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Professor Agnes Higgins
Professor in Mental Health, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Agnes is a professor in mental health nursing within the School of Nursing and Midwifery where she teaches and supervises across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and leads a team of lecturers and researchers in developing quality evidence to inform mental health education, practice and policy decisions. She is a registered mental health nurse, general nurse and nurse tutor with over thirty five years' clinical and education experience in the areas of mental health, palliative/hospice care and general nursing. She holds a PhD from Trinity, a Master's in Education and Management from Dublin City University, and a primary degree in Nursing Studies from University College Dublin. She was elected Fellow within College in 2014 and Elected Fellow (Ad Eundem) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2016. She is a member of many national and international organisations and groups related to mental health, including expert panel member of Horatio, member of the Grounded Theory Institute, and Member of European Network of Training, Education and Research in Mental Health. In 2002 she was awarded the Provost award for teaching excellence. As a leader of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional bids with internationally recognised partners and in line with a key priority of government and national/international mental health policy, her research programme focuses on building a body of work that promotes mental health recovery, drives mental health service reform and improves mental health practice. The central theme underpinning her research is on increasing understanding of service users' and family members' experience of mental health service provision and the development of psychosocial strategies that promote recovery and social inclusion.

As an educator, Agnes has a sustained record for quality and innovative teaching and has led the development of a number of courses and modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She led the development of mental health nurses' education in Ireland from a hospital certificate to a recognised academic discipline and as an outcome of her research she has pioneered, at national and EU level, the development of online courses and learning resources in the area of recovery and mental health. Her contribution to teaching also includes the supervision of many PhD and masters students to successful completion.

In addition to being a national and international leader in mental health nursing, research and education, she is considered a champion in the area of mental health service user/patient involvement. She has been involved in the development of a number of organisations that have given a critical voice to people who use the mental health services and is the current chairperson of the board of Mental Health Reform, Ireland's leading national patient coalition campaigning to transform mental health supports and services in Ireland.

As a leader in the field, she has a sustained and distinguished record of publishing peer reviewed publications in the top quartile of impact factored journals in the field. To-date, she has published 75 papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals, 2 books, 13 book chapters, 34 reports for national bodies, 3 best practice guides for practitioners.

Since joining the academic environment at Trinity, Agnes has held key academic leadership positions, including: Head of School (2011-2014), Head of Discipline Mental Health Nursing (2006-2011), Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Director of Academic and Professional Affairs (2000-2003) and Course Co-ordinator (2000-2003). She continues to contribute to the academic community through her involvement in a number of school, faculty and college committees within Trinity and her involvement as examiner, reviewer, editorial board member and member of national and international committees and organisations.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Monahan M, Mestdagh J, Callens J, Sakellari E, Maerten T, Seynhaeve S, et al, Using co-production in an engineering department to teach international healthcare students mental health promotion, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Higgins, A., Murphy, R., Barry, J., Eustace-Cook, J., Monahan, M., Kroll, T., Hevey, D., Doyle, L., & Gibbons, P. , Scoping review of factors influencing the implementation of group psychoeducational initiatives for people experiencing mental health difficulties and their families, Journal of mental health , 2020, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

O'Keeffe D, Keogh B, Higgins A, The impact of meaning making in psychosis experiences on Meaning in Life in First Episode Psychosis, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Higgins, A., Murphy, R., Downes, C., Varley, J., Begley, C., & Elliott, N., Factors influencing the implementation of Epilepsy Specialist Nurse role: Using the Consolidation Framework for Implementation Research, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29, 2020, p1352- 1364 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

Adams B, Vallières F, Duncan J.A, Higgins A, Eaton J, Stakeholder Perspectives of Community Mental Health Forums: A qualitative study in Sierra Leone, International Journal of Mental Health Systems , 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Begley T, McKee G, Higgins A, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning young people's sources of information on sexual health and sexuality: a systematic review, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Murphy R, Keogh B, Higgins A , Voices of distress: African asylum seekers' experiences of mental distress while awaiting an asylum outcome in Ireland, Transcultural Psychiatry , 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Byrne, M. A., De Vries, J. M. A. & Higgins, A., Exploring the Role of Cognitive Dissonance in Depression, Trinity Health & Education International Research Conference 2020, , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland., 3-5 March 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, & McCann T, Evaluation of a Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse: Service User Perspectives, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41, (9), 2020, p799 - 806 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

Higgins, A., Gibbons, P., Downes, C., Doyle, L.,Hevey, D., Monahan, M., Kroll, T., Barry, J., Eustace-Cook, J.& Murphy, R. , Scoping review of factors influencing the implementation of group psychoeducational initiatives for people experiencing mental health difficulties and their families. , Journal of Mental Health, 2020, p1-- Journal Article, 2020 DOI DOI

de Vries JMA, Downes C, Sharek D, Doyle L, Murphy, R, Begley, T, McCann E, Sheerin F, Smyth S & Higgins A , An exploration of happiness within the Irish LGBTI community,, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 24, (1), 2020, p40 - 76 Journal Article, 2020 URL URL

Byrne M, de Vries Jan, Higgins, A, Cognitive Dissonance and Depression: An Exploration Using Mixed Methods, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Higgins, A., Murphy, R., Downes, C., Barry, J., Monahan, M., Doyle, L. and Gibbons, P. , Beyond the moment: Influence of a co‐facilitated education intervention on practitioners' recovery beliefs and practices., International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Barry J, Lee K, Higgins A, Monahan M, Monahan C, Murphy R, Boyd F, Gibbons P, EOLAS: The Road We Travel - A Participatory Photography Project, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Barry, J. Monahan, C. Monahan, M. Murphy, R. Ferguson, S. Lee, K. Bennet, A. Gibbons, P. Higgins, A., 'The Road We Travel': Developing a co-produced narrative for a photovoice project, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

McDonagh T, Higgins A, Archer J, Galavan E, Sheaf G, Doyle L, Lived experiences of adults with borderline personality disorder: a qualitative systematic review protocol, JBI Evidence Synthesis , 18, (3), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

McHugh, Á., Hughes, M., Higgins, A., Buckley, T., Cashin, A., Casey, M., & Rohde, D., Non-medical prescribers: prescribing within practice, Journal of Prescribing Practice, 2, (2), 2020, p68 - 77 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Casey, M., Rohde, D., Higgins, A., Buckely, T., Cashin, A., Fong, J., Hughes, M., & McHugh. A. , "Providing a Complete Episode of Care": A Survey of Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Prescribing Behaviours and Practices, Journal of Clinical Nursing , 29, (1-2), 2020, p152 - 162 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Murphy R, Barry J, Higgins A, Doyle L, Monahan M, Hevey D, Eustace-Cook J, Gibbons P, Factors influencing the implementation of group psychoeducational initiatives in adult mental health services: a systematic review, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Barry J, Monahan C, Ferguson S, Murphy R, Monahan M, Downes C, Higgins A, EOLAS PhotoVoice Project: Mental Distress & Recovery Portrayed Through Photography, 39th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference, RSCI, Dublin, 27 Feb, 2020 Poster, 2020

Kenny, M., Darcy-Bewick, S., Martin, A., Eustace-Cook, J., Hilliard, C., Clinton, F., Storey, L., Coyne, I., Murray, K., Duffy, K., Fortune, G., Smith, O., Higgins, A., Hynes, Geralyn., You are at rock bottom: A qualitative systematic review of the needs of bereaved parents as they journey through the death of their child to cancer, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology , 2020, p1 - 21 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Higgins A, Watts M, Murphy E, Keogh B, Doyle L, Service users' experiences of coming off psychotropic medication, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020): 'Integrated healthcare: developing person-centred health systems', School of Nursing Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 3-5 March, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Nathaniel A, Andrews T, Barfod T, Christiansen Ó, Gordon E, Hämäläinen M, Higgins A, Holton J, Johnston T, Lowe A, Stillman S, Simmons O, Thulesius H, How Classic Grounded Theorists Teach the Method, The Grounded Theory Review, 18, (13), 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Keogh B, Doyle L, Murphy E, Sheaf G, Watts M, Higgins A, Mental Health Service Users Motivations for Coming off Medication: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies., Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,, 6-7 March, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

McDonagh T, Higgins A, Archer J, Galavan E, Sheaf G, Doyle L, The lived experience of adults with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis: a systematic review protocol , JBI database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep , 17, 2019, p1 - 9 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Atkinson J, Smith V, Carroll M, Sheaf G, Higgins A , Perspectives of Partners of Mothers who experience Mental Distress in the Postnatal Period: A Systematic Review and Meta-synthesis, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Morrissey J, Higgins A, 'When my worst fear happened': Mental health nurses' responses to the death of a client through suicide, Breaking Down Walls - Building Bridges World Congress IASP, Derry, Northern Ireland, 17-21 Sept 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Frain, S; Chambers L; Donohue G, Patients Experiences of Mental Health Nurse Prescribing in Their Homes, 38th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference, RCSI, Dublin, Ireland , Feb 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Frain S, Chambers L, Donohue G, Higgins A , Patients Experiences of Mental Health Nurse Prescribing in a Home Based Treatment Setting , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Rafferty L, Daly D, Higgins A, Anxiety in pregnancy and at three months postpartum: prevalence and co-morbidity in a cohort of first-time mothers, Institute of Community Health Nursing Conference, Clayton Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin, Ireland, 1st May , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Murphy R, Keogh B, Higgins A, Erosion of Meaning in Life: African Asylum Seekers Experiences of Asylum in Ireland, Journal of Refugee Studies, 32, (2), 2019, p278 - 301 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A; Downes C, Hevey D, Boyd F, Cusack N, Monahan M, Gibbons P, Evaluation of a peer and clinician co-facilitated information and learning mental health programme for Service Users: the EOLAS Programme, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Sexuality and Intimacy in, editor(s)MacLeod R., van den Block , Textbook of Palliative Car, Cham , Springer, 2019, pp1 - 21, [Higgins A., Hynes G] Book Chapter, 2019

Supportive decision making in, Cooper D , Palliative care within mental health: ethical practice , New York and London, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019, pp277 - 292, [Hynes G; Higgins A ] Book Chapter, 2019

Elliott, Naomi, Sinead Pembroke, Mary Quirke, Niall Pender, and Agnes Higgins. , Disclosure Strategies in Adults with Epilepsy When Telling, "I Have Epilepsy": The How2tell Study., Epilepsia, 60, (10), 2019, p2048 - 2059 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

A Higgins, G Hynes, Meeting the Needs of People Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in Palliative Care Settings, Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing , 21, (4), 2019, p286 - 290 Journal Article, 2019

Kenny M, Duffy K, Hynes G, Fortune G, Smith O, Hilliard C, O'Rourke M, Higgins A , Breaking News to Children. , 9th Annual Research and Audit Conference, Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin Hospital Dublin , 17th May 2019, 2019, 38 - Poster, 2019 URL

O'Connor P., Daly L. and Higgins A., Partners' experiences of living with a person with an eating disorder: A grounded theory study, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75, 2019, p1741 - 1750 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Kenny M, Higgins A, Fortune G, Clinton F, Storey L, Smith O, Hilliard C, Hynes G , The Isolation of being in Isolation , 9th Annual Research and Audit Conference , Crumlin Hospital Dublin, 17th May 2019, 2019, 39- Poster, 2019 URL

Hafford-Letchfield T , van der Vaart N, Rabelink I; Bus Ea, Pezzella, A, O'Connell S, Higgins A, Keogh, B; Urek M, Jurček A, Robotham G, BEING ME: Promoting best practices in LGBT ageing care through inclusive professional and vocational education, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress , Gothenburg, Sweden. , 22-25 May , 2019 Poster, 2019

Higgins A; Hynes G, Meeting the needs of people who identify as LGBTQ in palliative care settings , Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 21, (4), 2019, p286 - 290 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Keogh B, Doyle L, Murphy E, Sheaf G, Watts M, Higgins A , Mental Health Service Users Motivations for Coming off Medication: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, McDonald C, Hallahan B, Keys M, Brosnan L, Felzmann H, Bainbridge E , 'Preserving Control': a Straussian Grounded Theory of individuals' experiences across the trajectory of their involuntary admission , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Morrissey J, Higgins A. , Attenuating Anxieties": A grounded theory study of mental health nurses' responses to clients with suicidal behaviour, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28, (5-6), 2019, p947 - 958 Journal Article, 2019

O Malley D, Smith V, Higgins A , Women's solutioning and strategising in relation to their postpartum sexual health: a qualitative descriptive study , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Higgins A, Hevey D, Downes C, Boyd F, Cusack N, Monahan M, Gibbons P, Family members' perspectives on the acceptability and impact of a co-facilitated information programme: the EOLAS mental health programme, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

O'Malley D, Smith V, Higgins A, Women's solutioning and strategising in relation to their postpartum sexual health: A qualitative study, Midwifery, 77, 2019, p53 - 59 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Rafferty L, Daly D, Higgins A, Anxiety in pregnancy and at three months postpartum: prevalence and associated factors in a cohort of nulliparous women, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Elliott N, Higgins A & Pembroke S, Experiences of People with Epilepsy When Disclosing 'I Have Epilepsy': A Grounded Theory Study for How2tell, 25th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 27-29 October , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019 URL

Atkinson J, Smith V, Carroll M, Sheaf G, Higgins A , 6-7 March 2019who experience Mental Distress in the Postnatal Period: A Systematic Review and Meta-synthesis, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 March, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Higgins A., Downes C., Daly L., Begley T., Sharek D. and De Vries J., Capacity building in sexual health promotion: a longitudinal evaluation of a training-the-trainer programme in Ireland, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Agnes Higgins, Carmel Downes, Jarleth Varley, Colin P. Doherty, Cecily Begley, Naomi Elliott, Evidence‐based practice among epilepsy specialist nurses in the Republic of Ireland: Findings from the SENsE study, Journal of Nursing Management, 27, 2019, p840 - 847 Journal Article, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Higgins A, Downes C, Sheaf G, Bus E, Connell S, Hafford-Letchfield T, Jurček A, Pezzella A, Rabelink I, Robotham G, Urek M, van der Vaart N & Keogh B, Pedagogical principles and methods underpinning education of health and social care practitioners on experiences and needs of older LGBT+ people: findings from a systematic review, Nurse Education in Practice , 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Higgins A, Downes C, Varley J, Doherty C, Begley C, Elliott N, Supporting and empowering people with epilepsy: Contribution of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (SENsE study), Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, 71, 2019, p42 - 49 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL

Rafferty L, Daly D, Higgins A, Prevalence of anxiety and factors associated with anxiety during pregnancy and at three months postpartum, Annual Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, National Maternity Hospital and Rotunda Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Study Day, Dalrymple Theatre, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 4th February , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Nash M, McDonagh C, Culhane A, Noone I and Higgins A, Rapid Tranquillisation: An audit of Irish mental health nursing practice, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27, (5), 2018 Journal Article, 2018

O Malley D, Higgins A, Begley C, Daly D, Smith V, Prevalence of and risk factors associated with sexual health issues in primiparous women at 6 and 12 months postpartum; a longitudinal prospective cohort study (the MAMMI study), BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, (196), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

A Higgins, M Kenny, O Smith, G Fortune, O O'Neill, G Hynes, Staff Stresses and Rewards in Pediatric Cancer, PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER, 66, 2018, pS468 - S469 Journal Article, 2018

A Higgins, M Kenny, O Smith, G Fortune, O O'Neill, G Hynes, Staff Stresses and Rewards in Pediatric Cancer, 66, 2018, ppS468 - S469 Published Abstract, 2018

Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, McCann T, Improving Traveller mental health - the role of co-production: findings from an evaluation of a Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Carlow and Kilkenny. , IIMHN/COMMUNE Conference:Informing mental health nursing practice, education, and research through co production, Dublin, Ireland, 17th and 18th May, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Higgins, A., Downes, C., Varley, J., Tyrell, E., Normand, C., Doherty, C., Begley, C. & Elliott, N, Patients with epilepsy care experiences: Comparison between services with and without an epilepsy specialist nurse., Epilepsy & Behavior, 85, 2018, p85 - 94 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A., Downes, C., Varley, J., Doherty, C. P., Begley, C., & Elliott, N., Rising to the challenge: Epilepsy specialist nurses as leaders of service improvements and change (SENsE study)., Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, 63, 2018, p40 - 47 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

O Keefe D, Keogh B, Higgins A , 'Development of a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Meaning in Life in the Context of Mental Health Recovery in Western Europe, IEPA 11 conference, Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts., 7-10 October , 2018 Poster, 2018

Begley, T. Higgins A., McKee G. , Information Needs and Sources of Information of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning (LGBQ) Adolescents in relation to sexuality and sexual health, Scholarship and Research with Children and Young People in Ireland, UCD Health Sciences Centre, 24th August , 2018, pp19- Poster, 2018

Higgins A, Hevey D, Gibbons P, O'Connor C, Boyd F, McBennett P., & Monaghan M, Outcomes of a co-facilitation skills training programme for mental health service users, family members and clinicians: the EOLAS project., International Journal of Mental Health, 27, (2), 2018, p911 - 921 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Murphy R; Higgins A , The Complex Terrain of Peer Support in Mental Health: what does it all mean? , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 5, (7), 2018, p441 - 448 Journal Article, 2018

Lahti, M., Ellila, H., Jormfeldt, H., Skarsatar, I., Doyle, L., Higgins, A., Keogh, B., Meade, O., Stickley, T, Sitvast, J. & Kikku, N. , The required knowledge for lifespan mental health promotion and prevention for Master's level mental health nurse education - the eMenthe project., International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 56, (3), 2018, p143 - 154 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Morrissey, J., Doyle, L., & Higgins, A. , Self-harm: From risk management to relational and recovery-orientated care, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice , 13, (1), 2018, p34 - 43 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

McDonagh, T, Higgins, A, Galavan, E, Archer, J. and Doyle, L , The lived experience of adults with a borderline personality disorder: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence , BIGSPD 19th Annual Conference, Cardiff, Wales, 20-22 March, edited by BIGSPD , 2018, pp48 - 49 Oral Presentation, 2018

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Clarke, M. and Higgins, A.,, Development of a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Meaning in Life in the Context of Mental Health Recovery in Western Europe, Early Intervention In Psychiatry, 12, 2018, p212 - 212 Journal Article, 2018

Carroll M, Downes C, Gill A, Nagal U, Madden D, Monahan M, Higgins A, Knowledge, confidence, skills and practices among Midwives in the Republic of Ireland in relation to perinatal mental health care: The Mind Mothers study, Midwifery, 64, 2018, p29 - 37 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

McGuiness D, Murphy K, Bainbridge E, Hallahan, B, Keys M, Brosnan L, Felzmann H, McDonald C, Higgins A, , Preserving Control - a qualitative study of individuals' experiences of involuntary admission , British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 4, 2018, 501 - 509 Journal Article, 2018

McDonagh, T, Higgins, A and Doyle, L , Experiences of Diagnosis and Disclosure of Borderline Personality Disorder (EDD Study), 17th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 22-23 June, 2018 Poster, 2018

Bainbridge E, Hallahan, B, McGuiness D, Gunning P, Keys M, Brosnan L, Felzmann H, Newell J, Higgins A, Murphy K, McDonald C, Predictors of involuntary patients' satisfaction with care: a prospective follow-up study., British Journal of Psychiatry open, 4, 2018, p492 - 500 Journal Article, 2018

Higgins A, Downes C, Monahan M, Gill A, Lamb SA, Carroll M, Barriers to midwives and nurses addressing mental health issues with women during the perinatal period: The Mind Mothers study, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (9-10), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Skärsäter I, Keogh B, Louise Doyle L, Ellilä H, Jormfeldt H, Lahti M, Higgins A, Meade O, Sitvast J, Stickley T, Kilkku N, Advancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of mental health nurses working with families and caregivers: A critical review of the literature, Nurse Education in Practice , 32, 2018, p138 - 146 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, Hevey D, Gibbons P, O'Connor C, Boyd F, McBennett P., & Monaghan M, Impact of co-facilitated information programmes on outcomes for service users and family members: the EOLAS programmes (Paper 2) , Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34, (1), 2017, p29 - 37 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Watts M; Higgins A , Narratives of recovery from mental illness. The role of peer support , London and New York , Routledge Taylor and Francis Grouo, 2017, 1 - 151pp Book, 2017

Keogh, B., Skärsäter, I., Doyle, L., Heikki, E., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M, Higgins, A., Meade, O., Sitvast, J., Stickley, T. & Kilkku, N., Working with Families Affected by Mental Distress: Stakeholders perceptions of Mental Health Nurses Educational Needs , Issues in Mental Health Nursing , 38, (10), 2017, p822 - 828 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Martin A, Kenny M, Besani C., Clinton F, Eustace-Cook J, Coyne I, Higgins, A, Storey L, Hynes, G, Fortune G, Social support interventions for parents of children with cancer: A systematic review protocol., Psycho-Oncology, 26, 2017, p117-118 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Keogh B, Doyle L, Ellila H, Higgins A, Jormfeldt H, Lahti M, Meade O, Silvast J, Skarsater I, Stickley T & Kilkku N, Developing e-learning materials in mental health: The Ementhe Project, Mental Health Practice, 20, (5), 2017, p36 - 37 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Higgins A , Young LGBT people's mental health: findings from LGBTIreland Report at Future proofing youth mental health, 4th International Association for Youth Mental Health , Burlington Dublin , 24th-26th September, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Higgins A; Downes C; Daly L; Begley T; DeVries J; Sharek D, Developing and Testing the SH-PET Tool to Measure the Impacts of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7, (4), 2017, p54- Journal Article, 2017 URL

Georgieva I; Bainbridge E; McGuinness D; Maguire J; Murphy K; Higgins A; McDonald C; Hallahan B, Opinions of key stakeholders concerning involuntary admission of patients under the Mental Health Act 2001, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34 , (4), 2017, p223 - 232 Journal Article, 2017

Kilty C, Wiese A, Bergin C, Flood P, Fu N, Horgan M, Higgins A, Maher B, O'Kane G, Prihodova L, Slattery D, Stoyanov S, Bennett D, A National Stakeholder Consensus Study of Challenges and Priorities for Clinical Learning Environments in Postgraduate Medical Education, BMC Medical Education BMC series - open , 17, (1), 2017, p226 - 232 Journal Article, 2017

Doyle, L., Heikki, E., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M, Higgins, A., Keogh, B., Meade, O., Sitvast, J., Skärsäter, I., Stickley, T. & Kilkku, N., Preparing Masters level mental health nurses to work within a wellness paradigm: Findings from the eMenthe project, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27 , (2), 2017, p823 - 832 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Smith S, Casey D , Cooney A, Higgins A, Mc Guinness D, Bainbridge E, Keys M, Georgieva I, Brosnan L, Beecher C, Hallahan B, McDonald C, Murphy K, A qualitative exploration of stakeholders' perspectives of involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act 2001 in the RoI, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26, (6), 2017, p554 - 569 Journal Article, 2017

Higgins A, Hevey D, Gibbons P, O' Connor C, Boyd F, McBennett P, Monahan M, A participatory approach to the development of a co-produced and co-delivered information programme for users of services and family members: the EOLAS programme (paper 1), Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34, (1), 2017, p19 - 27 Journal Article, 2017

Higgins A; Downes C; Carroll M; Gill A; Monahan M , There is more to perinatal mental health care than depression: public health nurses' reported engagement and competence in perinatal mental health care, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (3-4), 2017, pE476 - E487 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Downes C, Carroll M Gill A, Monahan M, Higgins A, Practice nurses' knowledge and competence in relation to perinatal mental health care, Practice Nursing, 28, (12), 2017, p542 - 551 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Keogh B, McBennett P, De Vries, J.,Higgins A, O'Shea M, and Doyle, L., Prisoners Perceptions of a Mental Health Wellness Workshop, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 13, (2), 2017, p81 - 90 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Murphy R, McGuiness D, Bainbridge E, Felzmann H, Brosnan L, Keys M, Murphy K, Hallahan, B, McDonald C, Higgins A, Service users' experiences of involuntary hospital admission under the Mental Health Act 2001 in the Republic of Ireland: highlighting the need for person-centred care, Psychiatric Services , 68, (11), 2017, p1127 - 1135 Journal Article, 2017

Murphy R, McGuiness, D, Bainbridge E, Felzmann H, Brosnan L, Keys M, Murphy K, Hallahan, B, Higgins A, McDonald C, Service users' experiences of mental health Tribunals in Ireland: mixed reaction, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 34, (4), 2017, p233 - 242 Journal Article, 2017

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Kearney, A., Senf, C., Clarke, M., & Higgins, A , A meta-synthesis of service users' perceptions of the meaning of and influences on recovery in 'psychotic illness': Implications for research and practice. , Refocus on Recovery , Nottingham,, 2017, pp84 - 85 Oral Presentation, 2017

Keogh B, Brennan M, Doyle L, Higgins A, Holme I, Morrissey J, Accessing Recovery within the Prison Environment: An Evaluation of a Peer Mentorship Programme , 6th European Conference on Mental Health (ECMH), Berlin , 4th - 6th October , 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Doyle, L., de Vries, J., Higgins, A., Keogh, B., McBennett, P. & O'Shea, M., A mixed methods longitudinal evaluation of a one-day mental health wellness intervention. , Health Education Journal, 76, (2), 2017, p244 - 256 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Pembroke, S, Higgins, A., Pender, N, Elliott, N , Becoming comfortable with "my" epilepsy: strategies that patients use in the journey from diagnosis to acceptance, Epilepsy & Behavior, 70, 2017, p217 - 223 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Substance Misuse: gender sensitive practice beyond binary divisions in, editor(s)Cooper D , Ethics in Mental Health-Substance Use, Oxford , CRC Press, Taylor &Francis group, 2017, pp187 - 205, [Higgins A, Gill A ] Book Chapter, 2017

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Kearney, A., Senf, C., Clarke, M., & Higgins, A. , The meaning of and influences on recovery in psychosis: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of service user perspectives, IEPA 10th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health - Looking Back, Moving Forward, Milan, Italy, edited by P. McGorry , Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd, 2016, pp109 - 112 Published Abstract, 2016 DOI

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Downes, C., Morrissey, J., Costello, P.,Brennan, M & Nash, M., There is more to risk and safety planning than dramatic risks: mental health nurses' risk assessment and safety management practice., International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, (2), 2016, p159 - 170 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Higgins, A., Carroll, M., and Sharek, D., Impact of perinatal mental health education on student midwives' knowledge, skills and attitudes: A pre/post evaluation of a module of study, Nurse Education Today, 36, 2016, p364 - 369 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Keogh B., Sharek D., Daly L., de Vries J., McCann E & Higgins A., Sexual health promotion programme: Participants' perspectives on capacity building, Health Education Journal, 75, (1), 2016, p47 - 60 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, An exploration of clinical practice in sites with and without clinical nurse or midwife specialists or advanced nurse practitioners, in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 16, 2016, p151 - 167 Journal Article, 2016

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Morrissey, J., Downes, C., Gill, A. & Bailey, J., Documentary analysis of risk assessment and safety planning policies and tools in a mental health context. , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, (4), 2016, p385 - 395 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Doyle, L., Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., de Vries, J., Begley, T., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., Higgins, A., McCann, E. , Self-harm and suicide attempts among LGBTI people in Ireland, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research: Contemplating the Past, Present and Future, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Kearney, A., Senf, C., Clarke, M., & Higgins, A, A systematic review and meta-synthesis of service users' perceptions of the meaning of and influences on recovery in psychosis, Annual Meeting of the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing , Dublin Ireland , 2016 Poster, 2016

De Vries, J., Begley, T., Downes, C., Doyle, L., McCann, E., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., and Higgins, A., Happiness and mental health in the LGBT community in Ireland, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research: Contemplating the Past, Present and Future, Dublin, Ireland, 9-10 November, Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Higgins A, Tuohy T Murphy R Begley C, Mothers with mental health problems: contrasting experiences of support within maternity services in the Republic of Ireland , Midwifery, 36, 2016, p28 - 34 Journal Article, 2016

