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Welcome to Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

The School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College was established in 1996 and is now a leading force in national and international healthcare research. Innovation is central to our mission in research and education. Through intellectual inquiry and clinical practice, our staff and students strive to advance nursing and midwifery practice and improve healthcare across the lifespan in our communities, both nationally and internationally.

This work takes place on the School’s City Centre campus and across the metropolitan area, the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, and at our affiliated hospitals and research centres.

We have held our position as 1st in Ireland and 46th in the QS rankings by subject. Our academic staff are renowned researchers, expert practitioners and experienced mentors. They are, individually and collectively, leading experts in their fields, dedicated to the development of the next generation of nurses and midwives through advancing nursing and midwifery knowledge.

As the largest school in one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, our researchers have developed international collaborations and have been awarded funding for large scale projects from national and international funding bodies such as the Health Research Board, Health Service Executive, EU and COST.

We remain committed to improving health globally through providing first rate evidence-based education programmes focussed on generating knowledge that nurses and midwives will need to transform healthcare towards people-centred health systems.

Professor Joan Lalor

Director of Research

Tel: +353 1 8964018

Joan Lalor is a Professor in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. Joan was awarded a BNS (Hons), MSc, MA, PGDip in Clinical Health Science Education (Distinction) and PG Dip in Statistics (Distinction) and a PhD from Trinity College. Joan's research contribution is organised around the following main areas: i) Complex Pregnancy Care, ii) Optimising Maternity Health Service Delivery, iii) Research Methodology, Health Ethics and Law. However, as a member of the academy Joan is also centrally involved in a number of collaborative interdisciplinary projects across Health, Education and the Humanities. Joan's methodological expertise lies within the application of qualitative methodologies (specifically Grounded Theory and Case Study) to complex issues in health care. Joan has a particular interest in area of sensitive research and ethical challenges in fieldwork. Much of her research is located in the areas of prenatal diagnosis, perinatal palliative care and trauma in childbirth.

She is an expert member of the Implementation of Bereavement Guidelines in Maternity Care Group and the Neonatal Palliative Care Clinical Programme, seeking to inform policy and service planning nationally. Joan is also leading a COST Action 18211 to explore Trauma and Traumatic Loss in Childbirth. Joan has been awarded over €2.5m in funding as PI or co-applicant from a range of funding bodies.