• 628 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Personal profile



Lorna O'Doherty received her BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology from University College Cork in 1999, a MBS in 2001 from University College Dublin and her PhD on the psychology of neurological disorders from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007. She was a research fellow in primary care research at the University of Queensland from 2005-2007. Through her work with a Melbourne-based charity and her appointment at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School (2007-2013), Lorna fostered a research focus on violence against women and children. Lorna is an honorary fellow at The University of Melbourne and has published widely on the subject of abuse and health, including the weave trial published in the Lancet in 2013 along with systematic reviews and qualitative studies into risk and resilience. She is currently associate professor of violence and health research within the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare at Coventry University, is a member of the University's internal REF panel and is on the editorial board of PLOS ONE. She is PI on the national MESARCH project which examines health, wellbeing and service access among survivors of recent sexual abuse and assault.


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 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).  I am also involved in the delivery of training resources to enhance care provided by health care workers to women experiencing partner violence and gender based violence during pregnancy.

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

  • 628 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Letter

Psychological therapies for women who experience intimate partner violence

Hameed, M., O'Doherty, L., Gilchrist, G., Tirado Muñoz, J., Taft, A., Chondros, P., Feder, G., Tan, M. & Hegarty, K., 1 Jul 2020, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020, 7, CD013017.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Self-efficacy and doctor support as mediators of depression outcomes following counselling by family doctors for intimate partner violence

    Valpied, J., Hegarty, K. L., Brown, S. J. & O'Doherty, L., Apr 2020, In : Family Practice. 37, 2, p. 255-262 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Psychosocial interventions for survivors of rape and sexual assault experienced during adulthood (Protocol)

    Brown, S., Khasteganan, N., Brown, K., Hegarty, K., Carter, G., Tarzia, L., Feder, G. & O'Doherty, L., 7 Nov 2019, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2019, 11, 26 p., CD013456.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Human Trafficking: Pregnancy, Morbidity & Mortality

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Activities

    • 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


    Experiences of pregnancy and maternity care in women exposed to human trafficking: a qualitative evidence synthesis

    Author: Nightingale, S., Oct 2019

    Supervisor: O'Doherty, L. (Supervisor) & Phimister, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science by Research