Dr. Catherine Anne Field

BSocSc, MSc, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
Health Promotion
Room 332 St Anthonys
School of Health Science
NUI Galway


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E: catherineanne.field@nuigalway.ie
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332 St. Anthonys
Health Promotion
School of Health Sciences
NUI Galway

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E: CATHERINEANNE.FIELD@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Catherine Anne Field, (BSocSc, MSc, PhD) is lecturer in health promotion in the School of Health Science at the National University of Ireland Galway since 2013. Catherine Anne completed her undergraduate degree in Social Science at University College Dublin (UCD) and a Masters in Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE). She initially worked for six years in the area of community based addiction care and mental health in Ireland and the United Kingdom in a clinical and research remit. After which she joined the School of Applied Social Science at UCD where she worked as a Research Assistant and University Teacher.   She was awarded her PhD from UCD in 2013 for her study ' The management of problem alcohol use among patients attending primary care for opiate substitution treatment’. The PhD was part of a Health Research Board funded project, and the findings were used to develop clinical guidelines for the management of problem alcohol use among drug users in in primary care. She was also a co-reviewer and co-author on a Cochrane Systematic Review – “Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use among drug users”.     Catherine Anne is actively involved in the promotion of compassion, empathy and resilience in healthcare professionals and is a facilitator for the Schwartz Rounds at Galway University Hospital.  

Research Interests

My work and research interest to date has been in public health and health promotion and policy. I have focused on the areas of drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and primary care. More recently I have been research compassion fatigue and burn out among medical students and healthcare professionals and initiatives to combat this and promote mental health and well-being.  

Research Projects: 
Title: Who Cares for the Carers: the Galway Experience of Schwartz Rounds
Year: 2015- present
Description: Evaluation of the Schwartz Rounds at Galway University Hospital, a pilot project to improbe staff well-being, hospital culture and patient centred care 


Title: Bridging the Gap: an evaluation of palliative day care services
Year:
2016-2017
Description: 
To evaluate a palliative care day care service from the viewpoint of both patients and healthcare providers, using their experiences and views to determine the evaluative framework in Galway Hospice 

Title: 
Problem Patients: Experience of and attitudes towards patients with substance misuse problems
Year: 2016
Funding: Wellcome Trust Summer Scholarship (Megan McNamara)
Description: Supervision of undergraduate medical student research project exploring the experience / attitudes of medical students working with substance misuse.


Project: Smashed Students: Patterns, Problems and Perceptions of Medical Students
Year: 2016
Funding: Wellcome Trust Summer Scholarship (Harry Economos)
Description: Supervision of undergraduate medical student research project conducting a quantitative exploration of problem alcohol use among undergraduate medical students at NUI Galway identifying patterns of and attitudes towards alcohol use and influential factors.

Project: A review of social and emotional skills

Year: 
2014-2015
Description: A systematic review of community and school based programmes in the UK and internationally that seek to develop social and emotional skills in children and young people. Funded by the UK Cabinet Office and the Early Intervention Foundation   

Project:
‘Towards optimum care of problematic alcohol use among patients with opiate dependency’
Year: 2009-2013
Funder: Health Research Board
Description:
Health Research Board funded study examining the management of problem alcohol use amongst problem drug users in primary care, the findings of which have been used to develop clinical guidelines with an expert panel group.
 

Project:
Cochrane Review
Year: 
 2010-2013  
Description:
A Cochrane systematic review to assess the effects of psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users (principally problem drug users of opiates and stimulants). It evaluated information from randomised trial (four studies that examined 594 people with drug problems).


Project: Senperforto 
Date: 
2008-2011
Description: Senperforto addressed the need for Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) prevention in the reception and asylum sector. Research investigated the knowledge, attitudes, practice and needs of both professionals and young residents in the European reception and asylum sector.
      

