Mary Rose Sweeney

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I am an Associate Professor in Health Systems/Public Health Research in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, in DCU and am currently Head of the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health (since Sept 2019). I am a member of the IUA Heads of Nursing and Midwifery Group.

This May (7th May, 2020) we are hosting an international celebration of Nurses and Midwives with invited speakers, panel discussions, 2 honorary doctoral conferrings and have recently launched a national award for "The most Inspirational Nurse and Midwife" which will be announced at the event. 

I have previously held the roles of Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Science and Health (2014-2017) and Deputy Head of School  (2011-2014). Over the past 25 years I have led a wide range of teaching, research and community engagement initiatives nationally and internationally.

Some examples of recent initiatives are captured below 

Teaching 
I was on the national working group who recently developed and implemented the "Making Every Contact  - National Undergraduate Curriculum for Health Behaviour Change" national curriculum. This was a collaboration between every University in Ireland and the HSE and the outcome was the first standardized national curriculum in Health Promotion and Health Behaviour Change for all Health Professionals in Ireland  
https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/healthwellbeing/making-every-contact-count/making-every-contact-count-framework.pdf

I was awarded seed funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/digital-enhancement-funding/teaching-learning-enhancement-fund-cal to explore the research skills of clinical nurses in the Republic of Ireland. This work was conducted in one HSE area exploring the views and experiences of nurses across a range of disciplines and all grades. 

I was on the programme team who transitioned the face-to-face bachelor of nursing programme to a fully on-line format.  This publication details the transition  
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10376178.2016.1197781?journalCode=rcnj20.


Research
I have led a number of projects in the area of Autism, the most project which was undertaken with my colleagues Dr Briege Casey and Dr Andrew Boilson, explored the Prevalence of Autism in Homelessness. More details  of the project can be seen here https://www.dcu.ie/news/news/2019/10/dcu-academics-awarded-funding-to-conduct-research-into-autism-a.... The final project report can be viewed here 
http://nda.ie/publications/disability-supports/autism/adult-autism-in-homelessness-prevalence-experi...

 
I was also the lead investigator on the Irish arm of an EU project entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders in the EU http://asdeu.eu/. This project involves researchers from 12 countries in Europe and the programme was established to 

– Study the prevalence of autism in 12 countries
– Analyse the economic and social costs of autism
– Develop proposals for early detection programmes
– Validate biomarkers for the disorder
– Train professionals
– Improve understanding of diagnosis, comorbidity and effective care and support for adults and senior citizens with autism
– Propose policies to promote harmonised support for people with ASD across member states.

The final project report submitted to the EU Commission can be viewed here http://asdeu.eu/findings/

I have previously completed an evaluation of the impact of taking part in Special Olympics programmes for persons with intellectual disabilities https://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/oct/s1016o.shtml. The study demonstrated that there are many benefits in terms of health and wellbeing as well as societal and economic gains to participation in Special Olympic programmes. 

I have led a prevalence study of autism spectrum disorders in a school population in the Republic of Ireland which reported a prevalence rate of 1% and demonstrated the feasibility of screening in the classroom setting http://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/apr/s0416b.shtml.


I have also been leading several nutrition related projects over the past number of years and recently published a new study which explored the impact of the post-primary school setting on diet and physical activity behaviour's of Irish teenagers https://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/august/s0816i.shtml. A follow up study "The Shape Up Your School Project" is underway at this time. This was part of the EU project DEDIPAC https://www.dedipac.eu/ a project examining the determinants of diet and physical activity
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 I have been working in the area of folic acid for the past 20 years and my most recent project in this area noted a sharp decline in the number of food staples fortified with folic acid in the Republic of Ireland http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/drop-in-array-of-folic-acid-added-foods-linked-to-birth-defect.

Our group have recently completed research exploring fluoridation policy and practice across the EU. The work was presented at the all-Ireland Cochrane meeting in Belfast in 2016 http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/cesi/News/Hostingthe11thAnnualCochraneinIrelandConferenceatQue 


Community Engagement - diversity and inclusion 
I led the "Developing an Autism Friendly University at DCU"  project which was a collaboration with AsIam and Specialisterne and was launched in April 2018 by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins https://www.dcu.ie/news/news/2018/Mar/Dublin-City-University-designated-world%E2%80%99s-first-Autism A full report from this work is available from Mary Rose at maryrose.sweeney@dcu.ie. This project which was developed in DCU is now translating to many other HEIs nationally and internationally including in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. In addition the project is translating to other setting such as hospitals and technology companies.  

