Prof Ailish Hannigan

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Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics

Ailish Hannigan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She started her research career as a Research Fellow in a WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research where she was involved in the design and analysis of population studies and clinical trials. She joined UL as a lecturer in Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics before moving to the Graduate Entry Medical School in 2012.

Her research interests include population health, longitudinal data analysis and public and patient involvement in quantitative research. Current projects include data mining of clinical records for research in primary care, phase II clinical trials and Health Research Board funded projects on the analysis of cohort studies, disease surveillance and participatory research on ethnic minority health in Ireland. She is also a member of the Public and Patient Involvement Research Group in UL.

She is passionate about statistics education and has received an Excellence in Teaching Award (Special Commendation) from the University of Limerick. 

Academic Qualifications: 

BSc. (Applied Mathematics and Computing)

PhD (Biostatistics)

Professional Experience: 

1994-1997: Research Fellow in Biostatistics, Oral Health Services Research Centre, University College Cork

2000-2001: Manager, Statistical Consulting Unit, University of Limerick

1997-2012: Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick

2012 to date: Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick

Professional Memberships: 

Member, Irish Statistical Association

Member, International Association for Statistical Education

Research Interests: 

Population health; longitudinal data analysis; design and analysis of cohort and registry studies; statistics education; public and patient involvement in quantitative research

Publication Record: 

Recent peer-reviewed publications (2016/17)

Hannigan A, Bargary N, Kinsella A, Clarke M. Understanding the relationship between duration of untreated psychosis and outcomes: A statistical perspective. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 2017 Jun 14.

Ismail KI, Hannigan A, Kelehan P, O'Donoghue K, Cotter A. Abnormal Placental Cord Insertion and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Results from a Prospective Cohort Study. American Journal of Perinatology. 2017 Sep;34(11):1152-9.

Ferguson J, Hannigan A, Stack A. A new computationally efficient algorithm for record linkage with field dependency and missing data imputation. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2017 Nov 6.

McLoughlin M, Imran A, Hannigan A, Harmon D. Does Age Impact on Expectations and Concerns of Patients Attending a Chronic Pain Clinic?. Pain Practice. 2017 Mar 1.

O'Brien C, Keogh CJ, Hannigan A, Brennan S, Kennedy C, Gul R, Harty JA. The impact of trabecular metal on hip centre of rotation in revision and complex primary hip arthroplasty, a radiological review. Hip international: the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy. 2017 Sep 19;27(5):500.

Williams OA, O’Connell H, Leonard M, Awan F, White D, McKenna F, Hannigan A, Cullen W, Exton C, Enudi W, Dunne C. Development of the four-item Letter and Shape Drawing test (LSD-4): A brief bedside test of visuospatial function. Psychiatry research. 2017 Jan 31;247:317-22.

White D, Williams OA, Leonard M, Exton C, Adamis D, Hannigan A, Cullen W, Dunne CP, Meagher D. A pilot study of performance among hospitalised elderly patients on a novel test of visuospatial cognition: the Letter and Shape Drawing (LSD) test. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2017 Sep;34(3):169-75.

Casey B, Coote S, Shirazipour C, Hannigan A, Motl R, Ginis KM, Latimer-Cheung A. Modifiable Psychosocial Constructs Associated With Physical Activity Participation in People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017 Feb 27.

Swan D, Hannigan A, Higgins S, McDonnell R, Meagher D, Cullen W. Development and implementation of a ‘Mental Health Finder’software tool within an electronic medical record system. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-). 2017 Feb 1;186(1):191-200.

Hannigan A, O'Donnell P, O'Keeffe M, MacFarlane A. How do Variations in Definitions of “Migrant” and their Application Influence the Access of Migrants to Health Care Services? Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe; 2016. (Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report, No. 46.)

Healy D, Clarke‐Moloney M, Hannigan A, Walsh S. Wound drainage for lower limb arterial surgery. The Cochrane Library. 2016 Nov 11.

Marino PJ, Hannigan A, Haywood S, Cole JM, Palmer N, Emanuel C, Kinsella T, Lewis MA, Wise MP, Williams DW. Comparison of foam swabs and toothbrushes as oral hygiene interventions in mechanically ventilated patients: a randomised split mouth study. BMJ open respiratory research. 2016 Oct 1;3(1):e000150.

O’Neill A, Dowd K, O’Gorman C, Hannigan A, Walsh C, Purtill H. Activity Profiles and the Associations With Weight Status in Population Studies of Young Children: Are There Gender Differences?. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2016:1-35.

Tierney E, O’Sullivan M, Hickey L, Hannigan A, May C, Cullen W, Kennedy N, Kineen L, MacFarlane A. Do primary care professionals agree about progress with implementation of primary care teams: results from a cross sectional study. BMC family practice. 2016 Dec 1;17(1):163.

Margiotta F, Hannigan A, Imran A, Harmon DC. Pain, Perceived Injustice, and Pain Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain Patients in Ireland. Pain Practice. 2016 Oct 1.

Gallagher S, Sumner RC, Muldoon OT, Creaven AM, Hannigan A. Unemployment is associated with lower cortisol awakening and blunted dehydroepiandrosterone responses. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Jul 31;69:41-9.

O'Sullivan K, Kennedy N, Purtill H, Hannigan A. Understanding pain among older persons: Part 1—the development of novel pain profiles and their association with disability and quality of life. Age and ageing. 2016 Jul 19.

Kennedy N, O'Sullivan K, Hannigan A, Purtill H. Understanding pain among older persons: Part 2—the association between pain profiles and healthcare utilisation. Age and Ageing. 2016 Jul 19.

Fitzmaurice O, Hannigan A, Leavy AM. An Investigation into the Statistics Education of Preservice Mathematics Teachers in an Irish University. In The Teaching and Learning of Statistics 2016 (pp. 327-328). Springer International Publishing.

Mac Donncha C, Cummins N, Hennelly D, Hannigan A, Ryan D. An observational study of the utility of continuous positive airway pressure ventilation for appropriate candidates in prehospital care in the Midwest region. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-). 2016 Apr 18:1-6.

Dowd K, Hannigan A, Purtill H, Macken AP, Harrington D, Kelly SM, Moyna N, O'Gorman CS, Donnelly AE. The Development of Activity Profiles in Adolescent Females and their Association with Adiposity. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2016 Feb 1;28(1).

Given K, Hannigan A, McGrath D. Red, yellow and green: What does it mean? How the progress test informs and supports student progress. Medical teacher. 2016 Mar 14:1-8.

Faulkner F, Fitzmaurice O, Hannigan A. A comparison of the mathematical performance of mature students and traditional students over a 10-year period. Irish Educational Studies. 2016 Sep 13:1-23.

Gleeson M, Hannigan A, Jamali R, Lin KS, Klimas J, Mannix M, Nathan Y, O’Connor R, O’Gorman C, Dunne C, Meagher D. Using electronic medical records to determine prevalence and treatment of mental disorders in primary care: a database study. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2016 Mar;33(1):3-12.

Other publications: see

Higher Degree Supervision: 

Current PhD students:

Maria Kelly 
Khadijah Ismail
Edel Tierney

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