Dónal P. O’Mathúna

Dónal O’Mathúna
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B.Sc.(Pharm), MA, PhD
Associate Professor
383 Newton Hall
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1585 Neil Avenue
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Research Interests

Dónal O’Mathúna has research interests in both healthcare ethics and evidence-based practice. In the latter area, has has been actively involved in the Cochrane Collaboration, and was the director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017 (http://ireland.cochrane.org/). This role involved developing and conducting systematic review training in Ireland and the UK. He has co-authored six Cochrane systematic reviews and published peer-reviewed articles on evidence-based practice.

His ethics research has focused on disasters and humanitarian crises, in particular examining ethical issues in disaster research. From 2012 to 2016, he led an EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics (http://DisasterBioethics.eu) and contributed to ethics initiatives with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNISDR. As the director of the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics (http://www.ge2p2.org/cdhe), he is developing practical tools and support strategies that facilitate reflection on ethical issues in humanitarian research. He has spoken and published widely in bioethics, including co-editing Disaster Bioethics: Normative Issues When Nothing is Normal (Springer, 2014) and writing Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Recent Research Activities


May 19, 2021

by Pat Ford-Roegner

Lurking right behind the COVID-19 pandemic is another major killer: the seemingly unstoppable incidences of violence by Americans on one another. Most recently, we witnessed senseless shootings in areas including Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kenosha, WI and Orange County, CA. Major cities are experiencing a steep rise in gun violence. My hometown of Philadelphia reels daily from violence. Innocent children are frequent victims.

The events themselves are horrific, but only part of the story.

May 07, 2021

OHIO-Nurses are up against major obstacles every day: workplace violence; burnout; unsafe staffing; COVID-19; and other traumatic events. Many of these have a lasting impact that go beyond the bedside, leading to moral injury within the profession. Moral injury, often described as a consequence of continual acts that go against one’s morality, is a phenomenon sweeping the profession, which is why the Ohio Nurses Foundation announced today the winners of a $100,000 award to support important research on moral injury in nursing.