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Overview | Leadership Team | Campbell UK & IrelandFellows | Associate Fellows | Research Staff | Professional Services Staff


We are a large, interdisciplinary research centre drawing together over 130 academics, researchers and support staff. We work with six core partner Schools/Centres across Queen's:

Please click on the links below to access contact details and further information on individual members of staff.


We will shortly be extending a call to invite applications to join the Centre as either:

  • Fellow
  • Associate Fellow
  • Student Member
  • Affiliate Member

Further details on each of these categories of membership and how to apply will be posted on this website shortly. If you would like to receive notification as soon as these details have been posted, please contact the CESI Administrator, David Piekaar (Tel. +44 (0)28 9097 5947; Email:

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Leadership Team

Senior Management Team

Professor Paul Connolly, Acting Director (Professor of Education)

Dr Kathryn Higgins, Deputy Director (Reader in Addiction Studies)

Professor Kevin Brazil, Health and Wellbeing Thematic Lead (Professor of Palliative Care)

Dr Laura Dunne, Education Thematic Lead (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Professor Brendan Murtagh, Sustainable Cities and Communities Thematic Lead (Professor of Urban Planning)

Niki McKnight, Centre Manager

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Other Key Leadership Positions

Dr Sarah Miller, Director of Campbell UK & Ireland (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Dr Fiona Lynn, Deputy Director of Campbell UK & Ireland (Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health)

Dr Liam O'Hare, Innovation Zones Lead (Lecturer in Early Intervention and Prevention Science)

Dr Donncha Hanna, Methods Hub Lead (Lecturer in Psychology)

Dr John Moriarty, Public Engagement Lead (Lecturer in Sociology with Quantitative Methods)

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Campbell UK & Ireland

Dr Sarah Miller (Director)

Dr Fiona Lynn (Deputy Director)

Paul Murray (Business Manager)

Dr Jennifer Hanratty (Research Fellow, Evidence Synthesis)

Dr Ciara Keenan (Information Retrieval Specialist)

Amy Mulvenna (Administrator)

Charlotte Kincaid (Policy and Impact Officer)

Christopher Coughlin (Research Assistant)

Jayne Hamilton (Research Assistant)

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Professor Fiona Alderdice (Professor of Perinatal Health)

Dr Paul Best (Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Andy Biggart (Lecturer in Education)

Professor Kevin Brazil (Professor of Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Lisa Bunting (Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Anne Campbell (Lecturer in Social Work)

Professor Paul Connolly (Professor of Education)

Dr Mary-Louise Corr (Lecturer in Criminology)

Professor Gavin Davidson (Professor of Social Work)

Dr Martin Dempster (Senior Lecturer in Psychology)

Professor Karola Dillenburger (Professor of Behaviour Analysis and Education)

Professor Michael Donnelly (Professor of Health Services Research)

Dr Katerina Dounavi (Senior Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis and Autism)

Dr Joe Duffy (Senior Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Michael Duffy (Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Dr Laura Dunne (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Lesley Emerson (Lecturer in Education)

Dr Karen Galway (Lecturer in Mental Health)

Dr Anne Grant (Lecturer in Mental Health)

Dr Donncha Hanna (Lecturer in Psychology)

Dr David Hayes (Senior Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Kathryn Higgins (Reader)

Professor Peter Hudson (Professor of Palliative Care)

Dr Claire Kerr (Lecturer in Nursing)

Dr Mark Linden (Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Katrina Lloyd (Lecturer in Education)

Professor Maria Lohan (Professor of Social Science and Health)

Dr Fiona Lynn (Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health)

Dr Mandi MacDonald (Lecturer in Social Work)

Professor Teresa McCormack (Professor of Developmental Psychology)

Dr Mark McGovern (Lecturer in Economics)

Dr Dorry McLaughlin (Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Jenny McNeill (Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Sarah Miller (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Dr John Moriarty (Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work)

Dr Kinga Morsanyi (Lecturer in Psychology)

Dr Ciaran Mulholland (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry)

Dr Helen Noble (Lecturer in Health Services Research)

Dr Peter O'Halloran (Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Liam O'Hare (Lecturer in Education)

Dr Francis O'Neill (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry)

Dr Carole Parsons (Lecturer in Pharmacy)

Dr Andrew Percy (Senior Lecturer in Criminology)

Dr Oliver Perra (Lecturer in Perinatal Health and Wellbeing)

Professor Joanne Reid (Professor of Cancer Nursing)

Dr Jennifer Roberts (Lecturer in Education)

Dr Audrey Roulston (Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Dirk Schubotz (Lecturer in Social Policy)

Dr Chantal Ski (Reader in Nursing)

Professor David Thompson (Professor of Nursing)

Dr Karen Winter (Lecturer in Social Work)


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Associate Fellows

Dr Ibrar Bhatt (Lecturer in Education)

Dr Breidge Boyle (Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Professor Michael Brown (Professor of Nursing)

Dr Bronagh Byrne (Lecturer in Social Policy)

Dr Ian Cantley (Lecturer in Education)

Dr Gillian Carter (Lecturer in Chronic Illness)

Dr Gemma Carney (Lecturer in Social Policy)

Dr Peter Doran (Lecturer in Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development)

Professor Donna Fitzsimons (Professor of Nursing)

Professor Tony Gallagher (Professor of Education)

Dr Ruth Hunter (Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health)

Professor Frank Kee (Professor of Public Health Medicine)

Dr Berni Kelly (Senior Lecturer in Social Work)

Dr Karen Kerr (Lecturer in Education)

Professor Madeleine Leonard (Professor of Sociology)

Dr Alison MacKenzie (Lecturer in Education)

Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden (Professor of Law)

Dr Helen McAneney (Lecturer in Research Methodology in Public Health)

Dr Michelle McKinley (Senior Lecturer in Nutrition)

Dr Cate McNamee (Lecturer in Sociology)

Professor Duncan McVicar (Professor of Economics)

Dr Lorna Montgomery (Lecturer in Social Work)

Professor Dermot O'Reilly (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health)

Dr Gillian Prue (Lecturer in Chronic Illness)

Dr Olinda Santin (Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr Lisa Smyth (Senior Lecturer in Sociology)

Dr Laura Taylor (Lecturer in Psychology)

Dr Mark Tully (Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health)

Professor Jayne Woodside (Professor of Human Nutrition)

Dr Judith Wylie (Lecturer in Psychology)

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Research Staff

Dr Aine Aventin (Research Fellow)

Delfina Bilello (Research Assistant)

Dr Aoibheann Brennan-Wilson (Research Fellow)

Dr Malcolm Brown (Research Fellow)

Dr Maria Cockerill (Senior Research Fellow)

Dr Kyrsten Corbijn van Willenswaard (Research Fellow)

Dr Nicole Craig (Research Assistant)

Dr Jenny Davison (Research Assistant)

Dr Trisha Forbes (Research Fellow)

Dr Aideen Gildea (Research Assistant)

Dr Jennifer Hanratty (Research Fellow)

Dr Grace Kelly (Research Fellow)

Dr Ciara Keenan (Research Fellow)

Dr Susan Lagdon (Research Fellow)

Emma McCall (Research Fellow)

Dr Claire McCartan (Research Assistant)

Dr Karen McConnell (Research Fellow)

Dr Tracey McConnell (Research Fellow)

Dr Karen McGuigan (Research Fellow)

Dr Clare McKeaveney (Research Fellow)

Dr Aisling McLaughlin (Research Fellow)

Dr Theresa McShane (Research Fellow)

Dr Lisa Maguire (Research Fellow)

Dr Andrew Maine (Research Fellow)

Dr Sharon Millen (Research Fellow)

Sophie Morris (Research Assistant)

Laura Neeson (Research Assistant)

Dr Leeanne O'Hara (Research Fellow)

Joanne O'Keeffe (Research Assistant)

Dr Karen Orr (Research Fellow)

Dr Eimear Ruane-McAteer (Research Fellow)

Dr David Scott (Research Assistant)

Dr Aimee Smith (Research Assistant)

Dr Patrick Stark (Research Fellow)

Daryl Sweet (Research Assistant)

Dr Daniel Topley (Research Fellow)

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Professional Services

Niki McKnight (Centre Manager) – Tel. +44 (0)28 9097 3801; Email

David Piekaar  (CESI) - Tel. +44 (0)28 9097 5947; Email.

Barbara Stewart (NIHR) - Tel. +44 (0)28 9097 5213; Email.

Amy Mulvenna (Campbell UK and Ireland) - Tel. +44 (0)28 9097 2582; Email




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