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Aoife De Brún

Research Fellow

School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6582
Email: aoife.debrun@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Aoife De Brún has received a BA(Hons) in Psychology (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in Social Sciences (University College Cork). Dr. De Brún is a Research Fellow in the Health Systems group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in University College Dublin. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with experience of multi-disciplinary projects in health research. Her research interests include a range of topics in applied health and organisational psychology including group dynamics, collective leadership, medical decision-making and patient and public engagement in research. In previous roles in Newcastle University, she was involved in research exploring shared decision-making and patient involvement in safety reporting.
   
Since joining UCD Health Systems in January 2016, she has been working on the HRB-funded Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (Co-Lead) research programme led by Prof Eilish McAuliffe.                       

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) Finalist
Year: 2011.
Title: UCC Doctoral Showcase (poster finalist)
Year: 2011.
Title: Best poster prize
Year: 2008.
Title: Derek Forrest Prize in Psychology
Year: 2004.
Title: Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award

Associations

Association: British Psychological Society, Function/Role: Chartered Psychologist
     

Conference Contributions

O¿Donovan, R. De Brun, A. Ward, M.E. (2017) Safety culture in healthcare teams: A narrative review of the literature. [Oral Presentation], European Health Management Association, Milan, Italy , 12-JUN-17 - 15-JUN-17.
De Brún, A; Flynn, D; Ternent, L; Lancsar, E; Price, CI; Rudd, M; Rodgers, H; Ford, GA; Simpson, S; Teah, J; Thomson, RG (2015) Design of a discrete choice experiment to explore factors that influence clinicians' decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke. [Oral Presentation], International Shared Decision Making/ Evidence Based Health Care conference, Sydney, Australia , 19-JUL-15 - 22-MAR-16.
De Brún, A; Flynn, D; Ternent, L; Lancsar, E; Price, CI; Rudd, M; Rodgers, H; Ford, GA; Simpson, S; Teah, J; Thomson, RG (2015) Factors that influence clinicians' decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke. [Poster Presentation], International Shared Decision Making/ Evidence Based Health Care conference, Sydney, Australia , 19-JUL-15 - 22-MAR-16.
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2014) Weight based stigma and narrative resistance evident in online discussions of obesity. [Oral Presentation], 2nd International Weight Stigma Conference, Canterbury, UK , 24-JUN-14 - 25-JUN-14.
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2013) Exploring discussions of obesity in an online field of social interaction. [Oral Presentation], Influences on Healthy Food Choices: Insights for Industry, Policy Makers and Practitioners, Dublin, Ireland , 29-MAY-13 - 30-MAY-13.
De Brún, A; Flynn, D; Ternent, L; Lancsar, E; Price, CI; Rudd, M; Rodgers, H; Ford, GA; Thomson, RG (2013) Understanding clinicians' decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke: A discrete choice experiment. [Poster Presentation], 7th NIHR Stroke Research Network Annual Meeting, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK , 19-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2012) Weight based stigma and narrative resistance evident in online discussions of obesity. [Oral Presentation], Health and Diet: Public Policy and Personal Choice Across the Lifecourse, Cork, Ireland , 10-OCT-13 - 11-OCT-13.
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2012) 'Fat is your fault': Gatekeepers to health, attributions of responsibility and the portrayal of gender in the Irish media representation of obesity. [Poster Presentation], British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, UK , 18-APR-12 - 20-APR-12.
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2012) An analysis of the representation of obesity in the mass media. [Oral Presentation], Food, Health, Choice and Change Conference, Cork, Ireland , 06-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13.
De Brún, A; McKenzie, K; McCarthy, M; McGloin, A (2011) The emergence and portrayal of obesity in The Irish Times: Content analysis of obesity coverage 1997-2009. [Poster Presentation], UCC Doctoral Showcase (finalist), Cork, Ireland , 21-JUN-11 - 22-JUN-11.
De Brún, A; McKenzie, K; McCarthy, M; McGloin, A (2011) The emergence and portrayal of obesity in The Irish Times: Content analysis of obesity coverage 1997-2009. [Poster Presentation], British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Southampton, UK , 14-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11.