Abstract

Year Publication
2018 Corby, D;Sweeney, M (2018) Caregiving burden among family caregivers of people with intellectual disability: insights from the SOPHIE study. HOBOKEN: ABST
2013 Browne, S;Barron, C;Susta, D;Lambert, V;Staines, A;Sweeney, M (2013) Anthropometry with adolescents: participation & perceptions. CAMBRIDGE: ABST

Published Report

Year Publication
2016 From the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dr Mary Rose Sweeney (Principal Investigator) Prof. Anthony Staines (Co-investigator) Ms Deirdre Corby (Co-investigator) Dr Treasa McVeigh (Co-investigator) Mr Michael McKeon (Co-investigator) Dr Veronica Lambert (Co-investigator) Ms Kirsty Bowers (Co-investigator) Ms Edel Hoey (Co-investigator/M.Sc. student) Dr Andrew Boilson (Co-investigator) Dr Sabiha Zeynep Aydenk Koseoglu (Co-investigator) From the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU Dr Sarahjane Belton (Co-investigator) Dr Sarah Meegan (Co-investigator) Denise Walsh (Co-investigator/M.Sc. student) From the University of York, UK Dr Dominic Trépel (Co-investigator) From the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast Mr Peter Griffin (Co-investigator) (2016) SOPHIE study 2013-2015. DCU, . Link

