• 547 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile



Lorna O'Doherty received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from University College Cork in Ireland in 1999, and her PhD on the psychology of neurological disorders from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007. She worked in primary care based research at the University of Queensland from 2005-2007. An appointment at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School (The University of Melbourne) saw her develop a focus in the area of violence against women and children. Lorna is an honorary member of The University of Melbourne. She has published widely on the subject of intimate partner violence and health, including randomised trials, systematic reviews and qualitative studies into risk and resilience. She is a senior research fellow within the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science at Coventry University and member of the Violence Prevention, Resilience and Justice research group, is a member of the University's internal REF panel and is on the editorial board of PLOS ONE.


Research Interests

My research is concerned with intimate partner violence and sexual violence as major public health problems globally. I am committed to maximising the role of health providers, and health care settings, in supporting those who have experienced partner or sexual violence. My recent work looks at different community and health care-based interventions for women survivors of abuse and I have led Cochrane Reviews and RCTs in this area. I am chief investigator on an NIHR (Health Services and Delivery Research Programme) grant to evaluate Sexual Assault Referral Centres in England and undertake a cohort study of health, wellbeing and costs for adult and children survivors of sexual assault and rape (MESARCH project). 

Education/Academic qualification

Health Psychology, Doctorate, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Management, MSc, University College Dublin


Applied Psychology, Degree, University College Cork


External positions

Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne

2013 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Interventions
  • Screening
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • Sexual violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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Research Output 2007 2018

  • 547 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 19 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Letter

Human Trafficking: Pregnancy, Morbidity & Mortality

Nightingale, S., O'Doherty, L., Brady, G. & Phimister, D., 25 Apr 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Human Trafficking
Sex Offenses
6 Downloads (Pure)

Psychological therapies for women who experience intimate partner violence

Tan, M., O'Doherty, L., Gilchrist, G., Taft, A., Feder, G., Tirado Muñoz, J., Chondros, P., Sadowski, L. & Hegarty, K., 15 May 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 5, CD013017.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Self Efficacy
Mental Health
Intimate Partner Violence
3 Citations (Scopus)

Risk factors for female perpetrators of intimate partner violence within criminal justice settings: A systematic review

Mackay, J. L., Bowen, E., Walker, K. & O'Doherty, L., Jul 2018, In : Aggression and Violent Behavior. 41, p. 128-146 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Criminal Law
Intimate Partner Violence
Child Abuse
8 Citations (Scopus)
31 Downloads (Pure)

Fractured Identity in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: Barriers to and Opportunities for Seeking Help in Health Settings

O'Doherty, L. J., Taft, A., McNair, R. & Hegarty, K., 1 Feb 2016, In : Violence Against Women. 22, 2, p. 225–248

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)
39 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Primary Health Care
Randomized Controlled Trials
Social Medicine
Social Sciences

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Participation in conference

Domestic Violence: A Public Health Issue

Lorna O'Doherty (Speaker)
4 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference