Researchers at UCD


Thilo Kroll

(Joint) Full Professor of Health Systems Managemen

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

Tel: +35317166675


Since 1992 I have been conducting research into the social dimensions of health and well-being with a particular emphasis on public health perspectives on disability and health topics. I have carried out social and health-related research in various health systems and care environments in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia. My background in psychology has led to a variety of interdisciplinary research studies combining quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular emphasis on inclusive research designs for otherwise marginalised groups. 

My research interests and passion are focused on systems-related topics in global public heath and inclusion. The scale of work ranges from the individual to health and population level service systems.

Specialties: Disability and Public Health, Health Systems, Psychology, Ageing and Rehabilitation Research, Social Dimensions of Health, Wellbeing and Participation, Health Inequalities, Environment and Access, Violence and Health, Inclusive research design, methodologies and data collection approaches




Year 2000 Institution: University of Bremen ¿ Germany
Qualification: Dr Phil Subject:



Journals Edited

: Editor-in-Chief.



Book Chapters

Breckenridge, Jenna P. and John Devaney and Fiona Duncan and Thilo Kroll and Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (2016) 'Conducting sensitive research with disabled women who experience domestic abuse during pregnancy: lessons from a qualitative study' In: SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications. [Details]
Suzanne Prior and Annalu Waller and Rolf Black and Thilo Kroll (2013) 'Use of an agile bridge in the development of assistive technology' In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Association for Computing Machinery. , pp.1579-1588 [Details]
T Kroll and H Moore and van Wijck, F and J Law and J Morris and J Dennis and L Salisbury (2013) 'Outcome measurement in community-based stroke rehabilitation: the role of relevance and accessibility in outcome measure choice' In: International Journal of Stroke. Wiley-Blackwell. , pp.10 [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Melinda Neri (2009) 'Designs for mixed methods research' In: Mixed methods research for nursing and the health sciences. Wiley-Blackwell. , pp.31-49 [Details]

