Contact Us


Meet our Research Department


Professor Richard Costello

Director of Research

Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Richard Costello is a member of Council as Director of Research at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Richard Costello graduated the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1988 and is currently Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at Beaumont Hospital Dublin and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He serves on numerous committees and is a member of the Allergy and Immunology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society and the Health Research Board’s pharmacology panel.  He was involved in the establishment of the Irish Sleep Association.  He has authored over 40 publications.  His current research interests are lung immunology, neuro-immune interaction in allergic rhinitis and laser capture microdissection.

Gillian Walsh


Tel: +353 1 863 9785

Gillian Walsh is currently completing a PhD on the coping and help-seeking behaviours of hospital doctors. Gillian’s research interests include applied methods focused on improving help-seeking behaviours; the impact of quality improvement in healthcare and predictors of career outcomes of postgraduate medical trainees. Gillian has a grounding in applied physics and, before moving into health psychology and health services research, worked for a number of years in laser materials processing R&D for private industry.

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’s research focuses on psychosocial, medical and health-care system determinants of long term health outcomes. Lucia has a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Groningen, Netherlands and is an author and co-author of 15 journal articles in the area of chronic diseases.  

Dr Brian Nolan

RCQPS Research Coordinator, Research Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9646

Dr Brian Nolan is the Research Coordinator of the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS). Brian has an honours degree in Science and a PhD in Neuropharmacology, both from University College Dublin with research published in a range of international journals. Within the RCPI he has worked in research administration and data analysis specifically working on Quality Improvement and Physician Wellbeing studies.

Niamh Humphries

Senior research Fellow

Tel: +353 1 8639 693

Dr. Niamh Humphries is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, having joined RCPI in April 2016. Niamh has been researching the health workforce since 2006. Health worker migration and health worker retention have been a specific focus of this research. She has obtained research funding for several research grants (as PI and Co-PI) and has authored/co-authored 11 journal articles and 1 book chapter. She holds a PhD in Sociology from University College Dublin and her research interests include: the health workforce, health worker migration, health worker retention, migration and knowledge exchange.

Caoimhe O'Leary

Researcher in Compassion through Meditiation Project

Tel: +353 1 8639 781

Caoimhe is working on the ‘Compassion through Meditation’ research study, investigating the impact of mantra meditation on doctors’ compassion and wellbeing, patient satisfaction, and patient care safety and effectiveness. Caoimhe has a BSc in Sport Science and Health and HDip in Psychology, and is currently completing her Masters in Psychological Science at University College Dublin.

Conor Canavan

Programme Manager, Speciality Quality Improvement Programmes

Tel: + 353 1 863 9732

Conor manages the National Quality Improvement Programmes in

  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy