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Paul Corcoran

Name: Dr Paul Corcoran 

Position: Senior Lecturer In Perinatal Epidemiology

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Paul Corcoran is Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Epidemiology with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Paul’s degrees include a BSc joint honours degree in Statistics and Computer Science, a Master’s degree in Statistics and a PhD in Epidemiology, all obtained at UCC. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has contributed chapters to international texts.

Before joining the Centre, Paul was Deputy Director of the National Suicide Research Foundation and Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He was a member of the writing group of Reach Out, Ireland’s National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oviedo in Spain and Chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group on National Systems for Certifying Suicide Deaths.

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Linda Drummond

Name: Dr Linda Drummond 

Position: NPEC Centre Manager 

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Linda is the Manager of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) and the Department Manager of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UCC.  Linda joined the NPEC in 2009, having previously been the Germ-Free Unit Co-ordinator of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC, and completing a PhD in aquaculture also at UCC in 2006.  In her NPEC post, Linda is responsible for the administrative management of the Centre, as well as co-ordinating the Vermont Oxford Network in Ireland.

Edel Manning

Name: Edel Manning

RGN, RGM, H Dip Clinical Practice, H Dip Diagnostic Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MSc.

Position: Project Manager (Perinatal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity)

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Edel is a research midwife with the NPEC where she has shared responsibility for conducting two national clinical audits of the maternity services in Ireland: Perinatal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity.  She has been intrinsic to the development, implementation and refinement of data collection tools used in these clinical audits. In conjunction with her role within the NPEC, Edel holds the position of coordinator for the Maternal Death Enquiry (MDE) in Ireland.

Prior to joining the centre in 2009, Edel’s midwifery experience has been in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, where she worked in a variety of roles including Clinical Midwife Manager 2 (CMM2) within the labour ward and clinical midwife specialist in ultrasound.

Edel’s area of interest includes quality review of healthcare data collection methodology and refinement of clinical audit for the improvement of clinical services.

Sarah Meaney

Name: Dr Sarah Meaney

Position: Researcher

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I am social researcher with experience based in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC). I have a particular interest in the patient perspective of health care. I graduated in 2004 and 2005 with a BA (Sociology and Geography: hons) from University College Cork and a MA Sociology (Applied Social Research) from the University of Limerick. I undertook my PhD from 2013 and graduated from University College Cork in 2016.

In 2005 I took up my first research role with Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork.  I moved to National Suicide Research Foundation as a data manager and researcher in 2006. In 2010, I moved to the Dept. of Psychology, University of Limerick, where I was responsible for the co-ordination and teaching of four research modules to 1st and 2nd year Psychology Students.  In 2011, I took up a research position in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre.

I have vast experience in both qualitative and quantitative health research and I am currently working on a number of such projects in the NPEC:

  1. Planned Homebirths which is an audit of all homebirths in the Republic of Ireland
  2. National audit on therapeutic hypothermia in the Republic of Ireland
  3. Manage the NPEC online database for three of the national audits
  4. Qualitative projects investigating patients experiences of pregnancy, birth and pregnancy loss
  5. Women’s Health Study which is a cohort study examining risk factors for miscarriage
  6. Cochrane Systematic Review
  7. Secondary data analysis from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
  8. Developing and evaluating mobile applications for pregnancy and after birth

To date I have published over 30 peer reviewed full papers My H index is 11 and my i10-index is 11 according to Google Scholar.  A full publication list can be found at


Selected publications

Meaney S, Everard CM, Gallagher S, O'donoghue K. Parents’ concerns about future pregnancy after stillbirth: a qualitative study. Health Expectations. 2017 Aug 1;20(4):555-62.

Nuzum, D., Meaney, S. and O’Donoghue, K., 2017. The public awareness of stillbirth: An Irish population study. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. [Epub] doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14939.

Campillo IS, Meaney S, McNamara K, O'Donoghue K. Psychological and support interventions to reduce levels of stress, anxiety or depression on women’s subsequent pregnancy with a history of miscarriage: an empty systematic review. BMJ open. 2017 Sep 1;7(9):e017802.

McNamara K, Meaney S, O’Connell O, McCarthy M, Greene RA, O’Donoghue K. Healthcare professionals’ response to intrapartum death: a cross-sectional study. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics. 2017 Apr 1;295(4):845-52.

Meaney S, Corcoran P, O'Donoghue K. Death of One Twin during the Perinatal Period: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of palliative medicine. 2017 Mar 1;20(3):290-3.

Meaney S, Corcoran P, Spillane N, O'Donoghue K. Experience of miscarriage: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. BMJ open. 2017 Mar 1;7(3):e011382.




PhD: “The experiences of pregnancy with major fetal anomaly”

Co-supervision with Dr Keelin O’ Donoghue, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University College Cork (2017-present)

Ms Stacey Power


PhD: “Evaluation of maternal stress in pregnant women with a history of miscarriage”

Co-supervision with Dr Keelin O’ Donoghue, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University College Cork (2016-present)

Ms Indra San Lazaro Campillo



MPH: “Older lesbian and bisexual women’s physical health and healthcare: a qualitative study”

University College Cork (2016-2017)

Ms. Mary Cleary


MSc: “Do the positive aspects of overseas workplace secondments outweigh the negative”

University College Cork (2014-2016)

Mr. Liam Burke


MSc: “Investigating the Barriers to Returning to Work for Breastfeeding Mothers”

University College Cork (2012-2014)

Ms. Deirdre Desmond


MPH: “Women’s experience of Maternal Morbidity: a focus on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), Placenta Previa and Preeclampsia”

University College Cork (2013-2014)

Ms. Kehinde Shekoni Omoshule


MPH: “Experiences of the paternal figure in the process of labour and childbirth”

University College Cork (2013-2014)

Ms. Ciara Kathleen Ni Chonchuir


MPH: “The Experience of Decision Making about Mode of Delivery in Women Who Have Delivered by Caesarean Section: A Qualitative Study”

University College Cork (2012-2013)

Ms. Rebecca Dennehy


MPH: “The Nutritional Supplement Pattern Use Prior and During Pregnancy”

University College Cork (2012-2013)

Ms. Catherine O Riordan


MSc: “The Prevalence of Occupational Stress among the various work groups within Cork County Council”

University College Cork (2009-2011)

Mr. James Vincent Crowley

Joye McKernan

Name: Joye McKernan

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Irene O'Farrell

Name: Irene O'Farrell

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Paulette DeFoubert

Name: Paulette DeFoubert 

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National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Anu Research Centre, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork