Oisín Wall

Committee member and co-founder

Dr Oisín Wall is an historian and curator at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at UCD. His current research is focused on the instrumentalisation of health by prisoners' protests in the 1970s and 80s. 


His previous work has included a monograph on the relationship between psychiatry and the counter-culture in 1960s London, The British Anti-Psychiatrists (Routledge: 2017); Journeys Through Medicine, a gallery about the history of the medicine; and three years working on Medicine and Communities, one of the new permanent Medicine Galleries at the Science Museum.

Judy Bolger


I am currently a PhD student in the department of modern Irish history at Trinity College Dublin. I'm interested in 19th century social and cultural Irish history; in particular, the experiences of women, motherhood and infancy. My current PhD. research seeks to investigate the experiences of mothers within Irish workhouses and mothers' engagements with poor relief, more broadly, during the latter half of the nineteenth century; this project has been awarded the TCD 1252 Research Studentship Award. My 2017 Mphil. research completed at Trinity College, investigated 19th century Irish breastfeeding through a social and medical framework and it received a first-class distinction. In 2015, my BA dissertation was awarded a first-class honours from Carlow College and this research was centred upon the female admissions into the Carlow District Lunatic Asylum (1850-70). Two of my recent publications include: ‘A Hopeless Case’: the representation of mothers and the workhouse in Irish newspapers, 1870-1910’ (2019), and "The Deasy Business': an assessment of the IRA during the last phrase of the Irish Civil War' (2017), both published in Historical Studies.

Contact me: Bolgerju@tcd.ie

Jane Burns


I am working on a PhD part time in the School of Education at University College Dublin examining Graphic Medicine and its role in Curriculum Development.



Contact me: janeaburns@gmail.com

Kathryn Cassidy


Dr. Kathryn Cassidy is a member of the technical team at the Digital Repository of Ireland, a Trusted Digital Repository for Ireland's Social and Cultural data. She is based in Trinity College Dublin.


Dr. Cassidy is principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science funded project "Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th". This three-year project aims to archive born-digital material created by grass-roots activists during the 2018 referendum campaign.

Contact: kcassidy@tchpc.tcd.ie



Anne Coffey


Anne Coffey, Msc, BA (Hons), PG.Cert in Arts in Healthcare Settings, is a Child Art Psychotherapist working in private practice, receiving referrals from CAMHS, GPs and TUSLA, the Child and Family agency. She is also an established and practicing visual communications designer. Visual Literacy in healthcare is at the core of her research interests which include; the design of image-based outcome measures for very young children; drawing and cognition across the lifespan; Art Psychotherapy with children in care; exploring drawing and visual tools to enhance clinical observation skills and user-centred approaches to healthcare design.

Sorcha de Brún


University of Limerick

Dementia/Alzheimer supports for Irish language speakers in Gaeltacht and English speaking areas


Contact me: sorcha.debrun@ul.ie

Emmanuel Delille


Emmanuel Delille is a French historian of science. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Centre d’Archives en Philosophie, Histoire et Édition des Sciences (CAPHÉS, École Normale Supérieure, Paris) and at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB, Humboldt University, Berlin). He earned a doctorate in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) in 2008 with a dissertation on the history of the French medical encyclopaedia, the “Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale” (EMC), between 1947 and 1977. One of his major interests is the history of psychiatry: the intellectual networks and comparative history between France, Germany, and North America—particularly Canada. Other research projects after his PhD include the history of the French psychiatric hospital Bonneval (Eure-et-Loir), the history of Canadian and Japanese transcultural psychiatry, and the history of the French scholarly society “L’Évolution Psychiatrique” (created in 1924). A large number of his publications include reflections on the critical use of archival material, especially medical records of hospitals, and journals of patient associations in a psychiatric context. Emmanuel’s interest in intellectual history deals with epistolary material: above all, letters between scientists involved in scholarly networks. Since 2009, he has conducted postdoctoral research in Germany on the history of psychiatry during the Wirtschaftswunder years, using the tools of the French-German "histoire croisée" to evaluate the reading patterns of how and when German physicians read French publications, and vice versa. Within the field of the history of mental health, Emmanuel is also currently researching the history of cultural psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology in Canada, Ireland, UK, France, and Germany. In these different comparative perspectives, his main inquiry remains the shaping of the dynamic of the circulation of knowledge.

Contact me: edelille@hotmail.com

Margaret Dunlea


I am currently an Assistant Professor of Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin with links to practice. My role involves teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and master students, module leader, course coordinator, and supervision duties. My research and practice interests include the history of maternity care, ways of advancing meaningful change in the Irish maternity services with particular interest in advancing community continuity midwife-led services, rethinking the notion of spirituality, normality and risk in maternity care, exploring curriculum development that will support autonomous midwifery practice. I completed a BSc Honours Degree in Anthropology in University College London in 1997 and an M.Sc. in Midwifery Education in University College Dublin in 2001. I am in my final year of my PhD which is an institutional ethnography of antenatal care.

Contact me: dunleama@tcd.ie

Katie Fitzpatrick


Katie Fitzpatrick is a first year PhD student at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her research is exploring the use of music therapy for adults with chronic pain. She works as a music therapist, community musician and music educator in Limerick and Clare. She holds two master’s degrees in Music Therapy and Community Music from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English at University College Cork.

Contact me: katie.fitzpatrick@ul.ie

Fióna Gallagher


I am currently a Sligo-based independent researcher. My main area of interest is in urban morphology, the study of topography as a shaper of form, continuity and change in urban areas and the creation of spatial form through social and economic process. I was awarded my PhD in Maynooth in 2016, with a thesis which examined the origins of poor and insanitary housing in Sligo and other 19th century provincial Irish towns, the social and political efforts made to improve this situation. I am currently editing a collection of papers chronicling the impact of the 1832 Cholera epidemic in Sligo.


Contact me: fionagallaghersligo@gmail.com

Lorraine Grimes


Interested in institutionalisation particularly Mother and Baby Homes and the treatment of unmarried mothers.


Contact me: l.grimes2@nuigalway.ie

Conor Heffernan


Conor is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2019 Conor finished his Ph.D. entitled 'Physical Culture in Ireland, 1893-1939' at University College Dublin. In the past Conor has published work in Women's History Review, Irish Studies Review, Loisir, Irish Economic and Social History and Sport in History among other journals. He also operates physicalculturestudy.com, a history of fitness website.

Contact me: conor.heffernan@austin.utexas.edu

Brendan Kelly


Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, and UCD Visiting Full Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. In addition to his medical degree (MB BCh BAO), he holds masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA) and Buddhist studies (MA); and doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov) and law (PhD). He has authored and co-authored over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals, over 500 non-peer-reviewed publications, 13 book chapters and contributions, and 11 books (eight as sole author). His recent books include ‘Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland’ (2016), ‘Mental Illness, Human Rights and the Law’ (2016) and ‘The Doctor Who Sat For A Year’ (2019). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. In 2017, he became Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.


Contact me: brendankelly35@gmail.com

David Kilgannon


I am a Wellcome Trust sponsored PhD Candidate, based in the History Department in the National University of Ireland (Galway). My research examines changing responses to those with an intellectual disability in Ireland in the period 1947-84 and explores the way in which the state assumed an increasing responsibility for the care of those with an intellectual disability.

I completed an MA in the Social & Cultural History of Medicine in University College Dublin with a Wellcome Trust Master's Studentship, writing a dissertation on the role played by activist organisations during the Irish 'AIDS Crisis' of 1983-1989, based in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Cox.


Contact me: dmkilgannon@gmail.com

Yianna Liatsos


Narrative medicine, Aesthetics and Medicine, Agency and Representation in Illness and Mothering Narratives

Contact me: Yianna.Liatsos@ul.ie

Ciarán McCabe


Dr Ciarán McCabe is a social historian of poverty and welfare in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests also include women’s history, the social history of religious practice, and legal history. He was awarded an MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine at UCD (with a thesis on the Cork Street Fever Hospital in Dublin (est 1804)), and completed an Irish Research Council-funded PhD at Maynooth University in 2014. His monograph Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland (based on his doctoral research) was published by Liverpool University Press in 2018 and was awarded a Special Commendation Prize in the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2019. Ciarán has published articles in Irish Economic and Social History, The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Analecta Hibernica, Archivium Hibernicum, and (forthcoming in May 2020) Social History.


Ciarán has held IRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships at NUI Galway and UCD, and is currently a Research Associate of the Humanities Institute, UCD. He has served as a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, Irish History Online and the Oral History Network of Ireland, and is also the copy-editor of Irish Historical Studies.


A former journalist and court reporter, Ciarán is based in the Irish Midlands and currently serves as the Fixtures Secretary of the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society.


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Carmel McKenna


Carmel McKenna (MA MBS TCRG) has been involved in Irish step dancing for over 50 years. During that time, she has acted in multiple, often overlapping, roles including that of dance student, competitor, performer, choreographer, educator, teacher, researcher and research supervisor.

Carmel is an active member in, and historian and archivist for, An Chomhdháil na Múinteoirí le Rincí Gaelacha (Congress of Irish Dance Teachers).

Carmel’s research interests range from the analysis of gender in Irish dance to examination of issues such as power, politics and influence in Irish dance organizations. More recently, she has acted as research co-supervisor for interdisciplinary research at LIT which stands at the intersection of dance/movement and its application in social care and wider health humanities settings.

Research Co-Supervision (MA by Research):
2018 (ongoing): Exploring the psycho-social effects of the introduction of an adaptive Ceili dance activity for people living with dementia and their carers.
2016 to 2018: Analysis of the Loss & Grief experienced by competitive Irish dancers transitioning to Irish dance teaching careers

Other Professional Memberships:
International Council of Dance (CID) at UNESCO
International Association of Dance Medicine & Science
Dance Research Forum Ireland
Oral History Network Ireland


Contact me: carmel.mckenna@lit.ie

Jonathan Paul Mitchell



I work within critical disability studies, and also draw upon feminist philosophy, philosophy of technology, and actor-network theory. I'm interested in the role played by disability in what is taken as properly human, and potential implications for the development and application of present and future medical technologies. I'm particularly focused on understanding disability through the lens of biopolitics.

I have two publications forthcoming: a chapter in an edited collection for Routledge called 'The Inhuman Gaze'; and an article in a special issue called 'Disability and Prostheses' in Women, Gender and Research.

Contact me: jonathan.mitchell@ucdconnect.ie

Ronnie Moore


Professor Rock-Moore is a medical anthropologist. He holds a BSc (Joint Honours), Social Anthropology and Sociology, a DPhil and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). His interests include the sociology of science, sociology/anthropology of health, illness and society, social theory, conflict theory, health inequality and identity. He has conducted large-scale international field research, gained a number of prestigious research grants and has led on various innovative national and international research projects. He is currently Co PI (on Research FP7 Structural and Behavoural / Cultural Barriers to the Rapid Implementation of Large Multi-Site Clinical Studies in Europe in response to severe Infectious Disease (Pandemic) outbreaks and is responsible for a team of researchers based at UCD, Oxford University and Cardiff University. He is currently embarking on research into male suicide in Kazakhstan.

Contact me: Ronald.moore@nu.edu.kz or Ronnie.g.moore@ucd.ie

Meadhbh Murphy


My name is Meadhbh Murphy and I am Archivist in University College Dublin (UCD) Archives. As a member of the UCD Archives team I am involved in the cataloguing of historically important Irish collections, helping researchers with their enquiries and am a member of the Library Outreach Coordination Group. I am undertaking a PhD part-time in UCD Centre of the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) looking at the relationship between surgeon-anatomists and animals in the 18th and early 19th century. I previously worked as Archivist in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Vancouver Film School (VFS), Manuscripts and Archives Research Library (M&ARL) in Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. I am UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Blog Manager liaising with the various cultural heritage units to post an interesting blog highlighting our wonderful and in some cases unknown material every two weeks. The blog won Best Arts & Culture Blog 2018 at the Ireland Blog Awards in October. I am also joint lead project manager for an intervarsity collaborative project (RCSI, RCPI, TCD, UCD) to digitise Irish medical illustration collections from the early 1800s and create a dedicated website to these collections.

Contact me: meadhbh.murphy@ucd.ie

Cormac O'Brien


A foundational scholar of HIV/AIDS in Irish cultural representation and the first Irish academic to publish on HIV/AIDS in Irish theatre, Cormac O'Brien is actively involved in advocacy and empowerment for communities affected by HIV/AIDS. As part of his larger research project, “Ireland in the Age of AIDS’, in spring 2019 Cormac was awarded and undertook a Fulbright Scholarship to investigate HIV/AIDS among Irish diasporas in the USA at the “AIDS and its Impact” collection at the University of South Carolina. Cormac has published several landmark essays on HIV/AIDS in Irish culture and politics and is invited frequently to present his research at universities and public fora both in Ireland and overseas.

Conact me: cormac.obrien@ucd.ie

Cliona O'Carroll


Cork Folklore Project/Folklore and Ethnology, University College, Cork

I am a folklorist/ethnologist interested in vaccination discourse. I am currently working with my colleague Beth Brint (pathology, UCC) on an IRC New Foundations-funded project entitled ‘Oral Testimony, Infectious Disease and Vaccination’. The STEAM award, which supports innovations in the communication of science and knowledge, is supporting the Cork Folklore Project’s investigation into the value of oral history in health research and public health initiatives, in this case in the area of experiences of infectious diseases and vaccination.

This project will use the cultural heritage online archival database and exhibition platform Omeka to create a pilot dissemination website where narratives of infectious diseases such as measles and polio can be shared in compelling oral or textual testimony. This testimony will be accompanied by text transcriptions, images, links to the interview metadata in the Cork Folklore Project’s collection catalogue, and text/audio narratives by immunologist Dr. Elizabeth Brint (Pathology, UCC), contextualizing the diseases in question in terms of their short and long-term effects on health, and the history and implications of vaccine implementation. The database will be designed for use by the public, by the Cork Folklore Project, and by public health educators.


Changes brought about by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic foreground the relevance and the potential applications of this project, and it dovetails significantly with the Cork Folklore Project’s ongoing ‘Chronicles of COVID-19’ collection project, where accounts of everyday experience of the current pandemic include recall of testimony regarding past epidemics and experience of infectious diseases.


@OCarroll     corkfolklore.org

Contact me: c.ocarroll@ucc.ie

Antonia O'Keeffe


Senior Reg in Child Psychiatry with interest in the use of visual art

Contact me: antonia.okeeffe@hse.ie

Michael Robinson


My research interests revolve around the First World War, disability, trauma and mental healthcare. I completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool with a thesis dedicated to the post-war treatment of mentally-ill Irish Great War veterans who returned to Ireland. This research is due for publication in Manchester University Press in December 2019 as part of their Disability History series. In addition to this research, I have published an article in Irish Studies Review on the post-war treatment of disabled Great War veterans who lived in the Irish Free State and have an upcoming article due for publication in War in History on the post-war experiences of shell-shocked veterans in Irish and British society.

Twitter: @robinsonmj07

Contact me: mjrobinson88@hotmail.co.uk

Aisling Shalvey


I completed my undergraduate in English and history in Maynooth university, then studied history of medicine for my masters in Oxford Brookes university. There, I completed my thesis on the topic of eugenics and biopolitics in the Irish Free State. I am currently a PhD researcher at the University of Strasbourg, researching the treatment of paediatric patients during Nazi occupation. I have spoken at conferences on the topics of eugenics, medical research ethics, intelligence testing, paediatrics, pathology records, medical theses, abortion and contraception, and the importance of the patient voice in studying medical history.

Jennifer Moran Stritch


Research interests include medicine and the end of life, experiences of death and dying, experiences of health and chronic illness, stigma and dementia, stigma, social exclusion and perceptions of health and disease, health and social care professionals' perspectives of end-of-life care, care professionals and grieving, arts-based interventions, socially-engaged research and inteventions connected to death education and mortality awareness, assisted death and medical humanities, palliative care, hospice and the arts and humanities.

Contact me: jennifer.stritch@lit.ie

Sarah Timmins


RCSI Heritage Collections Library Assistant

Contact me: sarahtimmins@rcsi.com

Triona Waters


Triona Waters is a PhD researcher and Departmental Assistant at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her doctoral research, funded by MIC, investigates the archives of St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital, formerly known as the Limerick District Lunatic Asylum, under the supervision of Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUIG), Dr Úna Ní Broiméil (MIC) and Dr Maura Cronin (MIC). Her PhD research primarily focuses on nineteenth century Irish asylumdom. She was recently awarded the Royal College of Physician’s ‘Kirkpatrick History of Medicine’ research award, 2018 for her work on the history of mental health services in Limerick that considered not only the records of the Limerick asylum, but also the Mental Health Commissioner Reports of 2017. Her MA, awarded by the University of Limerick, examined the social history of St. Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital, formerly known as the Connaught District Lunatic Asylum with a focus on its twentieth century history by using oral history methodology. With a year of study based in Syracuse, New York, she was also awarded ‘Student of the Year’. As post-graduate representative of the Irish History Students’ Association (IHSA), she is a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS), Irish Modern Urban History (IMUH) and History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HSTM). She is currently guest editor of the University of Limerick Journal, History Studies, 2019.

