediatric Research

The area of paediatrics was, for a long time, largely ignored in terms of research and development. However this is now changing, with the introduction of new legislation governing the development and authorisation of medicines for use in children. Much of the research I have conducted has been in the area of paediatric research and I hope to continue and expand my research in the future. I have been actively researching, for a number of years, in the pharmacological management of ADHD. I am a workpackage leader of the EU FP7-funded project ADDUCE (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs Use Chronic Effects). This study aims to investigate the long-term adverse effects of methylphenidate on growth, the neurological system, psychiatric states and the cardiovascular system in children and adults, using multiple pharmacoepidemiological research methods including retrospective analysis of existing databases and prospective cohort and cross-sectional studies. This is a very exciting study, involving leading ADHD researchers and clinicians in nine countries across Europe. My role in this project is as lead of the ethics workpackage and conducting analyses of the German KIGGS database. Much of the pharmacoepidemiological work is nearing completion; we have published one study in the European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and we will continue to publish the results in a number of high-impact journals..

 

I have also been funded by Shire Pharmaceuticals to conduct a pharmacoepidemiological study of ADHD medication in the UK. The results of this study have been published in three separate publications. This work has enabled me to develop links with other researchers in academia and within the pharmaceutical industry and as a result I have been invited to author a number of publications and to participate in international conferences.  It is my plan to develop more research in ADHD management in Ireland, as so far, my research has been focused on UK data. I believe that the area of ADHD is currently under-studied in Ireland and so I intend to continue my research in ADHD in the Irish setting.

 

Also in the area of paediatrics, I am supervising a PhD student, an experienced pharmacist, who will be conducting research into the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of parents and healthcare professionals into the management of fever. This is an area of research which I have wanted to pursue for quite a while and so I am hugely excited by it. I am co-supervising with Dr Laura Sahm, Dr Frances Shiely, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Prof. Ronan O’Sullivan, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Cork University Hospital and Director of the Paediatric Emergency Research Unit, National Children’s Research Group. I believe that the multidisciplinary nature of the research group along with the experience of the researchers will result in a very fruitful and successful collaboration. I also believe that there is a huge body of work to conduct, which will last beyond the PhD and hopefully into further PhD and post-doctoral work.

 

Health Literacy

In a relatively short period of time, in collaboration with Dr Laura Sahm from UCC School of Pharmacy we have made considerable progress in Health Literacy research in Ireland. Health Literacy is in its infancy in Ireland, however we are the main group in the country conducting research in this area. We have presented our work at a number of international conferences and have three papers published. We have also made a number of strategic moves in that we have developed close collaborative links with imminent researchers in Health Literacy from the US. I feel that this is a very exciting and important time for us as we have a number of projects in line which build on the work that we have already done. The World Health Organisation has specifically highlighted the importance of improving health literacy as a public health goal; our research identified that at a minimum, 1 in 7 Irish adult patients has limited health literacy. This information and future research will be significant in determining and planning the public health response to this issue.  Many of the studies will have a Trans-Atlantic component which will increase the potential for funding and enhance the publication profile of these studies.

 

Nurse Prescribing

Similar to Health Literacy, little research has been conducted in the area of nurse prescribing in Ireland. I am currently supervising a PhD student in the area of nurse prescribing. Rena Creedon is the Nurse Prescribing Coordinator for UCC and has considerable experience and contacts in this area. We hope to use qualitative methods and pharmacoepidemiological methods to garner data to add to the literature on nurse prescribing.

 

I believe that the focus of my research in the future, to improve public health, in particular those of children, fits well with the vision of UCC and CUH/CUMH to improve maternal and child health and I feel that there is plenty of scope for exciting collaborative research to take place in the future.

