Prof. Ailish Hannigan

Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Limerick

Ailish Hannigan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics in the School of Medicine, UL. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computing from the University of Limerick and a PhD in Biostatistics from University College Cork. Her research interests include the development and application of survival analysis and classification techniques to medicine and dentistry. She is also involved in statistics education research and is Education Officer of the Irish Statistical Association. She set up and managed the first Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) in the University of Limerick (UL) which provides a professional statistical consulting service within UL and the wider community. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in the UK.



Williams, O. A., O’Connell, H., Leonard, M., Awan, F., White, D., McKenna, F., Hannigan, A., Cullen, W., Exton, C., Enudi, W., Dunne, C., Adamis, D. and Meagher, D. (2017) 'Development of the four-item Letter and Shape Drawing test (LSD-4): A brief bedside test of visuospatial function', Psychiatry Research, 247, 317-322.



McGrath, D., Crowley, L., Rao, S., Toomey, M., Hannigan, A., Murphy, L. and Dunne, C. P. (2015) 'Outcomes of Irish graduate entry medical student engagement with self-directed learning of clinical skills', BMC Med Educ, 15(1), 301.


Quinn, C., Deegan, B., Cooke, J., Carew, S., Hannigan, A., Dunne, C. and Lyons, D. (2015) 'Therapeutic use of compression stockings for orthostatic hypotension: an assessment of patient and physician perspectives and practices', Age Ageing, 44(2), 339-42.



Dowd, K. P., Harrington, D. M., Hannigan, A. and Donnelly, A. E. (2014) 'Light-intensity physical activity is associated with adiposity in adolescent females', Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46(12), 2295-300.


Dunne, S., Cummins, N., Hannigan, A., Shannon, B., Dunne, C. and Cullen, W. (2014) 'A Method for Design and Development of Medical or Healthcare Information Websites to Optimise Google™ Search Engine Results Page (SERP) Rankings', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(1).


Dunne, S., Shannon, B., Hannigan, A., Dunne, C. and Cullen, W. (2014) 'Physician and pharmacist perceptions of generic medicines: what they think and how they differ', Health Policy, 116(2-3), 214-23.


Dunne, S. S., Cummins, N. M., Hannigan, A., Shannon, B., Cullen, W. and Dunne, C. P. (2014) 'What answers does the Internet provide for patients in Ireland with questions about generic medicines?', Journal of Generic Medicines: The Business Journal for the Generic Medicines Sector, 10(3-4), 205-213.


Gallagher, S. and Hannigan, A. (2014) 'Child problem behaviours are associated with obesity in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities', Res Dev Disabil, 36c, 358-365.


Gallagher, S. and Hannigan, A. (2014) 'Depression and chronic health conditions in parents of children with and without developmental disabilities: the growing up in Ireland cohort study', Res Dev Disabil, 35(2), 448-54.


Hannigan, A., Hegarty, A. C. and McGrath, D. (2014) 'Attitudes towards statistics of graduate entry medical students: the role of prior learning experiences', BMC Med Educ, 14, 70.




Dunne, S., Cummins, N. M., Hannigan, A., Shannon, B., Dunne, C. and Cullen, W. (2013) 'A method for the design and development of medical or health care information websites to optimize search engine results page rankings on Google', J Med Internet Res, 15(8), 183.