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Dr Louise Murphy

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Dr. Louise Murphy is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, EHS Faculty in UL. Prior to coming to UL, Louise previously lectured in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in NUIG and the Departments of Nursing and Health Sports and Exercise in WIT. Louise is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor with thirteen years active clinical experience. Louise teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes and is currently programme leader for the MSc in Nursing (Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health) at UL.

She has specific expertise in mixed methods and quantitative research methodologies. Her PhD studies focused in specifically on the area of psycho-oncology and breast cancer. Her main research interests are in the areas of psycho-oncology, qualitative research in trails, nursing education, recovery, and mental health. She has collaborated on a wide range of funded research projects at both national and international level. She is currently lead of the Qualitative Research in Trials Centre (QUESTS) marketing and education group, where she organises and leads educational events in qualitative research such webinars, training events and conferences. She is also a member of the Alliance for Research and Innovation in Wounds  (ARIW).

Louise’s current research projects are exploring the experiences of newly diagnosed cancer patients’ reported distress levels and healthcare professional experiences of distress assessment, longitudinal evaluation of WRAP delivery in the mental health services, developing and evaluating a video resource to promote and foster positive attitudes towards perinatal mental health amongst healthcare professionals, and exploring the factors that influence recruitment to clinical trials.


Duggan, C., Murphy, L., Costello, V., O'Leary, E., Yousif, A.D., Blazcova, S. & Dowling, M. (2019). The use of oral loratadine in the management of G-CSF induced bone pain: a pilot study from a nurse-led satellite oncology unit. British Journal of Nursing. 28 (4):S4-S11. DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28..S44.

Wuytack, F., L., Lutje, V., Jakobsen, J., Weiss, K., Flanagan, P., Gethin, G., Murphy, L., Smyth, S., Devane, D. & Smith, V. (2018). Sexual transmission of Hepatitis C Virus infection in a heterosexual population, a systematic review. HRB Open Research 2018. 1: 10.

Gooney, M.A., Murphy, L., O’Donovan, O., Lane, P. & Watson, G. (2008) Cancer Related Fatigue and Depression in Breast Cancer Survivors. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 177 (Supplement 1): 24.