                         

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs Use Chronic Effects.European Union01-NOV-1031-OCT-15€79,200.00
Epidemiology of ADHD Pharmacological treatments in Childern and Adults in UK Primary Care.Foreign Research Institute10-JUN-0931-MAR-17€13,000.00
HRB "SSS/2014/782 Pearl Prendergast - Dr Suzanne McCarthy" - "Health literacy and medication adherence among older community dwelling adults"Health Research Board09-JUN-1405-SEP-14€2,000.00
The role of trigger drugs in identifying adverse drug events.Health Research Board16-AUG-1017-SEP-10€1,250.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2011)'Veterinary Medicines'
Gaughan,D; McCarthy,S. (2011) 'Veterinary Medicines' In: Pharmacy and Medicines Law in Ireland. London: Pharmaceutical Prescc. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2012)'The pharmacology and clinical outcomes of amphetamines to treat ADHD: does composition matter?'
Hodgkins P, Shaw M, McCarthy S, Sallee FR. (2012) 'The pharmacology and clinical outcomes of amphetamines to treat ADHD: does composition matter?'. Cns Drugs, 26 (3):245-268 [Details]
(2012)'Prevalence of limited health literacy among Irish adults'
Sahm LJ, Wolf MS, Curtis LM, McCarthy S. (2012) 'Prevalence of limited health literacy among Irish adults'. Journal of Health Communication, 17 (3):100-108 [Details]
(2012)'What’s in a label? An exploratory study of patient-centered drug instructions'
Sahm, LS;Wolf, MS; Curtis, LM; Behan, R; Brennan, M; Gallwey, H; McCarthy,S. (2012) 'What’s in a label? An exploratory study of patient-centered drug instructions'. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 68 (5):777-782 [Details]
(2009)'Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: treatment discontinuation in adolescents and young adults'
McCarthy S, Asherson P, Coghill D, Hollis C, Murray M, Potts L, Sayal K, de Soysa R, Taylor E, Williams T, Wong IC; (2009) 'Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: treatment discontinuation in adolescents and young adults'. The British Journal of Psychiatry : The Journal of Mental Science, 194 (3):273-277 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Mortality associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug treatment: a retrospective cohort study of children, adolescents and young adults using the general practice research database'
McCarthy S, Cranswick N, Potts L, Taylor E, Wong IC; (2009) 'Mortality associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug treatment: a retrospective cohort study of children, adolescents and young adults using the general practice research database'. Drug Safety : An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience, 32 (11):1089-1096 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Cessation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs in the young (CADDY)--a pharmacoepidemiological and qualitative study'
Wong, IC; Asherson, P; Bilbow, A; Clifford, S; Coghill, D; DeSoysa, R; Hollis, C; McCarthy, S; Murray, M; Planner, C; Potts, L; Sayal K; Taylor E; (2009) 'Cessation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs in the young (CADDY)--a pharmacoepidemiological and qualitative study'. Health Technology Assessment (Winchester, England), 13 (50):1-1 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Cost-outcome description of clinical pharmacist interventions in a university teaching hospital'
Gallagher, J., Byrne, S., Woods, N., Lynch, D., McCarthy, S. (2014) 'Cost-outcome description of clinical pharmacist interventions in a university teaching hospital'. BMC Health Services Research,   [Details]
(2014)'Determining the frequency and preventability of adverse drug reaction-related admissions to an Irish University Hospital: a cross-sectional study'
Ahern, F,Sahm, LJ,Lynch, D,McCarthy, S (2014) 'Determining the frequency and preventability of adverse drug reaction-related admissions to an Irish University Hospital: a cross-sectional study'. Emergency medicine journal : EMJ, 31 :24-28 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'To determine the prevelance of potential inappropiate prescribed drugs for elderly patients by nurse prescribers'
Creedon R, McCarthy S. & Byrne S. (2014) 'To determine the prevelance of potential inappropiate prescribed drugs for elderly patients by nurse prescribers'. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 22 (Supplement 1):5-6   [Details]
(2013)'Substance use in young persons in Ireland, a systematic review'
Murphy K, Sahm L, McCarthy S, Lambert S, Byrne S (2013) 'Substance use in young persons in Ireland, a systematic review'. Addictive Behaviors, 38 (8):2392-2401 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Persistence of pharmacological treatment into adulthood, in UK primary care, for ADHD patients who started treatment in childhood or adolescence'
McCarthy, S,Wilton, L,Murray, ML,Hodgkins, P,Asherson, P,Wong, ICK (2012) 'Persistence of pharmacological treatment into adulthood, in UK primary care, for ADHD patients who started treatment in childhood or adolescence'. BMC Psychiatry, 12 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The epidemiology of pharmacologically treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care'
McCarthy, S,Wilton, L,Murray, ML,Hodgkins, P,Asherson, P,Wong, ICK (2012) 'The epidemiology of pharmacologically treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care'. BMC Pediatrics, 12 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Prevalence of Limited Health Literacy Among Irish Adults'
Sahm LJ, Wolf MS, Curtis LM and McCarthy S (2012) 'Prevalence of Limited Health Literacy Among Irish Adults'. Journal of Health Communication, 17 (3):100-108 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Health literacy in Ireland: reading between the lines'
