Professor of Nursing at Department of Nursing and Midwifery and Lead of the HRI Health Implementation Science Cluster (HIST) which is focused on developing, delivering, and sustaining research and expertise in implementation science (IS) with Information and Communication technology (ICT).  Her programme of research includes Implementation research; transitional care; services evaluation; Gerontological nursing; Competencies for health and social care professionals working with older people; Dementia, Advance care planning and Palliative care. As principle investigator, lead co-investigator and co-applicant she has secured competitive funding from a variety of sources, national and international.

Current / Recent Research Projects:

  1. Principle Investigator: Health Implementation Science and Technology Cluster (2019-2023). Funder:  HRI RESEARCH CLUSTER AWARDS
  2. Principle Investigator: A Rapid Resource Repository for Health Professionals. Funder: HRB COVID RAPID RESPONSE AWARD (2020-2021).
  3. Principle Investigator:  Implementing Evidence-Based Guidance for Dementia Palliative Care through Participatory Action Research (PAR). Funder:  HRB APPLIED PARTNERSHIP AWARD  (2017-2021)
  4. Co- applicant: Adverse outcomes in older adults attending emergency department (ED): an impact analysis study of the Identification of Seniors At Risk (ISAR) clinical prediction rule  Funder: HRB INVESTIGATOR  LED PROJECT  (2017-date)
  5. Co-Applicant / UL Lead: An Independent Evaluation of the Impact of measuring Nursing & Midwifery sensitive process Quality Care Metrics (PI Prof Laserina O’Connor UCD) HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE (2019-2021).
  6. Co-Applicant / UL co-Lead PROCARE Project: Hospitals and faculties together for prosperous and scientific based healthcare : Funder EU Erasmus+ award  

Professor Coffey is Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS); Committee member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA); Chair of governance committee of Omega Epsilon: the first Irish Chapter of SIGMA Theta Tau (STTI) International Nursing Organisation. 


Tuohy, T., Fahy, A., O’Doherty, J., Meslell, P., O’Reilly, P., O’Brien, B., Murphy, J., Doody, O., Graham, M., Barry, L., Kiely, M., O’Keeffe, J., Dewing, J., Lang, D. Coffey, A (2021). Towards the development of a national patient transfer document between residential and acute care—A pilot study. International Journal of Older People Nursing published online

Timmons, S., O’Loughlin, C., Buckley, C., Cornally, N.,   Hartigan, I., Lehane, E.,   Finn, C., Coffey, A (2021) DEMENTIA PALLIATIVE CARE: A MULTI-SITE SURVEY OF LONG TERM CARE STAFF’S EDUCATION NEEDS AND READINESS TO CHANGE.  Nurse Education in Practice Vol 52

Carr E, McCurtin A, Tierney A , Coffey A et al. RapidInfo4U ­– an online individualised COVID-19 support intervention for nursing and allied health professionals: study protocol [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. HRB Open Res 2021, 4:8 (

Weathers, E., Mc Sherry, W., Coffey, A. McCarthy, G (2020) Development and Validation of the Spirituality Instrument-27© (SpI-27©) in individuals with chronic illness.
Journal: Applied Nursing Research

Coffey, A., Flanagan, H., O’Reilly, M., O’Reilly, V., Meskell, P., Bailey, M., Carey, E., O’Doherty, J., Payne, C. and Charnley, K. (2020) Evaluation of Project ECHO All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Nursing Home Project (Phase 3). Dublin: Health Service Executive. 

Moloney, R., O’Brien, B., Coffey, C., Coffey, A., Murphy F (2020) Patients' Perceptions after Robot‐Assisted Surgery: An Integrative Review AORN Journal, 122(2)

Forde, MF, Coffey, A, Hegarty, J. (2020) Bedside handover at the change of nursing shift: A mixed‐methods study. J ClinicaL Nurs. 2020; 29: 3731– 3742.

O'Reilly, P., Kennedy, C., Meskell, P., Coffey, A., Delaunois, I., Dore, L., Howard, S., Ramsay, B., Scanlon, C., Wilson, D.M. Whelan, B. and Ryan, S. (2020). Patients’, family members’ and healthcare practitioners’ experiences of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN): A qualitative descriptive study using emotional touchpoints has been received in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Office