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Women, Child & Family Health

Women, Child & Family Health

Contact Details

Dr Sandra Atkinson
Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Health Science Building
University of Limerick
V94 X5K6


Group Members

Cluster Lead: Dr Sandra Atkinson (see profile link here) 

Name and Profile  Email
Dr Sylvia Murphy Tighe
Dr Maria Noonan
Jan McCarthy
Annmarie Grealish
Carmel Bradshaw
Barbara Lloyd

Women, Child and Family Health Research Cluster

Research Projects:

  • Principal Investigator Research Income


Research Team


Co-design, development and evaluation of a care pathway to promote, maintain and enhance breastfeeding experience in the Neonatal Unit.

Maria Noonan and Una Dee HSE lead.

Sylvia Tighe Murphy, Carmel Bradshaw and Jan McCarthy.

Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit. Mid-West Region

Public Health Nurse (PHN) led identification and response to domestic abuse in the postnatal period – A Pilot Study to assess PHN training to recognise and respond to domestic violence,               


Sylvia Tighe Murphy, Maria Noonan and Carmel Bradshaw in collaboration with Mary Shanahan, Marie Boyle and Brenda Mellett

Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region

An educational video intervention to foster and promote positive attitudes to mental health among health care professionals.


Maria Noonan, Maria Gibbons HSE lead. Teresa Tuohy, AnnMarie Grealish, Louise Murphy, Sylvia Murphy, Carmel Bradshaw, Sandra Atkinson, Kevin Johnson. 

Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region.

   Co-Applicant Research Activities


Research Team                                  


Inter-disciplinary and inter-agency group, involving seven academic disciplines, a leading NGO for migrants, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the WHO to draw on the tradition of participatory health research to disrupt this pattern of exclusion.

Helen Phelan, Anne MacFarlane,  Sylvia Murphy Tighe, Tríona McCaffrey,  Hilary Moss, Susann Huschke, Maebh Barry and Leonie Kerins.

HRI emerging Cluster Capacity Building Award

Quality Care-Metrics: An independent evaluation study to determine the impact of measuring nursing and midwifery-sensitive process metrics and indicators using Quality Care-Metrics (HSE10990)

PI Professor Laserina O’Connor UCD. Cluster members: Maria Noonan, Carmel Bradshaw, Sylvia Murphy, Sandra Atkinson


COST application: The DEVoTiON (DEliVery-related Trauma Outcomes Network) is a COST Action designed to bring together researchers and clinicians from diverse fields. The goal is to maximise the impact of research in birth trauma and PTSD in childbirth in the first 1,000 days from pregnancy and beyond.

PI Prof Joan Lalor, TCD. Dr Sylvia Tighe Murphy

COST application


















Past Projects



Funding Source

Start/Finish Dates

QCM Nursing & Midwifery Quality Care-Metrics Project (Older Person and Intellectual Disability Services) Fiona Murphy, Owen Doody, Rosemary Lyons



September 2016-March 2018. Completed.

Positive social & economic ageing. Jill Murphy, Pauline O'Reilly, Fiona Murphy, Donna Wilson, Gail Low

€5,000 University of Limerick. International activity challenge.
September 2017-September 2018. Completed.

UL International Activity Challenge Fund. Sylvia Murphy-Tighe

€3,200 University of Limerick. International activity challenge.

September 2017-September 2018. Completed. 

ESTHER Common Grant application. K. Elmusharaf, P. Finucane, K. Hadfield, D. Leddin, Fiona Murphy, C. Sheehan

€7,814 ESTHER September 2016. Completed 
Identifying research questions to identify local interventions in the Mid-West Region to support breastfeeding initiation and duration. Una Dee, Margaret Hynes, Maria O'Dwyer, Sinéad O'Doherty, Audrey Lyons, Deirdre Monroe, Fiona Murphy, Maria Noonan, Janet Calvert €9,574.25 Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region September 2016-November 2017. Completed