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This experts directory is a searchable database of Queen’s academics who are interested in talking to the media about their areas of expertise.

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Photo: Dr Amy Jayne McKnight

Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Dr McKnight is improving risk prediction, diagnosis, prognosis, therapies, and associated information for people living and working with inherited conditions.

Expertise: biobanking, molecular epidemiology for rare and common complex conditions, multi-omics, rare disease registry

Photo: Dr Chris Colvin

Queen's Business School

Chris Colvin combines economics and history to better understand the performance of firms, industries, economies and societies.

Expertise: economic history; financial history; business history; banking crises; health crises; patents and innovation; economic policymaking process; pedagogical reform

Photo: Dr Chris Graham

School of Psychology

Dr Graham undertakes research and teaching in clinical health psychology and clinical neuropsychology, and am particularly interested in Contextual Behavioural Science approaches (mainly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for improving quality of life and well-being.

Expertise: Clinical health psychology, Clinical neuropsychology, Contextual Behavioural Science, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Photo: Dr Ciaran Mulholland

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Dr Ciaran Mulholland is a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland and a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education at Queen’s University.

Expertise: mental health, psychotic disorders, aetiology of psychotic illnesses, psychological trauma, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19

Photo: Dr Deepti Adlakha

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr. Adlakha's research focuses on generating, translating and scaling up evidence for reducing environmental health and social disparities, particularly factors affecting prevention, control and mitigation of chronic and acute non-communicable diseases in populations.

Expertise: Environmental health, Non-communicable diseases, Geospatial health disparities

Photo: Dr Gerry McKenna

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Dr McKenna combines specialist patient care with dental education and research. His research is focused on improving oral health particularly for older adults.

Expertise: Dentistry, Oral Health, Gerodontology, Oral Health of Older People, Oral Health in Care Homes, Oral Cancer

Photo: Dr Gillian Shorter

School of Psychology

Exploring alcohol and drug use among individuals experiencing harm or at risk of harm but not seeking treatment

Expertise: Alcohol, drinking, drug use, health inequalities, drug consumption rooms, overdose prevention sites, brief advice, harm reduction

Photo: Dr Katerina Dounavi

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Dr Dounavi is a Senior Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis and Autism in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.

Expertise: Applied behaviour analysis, developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders, inclusive education, values-driven professional training, telehealth, verbal behaviour, learning and communication disorders, parental training, behaviour change for wider societal challenges, systematic reviews

Photo: Dr Mark Flear

School of Law

Dr Flear is an expert in the law and ethics of pandemic preparedness planning and response.

Expertise: EU, European law, Governance, Public Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Photo: Dr Michael Duffy

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI), School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Dr Michael Duffy is a cognitive psychotherapist specialising in PTSD and complex grief.

Expertise: PTSD, mental health, complex grief, psychological trauma, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19

Photo: Dr Paul Murphy

School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL)

Paul is engaged in transdisciplinary, collaborative research that focuses on two broad areas: simulation-based education for health and social care; arts-based interventions for public health.

Expertise: Drama, Healthcare, Simulation-based education for health and social care, Arts-based interventions for public health

Photo: Dr Pauline Adair

School of Psychology

Her Research interests are in the area of the development and evaluation of psychological (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy)/behaviour change interventions to reduce the psychological sequelae of physical health conditions (cancer, chronic pain, asthma, IBD) as well as disease prevention through encouraging lifestyle change (e.g. diet/oral hygiene).

Expertise: Health behaviour change, Psychological interventions for improving quality of life of those with medical conditions (chronic pain, cancer, asthma), Oral health in children

Photo: Dr Sara Melo

Queen's Business School

Her research focuses on healthcare management, healthcare quality management and healthcare systems .

Expertise: Healthcare management, Healthcare quality management, Healthcare systems, Quality Improvement, Independent Living, Teaching Hospitals Delivery of Health Care

Photo: Dr Laura Dunne

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Dr Dunne's research looks at child health, wellbeing and development in schools and communities.

Expertise: Child health, wellbeing and development; Early child development and peacebuilding in low-and-middle income countries; programme evaluation; and systematic review.

Photo: Professor Cherie Armour

School of Psychology

Cherie has a particular interest in occupational groups that are at increased risk of experiencing trauma and traumatic stress outcomes due to their occupational roles, for example, military, police, and emergency service workers; such as those in the fire and ambulance services.