Edited Books

Kroll, T (Ed.). (2008) Focus on Disability: Trends in Research and Application. Hauppage, NY: NovaScience. [Details]
Kroll T et al (Ed.). (2007) Towards Best Practices for Surveying People with Disabilities, Volume 1. Hauppage, NY: NovaScience. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mika Niemelä and Marshall, Catherine A. and Thilo Kroll and Melissa Curran and Koerner, Susan Silverberg and Sami Räsänen and Francisco García (2016) 'Family-focused preventive interventions with cancer cosurvivors: a call to action'. American Journal of Public Health, 106 (8):1381-1387. [DOI] [Details]
Hamish Fulford and Linda McSwiggan and Thilo Kroll and Stephen MacGillivray (2016) 'Exploring the use of information and communication technology by people with mood disorder: a systematic review and metasynthesis'. JMIR Mental Health, 3 (3). [DOI] [Details]
Lurdes Lomba and Thilo Kroll and Jorge Apóstolo and Manuel Gameiro and João Apóstolo (2016) 'The use of motivational interviews by nurses to promote health behaviors in adolescents: a scoping review protocol'. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 14 (5):27-37. [DOI] [Details]
Morris, Jacqui H. and Tracey Oliver and Thilo Kroll and Sara Joice and Brian Williams (2016) 'Physical activity participation in community dwelling stroke survivors: synergy and dissonance between motivation and capability. A qualitative study'. Physiotherapy, . [DOI] [Details]
Jacqui Morris and Madalina Toma and Chris Kelly and Sara Joice and Thilo Kroll and Gillian Mead and Brian Williams (2016) 'Social context, art making processes and creative output: a qualitative study exploring how psychosocial benefits of art participation during stroke rehabilitation occur'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38 (7):661-672. [DOI] [Details]
Mathilde Azar and Thilo Kroll and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (2016) 'Lebanese women and sexuality: A qualitative inquiry'. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8 :13-8. [DOI] [Details]
Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Breckenridge, Jenna P. and John Devaney and Fiona Duncan and Thilo Kroll and Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor (2015) 'Priorities and strategies for improving disabled women's access to maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a multi-method study using concept maps'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15 . [DOI] [Details]
Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Breckenridge, Jenna P. and John Devaney and Thilo Kroll and Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor (2015) 'Disabled women's experiences of accessing and utilising maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a critical incident technique study'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15 (181). [DOI] [Details]
Breckenridge, Jenna P. and John Devaney and Thilo Kroll and Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (2014) 'Access and utilisation of maternity care for disabled women who experience domestic abuse: a systematic review'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14 . [DOI] [Details]
Kratz, Anna L. and Edmund Chadd and Jensen, Mark P. and Matthew Kehn and Thilo Kroll (2014) 'An examination of the psychometric properties of the community integration questionnaire (CIQ) in spinal cord injury'. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 38 (4):446-455. [DOI] [Details]
Marshall, Catherine A. and Curran, Melissa A. and Koerner, Susan Silverberg and Thilo Kroll and Hickman, Amy C. and Francisco García (2014) 'Un Abrazo Para La Familia: an evidenced-based rehabilitation approach in providing cancer education to low-SES Hispanic co-survivors'. Journal of Cancer Education, 29 (4):626-633. [DOI] [Details]
Morris, Jacqui H. and Chris Kelly and Madalina Toma and Thilo Kroll and Sara Joice and Gillian Mead and Peter Donnan and Brian Williams (2014) 'Feasibility study of the effects of art as a creative engagement intervention during stroke rehabilitation on improvement of psychosocial outcomes: study protocol for a single blind randomized controlled trial: the ACES study'. Trials, 15 . [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Sally Wyke and Deepa Jahagirdar and Karen Ritchie (2014) 'If patient-reported outcome measures are considered key health-care quality indicators, who is excluded from participation?'. Health Expectations, 17 (5):605-607. [DOI] [Details]
Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Julie Taylor and Thilo Kroll and Fiona Duncan (2014) 'Domestic abuse awareness and recognition among primary healthcare professionals and abused women: a qualitative investigation'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 (21-22):3057-3068. [DOI] [Details]
Morris, Jacqui H. and Tracey Oliver and Thilo Kroll and Sara Joice and Brian Williams (2014) 'From physical and functional to continuity with pre-stroke self and participation in valued activities: a qualitative exploration of stroke survivors', carers' and physiotherapists' perceptions of physical activity after stroke'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 (1):64-77. [DOI] [Details]
Julie Taylor and Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Thilo Kroll and Fiona Duncan (2013) 'Health professionals' beliefs about domestic abuse and the issue of disclosure: a critical incident technique study'. Health and Social Care in the Community, 21 (5):489-499. [DOI] [Details]
Mathilde Azar and Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Thilo Kroll (2013) 'Patterns of help-seeking in women when problems arise in their sexual life: a discussion paper'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, . [DOI] [Details]
Deepa Jahagirdar and Thilo Kroll and Karen Ritchie and Sally Wyke (2013) 'Patient-reported outcome measures for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the exclusion of people with low literacy skills and learning disabilities'. The Patient: Patient-Centred Outcomes Research, 6 (1):11-21. [DOI] [Details]
Kelly, Timothy B. and Debbie Tolson and Tracy Day and Gillian McColgan and Thilo Kroll and William Maclaren (2013) 'Older people's views on what they need to successfully adjust to life with a hearing aid'. Health and Social Care in the Community, 21 (3):293-302. [DOI] [Details]
Mary Wells and Brian Williams and Danielle Firnigl and Heidi Lang and Joanne Coyle and Thilo Kroll and Steve MacGillivray (2013) 'Supporting 'work-related goals' rather than 'return to work' after cancer?: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of 25 qualitative studies'. Psycho-Oncology, 22 (6):1208-1219. [DOI] [Details]
Kehn, M. E. and P.-S. Ho and T. Kroll (2013) 'Identifying the health service needs of homeless adults with physical disabilities'. Public Health, 127 (8):785-787. [DOI] [Details]
J. Gross and T. Kroll and J. Morris (2013) 'Accessibility of fitness centres for people with disabilities in a region in North East Scotland'. Public Health, 127 (8):782-784. [DOI] [Details]
T. Oliver and J. Morris and T. Kroll and B. Williams and S. Joice (2012) 'Motivation and capability: the dynamic interplay of attitudes, beliefs and experiences that influence decisions to engage in physical activity after stroke'. International Journal of Stroke : Official Journal of the International Stroke Society, 7 (Supplement s2):5-5. [Details]
Deepa Jahagirdar and Thilo Kroll and Karen Ritchie and Sally Wyke (2012) 'Using patient reported outcome measures in health services: a qualitative study on including people with low literacy skills and learning disabilities'. BMC Health Services Research, 12 :431. [DOI] [Details]
Jacqui Morris and Tracey Oliver and Thilo Kroll and Steve MacGillivray (2012) 'The importance of psychological and social factors in influencing the uptake and maintenance of physical activity after stroke: a structured review of the empirical literature'. Stroke Research and Treatment, 2012 . [DOI] [Details]
Sanne Angel and Thilo Kroll (2012) 'Placing rehabilitation and recovery after spinal cord injury into a biographical context: a U.S. versus Danish case comparison'. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 44 (6):298-306. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Anna Kratz and Matthew Kehn and Jensen, Mark P. and Suzanne Groah and Ljungberg, Inger H. and Molton, Ivan R. and Charles Bombardier (2012) 'Perceived exercise self-efficacy as a predictor of exercise behavior in individuals aging with spinal cord injury'. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91 (8):640-651. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll (2012) 'Experiences of 12 patients in the first 2 years following spinal cord injury: setting meaningful rehabilitation goals'. Evidence-Based Nursing, 15 (1):30-31. [DOI] [Details]