Gibbons P, Higgins A, Hevey D, Monaghan M, O' Connor C, An evaluation of the EOLAS psychoeducation programme for service users: An innovative approach to collaboration between clinicians and 'experts by experience', 24th European Congress of Psychiatry European Psychiatry , 33, 2016, ppS565- Published Abstract, 2016

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Kearney, A., Senf, C., Clarke, M. and Higgins, A. , The Meaning of and Influences on Recovery in Psychosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis of Service User Perspectives., 10, 2016, pp110 - 110 Published Abstract, 2016

Keogh B, Daly L, Sharek D, de Vries J,McCann E, & Higgins A, Sexual health promotion: Participants' perspectives on capacity building, Health Education Journal , 75, (1), 2016, p47 - 60 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

O'Malley D., Smith V. & Higgins A., Help-seeking behaviour of women experiencing sexual health issues at 6 and 12 months after birth. What helped and did not help? The MAMMI study - Sexual health strand, Proceedings of the Minding Mothers with Morbidities Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Downes, C; Gill, A; Doyle, L; Morrissey, J; Higgins, A , Mental health nurses' attitudes towards risk assessment and safety planning in a recovery oriented context , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23, (3-4), 2016, p188 - 197 Journal Article, 2016

Nash M, Noone I, Culhane A, McDonagh C, Higgins A, Rapid tranquilisation: An audit of Irish mental health nursing practice, Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research, Nottingham, UK, 15-16 October , 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Higgins A, Tuohy T, Murphy R, Begley C , Mothers with mental health problems: contrasting experiences of support within maternity services in the Republic of Ireland, Midwifery , 36, 2016, p28 - 34 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Elliott, N., Begley, C., Sheaf, G., Higgins, A, Barriers and enablers to advanced practitioners' ability to enact their leadership role: A scoping review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 60, 2016, p24 - 45 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Arkins B; Begley C; Higgins A , Measures for Screening for Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23 , (3-4), 2016, p217 - 235 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C., An exploration of clinical practice in sites with and without clinical nurse or midwife specialists or advanced nurse practitioners, in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, 16, (1), 2016, p151- Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI Other

Stickley, T., Higgins, A., Meade, O., Sitsvast, J., Doyle, L. Ellilä, H., Jormfeldt, H., Keogh, B., Lahti, M., Skärsäter, I., Vuokila-Oikkonen P., Kilkku, N., From the rhetoric to the real: A critical review of how the concepts of recovery and social inclusion may inform mental health nurse advanced level curricula - the eMenthe project., Nurse Education Today, 37, 2016, p155 - 163 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Higgins A, Sharek D, Glacken M, Building resilience in the face of adversity: Navigation processes used by older LGBT adults living in Ireland, Journal of Clinical Nursing , 25, (23-24), 2016, p3652 - 3664 Journal Article, 2016

Sexuality and mental health: impact of gender and sexual orientation in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in, editor(s)M Chambers , The Craft of Caring, London , Barker London Hodder Arnold , 2016, [Higgins, A; Brosnan L] Book Chapter, 2016

Grounded Theory Review: an International Journal, Mill Valley, Sociology Press, [eds.], 2016-2019 Editorial Board, 2016

O'Keeffe, D., Keogh, B., Kearney, A., Senf, C., Clarke, M., & Higgins, A, A systematic review and meta-synthesis of service users' perceptions of the meaning of and influences on recovery in psychosis, 5th Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference: Deconstructing Schizophrenia Towards Targeted Treatment , Florence, Italy, edited by R. Kahn , 2016, pp97 - 126 Poster, 2016

O'Malley D, Higgins, A Smith V , Postpartum sexual health: a principle based concept analysis, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71, (10), 2015, p2247 - 2257 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Begley, C., Elliott, N., Lalor, J., & Higgins, A. , Perceived Outcomes of Research and Audit Activities of Clinical Specialists in Ireland. , Clinical Nurse Specialist,, 29, (2), 2015, p100 - 111 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Elliott N, Pembroke S, White M, Pender N, Doherty C, & Higgins A., How2tell- the collaborative development of an evidence-based resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy: interim results, Epilepsia, 31st International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9 September 2015, 56, (Suppl 1), Epilepsia Wiley, 2015, pp180 - 181 Published Abstract, 2015 URL DOI

Higgins A, Varley J, Begley C, Whyte M, Breen A Doherty C, Norman C, Elliott N, The impact of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse [ESN] role in managing people with epilepsy in the Irish healthcare setting - Results from the SENsE study, American Epilepsy Society, 69th Annual Conference , Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, 4-8th December , 2015 Poster, 2015

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J and McDonald C, A three month follow-up study evaluating changes in clinical profile and attitudes towards involuntary admission, Royal College of Psychiatrists, General Adult meeting, London, 7th December , 2015 Poster, 2015

Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, Griffiths C, Sheerin F, McBennett P and Higgins A., The impact of four family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19, (1), 2015, p34-50 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Elliott, N; Pembroke, S; White, M; Pender, N; Doherty, C; Higgins, A, How2tell - the collaborative development of an evidence-based resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy: interim results, 31st International Epilepsy Congress (IEC), Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9th September , 2015 Poster, 2015

Varley J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, Normand C, Clarke M, Banka P, The role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse [ESN] in the Irish healthcare system and the impact on patient's satisfaction with care, 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2015, Galway, Ireland, 30-31st March 2015, http://programme.exordo.com/nursingmidwifery2015/delegates/presentation/86/, 2015 Published Abstract, 2015 URL

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J, McDonald C, A prospective study of attitudes towards involuntary admission and their clinical determinants in patients from acute illness through to recovery, 41, (1), 2015, ppS161 - S162 Published Abstract, 2015

Pandor Abdullah, Kaltenthaler Eva, Higgins Agnes, Lorimer Karen, Smith Shubulade, Wylie Kevan, Wong Ruth, Sexual health risk reduction interventions for people with severe mental illness: a systematic review , BMC public health , 15 , (1 ), 2015, p138 - Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J and McDonald C, A prospective study of attitudes towards involuntary admission and their clinical determinants in patients from acute illness through to recovery, International congress of schizophrenia research, Colorado USA, 30th March , 2015 Poster, 2015

Doyle, L., Higgins, A., M. Nash, J. Morrissey, M. Brennan, A. Gill, P. Costello, C. Downes , Risk Assessment and Safety Planning in Mental Health Nursing Services, 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 4th and 5th November, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Keogh B, Callaghan P, & Higgins A, 'Managing preconceived expectations': mental health service users experiences of going home from hospital: a grounded theory study, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 22, (9), 2015, p653 - 746 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Sharek, D.B., Mccann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Higgins, A., Older LGBT people's experiences and concerns with healthcare professionals and services in Ireland, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 10, (3), 2015, p230-240 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Skärsäter I; Henrika J; Kilkku, N; Callaghan, P; Van Dommelen R; Heikki E; Doyle L; Keogh B; Higgins A , To enhance Master's level education in mental health practice with eLearning materials - eMenthe: an European project , 19th International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) conference, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm:, August 24-26, 2015, pp42- Poster, 2015

Keogh B, Doyle L, Higgins A, et al. , Developing e Learning Materials in Mental Health - Findings from Key Stakeholder Consultations , 16th Heath care Interdisciplinary Research Conference , Trinity College Dublin, 5th November 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J, McDonald C, A prospective study of attitudes towards involuntary admission and their clinical determinants in patients from acute illness through to recovery, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41, (1), 2015, pS161 - S162 Journal Article, 2015

Leavy, C; Sharek, D; Carroll, M; Higgins, A , 'It opened my mind': An Evaluation of a Module on Motherhood and Mental Health , The Fifth Symposium of the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing: 'Recovery and clinical risk management: An oxymoron, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, 10 April, 2014 Poster, 2014

Elliott, N., Begley, C., Kleinpell, R., & Higgins, A, The development of leadership outcome-indicators evaluating the contribution of clinical specialists and advanced practitioners to healthcare: a secondary analysis, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70, (5), 2014, p1078-1093 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Murphy, K., Casey, D., Devane, D., Meskell, P., Higgins, A., Elliott, N., Lalor, J, Begley, C., Reflections on the added value of using mixed methods in the SCAPE study, Nurse Researcher, 21, (4), 2014, p13 - 19 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Begley, C., McCarron, M., Huntley-Moore, S., Condell, S., Higgins, A, Successful research capacity building in academic nursing and midwifery in Ireland: an exemplar. , Nurse Education Today , 34, (5), 2014, p754 - 760 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

O'Shea, M; Monahan, M; McBennett, P; Leavy. C; Hevey, D; Higgins, A, Impact of a four day facilitation training programme on participants knowledge, skills and confidence: qualitative findings, The Fifth Symposium of the Irish Institute of Mental health Nursing: 'Recovery and clinical risk management: An oxymoron', Trinity College Dublin, 10 April , 2014 Poster, 2014

ELLIOTT N, Begley C, Higgins A, Making Leadership visible: developing leadership outcomes for evaluating the contribution of advanced practitioners to healthcare, 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference, Helsinki, Finland. http://www.nurses.fi/8th-icn-international-nurse-prac/ , 18-20 August 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

O'Shea, M; Monahan, M; Hevey, D; McBennett, P; Leavy. C; Higgins, A , Pre and post test outcome of four day facilitation training programme on participant's knowledge, skills and confidence', 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference: 'Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery Practice', Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, 19-20 February, 2014, pp80- Poster, 2014

Keogh B, Higgins A, DeVries J, Morrissey J, Callaghan P, Ryan D, Gijbels H, Nash M, 'We have got the tools': Qualitative evaluation of a mental health Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) education programme in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21, (3), 2014, p189 - 196 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

O'Shea, M; Monahan, M; McBennett, P; Leavy. C; Hevey, D; Higgins, A , Impact of a four day facilitation training programme on participants knowledge, skills and confidence: qualitative findings, The Fifth Symposium of the Irish Institute of Mental health Nursing: 'Recovery and clinical risk management: An oxymoron', Trinity College Dublin, 10th April 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Leavy, C; O'Shea, M; Hevey, D; M; Monahan, M; McBennett, P; Higgins, A, Pre and post-test outcome of four day facilitation training programme on participant's knowledge, skills and confidence, Fifth Symposium of the Irish Institute of Mental health Nursing: 'Recovery and clinical risk management: An oxymoron', Trinity College Dublin, 10 April, 2014 Poster, 2014

Struggle and contestation in the field of mental health. in, Higgins A & MCDaid S , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law , Dublin , Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp1 - 10, [McDaid S; Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2014

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Higgins A, Murphy K, Gunning P, Newell J and McDonald C , A three month follow up study evaluating clinical change and attitudes towards involuntary admission in individuals detained under the MHA 2001, Schizophrenia International Research Society, Florence, Italy , 05 - 09 April , 2014 Poster, 2014

Bainbridge E, Hallahan B, McGuinness D, Murphy K, Higgins A, McDonald C, A three month follow up study evaluating clinical change and attitudes towards involuntary admission in individuals detained under the MHA 2001, Schizophrenia Research, 153, (suppl. 1), 2014, pS162 - S163 Journal Article, 2014

Keogh, B; Doyle, L: Higgins, A; Kilkku, N; Eilila H; Jormfeldt H et al , Developing Master's level elearning material in mental health- Phase one consulting with key stakeholders , 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference: 'Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery Practice', Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, 19-20 February, 2014, pp80- Poster, 2014

The paradoxical role of families in mental health in, editor(s)A Higgins & S McDaid , Mental Helath in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law , Dublin , Gill & Macmillan , 2014, pp115 - 130, [McDaid S; Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2014

Keogh, B., Doyle, L., Higgins, A. et al, Developing Master's Level eLearning material in mental health - Phase one, consulting with key stakeholders , Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery Practice, 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference 2014, RCSI, Dublin, 20th February 2014, Abstract number P.34, 2014, pp116 - 117 Published Abstract, 2014

Begley C, Murphy K, Higgins A, Cooney A., Policy-makers' views on impact of specialist and advanced practitioner roles in Ireland: the SCAPE study , Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (4), 2014, p410 - 422 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Into the future: promoting mental health and democratising support for people with mental/emotional distress. in, editor(s)Higgins, A; McDaid S , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law., Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp270 - 284 , [A Higgins & S MCDaid] Book Chapter, 2014

Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Coyne, I., Murphy K., Elliott, N, Factors influencing advanced practitioners' ability to enact leadership. A case study within Irish healthcare, Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (7), 2014, p894 - 905 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Higgins A; McDaid S, Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law. , Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, 1 - 284pp Book, 2014

Recovery and the recovery ethos: challenges and possibilities in, A Higgins & S McDaid. , Mental Health in Ireland; Policy, Practice and Law, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2014, pp61 - 78, [Higgins, A; McGowan P] Book Chapter, 2014

Houlihan D, Sharek D, Higgins A., Psychiatric nurses' attitudes towards children visiting their parent in a mental health ward., Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 30, (4), 2013, p261 - 269 Journal Article, 2013

Higgins A, Sharek D, McCann E, Sheerin F, Glacken M, Breen M., Minority stress, resilience and mental health needs of older LGBT people in Ireland International RCN Network , Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference, University of Warwick England , 5th-6th September, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

O'Malley D, Begley C, Higgins A, Smith V, Self-reported maternal sexual health-related experiences in early pregnancy: Preliminary results from the MAMMI antenatal survey. , 4th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference, NUIG,, Galway, 15-16th April, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

Elliott, N; Higgins A; Begley,C; Lalor,J; Sheerin, F; Coyne,I; Murphy, K , The identification of clinical and professional leadership activities of advanced practitioners. Findings from the Specialist Clinical and Advanced Practitioner Evaluation study in Ireland. , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69, (5), 2013, p1037 - 1050 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Higgins A, Sharek D, Sheerin F, Daly L, Griffiths C, de Vries J, and McBennett P., Towards a full life: An evaluation of family support programmes for people with disability, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin,, 7, (2), 2013, pp56 Published Abstract, 2013 URL

Houlihan, D; Sharek, D and Higgins, A. , Supporting children whose parent has a mental health problem: An assessment of the education, knowledge, confidence and practices of registered psychiatric nurses in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 20 , (4), 2013, p287 - 295 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Higgins A., Sexualities and Palliative Care Spaces St Francis Hospice 12th Annual Conference on the Kaleidoscope of Palliative Care, 22/23 May 2013, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Begley C, Elliott N, Lalor J, Coyne I, Higgins A, Comiskey C, Differences between clinical specialist and advanced practitioner clinical practice, leadership, and research roles, responsibilities, and perceived outcomes (the SCAPE study), Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69, (6), 2013, p1323-1337 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Moore, A., Higgins, A., and Sharek, D., Barriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (4), 2013, p416 - 422 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

May P, Hynes G, McCallion P, Payne S, Higgins A, Larkin P, McCarron, M, Challenges in increasing regional equity in palliative care service provision in Ireland , European Journal of Palliative Care, 20, (3), 2013, p130 - 133 Journal Article, 2013

Bainbridge E; McGuinness, D; Murphy, K; Higgins, A; Hallahan, B; McDonald, C , The clinical profile of individuals transferred to approved centres under the Mental Health Act 2001 and subsequently not detained, Irish College of Psychiatrists, Dublin, April, 2013 Poster, 2013

Griffiths C, Sheerin F, Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, McBennett P, Higgins A, Building Confident Families: An evaluation of four family support programmers for people with a disability in Ireland. , 6th Roundtable Meeting of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) Special Interest Group on People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disability, The University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 23rd-25th October, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Murphy K, Casey D, Devane D, Begley C, Higgins A, Meskell P, Elliott N, Lalor J, Exploring the added value of Mixed Methods Research: Reflections on using Mixed Methods Research design in the SCAPE study, 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15-16th April 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 TARA - Full Text

McCann E, Sharek D, Higgins A, Sheerin F, Glacken M, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people in Ireland: mental health issues. , Ageing and Mental Health, 17, (3), 2013, p358-65 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Murphy K, Casey D, Devane D, Begley C, Higgins A, Meskell P, Elliott N, Lalor J. , Exploring the added value of Mixed Methods Research: Reflections on using Mixed Methods Research design in the SCAPE study. , 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2013 , National University of Ireland, Galway., 15-16th April. , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

Lalor, J Casey, D Elliott, N Coyne, I Comiskey, C Higgins, A Coyne I, Murphy K, Devane D, Begley C, Using case study within a sequential explanatory design to evaluate the impact of specialist and advanced practice roles on clinical outcomes: The SCAPE Study, BMC Medical Research Methodology , 2013, p13:55- Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Kilkku, N., Callaghan, P., van Dommelen, R., Doyle, L., Ellilä, H., Higgins, A., Jormfeldt, H.,Keogh, B., van de Sande, R., Skärsäter, I., Stickley, T., Vuokila-Oikkonen, P. , eMenthe: a European co-operation project to enhance Master's level education in mental health practice with eLearning materials, Horatio, European Psychiatric Nursing Congress , Istanbul, 31 Oct- 2 Nov, 2013 Poster, 2013

Daly, L., McCarron, M., Higgins, A., McCallion, P, 'Sustaining Place' - a grounded theory of how informal carers of people with dementia manage alterations to relationships within their social worlds., Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, (3-4), 2013, p501 - 512 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Glacken, M., Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Breen, M. & McCarron, M. , Older LGBT People's Pathways to Coping and Support. , All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association 4th Annual Conference, Silver Springs Hotel, Cork, 7th June, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Higgins A, Carroll M, Sharek D, It opened my mind: student midwives' views of a motherhood and mental health module, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 2 (3):287-292, 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Andrews, L., Higgins, A., Waring, M. and Lalor, J, Using Classic Grounded Theory to analyse secondary data: reality and reflections, Grounded Theory Review,, 11, (1), 2012, p12 - 26 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Kartalova-O'Doherty Y, Stevenson C, & Higgins A, Reconnecting with life: a grounded theory study of mental health recovery in Ireland , Journal of Mental Health, 21, (2), 2012, p136 - 144 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Breen, M., Boyd, F. Hogan, P., O'Brien, A., Lakes, D., Sharek, D., McBennett, P., O'Connor, C., Gibbons, P., Gregan, L., Brassil, D., McFeely, S., Hevey, D., and Higgins, A, I know that I have the right to ask': Findings from the evaluation of the EOLAS programme. , Mental Health Commission National Mental Health Services Collaborative Symposium , Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, 7 February , 2012 Poster, 2012

Sharek, D., Higgins, A., Nolan, M., Sheerin, B., Flanagan, P., Slaicuinaite, S., Mc Donnell, S., and Walsh, H. , Breaking down the barriers: Outcomes of an interdisciplinary education day on sexuality, 31st Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research & Education Conference "Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global Community: Collaborating and Networking for the Future", Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. , 22-23 February, 2012 Poster, 2012

Elliott, N; Higgins A, Surviving grounded theory research method in an academic world: proposal writing and theoretical frameworks, Grounded Theory Review: An International Journal, 11, (2), 2012, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., Nolan, M., Sheerin, B., Flanagan, P., Slaicuinaite, S., Mc Donnell, S., and Walsh, H. , Mixed methods evaluation of an interdisciplinary sexuality education programme for staff working with people who have an acquired physical disability, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, (11), 2012, p2559 - 2569 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

All of me: embracing sexuality as a dimension of care in, J Cooper and D Cooper , Palliative Care-Mental Health, Londin, Radcliffe Publishing, 2012, pp126 - 146, [Higgins A ] Book Chapter, 2012

Higgins A., Callaghan, P. de Vries, J., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J. Nash, M., Ryan, D. Gijbels, H. & Carter, T. , Evaluation of mental health recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Planning education in Ireland: a mixed methods pre-post evaluation. , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, 2012, p2418 - 2428. Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Elliott, N., Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Coyne, I., Murphy K. , The identification of clinical and professional leadership activities of advanced practitioners: findings from the Specialist Clinical and Advanced Practitioner Evaluation study in Ireland, Journal of Advanced Nursing , Epub ahead of print, 2012, p1-14 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

Boyd, F., Hogan, P., O'Brien, A., Lakes, D., Breen, M., Sharek, D., McBennett, P., O'Connor, C., Gibbons, P., Gregan, L., Brassil, D., McFeely, S., Hevey, D., and Higgins, A , Equality of presence and equality of participation: lessons from the EOLAS collaborative research project, Mental Health Commission National Mental Health Services Collaborative Symposium , Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, 7 Feb, 2012 Poster, 2012

Glackin, M., Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Breen, M., and McCarron, M, 'You should live for yourself': Older LGBT people's pathways to coping and support'. All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association 4th Annual conference , Active Ageing for Mental Health: Promoting Positive Attitudes." , Silver Springs Hotel, Cork, Ireland, 7 June, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Breen, M., Boyd, F. Hogan, P., O'Brien, A., Lakes, D., Sharek, D., McBennett, P., O'Connor, C., Gibbons, P., Gregan, L., Brassil, D., McFeely, S., Hevey, D., and Higgins, A , 'I know that I have the right to ask': Findings from the evaluation of the EOLAS programme, Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Symposium III: Advancing Mental Health Nursing., Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland. , 7 June, 2012 Poster, 2012

Puerperal Psychosis in, editor(s)C Martin , Perinatal Mental Health, Cumbria UK , M&K Publishing , 2012, pp165 - 172, [Higgins A ] Book Chapter, 2012

McCann, E., Higgins, A., Macguire, G., Alexander, J., Watts, M. & Creaner, M., A survey of pedagogical approaches and quality mechanisms used in education programmes for mental health professionals, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26, (5), 2012, p383 - 389 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M., McCarron, M., Visible Lives: Experiences of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people of Irish healthcare service, National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 6, (4), 2012, p52 Journal Article, 2012

Apantaku-Olajide, T., Gibbons, P., Higgins, A , Drug-induced sexual dysfunction and mental health patients' attitude to psychotropic medications, Sexual and Relationship Therapy , 26, (2), 2011, p145 - 155 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Keogh B Higgins A Callaghan P, Mental Health Service Users' Experiences of Going Home from Hospital, Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice , NUI Galway, 4th - 5th April , 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Morrissey, J. & Higgins, A. , The Darkness of Hope? A study of Nurses' responses to clients with suicidal behaviour, Annual International Research Conference, School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, Dublin, 4-5 Nov , 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Daly, L., McCarron, M., Higgins, A. and McCallion, P., 'Living on the fringes' - the Implications for Nurse Education, Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice, National University of Ireland Galway, April 4th-5th, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Boyd, F., Breen, M., Hevey, D. & Higgins, A. , Involving mental health service users in research: Developing a benchmarking tool for best practice, Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Conference , University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 2 June , 2011 Poster, 2011

Lawler D, Lalor J, Begley C, Higgins A, Sheerin F, Keenan P, Nicholl H, Tuohy, Kavanagh R. , Accommodating diversity in the maternity services: the experiences of women with disabilities , 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Durban, June, 2011, pp163 - 163 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Higgins, A: Maguire, G: Watts, M; Creaner, M; McCann, E; Rani, S: Alexander, J , Service User Involvement in Mental Health Practitioner Education in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18 , (6), 2011, p469 - 561 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text DOI

Houlihan, D., Sharek, D., and Higgins, A , Psychiatric nurses and the support needs of children whose parent has a mental health problem, Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Symposium, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. , 2 June , 2011 Poster, 2011

Higgins A; Lynch A; Nash M, Antidepressants-Associated Sexual Dysfunction: Impact, Effects and Treatment , Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety , 2, 2010, p141 - 150 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text DOI

Begley C, Murphy K, Higgins A, Elliott N, Lalor J, Sheerin F, Coyne I, Comiskey C, Normand C, Casey C, Dowling M, Devane D, Cooney A, Farrelly F, Brennan M, Meskell P, MacNeela P. , An Evaluation of Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialist and Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioner Roles in Ireland (SCAPE), Dublin, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, December, 2010, 1-467 Report, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Lalor J, Lawler, D., Begley, C., Sheerin, F., Keenan, P., Higgins, A., Nicholl, H., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: accessibility issues for women receiving care within the publically-funded maternity service in the Republic of Ireland, 11th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery , Trinity College Dublin, November, 2010, pp71 - 71 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Mental Health Legislation: The Irish Context in, editor(s)P Barker , Mental Health Ethics: The Human Context , London and New York , Routledge, 2010, [Ryan, D; Higgins, A ] Book Chapter, 2010

Higgins, A; Maguire, G; Creaner M; Alexander J; Rani,S; McCann,E; O'Neill, O; Watts, M; Garland M , Current education available for professionals working in mental health services in the Republic of Ireland: what are the gaps?, 2nd European Psychiatric Nursing Congress,, Prague Czech Republic, 15-17th April , 2010 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Higgins A , Women Poverty and Mental Health: Giving Women a Voice, : Challenging Poverty- Creating Hope Breaking the cycle of poverty and mental health problems , Brussels, 22nd -23rd October , 2010, Mental Health Europe Invited Talk, 2010

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R , The strengths and weaknesses of publicly-funded Irish health services provided to women with disabilities in relation to pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood , Dublin, National Disability Authority, 2010 Report, 2010 URL

Moore AM; Higgins, A , Testicular Cancer: Exploring the psychosexual issues , British Journal of Nursing, 18 , (19), 2009, p1182 - 1186 Journal Article, 2009

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Sexuality and mental health nursing in Ireland: weaving the veil of socialised inhibition , Nurse Education Today, 29, 2009, p357 - 364 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Daly L., McCarron M., Higgins A., and McCallion P., Conceptualising Family Care: Using classic grounded theory to understand the process of informal dementia care, Facing the Future, The DSDC's 3rd International Conference, York Race Course, York, United Kingdom, , 14-16th September, 2009 Poster, 2009

Gleeson M; Higgins A , Touch in mental health nursing: An exploratory study of psychiatric nurses' views and perceptions , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 16, (4), 2009, p382 - 389 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Sheerin, S; Nolan, B; Flanagan, P; Slaicuinaite, S; Mc Donnell, S; Walsh, H; Higgins, A, An Evaluation of SHARE: A Sexuality, Health And Rehabilitation Education Programme For Staff, 2nd Annual Seminar Nursing Research, Audit & Quality in Practice , St. James's Hospital Dublin, 7th April, 2009 Poster, 2009

De Vries J., Mayock P., Higgins A., Sherlock L., Doyle L., Andrews L. and Sheaf G., A review of the international literature on the role of outside facilitators in the delivery of school-based sex education, Dublin, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, December, 2009, p1 - 190 Report, 2009 DOI

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Clients with mental health problems who sexualize the nurse-client encounter: the nursing discourse. , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 65, (3), 2009, p616 - 624 Journal Article, 2009 URL TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A; Glacken M , Sculpting the distress: easing or exacerbating the grief experience of same sex couples , International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15 , (4,), 2009, p170 - 176 Journal Article, 2009

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C, 'Veiling sexualities': a grounded theory of mental health nurses responses to issues of sexuality, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62 , (3), 2008, p307 - 317 Journal Article, 2008

Glackin, M; Higgins, A, The grief experience of same-sex couples within an Irish Context: tacit acknowledgement, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14, (6), 2008, p297 - 302 Journal Article, 2008

Nolan, L., McCarron M., Higgins A. and McCallion P., Sensitive subjects and vulnerable participants: managing the qualitative data collection process in dementia research, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 177, (S9), 2008, pS305- Journal Article, 2008 URL

Sexuality and Gender in, editor(s)P Barker , Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring , London, Hodder Arnold , 2008, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2008

Sexuality and mental health in, editor(s)J, Morrissey, B, Keogh, L, Doyle , Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing - Concepts, Application, Challenges and Reflections: An Irish perspective, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2008, pp359 - 371, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2008

Higgins, A, Impact of psychotropic medication on sexuality: Literature review, British Journal of Nursing, 16, (9), 2007, p545 - 550 Journal Article, 2007

Higgins, A; Farelly M, Peer review publication output by psychiatric nurses in the Republic of Ireland, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 14, (5), 2007, p495 - 502 Journal Article, 2007

Veiling Sexuality: The development of a grounded theory in sexuality and psychiatric/mental health nursing in, editor(s)Glaser, B. and Holton, J. , The Grounded Theory Seminar Reader, Mill Valley, CA, Sociology Press, 2007, pp301 - 320, [Higgins, A] Book Chapter, 2007

Higgins, A; McBennett, P, The petals of recovery in a mental health context, British Journal of Nursing, 16, (14), 2007, p852 - 856 Journal Article, 2007

Dunn,V; Clarke, D; Loughrey, E; O'Sullivan, F; Larkin, P; Ryan, K; Higgins, A; Rhatigan, J; , Strategic Planning for Palliative Care Education in Ireland, 10th Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care, Budapest, Hungary, June 7 - 9th , 2007 Poster, 2007

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C , Sexual health education for people with mental health problems: what can we learn from the literature? , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13, (6), 2006, p687 - 697 Journal Article, 2006

McGrath, D; Higgins, A , Implementing reflective practice group sessions: process and challenges , Nurse Education in Practice , 6, (3), 2006, p175 - 181 Journal Article, 2006

Carroll M; Daly, D; Higgins, A; Begley, C , The process of implementing a model of perceptorship in Direct Entry Midwifery Education in Ireland, 1st Jordanian International Nursing Council Conference.Nursing: Global Citizenship , Amman, Jordan, 25- 27th April, 2006 Oral Presentation, 2006

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Sexuality the challenge to espoused holistic care , International Journal of Nursing Practice , 12, (6), 2006, p345 - 351 Journal Article, 2006

McGrath, D., Higgins, A., Implementing and evaluating reflective practice group sessions, Nurse Education in Practice, 6, (3), 2006, p175-181 Journal Article, 2006

Higgins, A, Opening Skinner's Box , Review of Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century , by Lauren Slater , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 53, (5), 2006, p617 Review, 2006

Higgins,A; Barker, P; Begley, C, Iatrogenic sexual dysfunction and the protective withholding of information: in whose best interest?, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13, (4), 2006, p437 - 446 Journal Article, 2006

Higgins, A, Review of The Tidal Model: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, by Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker , Journal of Advanced Nursing , 53 , (6), 2006, p740 Review, 2006

Hanley, E: Higgins, A , Assessment of practice in intensive care: students' perceptions of a clinical competence assessment tool Part 2'. , Intensive and Critical Care Nursing , 21, (5), 2005, p276 - 283 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins, A; McCarthy, M , Psychiatric nursing students' experiences of having a mentor during their first practice placement: An Irish perspective., Nurse Education in Practice, 5, (4), 2005, p218 - 224 Journal Article, 2005

Carroll M, Daly D, Higgins A and Begley C., Supernumerary Preceptorship - the key to learning midwifery skills in the Republic of Ireland, Evidence Based Midwifery, 3, (1), 2005, p39 - 44 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C. , Neuroleptic medication and sexuality: the forgotten aspect of education and care. , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 12 , (4), 2005, p439 - 446 Journal Article, 2005

Hanley, E: Higgins, A , Assessment of clinical practice in intensive care: a review of the literature Part 1'. , Intensive and Critical Care Nursing , 21, (5), 2005, p268 - 275 Journal Article, 2005

Elliott, N & Higgins, A, Self and Peer Assessment- does it make a difference to student group work?, Nurse Education in Practice, 5, (1), 2005, p40 - 48 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

Elliott N, Higgins A, Postgraduate Students' views of a self and peer assessment strategy, Sigma Theta Tau 15th International Nursing research Congress , Dublin, 22-24 July, 2004 Poster, 2004

Nicholl, H; Higgins A, Reflection in preregistration nursing curricula, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46, (6), 2004, p578 - 585 Journal Article, 2004

Nicholl H., Higgins A., Reflection in pre-registration nursing curricula, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46, (6), 2004, p578 - 585 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Elliott, N & Higgins A, Post-graduate students' views of a self and peer assessment strategy, 15th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau, Dublin, July, 2004 Oral Presentation, 2004

Higgins, A; Barker P; Begley, C., Hypersexuality and dementia- dealing with inappropriate sexual expression, British Journal of Nursing, 13, (22), 2004, p1330 - 1334 Journal Article, 2004

Denny M; Higgins, A, A pilot study addressing the Use of Computer assisted Technology in Teaching Undergraduate Student Nurses, All Ireland Educational Technology Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Higgins, A; Nicholl, H, The experience of lecturers and students in the use of microteaching as a teaching strategy, Nurse Education in Practice, 3, (4), 2003, p220 - 227 Journal Article, 2003

McCarthy, M; Higgins, A, Moving to an all graduate profession: preparing preceptors for their role, Nurse Education Today, 23, (2), 2003, p89 - 95 Journal Article, 2003

Denny, M; Higgins, A, The use of computer assisted technology to enhance student psychiatric nurses learning during a practice placement, Nurse Education in Practice, 3, (2), 2003, p80 - 88 Journal Article, 2003

Denny, M Higgins, A, The use of a computer assisted learning interactive multimedia package called "admissions" as a self directed learning tool, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies 3rd Annual Research, Trinity College, Dublin, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Denny M, Higgins, A , The use of a computer assisted learning interactive multimedia package called "admissions" as a self directed learning tool, 4th International Research Conference , School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies Trinity College Dublin, 2003 Poster, 2003

O'Flynn, M; Caffrey, S; Higgins A, Therapists' experience of the obligation to report when working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, The Irish Journal of Psychology, 24, (1-2), 2003, p58 - 69 Journal Article, 2003

Corr B; Higgins A; Frost E, Intimacy and Sexuality in MND/ALS: The patients perspective, findings from a research study, 14th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Milan, Italy, 17-19th November, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Corr B; Higgins A; Frost E, Hardiman, A, Exploring loss of sexuality and intimacy with Motor Neurone Disease patients, 14th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Milan, Italy, 17-19th November , 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Carroll, M., Curtis, L., Higgins A., Nicholl, H., Redmond, R. and Timmins, F., Is there a place for Reflective Practice in the Nursing Curriculum?, Nurse Education in Practice, 2, (1), 2002, p13 - 20 Journal Article, 2002

Nicholl, H., Higgins, A., Reflective Practice in Diploma in Nursing curricula: the tutors views, Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies 3rd Annual Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 13-15th Nov, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Carroll, M., Curtis, L., Higgins, A., Nicholl, H. Redmond, R., Timmins, F., Is there a place for Reflective Practice in the Nursing Curriculum?, Journal of Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 6, (1), 2002, p36-41- Journal Article, 2002 DOI

Higgins, A. Nicholl, H, "Mentorship: student psychiatric nurses perspectives", 8th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Canada, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Higgins, A; Nicholl, H, An investigation into the teaching and assessment of reflective practice in diploma in nursing curricula in schools of nursing in the Republic of Ireland, RCSI 21st Annual Nursing Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 22 -23 Feb, 2002 Oral Presentation, 2002

Higgins, A., "Sexuality: the challenge to holistic palliative care.", Bas Solas: First International Multidisciplinary conference on Palliative Care, Dublin Castle, 2000 Oral Presentation, 2000

Action research: a means of changing and improving the clinical learning environment in, editor(s)J, McNiff and G, McNamara , Action Research in Ireland, Dublin, September Books, 2000, [Higgins, A.] Book Chapter, 2000

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Doyle, L; Keogh, B, Morrissey J, Higgins A, Downes C , Accessing Help for Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in the Emergency Department: The Experiences of Service Users, Dublin , Trinity College , 2020, p1 - 75 Report, 2020

Higgins A, 'The EOLAS Participatory Photographic project: the road we travelled ', 2020, - Visual art production, 2020 URL

Higgins A, Developing a perinatal mental wellness plan - Video 3 The MAMMI Study, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020 URL

Higgins A, Barry J, Monahan M, Monahan C, Murphy R, 'EOLAS the Road we travelled. Photographic exhibition featuring the work of service users and family members ', McAuley Place Naas, Co Kildare, 2020, - Exhibition, 2020

Higgins A, Barry J, Monahan M, Monahan C, Murphy R, 'EOLAS the Road we travelled. Photographic exhibition featuring the work of service users and family members ', Recovery College, Dundalk Institute of Technology, 2020, - Exhibition, 2020

Higgins A, Seeking help for perinatal anxiety- Video 2 - The MAMMI Study, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020 URL

Higgins A, Nature of perinatal Anxiety - The MAMMI Study, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020 URL

van der Vaart N, Rabelink I, Bus E, Hafford-Letchfield T, Pezzella A, Connell S, Higgins A, Keogh B, Robotham G, Urek M, Jurček A, BEING ME: Project Report on Best Practices in Learning and Education to Support LGBT Ageing Care and Wellbeing. , https://beingme.eu/resources#item_id_4, 2019, p1 - 36 Report, 2019

Higgins A, Keogh B, Bus E, Connell S, Hafford-Letchfield T, Jurcek A, Pezzella A, Rabelink I, Robotham G, Urek M, and Van der Vaart N , 'Best practice principles on developing LGBT cultural competence in health and social care education', Being Me Project Team, 2019, - 1-7 Protocol or guideline, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, Developing LGBT cultural competence in health and social care education, Sexual Health News, 9, 2019, p15 - 16 Journal Article, 2019

Higgins A, Barry J, Monahan M, Monahan C, Murphy R, 'EOLAS the Road we travelled. Photographic exhibition featuring the work of service users and family members ', Venue Atrium, Trinity College Dublin, 2019, - Exhibition, 2019

Higgins A, Service user engagement in mental health research, very Voice Matters Public and Patient Involvement in Research conference, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway , 25 April , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018 URL

Higgins A, Perinatal Mental Health for Midwives, Practice Nurses and Public Health Nurses. [Online]. , 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018 URL

Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, McCann T, An Evaluation of the Role of the Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Carlow and Kilkenny [Summary Report], Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, October, 2018 Report, 2018

Higgins A, Sexual safety: the absent discourse in mental health , Safe settings , Faroe Islands, 10-12th May, 2018, Horatio International Mental Health Nurse Organisation Invited Talk, 2018 URL

Higgins A, What do we know from Irish data from LGBTIreland report , LGBT Suicide in Northern Ireland. Seminar organized by Queens University and The open University, Belfast, 8th November , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Keogh B, Brady AM, Downes C, Doyle L, Higgins A, McCann T, An Evaluation of the Role of the Traveller Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Carlow and Kilkenny, Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, October, 2018 Report, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, Service user engagement in mental health research: considerations and conversations at the how of public and patient involvement in research, Seminar for International Clinical Trials Day organised by Trinity Translation Medicine Institute and Clinical Research Facility, St James Hospital, Dublin, 16th May , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Higgins, A., Murphy, E., Sheaf, G., Doyle, L. & Keogh, B., Mental Health Service Users' Experiences of Coming off Medication: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies, Trinity College Dublin , 2018 Report, 2018

Higgins A, Mental health a human right: harnessing individual and collective voices , Mental health is a human right: 44th International Mental Health Nursing Conference, Cairns, Australia, 24-26th October, 2018, Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Invited Talk, 2018 URL

Higgins, A., Carroll, M., Gill, A., Downes, C., Monahan, M., Perinatal Mental Health Care: Best Practice Principles for Midwives, Public Health Nurses and Practice Nurses, Dublin, Health Service Executive, September, 2017 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Sylvia Thompson, Gateway pioneers recovery-oriented approach to mental illness Peer-led project in Rathmines offers 'place to regain myself and get a sense of hope' , 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017

Eilish O' Regan, LGBTI teens' lives at risk in struggle for sexual identity, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017

McDonald, C; Hallahan, B; Murphy K, Higgins, A, Murphy R , A prospective evaluation of the operation and effects of the Mental Health Act 2001 from the viewpoints of service users and health professionals, NUIG and Trinity College Dublin , 2017, p1 - 238 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Monahan M, Holme I, Stacey G, Morrissey J, De Vries J, McKenna H, Nash M, Higgins A., Report of the Scoping Exercise on the Introduction of Graduate Entry Mental Health Nursing in Ireland, Dublin, DoH, 2017 Report, 2017

Higgins A; Elliott N; Varley J; Tyrrell E; Downes C; Begley C; Normand C; Doherty C; Clarke M, An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on care: SENsE study, Dublin, Epilepsy Irelandhttp://www.epilepsy.ie/assets/61/0161AF49-7692-4A2F-97B3F3D5F5532CF6_document/SENsE_, February, 2017, p1 - 299 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Doyle, L., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Holme, I., Brennan, M. & Higgins, A. , Promoting Our Wellness and Recovery (POWER) Peer Prisoner Mentoring Evaluation Study., Trinity College Dublin, 2017, p1 - 100 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A., Carroll, M., Downes, C., Monahan, M., Gill, A., Madden, D., McGoldrick, E. & Nagel, U. , Perinatal mental health: an exploration of practices, policies, processes and education needs of midwives and nurses within maternity and primary care services in Ireland, Dublin, Health Service Executive, 2017, p1 - 120 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Carol O Brien , LGBT Self-harm rates horrific , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Murphy R, Lidenau A, Corrigan C, Downes C, Higgins A, Development and impact of peer-led mental health support in the community: A review of Aras Follaain and Gateway, Dublin, Mental Health Ireland http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Impact-of-Peer-Le, 2016 Report, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A., Downes C., Daly L., Begley T., DeVries J. and Sharek D. , The Development and Piloting of the Sexual Health Promotion Education Evaluation Tool (SH-PET). , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2016 Report, 2016

Editorial , An alarming picture of attitudes confronting young LGBT people , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Carol O' Brien, LGBTI teenagers 'twice as likely' to self-harm , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Higgins A , Psychotropic medication and sexual side-effects, Sexual Health News , (2), 2016, p17- Journal Article, 2016

Editorial, The Reality of LGBT Mental Health Necessitates a More Welcoming Society, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Eilish O' Regan , Bullies' cruel taunts make LGBT teens feel unsafe on our streets, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016

Higgins, A., Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., de Vries, J., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., and Smyth, S, The LGBTIreland Report: The National Study of the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex People in Ireland, Dublin, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services, 2016, p1 - 308 Report, 2016 URL

Higgins A, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Role and impact, Epilepsy Ireland, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

Higgins A; Heavey D; Monahan M; McBennett P; O'Shea , EOLAS: Phase 2 An evaluation of a peer and clinician led information programme on recovery and mental health difficulties for users of services and family members, Dublin , School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College , 2016, p1 - 163 Report, 2016

Higgins, A., 'Recovery: alignment of values and vision within Mental Health in Recovery: a journey for all disciplines ', Dublin, HSE Mental Health Division Dublin , 2016, - Protocol or guideline, 2016

Higgins A, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning for Nurses Working in Mental Health. [Online] , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

Higgins, A; Morrissey, J; Doyle, L; Bailey, J Gill, A , 'Best Practice Principles for Risk Assessment and Safety Planning: a guide for mental health nursing. ', Dublin, Dublin: Health Service Executive, 2015, - Protocol or guideline, 2015

Sylvia Thomas, Eolas offers integrated, innovative map of mental health services, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

Higgins, A., Doyle, L., Downes, C., Nash, M., Morrissey, J., Brennan, M. & Costello, P, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning within Mental health Nursing Services: an exploration of practices, policies and processes, Dublin, Health Service Executive , 2015 Report, 2015

Higgins, A , Risk assessment and safety planning in a recovery context Keynote paper presented , A Vision for Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing from Diagnosis to Dialogue Dublin Castle 15th April , 2015, ONMDU Invited Talk, 2015

Higgins A , 'Interview on peer led education for people experiencing mental health problems: EOLAS research 14th May', Dublin South FM, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015

Higgins A, Mothers Mental Health , La Leche League Annual Conference , The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise , 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Higgins A, Do families have a role within the recovery paradigm at the , Recovery : A journey of Hope., Hotel Kilkenny , 11th December, 2015, HSE and NMPDU Invited Talk, 2015

Eileen Ring, Mental health coping aid to be rolled out nationwide, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

Watts, M., Downes, C., & Higgins, A , Building Capacity in Mental Health Services to support Recovery: an exploration of stakeholder perspectives pre and post intervention, Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwiferyhttp://www.lenus.ie/hse/handle/10147/581285, 2015 Report, 2015

Nash M. Bracken-Scally M. Smith V. Higgins A. Eustace-Cook J. Monahan M. Callaghan P. Romanos MT, Literature review using systematic approaches to explore physical illness co-morbidity among people with serious mental illness and related healthcare interventions, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2015, 1- Report, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A, EOLAS An information programme for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015 URL

Higgins A, What is EOLAS, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015 URL

Higgins A, Recovery and emerging paradigm , A Vision for Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing Conference , Dublin Castle, 5th November, 2014, HSE in association with NMPDU Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Stigma and Discrimination: Barriers to social inclusion. Does the label matter , 2nd National Mental Health Conference on Destigmatisation and Recovery , 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan , 10th October , 2014, Sola Invited Talk, 2014

Doyle L., O'Shea M.T., Keogh B., de Vries J., McBennett P. and Higgins A., Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Longitudinal Evaluation Report , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, September, 2014, 147 Report, 2014

Higgins A and Carroll M , Enabling Disclosure, Paper presented at the All Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference, Crown Plaza Santry Dublin 16th October 2014, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Building and nurturing an educational climate for careful nursing. , Careful Nursing- Sensitivity, Competent, Professional Nursing - closing the gap between nursing practice and nursing science in contemporary nursing in Ireland , School of Nursign and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, 3rd April , 2014, Organised by the Adelaide Society and Trinity College Dublin Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Stigma and Discrimination: Barriers to social inclusion. Does the label matter?, 2nd National Mental Health Conference on Destigmatisation and Recovery , 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan , 10th October, 2014, organised by Solas group Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A , Recovery: A positive message for the future. , Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference on Supporting Recovery , Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick, 2014, Mental Helath Ireland, 23 May - 25th May pp Invited Talk, 2014

Higgins A, Daly L, deVries, Keogh B, McCann, and Sharek D, The Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion: A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective, HSE Sexual Health News, 7, (Autumn/Winter), 2013, p2- Journal Article, 2013

Doyle, L (PI); Higgins, A; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; McBennett, P, An exploration on the impact of Wellness Workshops on participants knowledge and attitudes to mental health, Phase 11 Suicide or Survive and National Office of Suicide Prevention, 2013 Report, 2013

Griffiths C, Sheerin F, Daly L, Sharek D, DeVries J, McBennett P, Higgins A, Towards a full Life. An evaluation of four family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland. , Reforming Social Services through Public-Private Partnership, The Royal Dublin Society, 9th October, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Higgins A, Daly L, de Vries J, Keogh B, McCann E, Sharek D, Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion: A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective. , HSE, HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, 2013, p1 - 128 Report, 2013

Higgins A, Recovery: An emerging paradigm or unfulfilled aspirations HSE Ireland, 2013, - Miscellaneous, 2013 URL

Higgins A., Daly L., de Vries J., Keogh B., McCann E., and Sharek D. , Evaluation of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP). , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery, 2013 Report, 2013 URL

Higgins A, 'Interview with Dil Wickremasinghe older LGBT issue Saturday 13th October', Newstalk Radio: Programme 'Global Village' , 2012, - Broadcast, 2012

Higgins A., Sexuality and sexual health: the challenges for practitioners. Nursing Homes Ireland Conference on "Assessing and Managing Behaviours that Challenge in Older People , Ashling Hotel , 26th September, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Higgins A, Sheerin F, Daly L, Griffiths C, McBennett P, An evaluation of the capacity building potential of 'family focused' initiatives in area of disability, Report prepared for Genio, 2012 Report, 2012

McCarron, M., Higgins, A., Larkin, P., Drennan, J., McCallion, P., Payne, S., Hynes, G., May, P., Evaluation of the Programme to Support Palliative and Hospice Care in the Republic of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, 2012 Report, 2012

Higgins A, Breen M, Boyd F, Hevey D, Sharek D, Mc Bennett P, EOLAS Project: The design, delivery and evaluation of a peer and clinician led information programme on recovery and mental health diffi culties for users of services and family members, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin:, 2012, 1-100 Report, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M., and McCarron, M., Meeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender needs in Ireland's nursing homes, Nursing Homes Ireland Newsletter, Spring 2012, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M. & McCarron, M. , Older and being LGBT in Ireland in the 21st Century, 6th European Gay Police Association Conference, Dublin Castle, 28-29th June, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Doyle L., Higgins A., Sharek D., Keogh B., De Vries J., McBennett P. , Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Evaluation Final Report. Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin., Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, August, 2012 Report, 2012

Higgins A, ' Interviewer Michael Fitzgerald on Visible Lives LGBT Research report', Near FM Radio Show Global Solidarity,, 2011, - Broadcast, 2011

Jennifer Hough, Silence stigmatises' mothers with mental health problems, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Carl O'Brien, A third of older gay people fear rejection, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Jennifer Hough, Mothers with mental illness 'afraid to talk', 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Higgins, Agnes, Psychiatric Nurses and the pharmacy industry: the real cost of a free lunch., Mad Medicine: do conflicts of interest drive you crazy., Conference organised by Health Action International (HAI) UCC , 23rd September , 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Higgins A, Sharek D, McCann E, Glacken M, Breen M, McCarron M, Sheerin F, Visible Lives Identifying the experiences and needs of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Ireland, Dublin, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), 2011, p1 - 191 Report, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Higgins A , Alexander, J, Creaner, M; Maguire, G; Rani, S; McCann, E; O'Neill, O; Watts, M; Garland, M, The current education/training available for professionals working in mental health services in the Republic of Ireland , Mental Health Comission: Dublin, 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins A, Callaghan P, de Vries J, Keogh B, Morrissey J; Nash, Ryan D Gijbels H, Evaluation of Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) education programme on participants' knowledge, attitude and skills of mental health recovery , Dublin, Irish Mental Health Recovery Education Consotriuum, 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins A , Participants' perspectives on recovery: learning to surf the waves, The Dr. Michael Corry Memorial Conference on Critical Positions on and Beyond Recovery , University College Cork, 10-11 November, 2010 Invited Talk, 2010

Higgins A; Nolan M, Mason K, Ring A, Slaicuinaite S, Sheeran B, Flanagan P, The development, implementation and evaluation of an educational programme on sexuality and acquired disability, Dublin, Trinity College: Dublin , 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins, A; Begley CM; Nevin M; et al , The development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development: Research report, Dublin , NCNM, 2010 Report, 2010

Higgins A; Allan O, 'Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual people: a good practice guide for mental health nurses', Institute of -IrisMental Health Nurse, GLEN and HSE, 2010, - Protocol or guideline, 2010

Higgins, A., Begley, C., Timmins F., McGonagle, I., Nevin M. et al, 'Nurse and Midwife Clinical Competency Determination and Competency Development Planning Toolkit.', Dublin, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, 2010, - 1-92 Protocol or guideline, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Higgins, A; Murphy-Lawless, J , Helping Young Women to Understand Sex and Sexuality: An Evaluation of the Pilot Holistic Sexual Education Programme , Letterkenny Women's Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency: Dublin, 2009 Report, 2009

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: policies governing procedure and practice in service provision in Ireland during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. , Dublin, National Disability Authority, 2009 Report, 2009 TARA - Full Text URL

Higgins, A; Lalor, J; Andrews, L; De Vries, J; Maguire G, An Evaluation of the Father Focus Project, Dublin, Report prepared for the HSE and Crisis Pregnancy Agency, April, 2009 Report, 2009

Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T., Kavanagh, R. , Women with disabilities: policies governing procedure and practice in service provision in Ireland during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. , National Disability Authority, Dublin., 2009 Report, 2009

Begley,C., Higgins,A.,Lalor,J., Sheerin,F.,Alexander.J., NICHOLL,H., Lawler,D., Keenan,P., Tuohy,T.&Kavanagh,R, Women with disabilities:barriers and facilitators to accessing services during pregnancy,childbirth and early motherhood, Dublin, National Disabiliity Authority, 2009 Report, 2009

Higgins, A , A Recovery Approach within the Irish Mental Health Services: A Framework for Development , Dublin, Mental Health Commission, May, 2008 Report, 2008

Murphy-Lawless, J; Higgins, A; Pembroke, S , The Impact of the WISE UP Programme forWomen Living and Working with Social Exclusion: An Evaluation for the Irish Family Planning Association, Dublin , Irish Family Planning Association, 2008 Report, 2008

Higgins, A , All of me: The inclusion of sexuality within the horizon of practice, 6th Annual International Kaleidoscope Palliative Care Conference, Dublin Castle, Ireland, 30-31st May , 2007 Invited Talk, 2007

Dunn, V; O'Sullivan, F; Loughrey, E; Ryan, K; Larkin, P; Higgins, A; Rhatigan, J; Clarke, D, Future of Palliative Care education in Ireland: A discussion paper., Dublin, Irish Hospice Foundation, 2007 Report, 2007

Higgins, A, Preceptorship explained, Hospice Connection, 4, (1), 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Higgins A, Intimacy and Sexuality, Challenging the taboo 21st Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology, Sligo, 11th October, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

Higgins A, Sexuality and Mental Health Problems: A historical perspective, 2nd Annual Sexual Health in Ireland Conference organised by the Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine & Infectious Diseases St James's Hospital in association with the Haughton Institute, Dublin, 5th September, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

Higgins A, Evidence based practice in palliative care, Irish Association of Palliative Care National Conference, Dublin Castle, 2002 Invited Talk, 2002

Higgins, A., "Qualitative research: from theory to practice.", Irish Hospice foundation research conference, 2001 Invited Talk, 2001

Higgins, A., "Depression in terminally ill patients: implications for nurses.", Irish Association of Palliative Care National Conference, 2000 Invited Talk, 2000

Higgins, A., Impact of cancer on sexuality: are nurses responding to the challenge, Opening paper at St Luke's Hospital annual nurses conference, 2000 Invited Talk, 2000

Higgins, A., "Sexuality and Intimacy, the forgotten aspect of palliative care.", National conference on palliative care, St Francis Hospice Dublin, 1999 Invited Talk, 1999

Higgins, A., "Student Nurses experiences of a mentorship programme.", Association of Nurse Teachers annual conference, 1998 Invited Talk, 1998

Higgins, A., A Trip Down Memory Lane, Irish Association of Palliative Care Journal, (February), 1998 Journal Article, 1998

Higgins A, Mental Illness: Demystifying some of the issues, Simon Community National Conference, Dublin, 1997 Invited Talk, 1997

Higgins A, Body image and the patient with cancer, 2nd Annual conference of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Knock, Co. Mayo, 1997 Invited Talk, 1997

Higgins A, Sexuality and Nursing Care, Annual Nursing Conference organised by Critical Care Association, Dublin Castle, 1995 Invited Talk, 1995

Higgins A, Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Dealing with Issues of Sexuality in Clinical Practice, Irish Nursing Research Interest Group Dublin, 1994 Invited Talk, 1994

Higgins A, Changing to Primary Nursing, South Eastern Health Board Annual Nursing Conference, Cork, 1994 Invited Talk, 1994

Higgins, A., "A Study of Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Dealing with Issues of Sexuality in their Nursing Practice.", An Bord Altranais News, 6, (3), 1994 Journal Article, 1994

Higgins A, Roy's adaptation model of nursing: Relevance and application to psychiatric nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Managers Conference, Round Room Rotunda Hospital Dublin, 1989 Invited Talk, 1989

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • EVALUATION STUDY TO EXPLORE FACTORS INFLUENCING THE USE OF AND REDUCTION IN COERCIVE TREATMENTS IN THREE ACUTE IN-PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH UNITS
  • Summary
    • The objectives are to: 1. Provide a description of each unit to include: background information, description of facilities, environment and coercive treatment practices 2. Examine the factors influencing nurses' decisions to use or refrain from using coercive treatments (seclusion; chemical restraint, physical restraint, segregation and high observation areas) in their practice 3. Describe and explore the service user experience of the use of coercive treatments 4. Provide an analysis of the factors influencing the use of coercive treatments in the three units. 5. Make recommendations for service, practice and education arising from the findings. To achieve the above objectives the primary methodology is mixed methods, collecting and integrating both qualitative and quantitative data. Data will be collected using a combination of interviews, surveys, documentary data and non-participant observation.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • 2020
  • Date To
    • 2022
  • Title
    • Enhancing systems of care for people experiencing comorbid mental health problems and epilepsy (SeeME study)
  • Summary
    • A qualitative research approach will be used to: i) explore lived experience of PWE with a co-morbid MHP; ii) provide insight into PWE's and practitioners concerns around mental health care; ii) and identify the actions necessary to inform evidence-based policy making and ensure PWE have access to comprehensive mental health care. Data collection: Data will be collected by in-depth, semi-structured interviews and diary/logs with 40 practitioners providing epilepsy care, and interviews with 30 PWE with co-morbid MHPs aged over 18 years. In addition, PWE, practitioners from epilepsy and mental health services will be invited to a world café event to identify actions to support change and influence policy.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board and Epilepsy Ireland
  • Title
    • EOLAS: A different kind of voice
  • Summary
    • The 'EOLAS the road we travel...'photographic project, which forms part of an overall evaluation of the EOLAS programmes, features the work of service users and family members, from around the country, who facilitate and participate in the delivery of the EOLAS Programmes. Through the medium of photography and in their own words they share their stories of living with a severe mental health problem, the journey they take towards recovery and how the EOLAS process has helped them on that journey. The EOLAS photographic project was funded through the HRB Knowledge, Exchange and Dissemination award to Professor Agnes Higgins and her team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, together with Dr Pat Gibbons, Celbridge Mental Health Services.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • March 2019
  • Date To
    • March 2020
  • Title
    • Being Me: Best practices for Care and Wellbeing Education toBest practices for Care and Wellbeing Vocational Education to support the needs of LGBT people as they age.
  • Summary
    • This project aims to support the social inclusion of LGBT older people in receipt of care by supporting educational institutions that prepare professionals to work with older people. By used participatory methodologies and by exchanging good practices, including good practice in educational material and teaching methods we aim to improve the knowledge and competencies of future care professionals in the area of LGBT affirmative practices. The consortium consists of 6 partners from 4 EU countries Partners : Trinity College Dublin and Outhouse (Irl); University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); Middlesex University (UK) and Stichting Nationaal Ouderenfonds Netherlands) Trinity Team A Higgins and B Keogh
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1st Dec 2017
  • Date To
    • 31st March 2020
  • Title
    • On Track - development of online education materials for pregnant and postpartum women in relation to anxiety and sexual health
  • Summary
    • Researchers Begley C, Daly D, Smith S, Lynch K, Moran P, Hannon K, O'Malley D, Higgins A.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Building Capacity for Collaborative Education between Service Users, Family Members and Practitioners within Mental Health Services
  • Summary
    • A multi site study, informed by Normalization theory and designed to identify the cultural and structural/systemic factors within the mental health service that enable and complicate the delivery of the EOLAS programmes and other recovery oriented service reforms. The research findings will serve to inform the ongoing roll-out of EOLAS so as to overcome difficulties, with a view to ensuring the availability of EOLAS throughout all mental health services in the country on an ongoing basis i.e. being sustainably integrated into the standard care package offered to people who experience psychosis and their families, The findings will also help to embed EOLAS as part of the framework of national policies in relation to recovery, service user engagement, family/carer involvement and change management. Research Team Higgins A (PI); Gibbons P, Healy D; Doyle L; Monahan M;
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • December 2017
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Exploring Registered Nurses and Midwife Prescribers current prescribing practice and factors that influence their practice
  • Summary
    • Mixed methods study
  • Funding Agency
    • Unfunded
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Accessing help for suicidal behaviour in the Emergency Department
  • Summary
    • The Emergency Department is often the first port of call for those who have attempted suicide or have engaged in serious self-harm. For many people, the ED is the only healthcare setting they come into contact with after self-harm as a relatively large number of people are not referred on for specialised mental health services while a significant minority will leave the ED before being formally assessed. It is therefore critical that the person's experience in the ED and the interactions they have with staff there is positive. However, this is not always the case. Although the issue of how service users experience the ED has been explored internationally, we have been unable to find any published studies that explored the experiences of service users who present to Emergency Departments in Ireland following an episode of self-harm. Furthermore, as there is still a significant cohort who leave the ED prior to assessment, it is important to better understand the experience of service users in the ED and whether these experiences are linked to intention to stay for assessment and treatment. This is particularly important for those who present with repeated self-harm which makes up approximately 20% of all self-harm presentations in Ireland and is correlated with completed suicide and increased psychiatric morbidity. The aim of this study is to explore the experiences of service users who present to the Emergency Department for treatment of self-harm. Objectives: . To explore service users overall perceptions of care in the Emergency Department following an episode of self-harm; . To specifically explore service users' satisfaction with physical and psychosocial assessment and treatment, discharge referral and after-care, and satisfaction with ED staff; . To identify the reasons those who self-harm leave the Emergency Department before assessment and treatment (this will be a difficult cohort to track and access will have to be negotiated); . To identify how the Emergency Department experience can be improved for service users who self-harm. This aim and objectives are this study are aligned with Goals 4 and 5 of the Irish Suicide Prevention Policy 'Connecting for Life'. Goal 4 aims to enhance accessibility, consistency and care pathways for people vulnerable to suicidal behaviour. This includes the aim to improve psychosocial and psychiatric assessment and care pathways for people vulnerable to suicidal behaviour. Goal 5 aims to ensure safe and high-quality services for people vulnerable to suicide including an aim to improve the response to suicidal behaviour within health and social care services. Doyle, L. (PI), Keogh, B., Morrissey, J. & Higgins, A.
  • Funding Agency
    • 3Ts - Turn the Tide of Suicide
  • Date From
    • February 2018
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Developing a framework for mental health peer-support in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish research council
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Strenco - Strengthening multi-professional competencies in mental health in an international context, through co-production with academics, students, service users and professionals.
  • Summary
    • The aim of this project is to strengthen collaboration between academics and students, service users and practitioners and to develop multi-professional competences in mental health students through a process of co-production. This European project consists of partnerships between the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College;Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland; Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Vives University, Belgium; Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece; and Salford University, UK. Trinity team: M Monahan (PI) J Morisssey, M Brennan, C Noctor, A Higgins
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA
  • Date From
    • 2017
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • An exploration of the experiences, concerns and needs of transgender identified children and young people.
  • Summary
    • The aim of the study is to explore the experiences, concerns and needs of transgender identified children and young people and to prepare a report on both the process and outcome of the consultation to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The objectives of the study are to: (1)dentify the things that make their lives easy and the things that make life hard for transgender identified children and young people;(ii)identify the things that work well for transgender identified children and young people and (iii) identify the things that transgender identified children and young people consider needs to change to enhance their lives.Research team Higgins A (PI); Doyle L; Keogh B; Coyne I; McCann E; Walsh S
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Perspectives of Partners of Women who experience Mental Health Issues in the Postnatal Period
  • Summary
    • The aim of the study is to develop a grounded theory that conceptualizes the perspective and needs of the partners of mothers who experience postnatal mental distress. Objectives The objectives of the study are:  To identify how partners of postnatal mothers understand postnatal mental distress and possible associated behaviours.  To explore the impact postnatal mental distress has on partners and their relationships.  To identify the strategies that partners use to respond to the mothers mental distress. i)to identify the factors that influence partners' decision making in accessing support services for themselves or for the mother; ii) to identify barriers and facilitators to partners accessing support for themselves or for the mother; and iii) to explore the support (information, emotional and practical) needs of the partners of mothers who are experiencing postnatal mental distress. Jill Atkinson (PhD student) A Higgins Principal Supervisor; M Carroll and V Smith co supervisors
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Mind Mothers: An analysis of the needs and practices of midwives, public health nurse and practice nurses in relation to perinatal mental health
  • Summary
    • The study consisted of 3 work packages: i)an analysis of nurses and midwives practice and policy in relation to perinatal mental health in Ireland; ii) the development of a best practice guide to support midwifery and nursing practice and iii) the development of an online learning package to support perinatal mental health care based on an the analysis. Higgins A (PI) Carroll M; Monaghan M, Gill A
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive and Nursing and Midwifery Planning Unit
  • Date From
    • Feb 2016
  • Date To
    • Dec 2017
  • Title
    • Reducing intrapartum harm to babies: Implementation of a standardised maternity event review tool in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2020
  • Title
    • Scoping Exercise on the Introduction of Graduate Entry Mental Health Nursing in Ireland
  • Summary
    • The HSE National Mental Health Division, through the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director commissioned and funded this scoping review. It explores the feasibility of introducing a graduate entry Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing programme, leading to nursing registration in Ireland. The report comprises six chapters. The introductory chapter focuses on the background context and the methodology used to achieve four key objectives. These objectives were: Objective 1: To conduct a literature review on GEN, with particular emphasis on graduate entry Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and explore the process, challenges and outcome of GEN programmes. Objective 2: To explore experiences of designing, delivering and undertaking GEN programmes, with specific emphasis on mental health nursing. Objective 3: To outline the necessary steps to be taken for the approval of GEN programmes in Ireland. Objective 4: To identify the possible source of a potential pool of graduates for programme uptake in Ireland. The report concludes with recommendations and the anticipated actions required across multiple stakeholders for the introduction of a graduate entry mental health nursing programme in Ireland. M Monahan(PI),A Higgins, J Morrissey, M Nash, J De Vries, H McKenna (UU), Gemma Stacey (University of Nottingham)
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE ONMSD/DoH Mental Health Division
  • Date From
    • April 2016
  • Date To
    • April 2017
  • Title
    • The collaborative development of an evidence-based educational resource for self-disclosure strategies for people with epilepsy(How2tell)
  • Summary
    • This study consisted of two phases> Phase one was a grounded theory approach involving forty-nine consenting adult people with epilepsy (18 years and over),was used to explore their first-hand experiences of coming to terms with their epilepsy. Data were collected using one-to-one interview to elicit in-depth personal accounts of people with epilepsy's experiences of adjusting to their diagnosis of epilepsy. Phase two involved the development of an app on disclosure (HOW2Tell) in collaboration with people with epilepsy. Elliott N (PI), Higgins A, Begley C, Doherty C, Pender D, White M
  • Funding Agency
    • Epilepsy Ireland/HRB
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • An exploration of the development and impact of peer-led mental health support in the community: A review of Aras Follaain and Gateway. Dublin Mental Health Ireland
  • Summary
    • Peer support models of service delivery for people with mental health difficulties have increasingly featured in policy and practice both in Ireland and abroad. This research project aimed to (i)examine the role of two community peer-led services; (ii) explore the effectiveness and impact of the peer led services on recovery outcomes and process and (iii) explore if the model of delivery constitute a model of partnership working with mental health services that is compatible with current mental health service priorities Research team Higgins A(PI), Murphy R, Lidenau A, Corrigan C, Downes C
  • Funding Agency
    • Mental Health Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Coming off psychotropic medication: peoples experiences and challenges
  • Summary
    • Higgins A; Watts M; Keogh B; Doyle L
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • Current
  • Title
    • An evaluation of a peer mental health mentoring prison programme (POWER study)
  • Summary
    • Doyle, L (PI), Higgins, A., Keogh, B., Brennan, M. & Morrissey, J.
  • Funding Agency
    • Suicide or Survive /National Office of Suicide Prevention
  • Date From
    • February 2015
  • Date To
    • December 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on patient quality of life.
  • Summary
    • Aim: to identify the role and cost-effectiveness of the ESN in Ireland and to evaluate their impact on patient experiences, quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction with care. Objectives: i) to evaluate the effect of the ESN on patient QoL, patient experiences and satisfaction with care for a cohort of new patients with epilepsy over the first year of attend-ing specialist services, compared with a similar cohort cared for without an ESN; ii) to determine if there is a difference in patient QoL, patient experiences and satisfaction for those who receive care for more than 12 months from services with an ESN, compared to those receiving care from services without an ESN; iii) to identify the role of the ESN in the delivery of patient care within the multidisciplinary healthcare team in Ireland; and iv) to assess the costs to the health service of caring for people with epilepsy in the community in terms of use of hospital, primary and community health services and wider costs to terms of the impact on patients and their families. Higgins A (PI) N Elliott, C Begley, C Doherty, C Normand, M Clarke
  • Funding Agency
    • Epilepsy Ireland/HRB
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Support Needs Analysis of the Parents of Children from Our Lady's Children's Hospital Haematology/Oncology Service
  • Summary
    • Hynes G; Higgins A; Coyne I
  • Funding Agency
    • The Children's Medical and Research Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • Current
  • Title
    • A prospective evaluation of the operation and effects of the Mental Health Act 2001 from the viewpoints of service users and health professionals
  • Summary
    • The research programme comprised three studies which sought: (i) to comprehensively evaluate the attitudes towards care, and their clinical associations, of a representative cohort of service users who have been subject to the MHA 2001; (ii) to explore using qualitative research the experiences of a selection of service users throughout the trajectory of their involuntary admission; and (iii) to assess and compare the views of other key stakeholders involved in the various stages of the involuntary admission process towards the operation of the MHA 2001 in practice. C McDonald (PI), B Hallahan; Ky Murphy, S Smyth, D McGuiness, L Brosnan, E Bainbridge, M Keys, H Felzmann (NUIG) Rebecca Murphy and Agnes Higgins TCD.
  • Funding Agency
    • Mental Health Commission
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Developing and testing a tool to evaluate a sexual capacity building programme across time Phase 11
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE and Crisis Pregnancy Programme
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • LGBTIreland: Exploration of mental health issues and LGBTI people in Ireland and public attitudes towards LGBTI people
  • Summary
    • This national study had two distinct components. Module 1 aimed to gain a better understanding of the lives of LGBTI people with aspecial emphasis on young people. It looked at the factors that may impede or facilitate their mental health and wellbeing. Module 2 assessed public attitudes towards LGBT people to gain a better understanding of how the social environment can shape the lives and wellbeing of LGBTI people. Due to the extraordinary response rate received, this study is the largest study of LGBTI people in Ireland to date, the largest study of transgender people, and the first study with a sample of intersex people. Higgins A (PI); Sharek D; Doyle, L; McCann, E; Sheerin, F; DeVries J; Begley T
  • Funding Agency
    • GLEN and BeLONGTo
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Literature review using systematic approaches to explore physical illness co-morbidity and related health care interventions among people with mental illness M Nash (PI); A Higgins; V Smith; M Monaghan; P Callaghan; J Eustace- Cooke, M Romanos
  • Summary
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • EOLAS: An evaluation of a peer and clinician led psychoeducation programme for people diagnosed with severe mental health difficulties Phase 11
  • Summary
    • . A Higgins (PI) D Heavey
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Title
    • Stepping up to Therapeutic Risk in a mental health context: the development and Evaluation of a Risk Framework and education programme for clinical staff
  • Summary
    • The mixed methods study comprised two components. Module one involved an anonymous, self-completed survey of mental health nurses risk assessment and safety management practices, and module two comprised a documentary analysis of mental health services' risk assessment and safety policies, procedures and guidelines. As an outcome of the findings an elearning programme and a best practice guide was developed to support practitioners in practice Higgins A; Doyle L (Joint PIs); Nash M; Brennan M; Costello P
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE/NMPDU
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems: A feminist perspective
  • Summary
    • The aim of this study is to build on the small body of work that currently exists on mothers experiencing mental health problems, by exploring the subjective mothering experiences of this group of women and their experiences of accessing mental health services. The objectives of the study were:i) to explore the experiences of mothering with women in the context of mental health problems; ii)to explore the experiences of this group of mothers when they engage with mental health services; and iii) to explore these women's preferences for psychological, emotional, social and practical support. Tuohy, T PhD student; Higgins, A, Murphy-Lawless, J
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Developing Master's Level e-learning material in Mental Health (eMenthe)
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A., Doyle, L. Keogh, B. ( et al including European partners).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU lifelong learning programme/Erasmus Multilateral Networks
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the effectiveness of the FPSHP (and its support activities) in building capacity amongst health, education and community professionals with regard to the promotion of sexual health
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI); McCann E; Doyle, L; Sharek, D; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; South.
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • November 2012
  • Date To
    • July 2013
  • Title
    • An exploration on the impact of Wellness Workshops on participants knowledge and attitudes to mental health
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI); Doyle, L; Sharek, D; Keogh, B; DeVries, J; McBennett, P:
  • Funding Agency
    • Suicide or Survive and National Office of Suicide Prevention
  • Date From
    • Feb 2012
  • Date To
    • Sept 2012
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the capacity building potential of 'family focused ' initiatives in area of disability
  • Summary
    • Higgins, A (PI) ; Sheerin, F; Daly, L; Griffiths C; McBennett, P
  • Funding Agency
    • GENIO
  • Date From
    • Jan 2012
  • Date To
    • Oct 2012
  • Title
    • Maternal health and Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Phase 2 (MAMMI 2).
  • Summary
    • Cecily Begley, Valerie Smith, Agnes Higgins, Declan Devane,Mike Clarke, and Michael Turner "
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • An evaluation of a peer and clinician led psychoeducation programme for people diagnosed with severe mental health difficulties Phase 1
  • Summary
    • A Higgins (PI) D Heavey EOLAS.
  • Funding Agency
    • GENIO and Celbridge Mental Health Services
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Programme to Support Palliative and Hospice Care in the Republic of IrelandMcCarron, M: Higgins A; Larkin, P; Drennan, J; McCallion, P; Payne S; Hynes, G; May, P.
  • Funding Agency
    • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Title
    • Development and Evaluation of a Toolkit to support Nurse and Midwife Clinical Competency Development: Higgins A; Begley C, Timmins F; McGonagle I; Norman I
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Title
    • The experiences and needs of older LGBT people (55 and over) living in the Republic of Ireland A Higgins; M McCarron; E McCann; F Sheerin, M Glacken
  • Funding Agency
    • GLEN (Gay/Lesbian Equality Network €39,037
  • Date From
    • Dec 2009
  • Date To
    • Oct 2010
  • Title
    • Health Research Board The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems: A feminist perspective (T Tuohy PhD student, A Higgins , J Murphy Lawless)
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • Oct 2009
  • Date To
    • Oct 2012
  • Title
    • The current education/training available for professionals working in mental health services in the Republic of Ireland
  • Summary
    • PI A Higgins with Jane Alexander, Mary Creaner, Gerry Maguire, Shobha Rani, Eddie McCann, Orla O'Neill, Mick Watts and Malcolm Garland
  • Funding Agency
    • 61,237 from the Mental Health Commission
  • Date From
    • December 2008
  • Date To
    • Aug 2009
  • Title
    • Service users experiences of nurse prescribing
  • Summary
    • Qualitative study into mental health service users experiences of nurse prescribing
  • Funding Agency
    • Unfunded
  • Date From
    • 2017
  • Date To
    • Current
  • Title
    • Health Research Board Exploring mental health services users experiences of going home from hospital: A grounded theory study (B Keogh PhD student, A Higgins, P Callaghan)
  • Funding Agency
    • € 71, 821 Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • An evaluation of the Mental Health Recovery and WRAP education programme
  • Summary
    • PI Agnes Higgins, with P Callaghan, J Morrissey, B Keogh, M Nash, J DeVries, D Ryan, H Gijbels
  • Funding Agency
    • 35, 246 from the Irish Mental Health Recovery Consortiuum
  • Date From
    • Jan 2009
  • Date To
    • June 2010
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the SHARE (sexual health and rehabilitaiton education) Programme
  • Summary
    • The focus of this reseach in on developing, implementing and evaluating, in collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team in the Royal Hospital an education programme on Sexual Health and Rehabilitation education. PI A Higgins with M Nolan, K Mason, A Ring, S Slaicuinaite, B Sheeran, P Flanagan
  • Funding Agency
    • 13,000 from The Royal Hospital Donnybrook
  • Date From
    • March 2008
  • Date To
    • February 2009
  • Title
    • Sex education and Schools: a study of supports and outside facilitators for sex education in secondary schools
  • Funding Agency
    • Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Title
    • An Evaluation of the WISE UP Sexual education programme
  • Summary
    • The Wise up project is a sexual health education programme for women from disadvantaged areas which is run by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency. The evaluation of this programmes was carried out in association with Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless and Sinead Pembrooke
  • Funding Agency
    • 25,000 from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Date From
    • Oct 2006
  • Date To
    • Oct 2007
  • Title
    • The strengths and weaknesses of publicly funded Irish health services provided to women with disabilities in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood
  • Summary
    • PI C. Begley with A.Higgins, J. Alexander, F. Sheerin, P. Keenan, J. Lalor, D. Lawler, R Kavanagh, T Tuohy, H. Nicholl
  • Funding Agency
    • € 109,000 from the National Disability Authority
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • The evaluation of Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialists and Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners in Ireland (SCAPE)
  • Summary
    • PIs C Begley and K Murphy (NUI Galway), plus A Higgins, F Sheerin, I Coyne, J Lalor, N Elliott, C Normand, C Comiskey, D Devane, A Cooney, M Dowling, D Casey, F Farrelly, M Brennan
  • Funding Agency
    • € 350,000 from NCNM
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the Pilot Holistic Sex Education Programme for young women
  • Summary
    • A Higgins in association with J Murphy Lawless
  • Funding Agency
    • 3000 from the Letterkenny Women's Health Centre
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Gay/Lesbians experience of grief and bereavement from the death of a partner
  • Summary
    • A qualitative study on Gay/Lesbians experience of grief and bereavement folllowing the death of a partner. A Hiigins in association with M Glackin
  • Funding Agency
    • 5,000 from the Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • Building research capacity using an action research approach
  • Funding Agency
    • St Joseph's Learning Disability Service St Ita's Hospital Portrane in association with the National
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • An exploration of how psychiatric nurses respond to issues of sexuality in clinical practice
  • Summary
    • This was my PhD research with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College. It was supervised by Professors Phil Barker (visiting professor) and Cecily Begley and completed in October 2006
  • Funding Agency
    • 160,446 from the Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • Oct 2002
  • Date To
    • Oct 2006
  • Title
    • Advancing Recovery in Ireland: Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) A qualitative Evaluation within Seven Pilot Sites
  • Summary
    • Higgins A (PI) Repper J; Watts M
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Evaluation of The Teen father project
  • Summary
    • An evaluation of a community based initiative to increase support for teen fathers to become involved in parenting their child. A Higgins and J Lalor joint PIs) with L Andrews, J De Vries, and G Maguire. Funding Agency: Health Service Executive-North East, €5,000
  • Funding Agency
    • €5,000 from the Health Service Executive-North East,
  • Title
    • Development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development
  • Summary
    • National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. Higgins A (PI), Begley, C; et al Development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010

