Dublin City University, School of Nursing and Human Sciences (DCU), Ireland

The School of Nursing and Human Sciences (SNHS) is the largest school in Dublin City University (DCU), a relatively new university, with a strong focus on applied research, social engagement, and entrepreneurship. SNHS provides undergraduate and post-graduate education in the fields of Nursing, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Health studies. It is a leading provider of education in Intellectual Disability nursing, and also runs several innovative programs for people with intellectual disability. The SNHS has taken part in many EU projects, under both FP6 and FP7, and is currently coordinating two such projects. DCU has almost 14,000 students and over 1,500 staff.


Anthony Staines MB, PhD
Anthony Staines MB, PhDProfessor of Health Systems, Dublin City University.
Years of experience: 26
Specific expertise: Child health, Information systems, Epidemiology, Study design, Survey design and analysis, Rare disease and autism epidemiology.

Anthony Staines MB, PhD.

  • MB BCh BAO BA (Medical Doctor), Trinity College Dublin, 1984.
  • Diploma Child Health, NUI 1986.
  • General Professional Training in Paediatrics and MRCPI (Medicine of Childhood) 1989.
  • MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1990.
  • MFPHM (Public health) 1994.
  • Specialist Training in Public Health 1996.
  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of Leeds, 1996.
  • FFPHMI 2000.
  • Chair of Health Systems in DCU.
  • Chief Medical Information Office of Irish Health Services Executive.
  • Co-ordinator RICHE project.
  • Member of the Interlymph and Epilymph project groups.
  • Public health research methods.
  • Survey design and analysis.
  • Epidemiology Research both in Rare disease, notably haematological cancers and autism.
  • Health information systems including Registries, health service planning systems, and health service management systems.


Mary Rose Sweeney, PhD.

  • Ph.D. BSc. RGN
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Deputy Head of School of Nursing and Human Sciences (SNHS) DCU
  • Director of Healthy Living Centre DCU
  • Lecturer in Health Systems Research
  • Programme Chair MSc in Child Health, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Director of the All –Ireland Travellers Health Study and Transfusion Research Network Ireland
  • Biostatistics
  • Secular trends in autism prevalence; Epidemiology
  • Public Health Research
  • Health Service Research
  • Nutritional epidemiology, study design , coordination and management
Mary Rose Sweeney, PhD.
Mary Rose Sweeney, PhD.Senior Lecturer
Years of experience: 25
Specific expertise: Public health research methods; Survey design and analysis; Epidemiology.