Research Theme: Health

 

Name: Ronan Foley

Institution: Maynooth University

Contact: ronan.foley@mu.ie

Completion: March 2018

Funder: N/A

 

Project: We have identified GUI as a useful means to pick up on longitudinal health data for a sub-section of society, namely children, and to additionally access, through GUI, changes in childrens health from ages 9 to 13.

 

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Project (2017): For research purposes, to investigate the impact of maternal depression on child well-being.  Areas of interest include socio-economic status, peer relationships, maternal mental health, gender differences and child resilience.

 

Project(2017): I am carrying out a project on the health behaviour of non-Irish nationals nationals during pregnancy.

This project is also recorded under the themes of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy

 

Name:Patrick Moran

Institution:Trinity College Dublin

Contact: moranp6@tcd.ie

Completion: August 2020

Funder: N/A

 

Project: The Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study group in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin is currently carrying out a longitudinal cohort study examining the prevalence of health problems associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Ireland. This includes physical, mental and sexual health issues that women report in the antenatal and postnatal periods. In order to put these results in context we are gathering data on these issues in other, non-pregnant, population, in order to establish baseline prevalence rates, and compare our results to other studies that have gathered data on similar issues. Our study is due to complete in the summer of 2020.

This project is also recorded under Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy

 

 

Name: Christian Ryan

Institution: Cope Foundation

Contact: ryanc@cope-foundation.ie

Completion: December 2017

Funder: N/A

 

Project: We are investigating the relationship between emotion regulation and autism spectrum disorders. We are currently studying the relationship between dysregulation and emotion awareness through a survey in our own service. The data from the Growing up in Ireland project, would allow us to examine the history of dysregulation in children with ASD over their developmental course and to answer the question- does the dysregulation of emotions precede the onset of autistic symptomatology and how does the dysregulation moderate during development. We will also examine any moderators or mediating factors.

 

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Project (2017): I intend to analyse the relationship between childhood GP and hospital attendance with access to a full medical card.

 

 

Name: Niamh Hayes

Institution:Department of Sociology, Maynooth University

Contact: Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie (dissertation Supervisor)

Completion: 30/04/2016

Funder: N/A

 

Project:  Mental Health in Second level education: How does intergenerational mental health impact the educational experiences of the child?

 

 

Name: Phillip Coey
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: coeyp@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The data will be used as part of my doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology. It is also intended that the data will be used to develop a research article which will be put forward to publication in an academic journal. The data will be used to generate profiles of children who are potentially at risk of developing psychological difficulties such as anxiety and to use a machine-learning algorithm to develop predictive models using the data. In particular key relationship variables including both the quality of attachment and the quality of the parent-child relationship will be examined and how these variables are correlated with specific psychological traits of the child (e.g. temperament questionnaire; and the strengths and vulnerabilities questionnaire) and the parent (e.g. parental style; parental stress; and parental depression). Demographic details will also be used to help contextualise the data and factor in potentially extraneous variables. The nature of how the above-mentioned variables interact and develop over time will be used to develop a profile and predictive model of children who are potentially at risk of developing psychological difficulties. The profiles generated will be used to help recruit participants for a future research study. 

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Child Well-being and Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting.

 

 

Name: Catherine Comiskey
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: ccomiske@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For the purposes of comparison with data from three ongoing projects: Health outcomes from children participating in a healthy schools project; parents of the children participating in a healthy schools project and health and wellbeing of substance misusers and their children.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being. 

 

 

Name: Patricia Conway

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: Withheld

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Study focusing on folic acid intake during pregnancy and its association with wheezing/asthma outcomes in infants in Ireland. The aim of the study is to assess folic acid use in pregnant women, to assess the level of wheeze/asthma in 9months olds in Ireland and measure any association between the two. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy. 