Keywords

Childhood and mental health; Clinical learning environment in nursing; Gender and Mental Health; Gender issues, gender studies; Mental health nursing; Mental health promotion; Nursing Education; Psychiatry; Sexuality and sexual health; Therapeutic relationships and communication

Recognition

Representations

Examination. Jason Hickey. A grounded theory of recovery among people with mental illness in Qatar. Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Manchester 2018

Chairperson of Board of Mental Health Reform. (National Coalition) www.mentalhealthreform.ie 2016 ongoing

Member of the National Evaluation Advisory Group for Connecting for Life(National Suicide Strategy) 2017 ongoing

National HSE Group for developing standards for mental health recovery education in Ireland 2019 ongoing

Expert panel member of Horatio (Representative Organisation for Mental Health Nurses in Europe) 2016-ongoing

Committee member of European Network Training, Education and Research Mental Health 2013- ongoing

National steering group for implementing policy recommendations from Mental Health Nurses in Ireland report (HSE) 2017 ongoing

National steering group for implementing and evaluating on recovery oriented services in Irish mental health services (HSE) 2016

Cyprus University of Technology, External Reviewer for Promotion 2019

Founding member, inaugural Chairperson of the Executive of the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing and current executive member 2009

International Steering Group on Open Dialogue in Mental Health 2016 ongoing

HSE National Group with responsibility for developing a Service Model for people who identify asTransgender 2016

Editorial Board for Grounded Theory Review (International Journal) 2013 and ongoing

External Examiner MSc Mental Health Interventions Middlesex University, London 2009-2012

Reviewer for: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing/Journal of Mental Health/International Journal of Mental Health Nursing/Journal of Advanced Nursing/Journal of Clinical Nursing/Nurse Education in Practice/Nurse Education Today/The Grounded Theory Review/International Journal of Nursing Studies/ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology/BMC Health Services Research/BMC Psychiatry/BMC research/BMC/Midwifery/Irish Journal of Psychological medicine/Epilepsy and Behaviour/International Journal of Qualitative Studies 2003

External Examiner BSc in Nursing, University of Limerick 2007-2008

Department of Health and Children's research committee, which developed the National Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery Research in Ireland. 2001

National Council for Education Awards Accreditation Committee for the Diploma in Nursing (psychiatric) in Waterford Institute of Technology 1997

National Council for Education Awards Accreditation Committee for the Diploma in Nursing (psychiatric) in Letterkenny Institute of Technology 1997

External Examiner Diploma in Nursing (Psychiatry), Trinity College Dublin. 1997-2000

External Examiner BSc in Nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology 2004-2008

External Examiner Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Dublin City University 2008-2010

External examiner for PhD Transfer/continuation School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Dublin 2008/2012

External Member of Review Panel for School of Health Science, Nottingham University 2010

Faculty of Nursing at Al-Ahliyya Amman University Jordan, External Reviewer for promotion 2019

External Reviewer for promotion, University College Cork, Dublin City University, University College Cork 2010-15

Visiting Professor University of Ulster 2014-2018

National Steering Group for Implementing strategy for mental health nursing in Ireland 2018 and ongoing

Steering group member of Trinity Centre of Practice and Health care Innovation 2018 and ongoing

Steering group member of Trinity Centre for Maternity Care Research 2018 and ongoing

LGBTIreland - Embedding LGBT Champions Programme into the Irish healthcare / social care services /systems for older people. 2020 and ongoing

Research steering groups HEA Innovation and Transformation Project: Student Support Services' Retention and Engagement 2019 and ongoing

Research steering group TCD Public, Patient Involvement (PPI) in Research 2017-2020

Research steering HSE PRIMERA research implementing child centred intervention 2016-2018

Research steering group HSE IMROc project: Implementation of Recovery into practice 2013-2016

Reseach steering group The development and evaluation of a pilot training programme for health and social care professional providing palliative and oncology care to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people. Funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation, The Irish Cancer Society and Health Service Executive 2010-2011

Research steering Nurse Prescribing: Issues for Palliative Care Nurses working in a community setting. Funded by the Irish Association for Palliative care and the Department of Health. 2002-2203

Research steering group Role and Function of the Psychiatric Nurse. Funded by the Department of Health 1996-1997

Awards and Honours

Elected Fellow (Ad Eundem) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2016

Elected to Trinty Fellowship 2014

Master in Arts jure officii (MA jo) Trinity College Dublin 2010

Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science 2009

Health Research Board Fellowship 2003

Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, Trinity College Dublin 2002

Scholarship Awards, University Examination, University College Dublin 1991

Scholarship Awards, University Examination, University College Dublin 1992

Memberships

Executive member of Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing 2009 – Present

International Grounded Theory Institute 2002 – Present

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Tutors Division) 1993 – Present

Member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society 2006 – 2012

Member and active participant of the Irish Hospice Foundation Research Committee 1998 – 2009