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 Browne S;Barron C;Staines A;Sweeney MR; (2020) ''We know what we should eat but we don't …': a qualitative study in Irish secondary schools'. Health Promotion International, 1 (35):984-993.
2020 Browne, S;Barron, C;Staines, A;Sweeney, MR (2020) 'Participatory Approaches to Understand Dietary Behaviours of Adolescents in the Secondary School Setting'. Nutrients, 12 .
2020 Murphy, J., Sweeney, M. R., & McGrane, B. (2020) 'Physical Activity and Sports Participation in Irish Adolescents and Associations with Anxiety, Depression and Mental Wellbeing. Findings from the Physical Activity and Wellbeing (Paws) Study'. Journal of physical activity & health, .
2020 McMenemy D;Kelly F;Sweeney MR; (2020) 'An exploration of food industry led reformulation on fortified food staples in Ireland'. Journal of Public Health, .
2019 Sinclair D.;Savage E.;O’ Brien M.;O’Reilly A.;Mullaney C.;Killeen M.;O’Reilly O.;Field C.;Fitzpatrick P.;Murrin C.;Connolly D.;Patterson A.;Denieffe S.;Elmusharaf K.;Hickey A.;Mellon L.;Flood M.;Sweeney M. (2019) 'Developing a national undergraduate standardized curriculum for future healthcare professionals on “Making Every Contact Count” for chronic disease prevention in the Republic of Ireland'. Journal of Interprofessional Care, .
2019 Bejarano-Martin, A;Canal-Bedia, R;Magan-Maganto, M;Fernandez-Alvarez, C;Cilleros-Martin, MV;Sanchez-Gomez, MC;Garcia-Primo, P;Rose-Sweeney, M;Boilson, A;Linertova, R;Roeyers, H;Van der Paelt, S;Schendel, D;Warberg, C;Cramer, S;Narzisi, A;Muratori, F;Scattoni, ML;Moilanen, I;Yliherva, A;Saemundsen, E;Jonsdottir, SL;Efrim-Budisteanu, M;Arghir, A;Papuc, SM;Vicente, A;Rasga, C;Roge, B;Guillon, Q;Baduel, S;Kafka, JX;Poustka, L;Kothgassner, OD;Kawa, R;Pisula, E;Sellers, T;de la Paz, MP (2019) 'Early Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Services for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the European Union (ASDEU): Family and Professional Perspectives'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, .
2019 Egan E;Kelly F;Sweeney MR; (2019) 'Voluntary folic acid fortification levels of food staples in Ireland continue to decline: further implications for passive folic acid intakes?'. Journal of Public Health, .
2019 McQuinn S.;Delnord M.;Sweeney M.;Staines A. (2019) 'Making the Lives of Children and Young People More Visible in Europe. Consensus on Child and Young People’s Health and Well-Being Indicators for Europe: A Delphi Process'. Child Indicators Research, .
2018 Browne S.;Minozzi S.;Bellisario C.;Sweeney M.;Susta D. (2018) 'Effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving dietary behaviours among people at higher risk of or with chronic non-communicable diseases: an overview of systematic reviews'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, .
2018 Viljoen K;Segurado R;O'Brien J;Murrin C;Mehegan J;Kelleher CC; ; (2018) 'Pregnancy diet and offspring asthma risk over a 10-year period: the Lifeways Cross Generation Cohort Study, Ireland'. BMJ Open, 8 (2).
2018 (2018) 'Optimization of folic acid supplementation in the prevention of neural tube defects'. Journal of Public Health, 40 (4):827-834.
2017 Browne S.;Staines A.;Barron C.;Lambert V.;Susta D.;Sweeney M. (2017) 'School lunches in the Republic of Ireland: a comparison of the nutritional quality of adolescents’ lunches sourced from home or purchased at school or ‘out’ at local food outlets'. Public Health Nutrition, 20 (3):504-514.
2016 Boilson A.;Staines A.;Ramirez A.;Posada M.;Sweeney M. (2016) 'Operationalisation of the European Protocol for Autism Prevalence (EPAP) for Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Measurement in Ireland'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, :1-14.
2016 Sweeney M.;Kirwan A.;Kelly M.;Corbally M.;O Neill S.;Kirwan M.;Hourican S.;Matthews A.;Hussey P. (2016) 'Transition to blended learning: experiences from the first year of our blended learning Bachelor of Nursing Studies programme'. Contemporary Nurse, :1-13.
2016 Kelly F.;Gibney E.;Boilson A.;Staines A.;Sweeney M. (2016) 'Folic acid levels in some food staples in Ireland are on the decline: Implications for passive folic acid intakes?'. Journal of Public Health, 38 (2):265-269.
2016 Vaish S.;White M.;Daly L.;Molloy A.;Staines A.;Sweeney M. (2016) 'Synthetic folic acid intakes and status in children living in Ireland exposed to voluntary fortification'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103 (2):512-518.
2015 Dee A, Callinan A, Doherty E, O'Neill C, McVeigh T, Sweeney MR, Staines A, Kearns K, Fitzgerald S, Sharp L, Kee F, Hughes J, Balanda K, Perry IJ. (2015) 'Overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: an estimation of costs. '. BMJ Open, 16 .
2015 Reilly A.;Mawn B.;Susta D.;Staines A.;Browne S.;Sweeney M. (2015) 'Lessons learned about primary weight maintenance and secondary weight maintenance: Results from a qualitative study Health behavior, health promotion and society'. BMC Public Health, 15 (1).
2015 Dr Mary Rose Sweeney (2015) 'People with intellectual disability and their families’ perspectives of Special Olympics Ireland: Qualitative findings from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 1-17 :1-17.
2015 Kelly F, Gibney ER, Boilson A, Staines A, Sweeney MR (2015) 'Folic acid levels in some food staples in Ireland are on the decline: implications for passive folic acid intakes? '. J Public Health (Oxf). 2015 Mar 8. pii: fdv025. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25755246 .
2015 Bowers, K; Corby, D; Lambert, V;Staines A; McVeigh, T; McKeon, T; Belton, S; Meegan, S; Walsh, D; Trepel, D; Griffen, P; Sweeney M (2015) 'People with intellectual disabilityand their families’ perspectivesof Special Olympics Ireland:Qualitative findings from theSOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, .
