Dr. Lorna O'Doherty

Lorna O'Doherty received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from University College Cork in Ireland in 1999, and her PhD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007. She worked at the University of Queensland from 2005-2007 which introduced her to primary care based research. Her appointment at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre (The University of Melbourne) saw her develop a focus in the area of violence against women and children. She has published widely on the subject of intimate partner violence and health including randomised trials, systematic reviews and qualitative investigations of resilience and identity. She is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement in Coventry, and an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne.

  • O'Doherty, L.J., Taft, A., Hegarty, K., Ramsay, J., Davidson, L.L., and Feder, G. (2014) 'Authors’ reply to Whitehouse and Fabre'. British Medical Journal 28 (2), 273-294.
  • Hegarty, K.L., O'Doherty, L.J., Chondros, P., Valpied, J., Taft, A.J., Astbury, J., Brown, S.J., Gold, L., Taket, A., Feder, G.S., and Gunn, J.M. (2013) 'Effect of type and severity of intimate partner violence on women's health and service use: findings from a primary care trial of women afraid of their partners'. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28 (2), 273-294.
  • Hegarty, K.L., O'Doherty, L.J., Taft, A.J., Chondros, P., Brown, S.J., Valpied, J., Astbury, J., Taket, A., Gold, L., Feder, G.S., and Gunn, J.M. (2013) 'Screening and counselling in the primary care setting for women who have experienced intimate partner violence (weave): a cluster randomised controlled trial'. The Lancet 382 (9888), 249-258. 
  • Taft, A.J., O’Doherty, L.J., Hegarty, K.L., Ramsay, J., Davidson, L., and Feder, G.S. (2013) 'Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 4 (CD007007).
  • Tan, E., O'Doherty, L., and Hegarty, K. (2012) 'GPs' communication skills - a study into women's comfort to disclose intimate partner violence'. Australian Family Physician 41 (7), 513-517.
  • Hegarty, K.L., O'Doherty, L., Astbury, J., and Gunn, J. (2012) 'Identifying intimate partner violence when screening for health and lifestyle issues among women attending general practice'. Australian Journal of Primary Health 18 (4), 327-331.
  • Hegarty, K., O'Doherty, L. (co-presenter), Gunn, J., Taft, A., Astbury, J., Brown, S., Valpied, J., Chondros, P., Gold, L., Taket, A., and Feder, G. (2012) 'Women's evaluation of abuse and violence care in general practice: six and twelve-month outcomes'., AAAPC Distinguished Paper of the Australian Primary Care and General Practice Conference.
  • Hegarty, K., O'Doherty, L., Gunn, J., Taft, A., Astbury, J., Brown, S., Valpied, J., Chondros, P., Gold, L., Taket, A., and Feder, G. (2012) 'Women's evaluation of abuse and violence care in general practice: a randomised controlled trial'., Distinguished Paper of the North American Primary Care Research Group conference.
  • Hegarty, K., and O'Doherty, L. (2011) 'Intimate partner violence: identification and response in general practice'. Australian Family Physician 40 (11), 852-856. 
  • O'Doherty, L., Hickey, A., and Hardiman, O. (2010) 'Measuring life quality, physical function and psychological well-being in neurological illness'. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 11 (5), 461-468.
  • Hegarty, K., Gunn, J., O'Doherty, L., Taft, A., Chondros, P., Feder, G., Astbury, J., and Brown, S. (2010) 'Women's evaluation of abuse and violence care in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial'. BMC Public Health 10 (2).
  • O'Doherty, L., Hegarty, K., Gunn, J., Taft, A., Feder, G., Astbury, J., and Brown, S. (2009) 'Balancing harm against benefit in a trial of screening and intervention for intimate partner abuse'., Proceedings of the Australian Primary Care and General Practice Conference.
  • O'Doherty, L. (2009) 'Women’s evaluation of abuse and violence care in general practice: methods, preliminary data and future directions'., Invited talk at 'Department of Family Medicine, Women's Studies Medical Sciences' Held in Radboud, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Hegarty, K., O'Doherty, L., Gunn, J., Pierce, D., and Taft, A. (2008) 'A brief counselling intervention by health professionals utilising the 'readiness to change' concept for women experiencing intimate partner abuse: The weave project'. Journal of Family Studies 14, 376-388.
  • Hardiman, O., Hickey, A., and O'Doherty, L. (2004) 'Physical decline and quality of life in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Disorders 5, 230-234.
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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021