Researchers at UCD

Davina Swan

Research Scientist

School of Medicine
Room 2.27
Catherine McAuley Education and Research Centre
21 Nelson Street
Dublin 7

Tel: +353 (0)1 716 4490


B.A. (English, Human Development), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra
H. Dip Applied Psychology, UCC
Ph.D Psychology, UCC
PG Dip Integrative Psychotherapy, UCC

I am a research scientist on the Hepcare Europe Project, an EU-funded study involving four member states (Ireland, UK, Spain, Romania), to improve the identification and treatment of Hepatitis C among vulnerable, at-risk groups. I am also a Cochrane Fellow working on a systematic review of the effectiveness of professional interventions to improve the detection of depression among adolescents in primary care.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Cochrane Training Fellowship



Peer Reviewed Journals

Gilchrist G, Swan D, Widyaratna K, Marquez-Arrico JE, Hughes E, Mdege ND, Martyn-St James M, Tirado-Munoz J. (2017) 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions to reduce drug and sexual blood borne virus risk behaviours among people who inject drugs'. AIDS and Behavior, 21 (7):1791-1811. [DOI] [Details]
Gilchrist G, Swan D, Shaw A, Keding A, Towers S, Craine N, Munro A, Hughes E, Parrott S, Strang J, Taylor A, Watson J. (2017) 'The acceptability and feasibility of a brief psychosocial intervention to reduce blood-borne virus risk behaviours among people who inject drugs: a randomised control feasibility trial of a psychosocial intervention (the PROTECT study) versus treatment as usual'. Harm Reduction Journal, 14 (1):14. [DOI] [Details]
Swan D, Hannigan A;Higgins S;McDonnell R;Meagher D;Cullen W (2017) 'Development and implementation of a 'Mental Health Finder' software tool within an electronic medical record system'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 186 (1):191-200. [DOI] [Details]
McCombe G, Henihan AM, Klimas J, Swan D, Leahy D, Anderson R, Bury G, Dunne C, Keenan E, Meagher D, O¿Gorman C, O'Toole T, Saunders J, Smyth BP, Lambert JS, Kaner E, Cullen W (2016) 'Enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention among people receiving opioid agonist treatment: Qualitative study in primary care'. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16 (4):247-258. Available Online [Details]
Henihan AM, McCombe G, Klimas J, Swan D, Leahy D, Anderson R, Bury G, Dunne CP, Keenan E, Lambert JS, David M, O¿Gorman C, O¿Toole TP, Saunders J, Shorter GW, Smyth BP, Kaner E, Cullen W. (2016) 'Feasibility of Alcohol Screening among Patients receiving Opioid Treatment in Primary Care'. BMC Family Practice, 17 :153. Available Online [Details]
Klimas, J., Swan, D., McCombe, G., Henihan, A.M. (2015) 'Digital network of writers helps to foster spirit of collaboration'. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), . Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Klimas, J., Henihan, AM., McCombe, G., Swan, D., Anderson, R., Bury, G., Dunne, C., Keenan, E., Saunders, J., Shorter, GW., Smyth, B., Cullen, W. (2015) 'Psychosocial Interventions for Problem Alcohol Use in Primary Care Settings (PINTA): Baseline Feasibility Data'. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 11 (2):97-106. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Birrane, J, Swan, D, Aherne, D, Davis, R, Hannigan, A, McPhillips, D, Meagher, D, Oâ¿¿Regan, A, Ryan, P, Schaffalitzky, E (2015) 'Development and evaluation of an educational intervention in youth mental health for primary care practitioners'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, :1-10. [Details]
Leahy D, Schaffalitzky E, Armstrong C, Latham L, McNicholas F, Meagher D, Nathan Y, O¿Connor R, O¿Keane V, Ryan P, Smyth BP, Swan D, Cullen W. (2015) 'How social context impacts on the development, identification and treatment of mental and substance use disorders among young people ¿ a qualitative study of health care workers'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 32 (S1):117-128. Available Online [Details]
Bury G, Swan D;Cullen W;Keane D;Tobin H;Egan M;Fitzmaurice D;Carberry C;Kelleher C (2015) 'Screening for atrial fibrillation in general practice: a national, cross-sectional study of an innovative technology'. International Journal of Cardiology, 178 :247-252. [DOI] [Details]
Swan, D,Long, J,Carr, O,Flanagan, J,Irish, H,Keating, S,Keaveney, M,Lambert, J,McCormick, PA,McKiernan, S,Moloney, J,Perry, N,Cullen, W; (2010) 'Barriers to and Facilitators of Hepatitis C Testing, Management, and Treatment Among Current and Former Injecting Drug Users: A Qualitative Exploration'. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 24 :753-762. [DOI] [Details]
Swan D, McCarthy JC (2003) 'Contesting Animal Rights on the Internet: Discourse Analysis of the Social Construction of Argument'. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 22 (3):297-320. [DOI] [Details]
Swan D, Linehan C (2000) 'Positioning as a means of understanding the narrative construction of self: A story of lesbian escorting'. Narrative Inquiry, 10 (2):403-427. Available Online [Details]

Published Reports

Gilchrist G, Swan D, Shaw A, Keding A, Towers S, Craine N, Munro A, Hughes L, Parrott S, Mdege N, Strang J, Taylor A, Watson J. (2017) Preventing blood borne virus infection in people who inject drugs in the UK: systematic review, stakeholder interviews, psychosocial intervention development and feasibility randomised controlled trial. Health Technology Assessment, NIHR Journals Library Publications, UK. [Details]


Swan D. (2008) World Hepatitis Day. Articles [Details]


Research Interests

  • Substance Use 
  • Mental Health 
  • Primary Care 
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research