Contact me: triona.waters@mic.ul.ie

Harriet Wheelock


Harriet Wheelock is the Keeper of Collections in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is responsible for promoting access to RCPI's historical library, archive and object collections and the development of the collections to provide research access to previously inaccessible material.

Harriet is currently undertaking a PhD in the Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin looking at the history and development of RCPI’s collections and museum.

Contact me: harrietwheelock@rcpi.ie

Alice Mauger

Committee member and co-founder

Alice Mauger is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, School of History, UCD. Her current research on Patient Narratives of Alcohol Addiction in Ireland, c. 1960-2020’ is funded by the UCD Wellcome ISSF. Prior to this she undertook a three-year postdoc investigating 'Alcohol Medicine and Irish Society, c. 1890-1970', funded by the Wellcome Trust. 

She was awarded a PhD by UCD in 2014 for her thesis which examined public, voluntary and private asylum care in nineteenth-century Ireland. Prior to this she completed the MA programme on the Social and Cultural History of Medicine at the UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD. Both her MA and PhD were funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has published on the history of psychiatry and alcohol addiction in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland. 




Contact me: alice.mauger@ucd.ie

Ailise Bulfin


Dr Ailise Bulfin is a literary and cultural scholar whose research ranges from nineteenth-century to contemporary culture, focusing on representations of catastrophe, war and trauma. She has published a number of critical essays on topics such as gothic fiction, xenophobia, invasion scares, natural catastrophe and climate change, and her monograph, entitled Gothic Invasions: Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siècle Popular Fiction, came out in April 2018. She currently works as a medical humanities research fellow in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, focusing on representations of child sexual abuse in nineteenth-century and contemporary culture. She also lectures in Victorian and Modern Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. Her work has been funded by the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy and the Trinity Wellcome Trust ISSF.

Relevant publications include:

Bulfin, Ailise and Baker, Jen, ‘Child Abuse’ and ‘Orphans’, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. by Kevin Morrison (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018).

McCarthy-Jones, Simon, Bulfin, Ailise, Nixon, Elizabeth, O’Keane, Veronica, Bacik, Ivana, & McElvaney, Rosaleen, ‘Associations between forced and “persuaded” first intercourse and later health outcomes in women’, Violence Against Women (2018): 1–21; doi.org/10.1177/1077801218793223.


Contact me: ailise.bulfin@ucd.ie

Louise Caffrey


Assistant Professor in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.

Contact: Louise Caffrey @tcd.ie

Catherine Cox


Following completion of my PhD in 2004, I was appointed lecturer at the Department of History at the University of Warwick. I returned to University College Dublin in 2006. I am currently Director, UCD Centre for the History of Medicine, School of History. My books include Negotiating Insanity in the Southeast of Ireland, 1820-1900 (Manchester, 2012); with Susannah Riordan, Adolescence in Modern Irish History (Houndmills, 2010); with Hilary Marland, Migration, Health, and Ethnicity in the Modern World (Houndmills, 2013); with Maria Luddy, Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History 1750-1970 (Houndmills, 2010). I have published articles in Social History of Medicine, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Social History among others. With Dr Graham Brownlow, I am editor of Irish Economic and Social History.

I am Principal Investigator on a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award entitled Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000' working with Hilary Marland on the strand on mental health in prison, 1850–2000. The Award builds on an earlier collaboration with Professor Marland on a Wellcome Trust supported project on Irish migration and mental illness. I am Secretary, the Royal Irish Academic Historical Studies Committee, Deputy Chair of Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, member of the Executive Committee of Social for the Social History of Medicine and of Economic and Social History Society of Ireland.