Project: ‘
Social Housing in Ireland: liveable or leaveable’
 
Year: 
2007-2009
Description: A large scale follow-up study of seven social housing estates in Ireland, aiming to assess social change in a ten-year period and assess the effects of the economic prosperity and development of area based funding and development of welfare systems.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Progress and Problems in Social Housing Estates: A ten-year follow-up study
SENPERFORTO - For the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence against refugees and asylum seekers 06-JAN-08 13-DEC-10
Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users. 01-SEP-10 01-NOV-12
‘Towards optimum care of problematic alcohol use among patients with opiate dependency’ 02-NOV-09 25-MAY-13

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Back to the Future: Electronic Marking of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Admission Interviews Using an Online Management Information System in Schools of Health Sciences'
Kropmans TJB, Griffin L, Cunningham D, Walsh D, Setyonugroho W, Field CA, Flynn E, Kennedy KM (2015) 'Back to the Future: Electronic Marking of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Admission Interviews Using an Online Management Information System in Schools of Health Sciences'. Journal of Health and Medical Informatics, 6 (182) [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Problem alcohol use among problem drug users: development and content of clinical guidelines for general practice'
Klimas, J; Cullen, W; Field, C.A (2014) 'Problem alcohol use among problem drug users: development and content of clinical guidelines for general practice'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, (183):89-101 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users'
Klimas, J,Tobin, H,Field, CA,O'Gorman, CSM,Glynn, LG,Keenan, E,Saunders, J,Bury, G,Dunne, C,Cullen, W (2014) 'Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users'. Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews, (12) [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Problem alcohol use among problem drugs users in primary care: a qualitative study of what patients think about screening and treatment'
Field CA, Klimas J, Barry J, Bury G, Keenan E, Smyth B, Cullen W (2013) 'Problem alcohol use among problem drugs users in primary care: a qualitative study of what patients think about screening and treatment'. BMC Family Practice, 14 (98) [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care: a discussion paper'
Field C, Klimas J, Barry J, Bury G, Keenan E, Lyons S, Smyth, B.P, Cullen, W. (2012) 'Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care: a discussion paper'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, (181):165-170 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users'
Klimas J, Field CA, Cullen W, O'Gorman C, Glynn L, Keenan E, Saunders J, Bury G, Dunne C: (2012) 'Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users'. Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews , (11) [ARAN Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods.
Norris. Michelle (2013) Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods. London / New York: Routledge. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) 2017
Kropmans TJB, Field CA, Campbell L, Kennedy KM (2017) Reflective Journal Assessment in a year 3 Professionalism OSCE Station; Comparing Cronbach’s Alpha and G-Coefficient as measures of Reliability, Validity and Educational Decision-making Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) 2017 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2015) What works in enhancing social and emotional skills development during childhood and adolescence? A review of the evidence on the effectiveness of school-based and out-of-school programmes in the UK.
Clarke, AM; Morreale, S; Field, CA; Hussein, Y; Barry, MM (2015) What works in enhancing social and emotional skills development during childhood and adolescence? A review of the evidence on the effectiveness of school-based and out-of-school programmes in the UK. W H O Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Back to the future: electronic marking of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Admission Interviews using an Online Management Information System in Schools of Health Sciences'
Kropmans TJB, Griffin L, Cunningham D, Walsh D, Setyonugroho W, Field CA, Flynn E and Kennedy KM (2015) 'Back to the future: electronic marking of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Admission Interviews using an Online Management Information System in Schools of Health Sciences' Journal of Medical Students in Galway, 2 (1) :32-34. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
Irish Network of Medical Educators INMED,
Catherine Anne Field Undergraduate Medical Professionalism: from classroom to clinic. [Oral Presentation], Irish Network of Medical Educators INMED, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - 28-FEB-17. [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2014) Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users.
Klimas, J,Tobin, H,Field, CA,O'Gorman, CSM,Glynn, LG,Keenan, E,Saunders, J,Bury, G,Dunne, C,Cullen, W (2014) Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2012) Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users.
Klimas, J,Field, CA,Cullen, W,O'Gorman, CSM,Glynn, LG,Keenan, E,Saunders, J,Bury, G,Dunne, C (2012) Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Almas Kazmi Doctorate - Structured PhD (Health Sciences) Co-supervisor (1)