2015 Dee A.;Callinan A.;Doherty E.;O'Neill C.;McVeigh T.;Sweeney M.;Staines A.;Kearns K.;Fitzgerald S.;Sharp L.;Kee F.;Hughes J.;Balanda K.;Perry I. (2015) 'Overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: An estimation of costs'. BMJ Open, 5 (3).
2013 Shrivastava A.;Murrin C.;Sweeney M.;Heavey P.;Kelleher C. (2013) 'Familial intergenerational and maternal aggregation patterns in nutrient intakes in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study'. Public Health Nutrition, 16 (8):1476-1486.
2013 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2013) 'Abdalla S, Kelleher CC, Quirke B, Daly L. Disparities in fatal and non-fatal injuries between Irish travellers and the Irish general population are similar to those of other indigenous minorities: a cross-sectional population-based comparative study'. .
2012 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2012) 'McGorrigan C, Frazer K, Daly L, Moore RG, Turner J, Staines A, Fitzpatrick P, Kelleher CC, The Health care experiences of Travellers compared to the general population: the All-Ireland Traveller Health Study'. .
2012 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2012) 'Shrivastava A, Murrin C, Heavey P, Kelleher CC Familial intergenerational and maternal aggregation patterns in nutrient intakes in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study'. .
2012 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2012) 'Boilson A, Staines A, Kelleher CC, Daly L, Shirley I, Shrivastava A, Bailey SW, Alverson PB, Ayling JE, McDermott AP, MacCooey A, Scott JM, Unmetabolised folic acid prevalence is widespread in the older Irish population despite the lack of a mandatory fortification program'. .
2012 Mary Rose Sweeney, Joseph McPartlin, John Scott (2012) 'Folic acid fortification and public health: Report on threshold doses above which unmetabolised folic acid appear in serum '. .
2012 Implementing Social Health Insurance in Ireland. Staines, Anthony and Groenewegen, Peter and Hardiman, Orla and White, Martin and Thomas, Steven and Crotty, Gerard and De La Harpe, Davida and Drumm, Michael and O'Connor, Maire and Smith, Susan and Sweeney, Mary Rose. Report of a meeting and workshop held in Dublin, on December 6th 2010 located at (2012) . .
2012 M Boland*, MR Sweeney*, E Scallan, M Harrington, A Staines (2006). (* joint first authors) Emerging advantages and drawbacks of telephone surveying in public health research in Ireland and the U.K. Bio Med Central Public Health 6: 208 PMID 16911771. (240 Citations). Official ranking of �highly accessed� given by BMC to this paper. (2012) . .
2012 McGorrian C.;Frazer K.;Daly L.;Moore R.;Turner J.;Sweeney M.;Staines A.;Fitzpatrick P.;Kelleher C. (2012) 'The health care experiences of Travellers compared to the general population: The All-Ireland Traveller Health Study'. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 17 (3):173-180.
2012 Boilson A.;Staines A.;Kelleher C.;Daly L.;Shirley I.;Shrivastava A.;Bailey S.;Alverson P.;Ayling J.;McDermott A.;MacCooey A.;Scott J.;Sweeney M. (2012) 'Unmetabolized folic acid prevalence is widespread in the older Irish population despite the lack of a mandatory fortification program'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96 (3):613-621.
2012 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2012) 'McGorrian C, Daly L, Fitpatrick P, Moore RG, Turner J, Kelleher CC Cardiovascular disease and risk factors in an indigenous minority population. The All-Ireland Traveller Health Study'. .
2010 Allcutt C.;Sweeney M. (2010) 'An exploration of knowledge, attitudes and advice given by health professionals to parents in Ireland about the introduction of solid foods. A pilot study'. BMC Public Health, 10 .
2010 M R SWEENEY. An exploration of knowledge, attitudes and advice given by health professionals to parents regarding the introduction of solid foods to their infants. (2010) 'C ALLCUTT'. BMC Public Health, 10 .
2009 Mary R. Sweeney, Anthony Staines, Leslie Daly, Aisling Traynor, Sean Daly, Steve W Bailey Patricia B Alverson, June E Alying, John M. Scott. (2009) 'Persistent circulating unmetabolised folic acid in a setting of liberal voluntary folic acid fortification. Implications for further mandatory fortification?'. 9 .
2008 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2008) 'Measurements of subnanamolar concentrations of unmetabolised folic acid in serum'. Journal of Chromatography, :187-191.
2007 Harrington M, Sweeney MR, Bailie K, Morris K, Boilson A, O�Riordan J Staines A (2007) '(2007): What would encourage blood donation in Ireland? Vox Sang'. Vox Sanguinis, 92(4) :361-367.
2006 Harrington, MB and Sweeney, M and Morris, K and Bailie, K and O'riordan, J and Staines, A (2006) 'What Would Encourage Blood Donation in Ireland?'. 46 .
2006 Lotya, J and Staines, A and Harrington, MB and Sweeney, M and Bailie, K and Walsh, C (2006) 'Decision Support System for Blood Ordering in Hospital Blood Banks in Ireland'. 46 .
2006 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2006) 'An Investigation of the impact of prolonged queuing on blood donors in Ireland'. Vox Sanguinis, 90 :113-118.
2006 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2006) 'Post-prandial serum folic acid response to multiple doses of folic acid in fortified bread'. British Journal of Nutrition, :1-8.
2005 Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (2005) 'Evidence of unmetabolised folic acid in cord-blood of new-born and serum of four-day old infants'. British Journal of Nutrition, 94 :727-730.