Marshall S, Sahm L, McCarthy S (2012) 'Health literacy in Ireland: reading between the lines'. Perspectives in Public Health, 132 (1):31-38 [Details]
(2014)'Associations between health literacy and beliefs about medicines in an Irish obstetric population'
Duggan L, McCarthy S, Curtis LM, Wolf MS, Noone C, Higgins JR, O'Shea S, Sahm LJ (2014) 'Associations between health literacy and beliefs about medicines in an Irish obstetric population'. Journal of Health Communication, 19 Suppl 2 :106-114 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Economic Evaluation of a Randomised Controlled Trial of Pharmacist Supervised Patient Self-testing of Warfarin Therapy'
Gallagher, J., Byrne, S., Woods, N., Lynch, D., McCarthy, S. (2014) 'Economic Evaluation of a Randomised Controlled Trial of Pharmacist Supervised Patient Self-testing of Warfarin Therapy'. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, [Details]
(2014)'Nurse prescribers' experiences of recording prescribing data to the Minimum Data Set in Ireland'
Creedon, R; McCarthy, S; Kennedy, J. (2014) 'Nurse prescribers' experiences of recording prescribing data to the Minimum Data Set in Ireland'. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19 (12):383-389 [Details]
(2014)'Benzodiazepine Use Among Young Attendees of an Irish Substance Treatment Center'
Murphy, KD,Byrne, S,McCarthy, S,Lambert, S,Sahm, LJ (2014) 'Benzodiazepine Use Among Young Attendees of an Irish Substance Treatment Center'. Journal Of Addiction Medicine, 8 :199-204 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Use of addiction treatment services by Irish youth: does place of residence matter?'
Murphy KD, Byrne S, Sahm LJ, Lambert S, McCarthy S (2014) 'Use of addiction treatment services by Irish youth: does place of residence matter?'. Rural and remote health, 14 (3) [Details]
(2010)'Assessment of the REALM and NVS as screening tools for health literacy'
Sahm, L., O'Sullivan, K., O'Donoghue, O., Mannix, Z., McCarthy S. (2010) 'Assessment of the REALM and NVS as screening tools for health literacy'. Pharmacy Practice, 8 (S1):107-108 [Details]
(2011)'What's in a label? An exploratory study of patient-centred drug instructions'
Sahm LJ, Wolf MS, Curtis LM, Behan R, Brennan M, Gallwey H and McCarthy S (2011) 'What's in a label? An exploratory study of patient-centred drug instructions'. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Management of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in UK primary care: a survey of general practitioners'
McCarthy, S,Wilton, L,Murray, M,Hodgkins, P,Asherson, P,Wong, ICK (2013) 'Management of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in UK primary care: a survey of general practitioners'. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'An inventory of European data sources for the long-term safety evaluation of methylphenidate'
Murray, ML,Insuk, S,Banaschewski, T,Neubert, AC,McCarthy, S,Buitelaar, JK,Coghill, D,Dittmann, RW,Konrad, K,Panei, P,Rosenthal, E,Sonuga-Barke, EJ,Wong, ICK (2013) 'An inventory of European data sources for the long-term safety evaluation of methylphenidate'. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 22 :605-618 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The EU Paediatric Regulation: Still a Large Discrepancy Between Therapeutic Needs and Approved Paediatric Investigation Plans'
Wimmer S, Rascher W, McCarthy S, Neubert A. (2014) 'The EU Paediatric Regulation: Still a Large Discrepancy Between Therapeutic Needs and Approved Paediatric Investigation Plans'. Paediatric Drugs, [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2011)Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China
McCarthy,S; Wilton, L; Murray, M; Hodgkins, P; Asherson, P; Wong ICK (2011) The epidemiology of pharmacologically-treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China [Details]
(2011)International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Chicago, USA
Sahm, L; Wolf, M; Curtis, L; Behan, R; Brennan, M; Gallwey, H; McCarthy,S. (2011) What’s in a Label? An Exploratory Study of Patient-Centered Drug Instructions in Ireland International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Chicago, USA [Details]
(2011)Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China
Insuk, S; Banaschewski, T; Neubert, A; Murray, M; McCarthy, S; Wong, ICKW On behalf of the ADDUCE project (2011) The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Data Source Inventory Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China [Details]
(2011)Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China
McCarthy, S; Wilton, L; Murray, M; Hodgkins, P; Asherson, P; Wong, ICK (2011) Persistence of pharmacological treatment into adulthood for ADHD patients who started treatment in childhood or adolescence in UK primary care Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Beijing, China [Details]
(2011)International Society of Pharmacovigilance Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey
McCarthy, S; Wilton, L; Murray, M; Hodgkins, P; Asherson, P; Wong, ICK. (2011) The epidemiology of pharmacologically-treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care International Society of Pharmacovigilance Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey [Details]
(2011)International Society of Pharmacovigilance Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey
McCarthy, S; Wilton, L; Murray, M; Hodgkins, P; Asherson, P; Wong, ICK. (2011) Persistence of pharmacological treatment into adulthood for ADHD patients who started treatment in childhood or adolescence in UK primary care International Society of Pharmacovigilance Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey [Details]
