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Dr. Elaine Toomey

Biography

Dr Elaine Toomey is a Lecturer in the School of Allied Health in the University of Limerick. She is also a Cochrane Ireland Research Associate and a member of both the Health Research Institute (University of Limerick) and the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (National University of Ireland Galway). Elaine is a Chartered Physiotherapist and obtained her PhD from University College Dublin (2016) and her MSc and BSc from the University of Limerick (2012, 2010). Until April 2020, Elaine was Associate Director of Cochrane Ireland within Evidence Synthesis Ireland and led the implementation of the Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship Scheme. Previously, Elaine was a Health Research Board (HRB) Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2016-2019), where she co-led the development of a complex behaviour change childhood obesity prevention intervention, with a specific focus on process and implementation outcomes. Elaine was a Visiting Researcher at Hunter New England Population Health Service/Newcastle University (Newcastle, Australia) in 2018, the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine in Western University (Ontario, Canada) in 2018, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Ontario, Canada) in 2017 and 2018.

Elaine's research primarily focuses on methods used in the development, evaluation and implementation of behaviour change interventions into policy and practice, particularly in relation to chronic disease prevention and management. She has specific expertise in evidence synthesis, implementation science/knowledge translation, process evaluation and fidelity/adaptation of behaviour change interventions. In 2016 Elaine was awarded a Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science for Emerging Researchers from the University of California Berkeley for her work in fidelity and transparency of behaviour change interventions. She is also a Catalyst for the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), a member of the Health Research Board Open Research National Steering Committee and a keen advocate for open science. She is a recipient of the Irish Canadian University Foundation James M. Flaherty Early Career Scholarship (2017), the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Early Career Award (2020), the European Health Psychology Stan Maes Early Career Award (2020) and a Euroscience European Young Researcher Award (EYRA) finalist (2020). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications as well as numerous blogposts and alternative research outputs and has secured over €650,000 in national and international research funding as Principal Investigator or co-applicant/collaborator.

Research Interests

Health behaviour change for chronic disease prevention and management.
Implementation science/knowledge translation and informed decision-making in health policy and practice.
Health research methods, e.g. evidence synthesis, fidelity and adaptation of complex behavioural interventions, process evaluations, and behavioural intervention development and evaluation.
Open science and health research transparency, stakeholder involvement and citizen science.

Teaching Interests

Evidence-based practice
Health behaviour change
Chronic disease prevention and management
Knowledge translation and communication in healthcare

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Early Career Award
  • 2020 - Applying Research into Policy and Practice Fellowship (€249,518.92)
  • 2020 - European Health Psychology Society Stan Maes Early Career Award
  • 2020 - European Young Researcher Award (finalist)
  • 2017 - James M. Flaherty Early Career Research Award (€7200)
  • 2016 - Leamer-Rosenthal Emerging Researcher Prize for Open Social Science ($10,000)
  • 2015 - Early Career Researcher Travel Award
  • 2014 - Early Career Researcher Travel Award
  • 2013 - Early Career Researcher Travel Award
  • 2009 - HRB Summer Student Scholarship

Association

  • Member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Co-Chair, European Health Psychology Society Open Science Special Interest Group

Publications

Conference Publication

2017

Psychology, Health and Medicine
Toomey, E, Kearney, P, Matvienko-Sikar, K, Queally, M, Hayes, C, Doherty, E, Harrington, J, McHugh, S, Kelly, C, McSharry, J, Delaney, L, Heary, C, Byrne, M.
Psychology, Health and Medicine

2016

The Society for Back Pain Research Conference
Toomey, E, Matthews, J, Hurley, D.A.
The Society for Back Pain Research Conference

2016

OARSI World Congress on Osteoarthritis
Hurley, D.A., Currie-Murphy, L., Hayes, D., Hall, A.M., Toomey, E., McDonough, S.M., Lonsdale, C., Walsh, N.E., Guerin, S. and Matthews, J.
OARSI World Congress on Osteoarthritis

2015

The Society for Back Pain Research Conference
Toomey, E, Matthews, J, Currie-Murphy, L, Hurley, D.A.
The Society for Back Pain Research Conference

2013

29th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS)
Toomey, E, Coote, S
29th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS)

2012

17th Annual Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) Conference,
Toomey, E, Coote, S
17th Annual Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) Conference,

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

A core outcome set for trials of infant-feeding interventions to prevent childhood obesity
Matvienko-Sikar, K,Griffin, C,Kelly, C,Heary, C,Pedersen, MLP,McGrath, N,Toomey, E,Harrington, J,Hennessy, M,Queally, M,Hayes, C,McSharry, J,Devane, D,Byrne, M,Kearney, PM
International Journal Of Obesity DOI: 10.1038/s41366-020-0538-2

2020

Classification of aerosol-generating procedures: a rapid systematic review.
Jackson T;Deibert D;Wyatt G;Durand-Moreau Q;Adisesh A;Khunti K;Khunti S;Smith S;Chan XHS;Ross L;Roberts N;Toomey E;Greenhalgh T;Arora I;Black SM;Drake J;Syam N;Temple R;Straube S;
Bmj Open Respiratory Research DOI: 10.1136/bmjresp-2020-000730

2020

Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff.
Verbeek JH;Rajamaki B;Ijaz S;Sauni R;Toomey E;Blackwood B;Tikka C;Ruotsalainen JH;Kilinc Balci FS;
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011621.pub4

2020

A collaborative approach to developing sustainable behaviour change interventions for childhood obesity prevention: Development of the Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) intervention and implementation strategy
Toomey, E,Matvienko-Sikar, K,Doherty, E,Harrington, J,Hayes, CB,Heary, C,Hennessy, M,Kelly, C,McHugh, S,McSharry, J,O'Halloran, J,Queally, M,Heffernan, T,Kearney, PM,Byrne, M
British journal of health psychology DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12407

2020

The efficacy of PPE for COVID-19-type respiratory illnesses in primary and community care staff
Khunti K.;Adisesh A.;Burton C.;Chan X.H.S.;Coles B.;Durand-Moreau Q.;Jackson T.;Ross L.;Straube S.;Toomey E.;Greenhalgh T.
The British Journal Of General Practice : The Journal Of The Royal College Of General Practitioners DOI: 10.3399/bjgp20X710969

2020

Investigating and evaluating evidence of the behavioural determinants of adherence to social distancing measures - A protocol for a scoping review of COVID-19 research.
Noone C;Warner N;Byrne M;Durand H;Lavoie KL;McGuire BE;Mc Sharry J;Meade O;Morrissey E;Molloy G;O'Connor L;Toomey E;
Hrb Open Research DOI: 10.12688/hrbopenres.13099.2

2020

Extended use or reuse of single-use surgical masks and filtering face-piece respirators during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A rapid systematic review.
Toomey EC;Conway Y;Burton C;Smith S;Smalle M;Chan XS;Adisesh A;Tanveer S;Ross L;Thomson I;Devane D;Greenhalgh T;
Infection Control And Hospital Epidemiology DOI: 10.1017/ice.2020.1243

2020

The Efficacy of Workplace Interventions on Improving the Dietary, Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours of School and Childcare Staff: A Systematic Review.
Nathan N;Murawski B;Hope K;Young S;Sutherland R;Hodder R;Booth D;Toomey E;Yoong SL;Reilly K;Tzelepis F;Taylor N;Wolfenden L;
International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17144998

2020

Focusing on fidelity: narrative review and recommendations for improving intervention fidelity within trials of health behaviour change interventions
Toomey E.;Hardeman W.;Hankonen N.;Byrne M.;McSharry J.;Matvienko-Sikar K.;Lorencatto F.
Health Psychology And Behavioral Medicine DOI: 10.1080/21642850.2020.1738935

2019

Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: protocol for a feasibility study
Matvienko-Sikar, K,Toomey, E,Queally, M,Flannery, C,Neill, KO,Dinan, TG,Doherty, E,Harrington, JM,Hayes, C,Heary, C,Hennessy, M,Kelly, C,Mc Hugh, SM,McSharry, J,Stanton, C,Heffernan, T,Byrne, M,Kearney, PM
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029607

2019

Adapting health interventions for local fit when scaling-up: a realist review protocol.
Power J,Gilmore B,Valli�s F,Toomey E,Mannan H,McAuliffe E,
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022084

2019

Behaviour change techniques and theory use in healthcare professional-delivered infant feeding interventions to prevent childhood obesity: a systematic review
Matvienko-Sikar, K,Toomey, E,Delaney, L,Flannery, C,McHugh, S,McSharry, J,Byrne, M,Queally, M,Heary, C,Kearney, PM
Health Psychology Review DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1605838

2019

Using theatre as an arts-based knowledge translation strategy for health-related information: a scoping review protocol.
Hall A,Furlong B,Pike A,Logan G,Lawrence R,Ryan A,Etchegary H,Hennessey T,Toomey E,
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032738

2019

Implementation of a Calorie Menu Labeling Policy in Public Hospitals: Study Protocol for a Multiple Case Study
Kerins, C., Houghton, C., McHugh, S., Geaney, F., Toomey, E., Hayes, C., Perry, I.J. & Kelly, C.
International Journal Of Qualitative Methods DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919878339

2018
2018

Do mothers accurately identify their child�s overweight/obesity status during early childhood? Evidence from a nationally representative cohort study
Queally, M, Doherty, E, Matvienko-Sikar, K, Toomey, E, Cullinan, J, Harrington, J, Kearney, P.
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity

2018

The CHARMS pilot study: A multi-method assessment of the feasibility of a sexual counselling implementation intervention in cardiac rehabilitation in Ireland
Murphy, P, Noone, C, D�Eath, M, Casey, D, Doherty, S, Jaarsma, T, Murphy, A, O�Donnell, M, Fallon, N, Gillespie, P, Jalali, A, McSharry, J, Newell, J, Toomey, E, Steinke, E, Byrne, M
Pilot And Feasibility Studies

2018

Intervention Fidelity Within Trials of Infant Feeding Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity: A Systematic Review
Toomey, Elaine,Matvienko-Sikar, Karen,Heary, Caroline,Delaney, Lisa,Queally, Michelle,B Hayes, Catherine,M Kearney, Patricia,Byrne, Molly,Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study team
Annals Of Behavioral Medicine

2018

Developing a Core Outcome Set for Childhood Obesity Prevention: A Systematic Review
Matvienko-Sikar, K, Griffin, C, McGrath, N, Toomey, E, Byrne, M, Kelly, C, Heary, C, Devane, D, Kearney, P.M.
Maternal & Child Nutrition DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12680

2018

Transparent and reproducible pain research: a critical review
Lee, H, Lamb, SE, Bagg, M, Toomey, E, Cashin, A, Moseley, L.
Pain

2018

Adapting Health Interventions for Local Fit when Scaling-up: A Realist Review Protocol
Power, J, Gilmore, B, Valli�s, F, Toomey, E, Mannan, H, McAuliffe, E.
BMJ open

2017

Parental experiences and perceptions of infant complementary feeding: A qualitative evidence synthesis
Matvienko-Sikar, K, Sinnott, C, Byrne, M, Kelly, C, Toomey, E, McSharry, J, Heary, C, Houghton, C, Kearney, P.
Obesity Reviews DOI: DOI10.1111/obr.12653

2017

Effects of healthcare professional delivered early feeding interventions on feeding practices and dietary intake: A systematic review
Matvienko-Sikar, K, Toomey, E, Delaney, L, Harrington, J, Byrne, M, Kearney, P, CHErIsH study team
Appetite DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.12.001

2017

Development of an infant feeding core outcome set for childhood obesity interventions: study protocol
Matvienko-Sikar, K,Byrne, M,Kelly, C,Toomey, E,Hennessy, M,Devane, D,Heary, C,Harrington, J,McGrath, N,Queally, M,Kearney, PM
Trials DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-2180-4

2017

Behaviour change and self-management interventions in persistent low back pain
Mansell, G, Hall, A, Toomey, E.
Best Practice & Research In Clinical Rheumatology

2017

Addressing Intervention Fidelity Within Physical Therapy Research and Clinical Practice
Toomey, E, Hardeman, W
Journal Of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2017.0609

2016

Sexual counselling for patients with cardiovascular disease: protocol for a pilot study of the CHARMS sexual counselling intervention
Murphy P, McSharry J, Casey D, Doherty S, Gillespie P, Jaarsma T, Murphy A, Newell J, O'Donnell M, Steinke E, Toomey E, Byrne M
BMJ open

2016

Sexual counselling for patients with cardiovascular disease: protocol for a pilot study of the CHARMS sexual counselling intervention
Murphy, Patrick J,Mc Sharry, Jenny,Casey, Dympna,Doherty, Sally,Gillespie, Paddy,Jaarsma, Tiny,Murphy, Andrew W,Newell, John,O'Donnell, Martin,Steinke, Elaine E,Toomey, Elaine,Byrne, Molly
BMJ open

2016

Sexual counselling for patients with cardiovascular disease: protocol for a pilot study of the CHARMS sexual counselling intervention.
Murphy, P. J., Mc Sharry, J., Casey, D., Doherty, S., Gillespie, P., Jaarsma, T., Murphy, A. W., Newell, J., O'Donnell, M., Steinke, E. E., Toomey, E., & Byrne, M.
BMJ open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011219

2016

Using intervention mapping to develop a theory-driven, group-based complex intervention to support self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain (SOLAS).
Hurley DA,Murphy LC,Hayes D,Hall AM,Toomey E,McDonough SM,Lonsdale C,Walsh NE,Guerin S,Matthews J,
Implementation Science : Is DOI: 10.1186/s13012-016-0418-2

2012

Physical rehabilitation interventions in nonambulatory people with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review.
Toomey E,Coote SB,
International Journal Of Rehabilitation Research. Internationale Zeitschrift Fu�R Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue Internationale De Recherches De Re�Adaptation DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e32835a241a