Expertise: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Veterans, Mental Health, Depression, Domestic violence, Child maltreatment

Photo: Professor Christopher McCabe

Centre for Public Health, Queen's Business School

Professor Christopher McCabe is a health economist, specialising in the field of health technology assessment.

Expertise: Economics of health care, health care market access, and economic issues of infectious disease outbreaks.

Photo: Professor Cliff Taggart

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (MHLS), School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

His research focuses on evaluating mechanisms of excessive inflammation in lung disease and how this may predispose to bacterial and viral infection in the lung. Primary disease interests include Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Expertise: cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ccute respiratory distress syndrome, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease

Photo: Professor Franziska Schroeder

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL), Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)

Professor Franziska Schroeder conducts research in the areas of inclusive and accessible music technologies and music improvisation. At Queen’s, she leads the “Performance without Barriers” research group (Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Research Innovation 2020), that focuses on building sustainable environments for inclusive music-making through participatory design practices, led by the insights of the disabled community.

Expertise: inclusive and accessible music; music; performance; improvisation

Photo: Professor Geraint Ellis

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor Ellis’s career has been driven by the belief that people’s health and well-being are strongly shaped by the places they live, and that the way we build cities is crucial to securing a high quality of life for all. He has also focussed on the need to address climate change through spatial planning, including fostering energy transition through social engagement.

Expertise: Environmental Planning, Natural and Built Environment, healthy cities, urban planning, urban growth, sustainability, energy transition

Photo: Professor Jennifer McKinley

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor McKinley’s research has focused on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics, compositional data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS), to soil geochemistry, environmental and criminal forensics, human health, slope instability, airborne geophysics and weathering studies.

Expertise: Spatial analysis techniques, Geostatistics, Compositional data analysis, Geographical Information Science (GIS), Soil geochemistry, Environmental and criminal forensics, Human health, Slope instability, Airborne geophysics, Weathering studies

Photo: Professor Jose Bengoechea

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Professor Bengoechea’s research into combatting the multidrug resistant microbe Klebsiella pneumoniae – one of the hospital superbugs – is recognised worldwide.

Expertise: cell biology, medical research, antibiotic resistance

Photo: Professor Karola Dillenburger

Centre for Behaviour Analysis, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Professor Dillenburger is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and clinical Psychologist (HCPC). Her expertise lies in ABA, parenting, autism, and mental health.

Expertise: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA); education, autism, mental health, parenting, challenging behaviour, learning, disability, clinical psychology, coronavirus, corona, covid-19

Photo: Professor Mark Lawler

The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research

Professor Lawler is an internationally renowned scientist with over 30 years experience in cancer research, who is passionate about translating his research for the benefit of patients and society.

Expertise: Cancer, Genetics, Precision Medicine, Health Data, COVID-19 and cancer, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Research.

Photo: Professor Michael Tunney

School of Pharmacy

Professor Tunney's research focuses primarily on the improved detection and treatment of lung infection in patients with respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Expertise: lung infection, Cystic Fibrosis, antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance

Photo: Professor Nathan Congdon

Centre for Public Health

Professor Congdon’s research is about delivering high-quality, low-cost eyecare in underserved areas of low and middle-income countries.

Expertise: Global eye health, refractive error in children and adult, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, Chinese healthcare system

Photo: Professor Noemi Lois

Centre for Experimental Medicine

Professor Noemi Lois is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine and a Medical Retina specialist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Expertise: health, medicine, diabetic retinopathy

Photo: Professor Shadd Maruna

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Professor Maruna’s primary expertise is in the reintegration experiences of former prisoners in society.

Expertise: Probation, prisons, parole, personality disorder, punitive public attitudes, rehabilitation/resettlement, and desistance from crime.

Photo: Professor Stuart Elborn

Centre for Experimental Medicine, Institute for Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Professor Elborn is a well-established international leader in healthcare having driven major changes in healthcare delivery in the field of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

Expertise: Medicine, health, Cystic Fibrosis, bronchiectasis, Respiratory

Photo: Professor Tunde Peto

Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Tunde Peto is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Queen’s University Belfast, Clinical Lead for Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Northern Ireland and a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Medical Retina. She has been named as one of the UK’s 25 most influential researchers who study diabetes complications and is internationally renowned for establishing diabetic retinopathy screening and training programmes.

Expertise: chronic blinding diseases, ophthalmic image analysis, epidemiology and statistics, diabetic retinopathy screening and training programmes