 

 

Name: Aislinn Creavin
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Contact: aislinncreavin@gmail.com
Completion: September 2013

 

Project: As part of my MA in Child, Family and Community studies I am completing a dissertation. I am conducting a secondary analysis using data from the GUI. My research aims to examine the possible association between maternal mental health problems and mental health problems in their children. Areas of particular interest are the outcomes from the child centred Piers Harris II questionnaire, the CES-D depression scale and other related constructs. 

 

 

Name: Mathew J. Creighton
Institution: University of Massachusetts
Contact: mathew.creighton@umb.edu
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The intended use is twofold. First, I intend to assess intergenerational mobility in Ireland. This will involve considering the role of educational background in the educational trajectories of children. In addition to considering a variety of educational outcomes (e.g., time spent on schooling), the longitudinal component of the data allows for school leaving and delay to be considered. Second, I would like to consider acculturative processes in the health trajectories of children and infants. This involves assessing the unique information of the GUI on place of birth, experience of migration and a variety of health practices, namely breastfeeding. In this second study, educational outcomes will also be of interest, which will bridge the two efforts.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Education. 

 

 

Name: Michael Crowe
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: michael.crowe@ucd.ie
Completion: December 2018

 

Project: My PhD will look at the factors affecting dental problems in the GUI infant cohort using a multidisciplinary and multilevel approach. Secondary aims are to investigate the relationship between dietary quality, overweight and obesity and dental problems and to carry out a systematic review of child oral health in Ireland.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Weight and Dietary Issues

 

 

Name: Orla Doyle
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: orla.doyle@ucd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in several potential projects (data dependent): Parental investment and child outcomes: the impact of breastfeeding on test score; Impact of centre-based child care on children's cognitive and non-cognitive development; differential reporting of children's behaviour by teachers and parents; explaining socioeconomic inequalities in test scores; impact of parenting styles on children's internalising and externalising behaviours; impact of economic hardship on mental health and impact of handedness on school test scores and mental health.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy; Child Development and Education.

 

 

Name: Louise Gallagher
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Exploration of the nature of the emotional and behavioural disorders presenting particularly with respect to the presence of diagnosed mental health disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other early onset childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, and comparing these data with other sources of data regarding the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in Ireland, and with data concerning access to clinical services. 

 

 

Name: Sophie Gallagher
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: sophie.gallagher@ucdconnect.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Researching peer relationships of 9 year old children with chronic physical and mental health conditions in Ireland.

 

 

Name: Noor Aman Hamid
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in PhD research on traveller health, specifically traveller children's health.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Children from Minorities.

 

 

Name: Eleisa Heron
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: eaheron@tcd.ie
Completion: 2016

 

Project: The data will be used to help investigate and carry out research in the area of childhood psychiatric disorders. Specifically my research involves investigating the genetic and non-genetic components that are contributing to the risk of the heritable disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The GUI data can provide an excellent source of potential control data for comparison with children with these psychiatric disorders, exploring wider phenotypic considerations that may help in the quest to better understand the risk factors for these disorders. 

 

 

Name: Alan Kelly
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: akelly@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For both infant cohorts, I intend to use longitudinal models to explore the factors impacting on the nature and use of health services. 

 

 

Name: Alan Kelly
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: a.kelly@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in several research themes in the area of health and health utilisation with regard to levels of material deprivation in the family and the perceived quality of the neighbourhood/community/school, with a special focus on: Development of a household-level measure of material deprivation; development of a neighbourhood/community quality score; contrast neighbourhood/community quality score as perceived by parent and child; develop a score for schools and relate this to the child's status; healthcare utilisation in relation to household deprivation; level of accidents in relation to community quality score and household deprivation; relationship between the family's (particularly child's) disease profile and neighbourhood/community quality score; links between pet ownership and respiratory problems; prevalence of smoking and alcohol use in family and links with child's health status; prevalence of child's serious behavioural problems in relation to household levels of deprivation and school quality scores and develop a risk profile score for families considering patterns of parental smoking, drinking and household and neighbourhood deprivation. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Poverty, Disadvantage and Inequality. 

