Following completion of my PhD in 2004, I was appointed lecturer at the Department of History at the University of Warwick. I returned to University College Dublin in 2006. My publications include Negotiating insanity in the southeast of Ireland, 1820-1900 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012); with Hilary Marland, Migration, Health, and Ethnicity in the Modern World (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); with Maria Luddy, Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History 1750-1970 (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and numerous articles. With Dr Graham Brownlow, I am editor of Irish Economic and Social History.
I am Principal Investigator on a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award entitled Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000'. This new project will conduct research into topics that resonate with current concerns in the prison service, including the very high incidence of mental health problems amongst prisoners, the health of women in prison, including maternity services, and responses to addiction and HIV/AIDS. The Award builds on an earlier collaboration with Professor Marland on a Wellcome Trust supported project on Irish migration and mental illness between the Great Famine and Irish Independence which has resulted in a series of articles and a co-edited volume.
I was a founding member of the Centre for the History of Medicine of Ireland (CHOMI), awarded a Wellcome Trust Enhancement Award in 2006, and have acted as its Director at UCD since then. CHOMI has developed a vibrant programme of individual and collaborative research projects, facilitated a large number of academic events and developed innovative online outreach projects. Early career scholars at CHOMI have secured Irish Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Marie Curie Scholarships and Fellowships.
I serve on numerous academic committees and advisory boards including the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Library and Archive Committee and Economic and Social History Society for Ireland. I am also membership Secretary of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and member of the American Association for the History of Medicine.