Committees

Committee : UK Society for Behavioural Medicine conference organising committee 2015

Employment

Employer: University College Cork
Position: Research Fellow
Employer: School of Public Health, University College Dublin
Position: Researcher
Employer: Newcastle University, UK
Position: Post-doctoral Research Associate

Education

Year 2008 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Psychology
Year 2013 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject: Psychology (Social Sciences)
       

Other Activities

Journal refereeing:

Health Communication, 2012 to date

Appetite, 2013 to date

Body Image, 2014 to date

European Journal of Psychology, 2014 to date

Health Education Research, 2014 to date

Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 2014 to date

 

Publications

Books

De Brún, A (2013) An examination of the construction of meanings for obesity in Ireland. Cork, Ireland: UCC. Available Online [Details]
   

Peer Reviewed Journals

Kieran, M; Cleary, M; De Brun, A; Igoe, A (2017) 'Supply and Demand: Application of Lean Six Sigma methods to improve drug round efficiency and release nursing time'. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, . [Details]
DeBrún, A; Heavey, E; Waring, J; Dawson, P; Scott,J (2016) 'PReSaFe: a model of barriers and facilitators to patients providing feedback on experiences of safety'. Health Expectations, . Link to full text [Details]
Shan, LC; Henchion, M; De Brún, A; Murrin, C; Wall, PG; Monahan,FJ (2017) 'Factors that predict consumer acceptance of enriched processed meats'. Meat Science, . [Details]
De Brún, A; Flynn, D; Ternent, L; Price, CI; Rodgers, H; Ford, GA; Rudd, M; Lancsar, E; Simpson, S; Teah, J; Thomson, R (2016) 'Factors that influence clinicians' decisions to offer intravenous alteplase in acute ischaemic stroke patients with uncertain treatment indication: results of a discrete choice experiment'. International Journal of Stroke, . Link to full text [Details]
Shan, LC; De Brun, A; Monahan, FJ; Murrin, C; Li, C; Wall, P; Henchion, M (2017) 'Consumer evaluations of processed meat products reformulated to be healthier: a conjoint analysis study'. Meat Science, . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Shan, C; Regan, A; De Brun, A; Barnett, J; van der Sanden, M; Wall, P; McConnon, A (2013) 'Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis'. Public Understanding of Science, . [Details]
De Brún, A; Shan, L; Regan, Á; Wall, P; McConnon, Á (2016) 'Exploring coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis in Irish and British newsprint media'. Health Communication, . [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Killen, A; Flynn, D; De Brún, A; O'Brien, N; O'Brien, J; Thomas, AJ; McKeith, I; Taylor, JP (2015) 'Support and information needs following a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies'. International Psychogeriatrics, . Available Online [Details]
De Brún, A; Flynn, D; Joyce, K; Ternent, L; Price, CI; Rodgers, H; Ford, GA; Lancsar, E; Rudd, M; Thomson, RG (2014) 'Understanding clinicians' decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke: a protocol for a discrete choice experiment'. BMJ Open, . Available Online [Details]
Shan, LC; Panagiotopoulos, P; Regan, Á; De Brún, A; Barnett, J; Wall, P; McConnon, Á (2015) 'Interactive Communication with the public: qualitative exploration of the use of social media by food and health organizations'. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, . Available Online [Details]
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2013) 'Weight stigma and narrative resistance evident in online discussions of obesity'. Appetite, 72 :73-81. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2013) ''Fat is your fault': Gatekeepers to health, attributions of responsibility and the portrayal of gender in the Irish media representation of obesity'. Appetite, 62 :17-26. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2014) 'Examining the Media Portrayal of Obesity Through the Lens of the Common Sense Model of Illness Representations'. Health Communication, 30 (5):430-440. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Shan, L; Regan, Á; De Brún, A; Barnett, J; van der Sanden, MCA; Wall, P; McConnon, Á (2013) 'Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis'. Public Understanding of Science, 23 (8):911-928. Available Online [Details]
De Brún, A; McCarthy, M; McKenzie, K; McGloin, A (2012) 'The emergence and portrayal of obesity in The Irish Times: Content analysis of obesity coverage, 1997-2009'. Health Communication, 27 (4):389-398. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
                                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

Her research interests include a range of topics in applied health and organisational psychology including group dynamics, collective leadership, medical decision-making and patient and public engagement in research.
     

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Health Systems team:
Prof Eilish McAuliffe
Prof Thilo Kroll
Assoc Prof Hasheem Mannan
Assistant Prof. Deirdre O'Donnell
Assistant Prof Seán Paul Teeling
Dr Marie Ward
Dr Éidín Ní Shé
Dr Purity Mwendwa
Dr Catherine Browne
Dr Moayed Hamza
Marie O'Shea
Sinéad McGinley
Róisín O'Donovan
Marina Zaki


                      

External Collaborators

Ms Una Cunningham
Lean Academy, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital 
Dr Jason Scott, Newcastle University, UK