​Contact me: catherine.cox@ucd.ie

Gráinne Donohue


Dr. Gráinne Donohue Ph.D., MA (Psych) has over fifteen years’ experience in the mental health profession as both researcher and clinician. She did an MA in Psychoanalysis (Clinical Specialisation) before completing her doctoral studies in the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, UCD, specialising in a psychoanalytic understanding of loss and dementia. She was awarded a research grant from the International Psychoanalytic Association and subsequently became a Research Fellow. She currently works clinically in the area of psychosis and is a qualified psychoanalytic practitioner. She supervises research projects and teaches on postgraduate psychotherapy training across institutions. She has varied research interests ranging from dementia, rehabilitative psychiatry and psychotherapeutic process research.
Gráinne is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD. Her role is to set up and maintain effective collaborative partnerships between staff at the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation and Clinical Nurse Specialists/Advanced Nurse Practitioners working in Mental Health Services.

Contact me: donohuga@tcd.ie

Bridget English


Dr. Bridget English is a specialist in modern and contemporary Irish literature and culture, with particular research interest in theories of the novel, modernism, and the medical humanities. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches first year writing courses on the topic of illness narratives. Building on the interests in cultural attitudes towards death and dying, addressed in her monograph, "Laying Out the Bones: Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel" (Syracuse U.P. 2017), her next project "Self-Destructive Modernisms: Suicide, Medicine and Failure in the Modernist Novel" attends to the ways that the modernist novel registers the conflicts between the empirical knowledge of medicine and the subjective human experiences of modernity in order to determine the role of novelistic narrative in mediating bodily and psychological suffering.

Contact me: bridgetrenglish@gmail.com

Kieran Fitzpatrick


I am currently the NUI's post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Humanities for 2018-2020. Based at NUI Galway's Moore Institute, my interests lie broadly in the nature of medical professionalism and disciplinary identity in Britain, Ireland and the British Empire across the century from 1850 to 1950. My Fellowship will be used to examine the archive of Peter Johnstone Freyer, a pre-eminent prostate surgeon in India and London at the turn of the twentieth century, but who was born near Clifden, Connemara in 1851. I wish to use Freyer's papers to construct a micro-history of medical professionalisation and specialisation between c. 1890 and 1940.

Other current research interests are in the social and intellectual histories of congenital word-blindness, a concept that gave later meaning to the term 'dyslexia', in Britain and the United States between 1895 and 1925. I intend to publish an article on this in The Journal for the History of Neurosciences in early 2019.

Contact me: kieran.fitzpatrick@nuigalway.ie

Ronan Foley


Dr. Ronan Foley is an Associate Professor in Health Geography and GIS at Maynooth University, Ireland, with specialist expertise in therapeutic landscapes and geospatial planning within health and social care environments. He has worked on a range of research and consultancy projects allied to health, social and economic data analysis in both the UK and Ireland. He is the current Editor of the academic journal, Irish Geography and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (NZ) in 2015. His current research focuses broadly on relationships between water, health and place, including two authored/co-edited books, Healing Waters (2010) and Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded (2019) as well as journal articles and book chapters on auxiliary hospitals, holy wells, spas, social and cultural histories of swimming and ‘blue space’. He was co-convener, with Prof. Thomas Kistemann (WHO/Bonn) of a special issue on the topic of healthy blue space for Health & Place (2015). He was the PI on an EPA-funded project on Green-Blue Infrastructure and Health with UCD and EMRA in 2017-18 and is collaborating on a number of water/health projects with colleagues within Ireland as well as internationally with the Universities of Exeter and Seville.

Contact me: ronan.foley@mu.ie

Estelle Gittins


Estelle Gittins is an archivist and manuscripts curator in the Research Collections department in Trinity College Library with a focus on post-medieval historical collections. She holds a BA in Art History from Warwick University, an M.Litt in Art History from St Andrews University and an H.Dip in Archival Studies from University College Dublin. She joined the Library in 2005 after a decade working as an archivist within the commercial art and museums sector in the UK and Ireland. She oversees the Library’s medical humanities collections which include hospital archives, medical texts, practitioners’ papers and object collections, as well as the archives of the Trinity College School of Medicine. She was Hon. Secretary of the Irish Society for Archives 2007-2010, and currently serves on the Library’s Communications and Events group and Exhibitions Operational group. She is a member of the Archiving the 8th steering committee.



Elizabeth Grubgeld


I read, teach, and write about Irish autobiography and Disability Studies. My most recent publications in Medical Humanities field are a book-length study, Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and “Memoirs of Sight Loss from Post-Independence Ireland”, The Irish University Review 47.2 (2017): 266-80.

