SPHeRE Network Summer Seminar – Wednesday 29th June 2022

SPHeRE Network Summer Seminar: Health and Wellbeing in the LGBTQI+ Community. With Dr Chris Noone and Dr Lorna Roe. Wednesday 29th June, 2pm-3pm, Online. Dr Chris Noone, NUI Galway will present "Considering LGBT+ Identities in Health Research." Dr Lorna Roe, TCD, will present "How health system design and delivery can fail to support the needs of LGBTQI+ older adults". #SPHeRESeminar22




Dr Chris Noone is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway, Ireland. His research focuses on health and wellbeing within the LGBT+ community, with a special interest in identity and health among gay and bi men. He co-founded the Irish Sexualities and Genders Research Network in 2019 and is a member of the European Public Health Association Sexual and Gender Minority Health Steering Committee. Chris is also a committee member for the European Health Psychology Society Open Science Special Interest Group and a research associate with Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland. Outside of academia, Chris is a board member of the National LGBT Federation.


Dr Lorna Roe is a Research Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin and a member of the health economics and policy research staff at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

She also holds positions as a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI); an elected member of the Board of Trinity College Dublin, an invited Board member of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland, and a member of the Committee of the Irish Social Policy Association.

Lorna’s work focuses primarily on examining how systems and policies can better support older adults living with complex health needs, where the evidence shows care experiences and outcomes are often poor, while costs are high. She is also interested in exploring the intersectionality of social identities on the experience of ageing and on care experiences and outcomes.

Lorna holds a Masters in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is an alumnus of the SPHeRE programme; an integrated PhD programme in health services research and population health sciences. She holds a Certificate in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin and is currently the Principal Investigator of the FRAIL-COG study, a Health Research Board funded study which examines the impact of frailty and cognitive decline on patterns and costs of care.


Research interests:

There are a number of strands to Lorna’s research interests and skills including:

Gerontology; ageing trajectories, complexity of needs, frailty and cognitive decline, design of care pathways, healthy ageing and self-determination for older adults.

Secondary data analysis; econometric analyses to estimate the determinants of access to, and cost of, health and social care for older adults using longitudinal survey data or national health registry data.

Policy analysis; evaluating the implementation of health policies to support better access to, experiences and outcomes of health and social care.

Health Equity and Social Justice analysis: an interest in the social determinates of health such as income, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic status and how they impact on the experience of ageing and on care experiences and outcomes.