 

 

Name: Clare Kelly
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: clare.kelly@tcd.ie
Completion: December 2017

 

Project: My intention is to use the rich phenotypic data available in the GUI study to test initial hypotheses concerning the relationship between early life experience and social, emotional, and cognitive functioning, as well as aspects of physical health (such as obesity). I will use the relationships identified using the GUI study data  to formulate specific hypotheses and predictions regarding relationships between early experience and brain strucutural and functional development that will form the basis of a large-scale grant proposal. These are some of the relationships I plan to examine using the GUI data: does quality of attachment in infancy (9 months) and/or parental attitudes toward infant behaviours (e.g., crying) predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 2 years and at 5 years? How is this relationship mediated or moderated by infant characterisitcs (e.g. fussiness), parent characterisitcs (e.g. depression symptoms, stress), and social support and environment? What about in older childhood and adolescence, do parental discipline practices at 9 years predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 9 and at 13 years? Are early infant experiences related to nutrition (e.g. breastfeeding) and sleep (e.g. absence of parent-identified 'sleep difficulties') associated with positove social, emotional, and physical (e.g. obesity) outcomes at 2/5/9/13/years?

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy; Weight and Dietary Issues and Child Development.

 

 

Name: Michelle Kelly-Irving
Institution: Universite Toulouse
Contact: michelle.kelly@inserm.fr
Completion: October 2015

 

Project: This data will be used within the framework of an interdisciplinary project work package (WP) lead by Michelle Kelly-Irving. The aim of the WP is to explore the early life environment, and identify positive and negative conditions or exposures that may lead individuals towards furure health states across the life course. We are especially interested in social, material, psychosocial and adverse event variables collected prospectively. Understanding how these variables are interrelated at one point in time, and more importantly, across the life course in relation to health and wellbeing is the crux of our work. In particular, identifying process and mechanisms that may lead individuals along positive or negative health trajectories, would be of key scientific interest. 

 

 

Name: Sarah Long
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Masters thesis in psychological science research investigating why surveys consistently show poorer health outcomes for people who are less well off compared to the better off. 

 

 

Name: David Madden
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: david.madden@ucd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Ongoing research concerning the level and distribution of children's health. 

 

 

Name: Siobhan Maty
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Use of the data t explore the current and future associations between child health, psychosocial factors, family socioeconomic position (poverty, wealth, education, income, and occupation), neighbourhood and community-level socioeconomic and built environment factors, and current health outcomes and change in health status over time. 

 

 

Name: Brendan McElroy
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: b.mcelroy@ucc.ie
Completion: 2020

 

Project: Population based analysis of health care utilisation, with particular focus on General Medical Services and Primary Care Financing. 

 

 

Name: Brian McGuire
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: brian.mcguire@nuigalway.ie
Completion: April 2017

 

Project: The main research questions we would like to answer are: 1). How habits and routines (e.g. level of sedentary behaviour) of children influence the frequency of accidents, their socio-emotional development as well as development of a chronic illness. 2). How does having a parent with a chronic illness impact the child: is the child more likely to also have a chronic illness, is the child at risk for poorer psychosocial outcomes and does the child use more health care? In addition, does the usage of more healthcare mediate the relation between parental illness and child outcomes?. 3). In the subsample of children who have a chronic illness at age 9: how does fmaily functioning and child resiliency or self-efficacy ay 9 years old influence the quality of life and health care usage of the child both at age 9 and age 13 years. 

 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Development

 

 

Name: Aine McKenna
Institution: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Contact: aine.mckenna@dkit.ie
Completion: January 2015

 

Project: I plan to conduct a latent class analysis on temperament at time 1 and explore how temperament class membership predicts SDQ scores at time 2 (3 year olds). I am particularly interested in the mediating roles of maternal mental health and attachment style  on both peer problems and pro-social orientation and the relationship between these and other 3 SDQ subscales. Very little psychometric analysis has been conducted on SDQ data with such a young sample so an exploration of both the factor and the class structure would also be necessary. It would also be interesting to examine the relationship between the SDQ latent class structure and the actual banding system (normal, borderline and abnormal) as proposed by Goodman (1991). 

