Michelle Foley

Dr Michelle Foley

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Dr Michelle Foley is the SETU Research Integrity Officer on a part-time basis and Senior Technical Officer at the School of Health Science. She is a Senior Marie Curie Research Fellow and  holds degrees from the University of Manchester, UK (PhD in Community Medicine); The Open University (MSc in Science ) and Waterford Institute of Technology (BSc Hons in Chemistry and Quality Management). She also holds a postgraduate qualification in Epidemiology(London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine) and undergraduate Diplomas in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Her research interests are firmly grounded health and has both extensive qualitative and quantitative research experience. She has authored to date a number of peer reviewed journal publications, including Sickness Certification in General Practice, Maternity Care, Renal Care, Hip Arthroscopy, pharmacy practice, Codeine misuse, and Drug and Alcohol education.  In 2013, she was part of the research team awarded an FP7 Marie Curie Actions-IAPP grant investigating codeine use, misuse and dependence in Ireland, United Kingdom and South Africa (€2.02 million) which was ranked 2nd place in the Life Sciences Division.  As part of this project she undertook a 2 year secondment as a More Experienced Researcher (MER) to a leading UK pharmacy chain.

Prior to joining WIT, she worked as a Material Scientist at Garrett Engine Boosting Systems. She is also a qualified Six Sigma process improvement specialist 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, “The sick note” – An exploratory study examining General Practitioner perspectives on sickness certification in the Republic of Ireland, University of Manchester

Award Date: 15 Jun 2015

Postgraduate Diploma, Epidemiology , London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 06 Jul 2008

Masters Degree, Science , Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 15 Aug 2006

Bachelors Degree, Chemistry with Quality Management

Award Date: 24 Oct 2002

External positions

Member of Expert Panel, National Office for Research Ethics Committees

31 May 2022 → …

Member, National Research Integrity Network

Jun 2019 → …

Member, EARMA - Ethics and Research Integrity Network Europe

2019 → …


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