Reports

Year Publication
2016 Andrew Boilson, Anthony Staines, Mary Rose Sweeney (2016) Autism Counts: A Report on Autism Spectrum Disorder prevalence estimation in the Republic of Ireland. REPORT

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
Sweeney MR, Wright S Experiences fro the first year of our blended learning Bachelor of nursing Science (BNS) Degreee Programme at Dublin City University: a focus on audiovisual podcasts for elearning Experiences from the first year of our blended learning Bachelor of nursing Science (BNS) Degreee Programme at Dublin City University: a focus on audiovisual podcasts for elearning DCU, Dublin 9, http://diverse2011.dcu.ie/welcome.html, .
Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Scott JM, Staines A, Kelleher C, Daly L, Bailey SW, Alverson PB, Ayling JE, Nutrition Society Meeting 2010 Unmetabolised folic acid presence in the majority of a fasted elderly cohort pre the implementation of mandatory folic acid fortification in Ireland 2010 UU, Coleraine, NI, .
Sweeney MR, McKeever T, Staines A Haematology Association of Ireland meeting 2005 An investigation of the impact of prolonged queuing on blood donors in Ireland Belfast, .
Sweeney MR, McGorrian C, Frazer K, Kelleher CC RCPI Winter Scientific Meeting 2010 All Ireland Traveller Health Study Team. Do Irish travellers Pose a Paradox in terms of Healthcare Acess and Engagement ? Dublin, .
Sweeney MR, Fitzsimmons N, Fallon U, O'Mahony D, Bury G, Murphy AW, Kelleher C. Nutrition Society Summer Meeting June 2006 Predicitors of asthma in children in Ireland: a multivariate analysis of dietary factors during pregnancy UCD, .
McGorian C, Fitzpatrick P, Abdalla S, Cronin F, Drummond A, Daly L, Frazier K, Hamid NA, Kelly C, Moore RG, NicCharthaigh R, O'Shea B, O'Mahony D, Quirke B, Staines A, Staines D, Turner J, Kelleher CC. Irish Journal of Medical Science 2010. Risk Factors for CVD are more prevalent in the Traveller populatino than in a cmpparable general Irish population Irish Cardiac Society Dublin, .
Sweeney MR, Codd M, Harrington M, Staines A Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College - Transforming Healthcare through Research The Management of Red Cell Concentrate in Six Hospital Blood Banks in Ireland Trinity College Dublin, http://nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/assets/events-conference/doc-2009/conf_, .
Sweeney MR, McPartlin J, Weir DG, Daly S, Pentieva K, Daly L, Scott JM Nutrition Society (Irish Section) Summer Meeting 2005 Folic Acid consumption in pregnancy leads to the appearance of unmetabolised folic acid in cord-blood and in infants .
Sweeney MR, McPartlin J, Weir DJ, Daly L, Scott JM Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland: Jacqueline Horgan Bronze Medal Meeting Nov 2004 Consumption of folic acid at the FDA safe uper limit of 1mg leads to the appearance of unmetabolised folic acid in serum UCG, .
Sweeney MR, McPartlin J, Donald G, Weir, Scott JM Nutrition Society (Irish Section) Summer Meeting June 2000 (first prize) Folic acid fortification of bread: effect of chronic consumption on unmetabolised folic acid in serum Dublin, .
Sweeney MR, McVeigh T, Staines A, Dee AP, Perry IJ, O'Neill C, Doherty E, Callan A, Sharp L, Kearns K, O'Dwyer V, Kee F, Hughes J, Balanda K European Health Association (EUPHA) -- Nov 2013 Annual Productivity Lossess due to Co-Morbidities of Overweight and Obesity in the Republic of Ireland Brussels, .
Sweeney MR, Whelan J, Fitzpatrick P, Andalla S, Cronin F, Drummond A, Daly L, Frazier K, Hamid NA, Kelly C, McGorrian C, Moore RG, Nic Charthaigh R, O'Shea B, O'Mahony D, Quirke B, Staines A, Staines D, Turner J, Kelleher C All Ireland Travellers Health Study Sept 2010 Socio-demographic, health status, psycho-social and lifestyle predictors of self-rated health in the All-Ireland Travellers Health Study .
2013 Sweeney MR, McVeigh T, Staines A, Dee AP, Perry IJ, O'Neill C, Doherty E, Callan A, Sharp L, Kearns K, O'Dwyer V, Kee F, Hughes J, Balanda K (2013) Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Public Health Medicine - Summer Scientific Meeting Indirect cost of overweight and obesity related illness in the Republic of Ireland RCPI, Dublin 2, 22/05/2013-23/05/2013.
2012 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines A, Ramirez A (2012) Autism Spectrum Disorders: from Clinical Practice to Educational Provision Irish Autism Prevalence Study, Presxentation of Provisional Results. Workshop on Epidemiology of ASD's. Workshop Irish Centre for Autism and Neuro-developmental Research NUI, Galway, Ireland, http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=144, 12/01/2012-13/01/2012.
2011 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines A (2011) Autism 2010 European Autism Conference Irish Autism Prevalence Study Methodology and result of a pilot study Malahide, Dublin, 29/11/2011-29/11/2011.
2010 Sweeney MR, Mac Cooey A, Boilson A, Scott JM, Staines A, Kelleher C, Daly L, Bailey S, Alverson P, Ayling J, Parle-McDermott A (2010) Irish Society of Human Genetics meeting No correlation between unmetabolised folic acid levels and folate gene polymprphisms in an Irish Population Belfast City Hospital, http://irishsocietyofhumangenetics.blogspot.ie/2010/09/ishg-conference-2, 10/09/2010-10/09/2010.
2009 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, McMullin MF, Catherwood M, Staines A, Ryan J, (2009) Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual scientific meeting Genomic Analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP's) among children and adults treated for acute lymphoblastic Lukaemia, a single centre study Dublin City University, http://irishsocietyofhumangenetics.blogspot.ie/2009_07_01_archive.html, 18/09/2009-18/09/2009.
2005 Sweeney MR, Boland M, Scallan E (2005) Faculty of Public Health Medicine Summer Scientific Meeting 2005 Trials and tribulations of telephone surveying in population research Dublin, 24/05/2005-25/05/2005.
