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Dr Dónal O'Mathuna

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health

Name: Dr Dónal O'Mathuna
Department: School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 700 7808
Email Address:
Room: H234
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Biographical Details

Dónal has a BSc in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin (1982), a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy from The Ohio State University, USA (1988) and an MA in Bioethics from Ashland Theology School, USA (1994). I have been at DCU since 2003 where I am Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences. I have taught several different ethics modules at DCU in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, and in other schools and areas. I was chair of the DCU Research Ethics Committee (2010-2016). I am also Visiting Professor of Ethics, in the European Master in Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University, USA.
My research interests are in two main areas: healthcare ethics, and systematic reviewing. For the last several years, his focus has been on ethical issues in disasters, examining both healthcare ethics in disaster responses and research ethics in disasters. He was Chair of the EU-funded COST Action (2012-2016) on Disaster Bioethics ( and is the Principal Investigator on the R2HC-funded research project, Post-Research Ethics Analysis (
His interests in systematic reviewing have led to his appointment as Convenor of Cochrane Ireland ( The Cochrane Collaboration is an independent, international organisation that conducts systematic reviews of health interventions and promotes the use of the best available evidence in healthcare.  

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