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Meet our Research Department


Dr Lucia Prihodova

Manager, Research Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9645

Dr Lucia Prihodova is the Research Manager at the at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Lucia holds a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Groningen, Netherlands and her research focuses on various aspects of health systems related to work environment, workforce training and wellbeing and patient outcomes.  

Dr Niamh Humphries

Reader in Health Systems Research

Tel: +353 1 8639 693

Dr Niamh Humphries is a Reader in Health Systems Research who joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in April 2016. She holds a PhD in Sociology and has worked in health workforce research since 2006.  In 2017 she was awarded a prestigious HRB Emerging Investigator Award for a 4 year research project focussed on hospital doctor retention and motivation, which will involve fieldwork in Ireland and Australia. Her current research interests are health worker migration, health worker retention and the working lives of health workers.

Dr Stephanie Whelan

RCQPS Research Coordinator

Tel: 01 8639 610

Dr Stephanie Whelan joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in January 2019 as coordinator of the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) funding scheme,  a unique collaboration between the Health Research Board, the National Quality Improvement Team of the Health Service Executive and RCPI. A secondary role of Stephanie's within RCPI involves the coordination and administration of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland's Research Ethics Committee, having completed training in GDPR and HRR 2018. Stephanie holds a BSc in Biomedical Science and PhD in Translational Medicine from University College Dublin where her research focused on improving the lives of patients with pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease through the investigation of potential new therapeutic targets. Her current research interests include patient safety and quality improvement.

Dr John-Paul Byrne

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tel: +353 1 8639 693

Dr John-Paul Byrne joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in February 2019 as Postdoctoral Researcher with the HDRM Project. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Maynooth University and has previously held research positions on projects studying working conditions in Ireland and Denmark, and the experience of patient-centred care in Ireland. John-Paul is a recipient of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (2012). His current research interests are psychosocial work conditions, working lives, and the social structures of work in healthcare.

Dr Orla Woods

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tel: 01 8639 608

Orla  joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in November 2018 as Postdoctoral Researcher on the National COPD Quality Improvement  Collaborative project. The National COPD Quality Improvement (QI) project uses QI methodology to assist 18 consultant-led teams in 19 hospitals across the country to improve and standardise care for patients presenting with an acute exacerbation of COPD. The Collaborative, which is running from September 2018 to December 2019 is being run by RCPI in conjunction with the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division of the HSE and the National Clinical Programme for COPD within the HSE. Orla is also working on the Doctors Training Outcomes Research Study (DocTORS) within RCPI. This project evaluates the trainee journey through RCPI BST and HST. Prior to joining RCPI, Orla worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and developing training content (clinical trials). Orla was awarded IRCSET Funding for her PhD (Pharmaceutical Affairs). She completed her PhD and BA (Mod. Neuroscience) in Trinity College Dublin.

Holly Hanlon


Tel: +353 1 8639 785

Holly Hanlon is a researcher at RCPI working on the Professional Competence Study, and is involved in analysing PCS data, as well as reporting and disseminating the results of the project. Holly returned to RCPI in 2017, after previously working as a research intern from 2015-2016. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, where she earned her BA in Psychology in 2015