2005 Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Boilson A, O'Riordan J, Morris K, Bailie K, Staines A (2005) Public Health Medicine Summer Scientific Meeting 2005 Outcomes of a telephnoe survey Dublin, 24/05/2005-25/05/2005.
2005 Sweeney MR, Harrinogton M, Staines A, Bailie K, Morris K, Sheehy N, O'Riordan J, Murphy W, (2005) Haematology Association of Ireland annual meeting 2005 Perception's, knowledge and attitudes of the Irish population to Blood donation: preliminary report on response rates of telephone survey 12/11/2005-14/11/2005.
2005 Sweeney MR, Lotya J, Harrington M, Bailie K, Staines A (2005) Haematology Association of Ireland Annual Meeting 2005 Decisino support system for blood ordering in hospital blood banks in Ireland - oral and poster presentation 04/11/2005-06/11/2005.
2005 Sweeney MR, Kelleher CC, Shiely F, Lavin T, Craven F, NicGabhainn S, Collins C, Murphy G, O'Hara P, Staines A, Daly L, (2005) Royal College of Physicians in Ireland Faculty of Public Health Medicine Winter Scientific Meeting 2005 Feasibility student on the inclusion of blood and tissue data as a component of the national longitudinal study of children in Ireland - abstract and presentation - Medal winner RCPI, Dublin 2, http://www.ijms.ie/Portals/_IJMS/Documents/Winter%20Scientific%20Meeting%20Fac%, 07/12/2005-08/12/2005.
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Sweeney MR, McVeigh T, Staines A, Dee AP, Perry IJ, O'Neill C, Doherty E, Callan A, Sharp L, Kearns K, O'Dwyer V, Kee F, Hughes J, Balanda K Association for the Study of Obesity in Ireland (ASOI) - satellite meeting 16th May 2013 at DCU The Contribution of Musculoskeletal and cariovascular conditions to the estimated indirect cost of overweight and obesity-related illness in the Republic of Ireland DCU - Satellite Meeting, .
Sweeney MR, Scott JM, Staines A, Daly L, Traynor A, Daly S, Bailey SE, Alverson PB, Ayling J Nutrition Society July 2008 Report on population plasma unmetabolised folic acid concentrations pre mandator folic acid fortification in the Republic of Ireland UCD, Dublin 4, .
Sweeney MR, Reilly A, Mawn B, Staines, A, Browne S, Susta D Nutrition Society 2013 An exploration of factors related to healthy weight maintenance amongst staff at and Irish University .
Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Bailie K, NMorris K, Boilson A, O'Riordan J, Staines A American Association of Blood Banks 59th Annual Meeting 2006 What would encourage blood donation in Ireland ? Miami Beach, Florida, .
Sweeney MR, Reilly A, Mawn B, Staines A, Browne S, Susta D Winter Scientific Meeting 2012 - Medal Winner What Lessons can be learned from those who maintain their weight within healthy ranges and those who have achieved sustained weight loss? A qualitative study Royal College of Physicians Dublin, .
Sweeney MR, Allcutt C Nutrition Society meeting 2008 An exploration of knowledge, attitudes and advice given by health professionals to parents regarding the introduction of solid foods to their infants UCD, Dublin 4, .
Sweeney MR, Corbally M, O'Neill S, Kelly M, Kirwan M, Hourican S, Matthews A. Experiences from the first year of our blended learning Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) Degree Programme Experiences from the first year of our blended learning Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) Degree Programme DCU, Dublin 9, http://diverse2011.dcu.ie/welcome.html, .
Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Bailie K, Morris K, Boilson A, O'Riordan J. Staines A Haematology Association of Ireland Meeting 2005 A profile of blood donors and non-donors on the Island of Ireland Belfast, Northern Ireland, .
2015 Sarah Browne, Anthony Staines, Carol Barron, Veronica Lambert, Mary Rose Sweeney (2015) Nutrition Society (Irish Section) Mapping school-wide nutrition & physical activity practices: Results from student participation with a new research tool UCC, 18/06/2015-20/06/2015.
2015 Sarah Browne, Anthony Staines, Carol Barron, Veronica Lambert, Mary Rose Sweeney (2015) Nutrition Society, Irish Section Are schools promoting low-nutrient, energy-dense (LNED) foods? Results from student-led research of foods sold in six secondary schools UCC, 18/06/2015-20/06/2015.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines, A (2013) 4th World Congress on ADHD Implementation of a European protocol for autism spectrum disorder prevalence Milan, Italy http://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Congress_2013/Final_2013/V3.F, 06/06/2013-09/06/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines A (2013) 4th World Congress on ADHD The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) Distributino of scores by gender in an epidemiological sample of national school children Milan, Italy, http://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Congress_2013/Final_2013/V3, 06/06/2013-09/06/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Hourican S, McVeigh T, Staines A (2013) 4th World Congress on ADHD The Social Questionnaire (SCQ) test - retest reliability in an epidemiological sample of national school children Milan, Italy, http://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Congress_2013/Final_2013/V3, 06/06/2013-09/06/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Vaish S, White M, Daly L, Molloy AM, Scott JM, Staines A (2013) 9th International Conference on Homocysteine and One-Carbon Metabolism An Investigation of fasting plasma unmetabolised folic acid levels in children living in Ireland Trinity College Dublin https://www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry/Hcy2013/welcome.php, 01/09/2013-01/09/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Ramirez A, Posada M, Staines A (2013) European Child Health Conference Development