 

 

Name: Cliodhna O'Conor
Institution: Lucena Clinic
Contact: cliodhna.oconnor@sjog.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Translating population-based findings of the GUI study into clinical practice: comparative analysis of GUI and CAMHS data (GUCCI): This study seeks to translate findings of the GUI study into clinical practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The study will describe the GUI cohort from an emotional and mental health persepctive and compare their characterisitcs with an age-matched sample of children attending CAMHS. By establishing whether certain groups are under-or-over-represented in CAMHS clinics, the research will illuminate the barriers and facilitators to youth mental health services. 

 

 

Name: Patrick O'Donnell
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: odonnep4@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Data will be used for analysis as part of a dissertation required to complete an MA in Applied Psychology. Multiple regression analysis will be used to identify risk factors for a diagnosis of autism.

 

 

Name: Mary-Ann O'Donovan
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: maryannodonovan@rcsi.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: PhD work exploring the experience of transitioning across the lifecourse and access to health services at these transition points for people with disabilities in Ireland. GUI data will form part of the initial examination of current data sources in relation to access/utilisation of services and how/if changes occur at various points across the lifecourse. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Disability and Special Needs

 

 

Name: Carmen Paredes
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: carmenjparedes@hotmail.com
Completion: August 2016

 

Project: Victimisation by Bullying and Health Care Utilisation in 13 year old children: A cross-sectional study. This research aims to conduct the follow up of the secondary analysis using the data from wave 2 of the child cohort of the longitudinal study GUI. The first phase study using data GUI 9 yr-old has determined the association between bullying victimisation and health care utilisation, where vistimisation is the most important factor underlying health care utilisation in children. A follow-up phase of the secondary analysis of longitudinal study GUI 13 yr-olds is required to gain greater insights which will help to understand the causes determining this association in a deeper manner.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being

 

 

Name: Ashton Porter
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in MSc in Global Health at TCD. Data will be used to examine whether or not there is a relationship between breastfeeding patterns and asthma in children in Ireland. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Infant Feeding

 

 

Name: Jean Quigley
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: quigleyj@tcd.ie
Completion: March 2014

 

Project: The proposed research will examine child socio-emotional, cognitive and language outcomes and the prediction of these outcomes with regard to child, family, and environmental factors. Another area of research interest using this dataset is the health outcomes for children and their families and the mechanisms which underlie these outcomes. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being

 

 

Name: Mary Quirke
Institution: NUI Maynooth
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in an independent evaluation of a health promotion programme in primary schools. GUI data will be used to compare with the child health outcomes in the evaluation. 

 

 

Name: Hugh Ramsey
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Examination of the interaction of stressful and traumatic events with known risk factors for later mental illness, judging the effect of these events on markers of emotional and mental wellbeing. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being

 

 

Name: Tyannah Reed
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: tyannah.reed@ucdconnect.ie
Completion: July 2016

 

Project: I intend to use this data for my Master's in Public Health dissertation on Caesarean sections and children's health.

 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

Name: Udo Reulbach
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: udoreulbach@rcsi.ie/udo.reulbach@gmail.com
Completion: 2015

 

Project: My focus in on child health, well-being and development. More specifically I am interested in: Evaluation of the relationship between antenatal care, perinatal and postnatal factors and their impact on children's health and development; identification and description of trajectories for children's health, developmental status and weight status at age three and exploration of parental and child-associated factors related to childcare. 

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Child Well-being; Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy and Child Development.

