Lecturer / Researcher
Health Sciences - Nursing & Healthcare
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Room 112 O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building
Dr. Martina Gooney obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science from University College Cork and completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. Her PhD research involved “A study of the cellular mechanisms underlying the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in synaptic plasticity”.
In 2001, Martina took up her first academic appointment as a lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology in Waterford Institute of Technology. During her time in WIT, she has lectured in both the Department of Chemical and life Sciences and the Department of Nursing. She is a member of the Research Ethics Committee at WIT since 2011.
During Dr. Gooney’s time at WIT, she has been involved in a number of research projects and has been actively involved in establishing the Biomedical Research Group. This group involves staff from WIT, clinicians from University Hospital Waterford and the Royal College of Surgeons. Her principle areas of research interest include the identification of biomarkers that are influenced by cancer and its treatment and the impact of radiotherapy on quality of life and symptom presentation.
She has supervised a number of research students to MSc and PhD level. Her research activity in WIT has led to awards of over €3 million in research funding from competitive national, EU and international funding.
Recent research projects and areas of research interest focus on:
Cancer Related Fatigue
Symptom clusters and biomarkers in women with breast cancer
Symptoms and tumour response following radiotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for patients receiving radiotherapy
Provision of Antenatal Care: A mixed method study
Views of Community Mental Health Nurses in Ireland to Nurse Prescribing
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Compassion fatigue and burnout in health professionals
CODMISUSED (Over the counter codeine use, misuse and dependence) - FP7 funded.
Award for research:
Irish Health Care Awards. Healthcare Department Initiative Patient Safety Community Care Services for the safe storage of Methadone (Horan, A., Gooney, M., Van Hout, MC), HSE South and Waterford Institute of Technology.
Dr. Gooney has taught at undergraduate and post-graduate level for over 10 years. She has lectured in both the Department of Chemical and Life Sciences and the Department of Nursing. This has included teaching of practical sessions, co-ordination of modules, supervision of Diploma and Degree students undertaking research projects and co-ordinating the Physiology and Pathophysiology modules on pre- and post-registration nursing courses.
Principle areas of teaching:
Anatomy and Physiology
2008 Waterford Institute of Technology Teaching Excellence Award
Current and Previous Positions
Lecturer in the Department of Nursing from 2001 to present
Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Life Science from 2001 to 2006
Demonstrator in Trinity College Dublin from 1997 to 1998
Research Assistant in University College Dublin from 1997 to 1998
Name of Body Grade of Membership Dates
Research Ethics Committee, WIT Standard 2011-Present
Department of Nursing, Research
Ethics Committee Standard 2011-Present
Name of Body Grade of Membership Dates
Journal of Clinical Nursing Reviewer/Panel Member 2010-Present
Hunt, P., Gooney, M., Deniefffe, S (2016). Compassion fatigue and Burnout in Nurisng: Relationships with Empathy. Journal of Research in Nursing. (Under review).
Barrett, E., Denieffe, S., Bergin, M., Gooney, M (2016). An exploration of paediatric nurses’ views of caring for infants who have suffered non-accidental injury. Journal of Clinical Nursing. (Under review).
O'Gorman, C., Barry, A., Deniefffe, S, Sasiadek, W., Gooney, M (2016) Nursing Implications: Symptom presentation and quality of life in rectal cancer patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25, 1395-1404.
Horan, A., Gooney, M., Van Hout, MC (2015). Safe storage of Methadone in the home: results from an Irish audit of service users and pharmacists. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems. Early Online.
Bennett, L., Bergin M., Gooney, M., Doherty, C.P. Synnott C. Wells JSG (2015) Epilepsy services in Ireland: ‘A survey of people with epilepsy in relation to satisfaction, preferences and information provision. Epilepsy Research. 113, 11-18.
O Gorman, C., S., Gooney, M., Sasiadek, W. (2014) Predicting radiotherapy related clinical toxicities in cancer: a literature review. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, doi:10.1188/cjon.
Denieffe, S., Gooney, M., Cowman, S.(2013) Symptoms, Clusters and Quality of Life Prior to Surgery for Breast Cancer. Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi:10.1111/jocn. 12430
O Gorman, C., Denieffe, S., Gooney, M. (2013) Preoperative Radiotherapy and Rectal Cancer - Impact on Acute Symptom Presentation and Quality of Life. Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jocn.12138
Murphy A., Gooney, M.,Chesser-Smyth P., Sheahan L (2012) Antenatal options: Developing midwife-led services in Ireland. World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery (WIN)-Journal of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation: 20 (9) 49-51
Denieffe, S., Gooney, M., Cowman, S.(2011) Symptoms and quality of life in women awaiting breast cancer surgery. European Journal of Cancer, 47 (S1): 390-390
Denieffe, S., Gooney, M. (2011) A meta-synthesis of women’s symptoms experience and breast cancer, European Journal of Cancer, 20 (4): 424-435
Wells, J., Bergin, M., Gooney, M., Jones, A. (2009) Views on nurse prescribing: a survey of community mental health nurses in the Republic of Ireland. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.16(1):10-17.
Denieffe, S., Gooney, M. (2008) Cancer related fatigue: A two-headed coin: A systematic review on patients and health professionals views of cancer related fatigue, Psycho-oncology, 17 (9): S184-185
Lane, P., O’Brien, U., Gooney, M.A., Reid, A.(2005)The progression of holism into postgraduate curricula in critical care nursing: A discussion paper.Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. 24(3): 131-138.
Gooney, M.A., Messaoudi, E., Maher, F., Bramham, C.R., Lynch, M.A. (2004). BDNF-induced LTP in dentate gyrus is impaired with age: analysis of changes in cell signaling events. Neurobiol. Ageing 25(10): 1323-1331.
Casey, M., Maguire, C., Kelly, A., Gooney, M.A., Lynch, M.A. (2002) Analysis of the presynaptic signalling mechanisms underlying the inhibition of LTP in rat dentate gyrus by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, genistein. Hippocampus. 12(3): 377-385.
Gooney, M., Shaw, K., Kelly, A., O’Mara, S.M. Lynch, M.A. (2002) Long-term potentiation and spatial learning are associated with increased phosphorylation of TrkB and extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) in the dentate gyrus: Evidence for a role for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Behav Neurosci. 116(3): 455 – 463.
Gooney, M., Lynch, M.A. (2001) Long term potentiation in the dentate gyrus of the rat hippocampus is accompanied by brain-derived neurotrophic factor-induced activation of TrkB. J. Neurochem. 77(5): 1198-1207.
Shaw, K., Gooney, M., Lynch, M.A., O’Mara, S.M. (2000) Stress: How it affects spatial learning and BDNF expression. Eur. Neurosci. 12
I have supervised four PhD students to completion. Currently, I am involved in the supervision of three MSc students.