Primary Department
Faculty of Science & Health
Executive Dean
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Michelle Butler is the Executive Dean for Science and Health. She joined DCU in January 2017, having previously held leadership appointments at the University of British Columbia and University College Dublin. She has extensive research, teaching, assessment and curriculum development experience.

Her particular expertise is in midwifery education, midwifery competence, midwifery-led care, woman-centred care, nursing, health systems, health policy and planning, healthcare management, innovation in healthcare, health service evaluation, research methodologies and research methods.

Research interests

Michelle has been involved in research since 1993, in the areas of midwifery, health services management, and nursing, in Canada, the UK and Ireland, funded by the International Confederation of Midwives, the Health Research Board, the Health Services Executive, the Committee for Public Management Research, the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, the Women's Health Council, the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, and the National Council on Aging and Older people. Her particular research expertise is in evaluation research, mixed methods, qualitative methods, case study, Delphi and consensus methods, and systematic reviews. She has a particular interest in building research capacity with clinical and health services partners. She over 70 publications, 40 in peer-reviewed journals.