(2010)Hospital Pharmacists Association Conference
Keating, A; McCarthy, S; Lynch, D. (2010) Attitudes and Barriers to Medication Incident Reporting: A Staff Survey at Cork University Hospital Hospital Pharmacists Association Conference [Details]
(2010)European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS)
McCarthy, S; Wilton, L; Murray, M; Sasane, R; Hodgkins, P; Wong, ICK ; (2010) The incidence, prevalence and pharmacological treatment patterns of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS) Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
(2009)Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland Conference
Sahm, L; O’Sullivan, K; O’Donoghue, O; Mannix, Z; Mc Carthy, S. (2009) Assessment of the REALM and NVS as screening tools for Health Literacy Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland Conference [Details]
(2008)European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology
Suzanne McCarthy, Noel Cranswick, Laura Potts, Eric Taylor, Ian CK Wong; (2008) Mortality Associated with ADHD Drug Treatment European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology Rotterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
(2007)International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology
Suzanne McCarthy, Noel Cranswick, Laura Potts, Eric Taylor, Ian CK Wong; (2007) Mortality Associated with ADHD Drug Treatment International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology Quebec, Canada, [Details]
(2006)Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
McCarthy S, Murray M, Wong ICK.; (2006) Cessation of methylphenidate, dexamfetamine and atomoxetine in adolescents and young adults using the General Practice Research Database Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health York, England, [Details]
(2006)International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology
Suzanne McCarthy, Philip Asherson, David Coghill, Chris Hollis, Macey Murray, Laura Potts, Kapil Sayal, Ruwan de Soysa, Eric Taylor, Tim Williams, Ian CK Wong; (2006) Drug Utilisation Study of Methylphenidate, Dexamfetamine and Atomoxetine in Patients Aged 15-21 Years in UK Primary Care Using the General Practice Research Database International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology Lisbon, Portugal, [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2008)Cessation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs in the Young (CADDY).
McCarthy S; (2008) Cessation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs in the Young (CADDY). Other [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008Lars Boreus Prize for the Best Oral Presentation at the European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology The European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Registered Pharmacist (MRPharmS)01-JAN-04 /
Irish Pharmaceutical Society Registered Pharmacist01-JAN-04 /
International Society of Pharmacovigilance Member/
International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2008)European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology,
McCarthy S; (2008) Mortality Associated with ADHD Drug Treatment. [Oral Presentation], European Society for Developmental Perinatal & Paediatric Pharmacology, Rotterdam, Netherlands , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology,
McCarthy S; (2007) Mortality Associated with ADHD Drug Treatment. [Oral Presentation], International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology, Quebec, Canada , 01-AUG-07 - 01-AUG-07. [Details]
(2007)Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety,
McCarthy S; (2007) Mortality Associated with ADHD Drug Treatment. [Other], Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, n/a , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)Drug Utilisation Research Group.¿,
McCarthy S; (2007) Drug Utilisation Study of Methylphenidate, Dexamfetamine and Atomoxetine in UK General Practice¿. [Oral Presentation], Drug Utilisation Research Group.¿, Cork , 01-JUN-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2006)Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 10th Spring Meeting,
McCarthy S; (2006) Cessation of methylphenidate, dexamfetamine and atomoxetine in adolescents and young adults using the General Practice Research Database¿. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 10th Spring Meeting, York, England , 01-APR-06 - 01-APR-06. [Details]
(2006)Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety,
McCarthy S; (2006) Drug Utilization Study of Methylphenidate, Dexamfetamine and Atomoxetine in Patients Aged 15-21 Years in UK Primary Care Using the General Practice Research Database (GPRD). [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, n/a , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)Archives of Disease in Childhood,
McCarthy S; (2006) Cessation of methylphenidate, dexamfetamine and atomoxetine in adolescents and young adults. Preliminary Results Using the General Practice Research Database. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Archives of Disease in Childhood, n/a , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology,
McCarthy S; (2006) Drug Utilisation Study of Methylphenidate, Dexamfetamine and Atomoxetine in Patients Aged 15-21 Years in UK Primary Care Using the General Practice Research Database¿. [Oral Presentation], International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology, Lisbon, Portugal , 01-AUG-06 - 01-AUG-06. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Great Ormond Street Research Ethics Committee 2006 / 2008

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Cork University Hospital Research Pharmacist (P/T)01-JAN-09 /
School of Pharmacy, UCC Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy08-SEP-08 /
University of London PhD Pharmacist01-SEP-05 / 01-AUG-08
Evelina Children's Hospital, Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Trust Paediatric Pharmacist01-DEC-05 / 01-AUG-08
King's College Hospital Pharmacist01-SEP-03 / 01-JUL-05

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2008University of London PHDPharmacy
2005University of London CertificatePharmacy Practice
2003Robert Gordon University MScPharmacy

Other Activities

 Description

I have attended a number of courses in recent years:

1. Qualitative Research Methods, University of Oxford 2013. 2. Advanced Epidemiological Analysis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2011. 3. Practical Statistics for Medical Research, University College London, 2010. 4. An Introduction to Cochrane Systematic Reviews: Dublin, 2009.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Within the context of my role as an educator in pharmacy, my personal goal is to provide an excellent learning environment that promotes understanding and enthusiasm for the healthcare discipline.

Teaching Philosophy

Rapport and Communication:

The importance of creating a rapport with students, and enabling students to feel comfortable with asking questions should not be underestimated. Understanding the theory of constructivism and how knowledge and understanding cannot be “transmitted” between people but must be constructed over time by each individual has helped me in improving my teaching and enhancing the student learning experience.

Teachers should also be receptive to criticism and feedback, since it is ultimately these comments that challenge them to improve. I use a number of techniques such as the use of Classroom Assessment Techniques to aid me in improving my teaching.

Perspective:
I believe that it is essential that as educators, we must review what and how we teach, by considering both the pedagogy and the discipline. Using the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework, one needs to consider that topics covered should be central to the discipline, there should be a clear understanding of the key goals of the course and activities and strategies should be in place to engage students in developing and demonstrating their understanding of the topics and finally, there should be ongoing assessment of student learning and understanding. This TfU framework also needs to be supported by the Dimensions of Disciplinary Understanding. In doing this, the teaching is underpinned by the knowledge, method, forms and purpose of the discipline. This is important as the students that we teach today are the professionals of the future and so what they learn, how they learn and why they learn should be shaped by what the profession requires now and what it requires in the future. This is particularly relevant in the pharmacy arena, as the profession is constantly developing and changing. The current pharmacy students will be working in a very different role in the next few years to that of 5 or 10 years ago, and so it is imperative that both the pedagogy and the discipline are considered in the teaching of the degree program.      

Enjoyment:
Finally, I enjoy my role as an educator. I find it very fulfilling to see students learning and to observe improvements and growth in students’ knowledge and abilities over the years.

 

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Creedon Rena Doctoral Degree
Kelly Elizabeth Hannah Maria Doctoral Degree
Gallagher James Edward Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Pharmacy Practice I PF1011Pharmacy Practice I
2015Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal PF6001Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal
2015Clinical Practice II Part 2 PF4003Clinical Practice II Part 2

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