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An Implementation Science evaluation of community-based supports for children

Project Supervisors

Dr Carol-Anne Murphy
School of Allied Health

Dr Rosie Gowran
School of Allied Health

Dr Owen Doody
Dept of Nursing and Midwifery

Project Details


The HAPPEE project, sponsored by UL Engage, facilitates UL health professional students (Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Music – and potentially Nursing) to carry out their practice placements in school as opposed to clinical settings. The intention is to benefit the community by increased early identification of need, reducing non-attendance for interventions, and providing services in communities with community support; and to benefit UL by creating new and sustainable student placements.

HAPPEE  is a collaboration between staff and students in Corpus Christi National School, the School of Allied Health, UL and some local HSE service providers.

This project is intended to provide a full evidence base and impact assessment of the HAPPEE initiative with a view to understanding how such a prototype for community-based Practice-based (IPE) therapeutic placements could be scaled up and made sustainable.


  • Minimum of a second-class honours primary degree (2.1) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility but preference will be given to people with a degree in an allied health profession, nursing, psychology, education, social sciences, another field related to this project, or have relevant professional/research experience.
  • Where an applicant's first language is not English or they have not obtained their degree through English, applicants must satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University by completing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam (with an overall grade level of at least 6.5 and no score below 6 in any individual part).


  • A postgraduate (e.g., Masters) degree and/or experience of evaluation research and/or implementation science;
  • Be committed to and have experience in communicating research or policy recommendations;
  • Intend to develop their research into a PhD project;
  • Intend to apply for research funding for their PhD project, including for example, the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship scheme, or equivalent Health Research Board / PPI funding opportunities.

The student will be enrolled in the School of Allied Health. They will be supervised by Dr. Carol Anne Murphy and Dr Rosie Gowran, School of Allied Health, and Dr Owen Doody, Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

This project is based in the Health Implementation Science and Technology (HIST) research cluster at the University of Limerick. HIST was established with funding from the Health Research Institute (HRI).  Its primary aim is to promote and build capacity in the Science of Implementation in the health sciences and beyond. We are a multidisciplinary cluster of researchers with health science, technology and social sciences backgrounds.

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Applications and Expressions of Interest should be sent to Dr. Carol-Anne Murphy, School of Allied Health:  Apply by November 30th