and Implementation of a European protocol for Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence (EPAP) Dublin City University, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, https://www.dcu.ie/conferences/ch, 30/05/2013-31/05/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines A. (2013) 4th World Congress on ADHD The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) discriminant validity in an epidemiological sample of national school children Milan, Italy, http://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Congress_2013/Final_2013/V3, 06/06/2013-09/06/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Browne S, Barron C, Susta D, Lambert V, Staines A (2013) Nutrition Society Anthropmetry with adolescents: participation and perceptions DIT Kevin Street,http://www.nutritionsociety.org/events/nutrition-society-irish-section-meeting, 19/06/2013-21/06/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Tighe D (2013) European Child Health Conference The Role of Clubs, Societies, Classes and Organisations in Promoting a Healthier Food Environment for Children. Child Health Research, the key to a healthier European Society DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin, https://www.dcu.ie/conferences/childhealth201, 30/05/2013-31/05/2013.
2013 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Ramirez A, Posada M, Staines A (2013) 4th World Congress on ADHD Development and Implementation of a European Protocol for Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalance (EPAP) Milan, Italy, http://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Congress_2013/Final_2013/V3, 06/06/2013-09/06/2013.
2012 Sweeney MR, Perry I, Dee A, O'Neill C, Staines A, Sharp L, Kee F, Balanda K, Hughes J, McVeigh T, Doherty E, Callan A, Kearns K (2012) Association for the study of obesity on the Island of Ireland The cost of overweight and obesity to the Island of Ireland Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2, http://www.thehealthwell.info/asoi-conference-2012-presentatio, 06/09/2012-06/09/2012.
2012 Sweeney MR, Boilson A, Staines A, Ramirez A (2012) IMFAR - International Meeting for Autism Research Implementation of a european protocol for autism prevalance San Sebastian, Spain, http://www.autism-insar.org/imfar-annual-meeting/archive-abstracts, 02/06/2012-04/06/2012.
2012 Sweeney MR, Reilly A, Mawn B, Staines A, Browne S, Lusta D, Boran L (2012) Association for the study of obesity on the Island of Ireland An exploration of factors related to healthy weight maintenance amongst staff at an Irish University Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2, http://www.thehealthwell.info/asoi-conference-2012-presentatio, 06/09/2012-06/09/2012.
2007 Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Bailie K, Morris K, Boilson A, O'Riordan J, Staines A (2007) 2007 ADRP conference hosted by American Red Cross National Headquarters and the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region Is social involvement indicative of intention to donate blood? Baltimore, Maryland, USA, http://www.quotablequill.com/pdfs/09ADRPPrelimProgram.pdf, 01/05/2007-05/05/2007.
2007 Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Bailie K, MOrris K, Boilson A, O'Riordan J, Staines A. (2007) 2007 ADRP Conference hosted by America Red Cross National Headquarters and the Great Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region What would encourage blood donation in Ireland? Baltimore, Maryland, USA, http://www.quotablequill.com/pdfs/09ADRPPrelimProgram.pdf, 01/05/2007-05/05/2007.
2007 Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Bailie K, Morris K, Boilson A, O'Riordan J, Staines A (2007) 2007 ADRP conference hosted by American Red Cross National Headquarters and the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region A profile of blood donors and non-donors on the Island of Ireland Baltimore, Maryland, USA, http://www.quotablequill.com/pdfs/09ADRPPrelimProgram.pdf, 01/05/2007-01/05/2007.
2006 Sweeney MR, Harrington M, Morris K, Bailie K, O'Riordan J, Cahill M, Staines A (2006) Haematology Association of Ireland 2006 What would encourage blood donation in Ireland ? Cork, http://haematologyireland.org/meetings/, 03/11/2006-05/11/2006.
2006 Sweeney MR, Lotya J, Harrington M, Bailie K, Walsh C, (2006) American Association of Blood Banks 59th Annual Meeting 2006 Decision support system for blood ordering in hospital blood banks in Ireland Miami Beach, Florida, http://books.google.ie/books/about/Abstracts_of_Papers_to_be_Presented_at, 21/10/2006-24/10/2006.
2005 Sweeney MR, Lotya J, Harrington M, Walsh C, Bailie K, Staines A (2005) Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Public Health, Winter Scientific Meeting 2005 Decision support system for blood ordering in hospital blood banks in Ireland RCPI, Dublin 2, 07/12/2005-08/12/2005.
2005 Sweeney MR, McKeever, T, Staines A, (2005) Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health Medicine Summer Scientific Meeting 2005 An investigation of the impact of prolonged queuing on blood donors in Ireland RCPI, Dublin 2, 24/05/2005-25/05/2005.
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Nutrition Society Professional society for Dietitians and Nutritionists 04/01/2017 -
Member of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Professional body for Nurses and Midwifes 04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/11/2012 Best Poster Presentaiton Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health Meeting
01/12/2005 Best oral presentation Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health
01/06/2000 Best oral presentation Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
01/11/2011 Best oral presentation Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health
01/01/2005 Best oral presentation Haematology Association of Ireland