Institutional affiliation: Oklahoma State University


Contact me: elizabeth.grubgeld@okstate.edu

Mary Hatfield


Dr. Mary Hatfield is currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin and formerly the Irish Government Senior Scholarship at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She is located in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at UCD.

Her research focuses on themes of childhood and gender in nineteenth-century Ireland. Her current project explores the origins of paediatrics and medical care for Irish children in the nineteenth century. Her forthcoming monograph with Oxford University Press is titled 'Growing Up in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Cultural History of Middle-Class Childhood and Gender.'


Contact me: mary.hatfield@ucd.ie

Ciara Henderson



Frank Houghton


Frank’s research interests include the geographies of health, power inequalities in health/ medical contexts, therapeutic environments, tobacco control, and predatory publishing.

Contact me: Frank.Houghton@LIT.ie

Zania Koppe


My research explores the relationships between intellectual disability, housing and relational support as well as the commitment of those in a supportive role and the impacts on communities providing this support.

Contact me: zania.koppe@gmail.com

Marion McGarry


Dr Marion McGarry lectures at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and is an art historian, writer and author. Her work as an independent researcher led her to become a founding member of the Sligo Dracula Society, a historical group that seeks to highlight the connections between the work of Bram Stoker and Sligo's cholera epidemic of 1832. For more see: https://sligobramstoker.weebly.com/

Contact me: marion.mcgarry@gmit.ie

Ida Milne


Historian of disease, author of Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland. Working on infectious diseases of childhood. esp diarrhoea.

Contact me: Imilne@carlocollege.ie

Eleanor J Molloy


Professor and Chair of Paediatrics, TCD
Research interests: inflammation and neonatal outcomes; Down syndrome; Paediatric Traumatic Brain injury; Cerebral palsy; Medical humanities

Contact me: elesean@hotmail.com

Hilary Moss


Hilary Moss is Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and formerly the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Desmond O’Neill. She is a musician and Music Therapist and has an MBA in Health Service Management.

Moss established the Arts and Health Research Cluster at UL. She is a member of the Health Research Institute and the Ageing Research Cluster at University of Limerick. She is on the board of the Irish Humanities Alliance, is country representative on the European Music Therapy Confederation and an editor of Music and Medicine International Journal.

Research interests include aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts in health care settings; singing, health and well-being; music and chronic pain; spirituality, music and health; health humanities; arts and health practice; music in everyday life and inter-disciplinary research. For further list of publications, conference presentations, funding and research activity please contact Hilary.Moss@ul.ie
Watch UL TALK for more information on Hilary’s research interests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1t3lr_eWwI

Contact me: hilary.moss@ul.ie

Peter Murray


Until his recent retirement Peter Murray lectured in Politics and Sociology at Maynooth University. His principal research and teaching interests are in the growth of the modern state, political mobilisation, education, health and work. His book Facilitating the Future? US Aid, European Integration and Irish Industrial Viability, 1948-73 was published by UCD Press in 2009 and he is the co-author (with Maria Feeney) of Church, State and Social Science in Ireland: Knowledge Institutions and the Rebalancing of Power, 1937-73 which was published in 2016 by Manchester University Press.


Contact me: peter.murray@mu.ie

Caitriona Aine (Macgregor) Nic Philibin


I am an Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. I have a strong commitment to the promotion of nursing through my teaching, research and administrative roles at the College.
I have over thirty years’ experience in health care and education. I also have 13 years experience of working in both community and hospital settings, ten years of which were with child, adolescent and family mental health services (CAMHS) in Scotland as a Nurse Therapist/Community Team manager and in Ireland as Clinical Nurse Specialist in the (CAMHS) Services. I was instrumental in setting up the first interdisciplinary Masters in Mental Health Programme in conjunction with the National Forensic Services in 2005. I was also the chairperson of the interdisciplinary curriculum group set up to develop the interdisciplinary M.Sc. in Mental Health (Child, Adolescent and Family Strand) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College in 2007.
I was also the Course Co-ordinator of the MSc in Mental Health (Child, Adolescent and Family Strand) from 2005-2012. I have lectured on the BSc. (Cur.), MSc in Mental Health, MSc in MH (CAFS), MSc in Child Health and in 2010 along with a group of colleagues has set up stand alone interdisciplinary modules in Children’s Palliative Care that was funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation. I have had review commitments for three peer review journals.I was a member of the execuative for the childrens rsearch network of Ireland.

Contact me: c.nicphilibin@tcd.ie

Aine O'Flynn


I am a PhD student studying the history of health and disease affecting the Irish in Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century

Don O'Leary


Historian (independent researcher).
Most of my work in history is published in three books: Vocationalism and Social Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2000); xiii +274 pages.
Roman Catholicism and Modern Science: A History (New York and London: Continuum, 2006; paperback 2007); xx + 356 pages.
Irish Catholicism and Science: From ‘Godless Colleges’ to the ‘Celtic Tiger’ (Cork: Cork University Press, 2012); xvi + 343 pages.
Current research interests: Bioethics and the Roman Catholic Church, especially in Ireland. The main issues are abortion, contraception, assisted human reproduction, and assisted suicide.


Contact me: d.oleary@ucc.ie

Matthew L. Reznicek


Matthew L. Reznicek is working on the intersection of poverty, healthcare, and nineteenth-century Irish fiction, exploring the ways in which poverty is pathologized and attributed to socio-economic conditions in nineteenth-century fiction. He is also exploring the ways in which medical humanities can help interrogate the National Tale through the representation of the diseased body.

Contact me: matthewreznicek@creighton.edu

Margaret Ryan


I have a PhD in psychology, specialising in Human Factors in Transport Systems. My interests include driver behaviour and driver education. Currently I manage the Irish National Office for Traffic Medicine, which is operated jointly by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Road Safety Authority. We run the national medical fitness to drive programme, which functions to enable safe mobility in Ireland.

Contact me: margaretryan@rcpi.ie

June Shannon


I am a medical journalist with a keen interest in the history of medicine and the interface between the art and science of medicine. I am also very interested in medical humanities.

Contact me: jshannon71@gmail.com

Maria Stuart


My research interests lie in the emergent area of Dysfluency Studies, exploring the interface between cultural, clinical and creative practice in relation to the stammering voice, with particular interest in the embodied experience of stammering and its cultural representation. Recent work has focused on auditory interventions (Altered Auditory Feedback) in the therapeutic treatment of speech 'disorders' and their representation in the 2010 film The King's Speech and the work of contemporary vocal/sound artists. More broadly, I also work on the dysfluent voice within American literary culture (from Puritan conversion narratives to contemporary poetics). I recently organised the conference 'Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers: Exploring Cultural and Clinical Practice in the area of Dysfluent Speech' (UCD, Humanities Institute, 12 October 2018, www.metaphoricstammers.com) and this generated a research network of the same name . The network includes cultural/literary critics, speech therapists and creative writers/artists from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the US. We are actively involved in funding applications to develop our research and its impact. With Daniel Martin (MacEwan University, Canada), I'm co-editing a special issue on dysfluency for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (September 2020).



Contact me: maria.stuart@ucd.ie

Janet Weston


I hold a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2021), to investigate the history of measuring and assessing mental capacity in Britain and Ireland over the twentieth century. I am focusing on decisions and disputes over individuals' capacity to manage their financial affairs, and am particularly interested in how ideas of mental capacity have been affected by attitudes towards old age, gender, class, disability, and ideas of autonomy and vulnerability.

I previously worked on 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000', looking at the impact of HIV/AIDS on healthcare for prisoners in England and Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

I'm interested more generally in historical perspectives on deviance and difference, crime and punishment, and law and policy, particularly in relation to mental health, gender, sexuality, and age.

Contact me: janet.weston@lshtm.ac.uk

Shelby Zimmerman


Shelby Zimmerman is a PhD candidate at Trinity College, Dublin researching the medicalisation of death in the Dublin city workhouses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research centres on the role the workhouse played in Dublin's medical landscape for the sick and dying poor as a proto-hospice. Shelby received her B.S. in History and Museum Studies from Towson University and her MPhil with Distinction in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin. Shelby is an Early Career Research Fellow in Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. In 2018, she presented her MPhil research on the South Dublin Union's response to the smallpox epidemic of 1871-3 at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) as a finalist for the Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award. She co-curated the Little Museum of Dublin's new exhibition on Victorian Medicine. Shelby is primarily interested in the history of medicine, institutions, the Irish Poor Law, poverty, and death.


Contact me: zimmerms@tcd.ie