 

 

Name: Siobhan Scarlett
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: scarlets@tcd.ie
Completion: August 2013

 

Project: The data will be used for an M.Sc dissertation based on health consequences for children due to pre-natal and post-natal smoking within the family. A focus on asthmas is intended. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy

 

 

Name: Prasanth Sukumar
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Witheld

 

Project: M.Soc.Sc (health and Illness) thesis research on how social capital influences the health behaviour of children in Ireland. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Prevalence of vision problems and association of visual problems of children with environmental factors including number of books in the home, as well as other relevant covariates. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: May 2016

 

Project: I am intending to use this data for a final-year research project for my undergraduate degree in economics at UCD. I will be using the dataset to examine a possible relationship brtween parental wealth and child health outcomes for both infants and children using various key health indicators included in the datasets, as well as studying the statistical differences between parental assessments of child health and that of their medical practitioners or the child itself. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: December 2015

 

Project: A follow up of outcomes of children with chronic conditions and developmental disorders and their families from wave 1. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: December 2013

 

Project: I am using the GUI data to look : The area of siblings of a child with a life limiting condition; the role of the father in a family of child/infant with a life limiting condition (delivering the necessary medical care) and the impact having a child with a life limiting condition has on marital satisfaction. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Investigating associations of prenatal and birth events and health at 9 months for Irish infants. The aim of this research project is to identify factors that could influence health outcomes in early infancy and to report on their effects on the health of the 9 months old investigated in the GUI study. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The aim of this research project is to identify pre- and perinatal factors that are associated with health in early infancy, and to describe their effects.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I am stydying Economics in UCD. As part of one of my core modules I must create an economic project of my choice. I have decided to do my projects on 'how the health of a child may have implications on their respective parent's employment outcomes'. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: January 2020

 

Project: The datasets will be used to examine the association between early adverse life events and adolescent psychopathology. In particular the data will be used to examine a). The association between specific early adverse events and both general and specific psychopathological outcomes at age 13; b). the association between cumulative early adverse life events and both general and specific psychopathological outcomes at age 13 and c). the association between persistent adverse life events and both general and specific psychopathological outcomes at age 13. We hope to determine whether or not specific types or models of early adverse life events are associated with different psychopathological outcomes by age 13. We will also look at the association between early adverse life events, psychopathology and social and educational functioning. Estimated end date: January 2020. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: January 2017

 

Project: The intended use of the datasets are to help attain the objectives of this study, which are: 1). To validate whether intrauterine exposure to maternal obesity and GDM leads to increased risk of foetal macrosomia translating to subsequent risk of infant adiposity. 2). To investigate the relationship between maternal obesity and atopy in offspring. 3). To elucidate whether early nutrition has a role in atopic outcomes - predisposition toward developing allergic hypersensitivity, such as asthma, allergic dermatitis, eczema, wheeze and allergic rhinitis. 4). To investigate breastfeeding as a potential modifier in reducing the risk of atopic disease.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Infant Feeding and Weight and Dietary Issues

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: September 2016

 

Project: Impact of socio demographic factors on initiation of drug and alcohol use at 13: Mediated by parent-child relationship. Predictors: primary caregiver's highest level of education, ethnicity of both parents, and gender of child. Mediator: Child-parent relationship as reported in the child-parent closeness scale. Outcome variables: use of tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, solvents and other drugs at 13. Goals: 1. To examine the effect of being of a minority ethnicity, socio-economic status and sex on initiation of drug and alcohol use at 13. 2). To examine the mediating effect of parental responsiveness and on any significant relationships between the above variables. 

 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting.

 

 

Name: Lina Zgaga
Institution: TCD
Contact: zgagal@tcd.ie
Completion: 2015

 

Project: Mostly investigating the role of environmental/nutritional factors on health in children. I have an interest in developing measures that would describe 'healthy diet', 'healthy lifestyle' and healthy psychosocial environment' and relating those back to the health of children. Moreover, I would like to explore the association between dietary intake of vitamins approximated from food frequency questionnaire, and obesity or chronic illness such as asthmas in GUI cohort. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Weight and Dietary Issues.

 

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