Rebecca Selove and Thilo Kroll and Max Coppes and Yao Cheng (2012) 'Psychosocial services in the first 30 days after diagnosis: Results of a web-based survey of children's oncology group (COG) member institutions'. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 58 (3):435-440. [DOI] [Details]
Young, Anita F. and Simon Naji and Thilo Kroll (2012) 'Support for self-management of cardiovascular disease by people with learning disabilities'. Family Practice, 29 (4):467-475. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll (2011) 'Designing mixed methods studies in health-related research with people with disabilities'. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5 (1):64-75. [DOI] [Details]
Jones, Martyn C. and Steve MacGillivray and Thilo Kroll and Zohoor, Ali Reza and John Connaghan (2011) 'A thematic analysis of the conceptualisation of self-care, self-management and self-management support in the long-term conditions management literature'. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3 (3):174-185. [DOI] [Details]
Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Fiona Duncan and Thilo Kroll and Maxine Moy and Julie Taylor (2011) 'Improving the health care of women living with domestic abuse'. Nursing Standard, 25 (43):35-40. [Details]
Ursula Naue and Thilo Kroll (2011) 'A reply to 'The'. Nursing Philosophy, 12 (4):293-296. [DOI] [Details]
S. Sheriff and T. Kroll and E. Hall (2011) 'Climate change and asthma: strengthening self-management and building resilience within individuals and healthcare systems'. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 16 (Supplement S1):325-325. [Details]
Inger Ljungberg and Thilo Kroll and Alexander Libin and Samuel Gordon (2011) 'Using peer mentoring for people with spinal cord injury to enhance self efficacy beliefs and prevent medical complications'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 (3-4):351-358. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Ursula Naue (2011) 'The state and context of evidence production and knowledge translation in the rehabilitation of people with Alzheimer's disease'. Dementia, 10 (1):19-34. [DOI] [Details]
Matthew Kehn and Thilo Kroll (2011) 'Reporting trends of spinal cord injury research representation: a media content analysis'. Disability and Health Journal, 4 (2):121-128. [DOI] [Details]
Suzanne Prior and Annalu Waller and Thilo Kroll (2011) 'Focus groups as a requirements gathering method with adults with severe speech and physical impairments'. Behaviour & Information Technology, . [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and M.E. Kehn (2010) 'Effectiveness of Non-pharmacological and Non-surgical Interventions to Support Pain Management after Spinal Cord Injury'. HeilberufeSCIENCE, 1 (4):101-107. [DOI] [Details]
K. Greenberg and T. Kroll (2010) 'The relation of body mass index, demographic and health-related variables to length of stay for patients at an acute rehabilitation hospital after total hip arthroplasty'. Clinical Audit, 2 :45-48. [DOI] [Details]
Pat Hoddinott and Thilo Kroll and Amalraj Raja and Lee, Amanda Jane (2010) 'Seeing other women breastfeed: how vicarious experience relates to breastfeeding intention and behaviour'. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 6 (2):134-146. [DOI] [Details]
U. Naue and Thilo Kroll (2010) 'Bridging policies and practice: challenges and opportunities for the governance of disability and ageing'. International Journal of Integrated Care, 10 . [Details]
Mary Wells and Fiona Ross and Jackie Davie and Thilo Kroll (2010) 'Improving standards of nutritional care on a cancer ward: the development and evaluation of a nutritional care assistant role'. Clinical Audit, 2 :49-57. [DOI] [Details]
T. Kroll (2009) 'Design and methodological challenges in cancer-related quality of life research'. EJC Supplements, 7 (2):24-24. [Details]
Ursula Naue and Thilo Kroll (2009) ''The demented other': identity and difference in dementia'. Nursing Philosophy, 10 (1):26-33. [DOI] [Details]
Matthew Kehn and Thilo Kroll (2009) 'Staying physically active after spinal cord injury: a qualitative exploration of barriers and facilitators to exercise participation'. BMC Public Health, 9 . [DOI] [Details]
Alexander Libin and Inger Ljungberg and Miriam Spungen and Thilo Kroll and Mark Beasley and Suzanne Groah (2009) 'Poster 49: Medical and Psychosocial Predictors of Secondary Complications after SCI: A Longitudinal Study'. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90 (10):e26. [DOI] [Details]
Groah, Suzanne L. and Alexander Libin and Manon Lauderdale and Thilo Kroll and Gerben DeJong and Jean Hsieh (2009) 'Beyond the evidence-based practice paradigm to achieve best practice in rehabilitation medicine: a clinical review'. PM&R: The Journal of Injury Function and Rehabilitation, 1 (10):941-950. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Suzanne Groah and Brenda Gilmore and Melinda Neri (2008) 'Consumer-directed teaching of health care professionals involved in the care of people with spinal cord injury: the consumer-professional partnership program'. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39 (5):228-234. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll (2008) 'Rehabilitative needs of individuals with spinal cord injury resulting from gun violence: the perspective of nursing and rehabilitation professionals'. Applied Nursing Research, 21 (1):45-49. [DOI] [Details]
Zohoor, Ali Reza and Thilo Kroll (2008) 'Divorce and its consequences for health of families'. Psicologia Della Salute, (2):5-22. [Details]
Pei-Shu Ho and Thilo Kroll and Matthew Kehn and Penny Anderson and Pearson, Katherine M. (2007) 'Health and housing among low-income adults with physical disabilities'. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18 (4):902-915. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Neri, Melinda T. and Groah, Suzanne L. and Brenda Gilmore and Elrod, Matthew W. and Alexander Libin (2007) 'Involving people with spinal cord injuries in the education of rehabilitation professionals'. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 14 (7):299-305. [Details]
Palsbo, Susan E. and Thilo Kroll (2007) 'Meeting information needs to facilitate decision making: report cards for people with disabilities'. Health Expectations, 10 (3):278-285. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Neri, Melinda T. and Pei-Shu Ho (2007) 'Secondary conditions in spinal cord injury: results form a prospective survey'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29 (15):1229-1237. [DOI] [Details]
W. Lauder and T. Kroll and M. Jones (2007) 'Social determinants of mental health: the missing dimensions of mental health nursing?'. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14 (7):661-669. [DOI] [Details]
T. Kroll and Matthew Kehn and Pei-Shu Ho and Suzanne Groah (2007) 'The SCI exercise self-efficacy scale (ESES):: development and psychometric properties'. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4 (34):34. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Rosaline Barbour and Jennifer Harris (2007) 'Using focus groups in disability research'. Qualitative Health Research, 17 (5):690-698. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and Jones, Gwyn C. and Matthew Kehn and Neri, Melinda T. (2006) 'Barriers and strategies affecting the utilisation of primary preventive services for people with physical disabilities: a qualitative inquiry'. Health and Social Care in the Community, 14 (4):284-293. [DOI] [Details]
Thilo Kroll and M.T. Neri and Kaye Miller (2005) 'Using mixed methods in disability and rehabilitation research'. Rehabilitation Nursing, 30 (3):106-113. [DOI] [Details]
MT Neri and T. Kroll (2003) 'Understanding the consequences of access barriers to health care: experiences of adults with disabilities'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 25 (2):85-96. [DOI] [Details]
Julie Barlow and Chris Wright and Thilo Kroll (2001) 'Overcoming perceived barriers to employment among people with arthritis'. Journal of Health Psychology, 6 (2):205-216. [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

Linda Orr and Judith Marston and Martin Campbell and Kelly, Timothy B. and Thilo Kroll (2015) A qualitative exploration of carersâ¿¿ experiences of information sharing and knowledge exchange with respite care services for older adults. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, . [Details]
Susan Levy and Thilo Kroll and Divya Jindal-Snape (2014) Community-based music programmes, and health and inequalities: impact on children/adolescents and their families: systematic literature review (Work Package 3). Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow, Scotland. [Details]
Douglas Robertson and Deborah Peel and Beverley Searle and Thilo Kroll and James Mitchell and Rosemary Brotchie and Lisa Pattoni and Ian Watson and Martin Higgins (2014) Home not Housing: Engaging with Wellbeing Outcomes: Final Report. Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Dundee, Scotland. [Details]
J. Harris and J. Arnott and N. Hine and T. Kroll (2009) The use, role and application of advanced technology in the lives of disabled people. Economic and Social Research Council, Dundee, Scotland. [Details]
Jennifer Harris and Thilo Kroll and Jan Law and Fiona Bolik (2006) Disability and homelessness in Central and Northern Scotland. Interdisciplinary Disability Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland. [Details]


Research Interests

I have a wide range or interdisciplinary research interests focusing on individual and system-level change processes related to public, physical and mental health and social participation. Much of my work has been focused on socially marginalised groups, especially people with disabilities and survivors of violence. Past research has focused on service access, co-design of community based health and support services, inclusive practices of health promotion and in relation to equitable participation in research and service development. Methodologically, I have employed qualitative, survey, mixed, experimental and action research methods. Academic, professional and public collaborators have included health and social care professionals, psychologists, geographers, designers, architects and city planners. 


Internal Collaborators

Eilish McAuliffe, Deirdre O'Donnell, Eidin Ni She, Hasheem Mannan.

External Collaborators

Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG); University of Dundee; University of Stirling; Washington University St Louis; University of Montana; University of Kansas; University of Technology, Sydney