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Full NameProfessor Walter Cullen

Department:School of Medicine

Organisation:University College Dublin

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Research Fields
  • infectious disease and the immune system
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • epidemiology/population health research
  • Other
Other Research Fields:

General Practice and Primary Care

Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • General Practice
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health
Medical Subspecialties
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Trials
  • Community Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Health Informatics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Psychiatry
My Work

Our group has worked with colleagues to identify priorities and develop / evaluate interventions in the thematic area of primary mental healthcare. Quantitative and qualitative research, clinical guidelines and complex interventions are our group’s primary areas of methodological expertise. Our group’s substantive, funded work has:
- Examined problem drug use / associated morbidity in primary care (e.g. hepatitis C)
- Enhanced hepatitis C screening in general practice through education and practice support
- Documented a high prevalence of problem alcohol use among problem drug users
- Developed an evidence based intervention to improve alcohol treatment among problem drug users, which is now the subject of a HRB-funded project
- Enhanced GP knowledge about ‘first episode psychosis’ (working with collaborators at the Dublin East Treatment Early Care Team, ‘DETECT’), thereby reducing treatment delays
- Examined how primary care can best address youth mental health
- Determined ‘the utility of computer-assisted technology for the detection of cognitive failure and delirium’
- Established a primary care based, integrated model of care for patients at risk of hepatitis C infection in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital catchment area

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Potential Projects

Our group’s research programme currently includes projects involving a number of themes of interest to potential fellows:
• Integration between primary and secondary care
• Hepatitis C – optimising care for at-risk populations
• Mental health and substance use disorders in primary care and how their care may be enhanced
• Medical education