Committees

Committee Function From / To
DCU Branding Strategy Group 02/01/2017 - 01/01/2018
Athena Swan SAT group 07/11/2016 - 05/06/2017
FSH Faculty Management 03/09/2012 - 05/06/2017
University Research Committee 03/02/2014 - 01/01/2018
Graduate Research Studies Board 03/11/2014 - 05/02/2018

Research Interests


Health Systems/Public Health 

Recent studies in the areas of folic acid fortification, school lunches. obesity, Autism, Intellectual Disability Research and Teaching and Learning  and research competencies in Nurse Education 


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Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Autism Friendly University at DCU PI on the project which brought in this funding for the implementation across the University 02/04/2018 01/03/2021
Autism Spectrum Disorders in the EU PI at DCU 04/01/2016 07/01/2019
Empowering Hospitals Co-investigator 07/09/2015 31/08/2017
DEDIPAC PI 01/09/2014 31/08/2017
Autism Counts Principal Investigator 01/04/2013 04/04/2016
Tactica Co-investigator 06/09/2010 06/07/2013

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Mc Quinn ,Sara PhD Supervisor
Murphy ,John PhD Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Research
Nutrition
Epidemiology
Nursing 
Chronic Illness
Making Every Contact Count for Health Behaviour

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Public Health Nutrition NS140