Dr Maria Noonan is a lecturer at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick. She is a registered midwife and registered tutor and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. Maria teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is currently programme leader for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme. She is a graduate of the RCSI (BSc Hons), UCD (MSc Midwifery Education), and UL (PhD). Dr Noonan’s research focuses on women, child and family health including women’s psychological health and care during the continuum of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, infant feeding and the use of innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Current research projects include working in collaboration with health services to develop educational interventions for healthcare professionals in relation to perinatal mental health and infant feeding. Maria is a recipient of the evidence synthesis Ireland fellowship 2019 award.


Noonan, M., Galvin, R., Jomeen, J. and Doody, O. (2019) ‘Public health nurses’ perinatal mental health training needs: a cross sectional survey’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(11), 2535-2547. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14013

Noonan, M., Doody, O., O’Regan, A., Jomeen, J. and Galvin, R. (2018) ‘Family physicians’ perceived role in perinatal mental health: an integrative review’, BMC Family Practice, 19, 154.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-018-0843-1

Noonan, M., Jomeen, J., Galvin, R. and Doody, O. (2018a) ‘Survey of Midwives’ perinatal mental health knowledge, confidence, attitudes and learning needs’, Women and Birth, 31(6), e358-e366, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2018.02.002

Noonan M, Doody O, Jomeen J, Galvin R. (2017) Midwives’ perceptions and experiences of caring for women who experience perinatal mental health problems: An integrative review. Midwifery 45 (2017) 56- 71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.12.010

Noonan M., Galvin R., Doody O. & Jomeen J. (2017) A qualitative meta-synthesis: public health nurses’ role in the identification and management of perinatal mental health problems. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(3), 545-557. doi: 10.1111/jan.13155