Prof. Anne MacFarlane

Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, School of Medicine, University of Limerick

Anne MacFarlane Ph.D is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the School of Medicine, University of Limerick. She is the first social scientist to hold a Chair in academic primary care in Ireland. Anne has 20 years' experience of using qualitative research methods with a portfolio of completed health services research projects and educational research projects. Anne has a research income of €7 million euro for primary healthcare research and development projects since 2002.

Anne graduated with a B.A. (psychology and sociology) from University College Cork in 1992. She completed her MA (1995) and Ph.D (1998) in the Department of Health Promotion, NUI Galway. After working as a Research Fellow in University College London for two years (2000-2002), Anne returned to Ireland and held a Health Research Board Health Services Research Fellowship in the Department of General Practice, NUI Galway (2002-2004). She was Lecturer in Primary Care at the Department of General Practice NUI Galway (2004-2011). Anne moved to the University of Limerick to take up the role of Professor of Primary Healthcare (Research) at the School of Medicine.  In this role, Anne has established an inter-disciplinary primary healthcare group  with members from general practice, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, sociology, psychology and biostatistics. The group are leaders in Public and Patient Involvement in research, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities. Anne has specialist expertise in migrant health working with key academic, community and policy stakeholders in Ireland and abroad. 

Research Interests

Public and Patient Involvement in ResearchParticipatory Health ResearchMigrant HealthImplementation science

Anne has just completed co-ordination of a 2.9 million euro EU FP7 project REsearch into implementation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings - RESTORE and is working on international dissemination of RESTORE findings to academic and policy audiences. She is Principal Investigator (2014-2107) for a Health Research Board Research Award (333,000) for a project about Primary Care Teams and their implementation in the Health Service Executive

Anne is Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Austin O’ Carroll for the Partnership for Health Equity


McEvoy, R., Ballini, L., Maltoni, S., O'Donnell, C. A., Mair, F. S. and MacFarlane, A. (2014) 'A qualitative systematic review of studies using the normalization process theory to research implementation processes', Implement Sci, 9, 2.