Prof. Norma Bargary is a Professor of Data Science & Statistical Learning in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science and Engineering. She is a member of the MACSI research group. Her primary research interests are the statistical modelling of high-dimensional longitudinal data, and data that are measured as curves (functional data analysis). She has extensive experience working with collaborators in a range of research areas: medicine, cancer research (in her role at Systems Biology Ireland), biology, sports science, biomechanics, psychology, physiotherapy. She has played a leading role in numerous successful European and National grant applications with a total of €16 million awarded and €1.6 million awarded to her as PI. She has a keen interest in engaging with researchers, the media, and the public on the appropriate use of statistics and is the first of two Statistical Ambassadors for the Royal Statistical Society to be based in Ireland.


Hannigan, A., Bargary, N., Kinsella, A., Clarke, M. (2018) Understanding the relationship between duration of untreated psychosis and outcomes: A statistical perspective. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12 (4), 730-733.

Coffey, N., Hinde, J., Holian, E. (2014) Clustering longitudinal profiles using P-splines and mixed effects models applied to time-course gene expression data. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 71, 14-29.

Harrison, A., Deluzio, K.J., Coffey, N., Caldwell, G.E. (2013) The Analysis of Biomechanical Waveform Data. In Research Methods in Biomechanics, 2nd Edition (Eds. Robertson, G., Caldwell, G., Hamill, J., Kamen, G., Saunders, W.) Human Kinetics. ISBN: 9780736093408.

O’Hara, M.C., Byrne, M., Smith, D. Courtney, C.H., McGurk, C., Heller, S.R., Newell, J., Coffey, N., Breen, C., O’Scannail, M., O’Shea, D. (2013) Group follow-up compared to individual clinic visits after structured education for Type 1 diabetes: A cluster randomised control trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 100(1), 29-38.

Glynn, R.W., Kelly, J.C., Coffey, N., Sweeney, K.J., Kerin, M.J. (2011) The effect of breast cancer awareness month on internet search activity – a comparison with awareness campaigns for lung and prostate cancer. BMC Cancer, 11(1), 442.