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Dr. Jo-Hanna Ivers

Associate Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)


Jo-Hanna is an Associate Professor in Addiction. She holds the only addiction specific academic post in Ireland. She is the first Associate Dean of Civic Engagement and Social Innovation at Trinity College Dublin. Jo-Hanna leads the Neurobehavioural Addiction Research Group at the Department of Public Health & Primary Care, School of Medicine. She is the Director of the M.Sc. in Addiction Recovery. She has been appointed by a number of Ministers and Government Representatives to Special Taskforces and Expert Review Groups examining drug and alcohol use. She is a Member of the European Monitoring Centre on Drug and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Scientific Committee. Jo-Hanna's research focuses on the biological, social and environmental factors that contribute to an individual's vulnerability to dependence and addiction. Her research includes interventions, policies and practices that help develop recovery pathways. These pathways are best understood as a spectrum and include harm reduction, abstinence and long-term recovery. Her populations of interest include people who use drugs, those experiencing addiction, individuals in recovery, their families, communities affected by drug use and wider members of society. Before returning to academia, Jo-Hanna gained extensive experience working with adolescent and adult populations in specialist addiction services.
  Addiction   Homelessness   Recovery
 A proposed plan to develop a strategy on reducing drug-related stigma in Ireland
 Non-Fatal Overdose
 An analysis of treatment patterns and trends in opioid use, with a particular emphasis on the older population, from 2015-2021.
  A single supplier framework agreement for Secondary data analysis of GUI datasets for an alcohol and other drugs study under a three-year agreement to the HRB
 INCLUDE: Integrating National Repositories for the Cooperation Linkage and Understanding of a Data Driven approach to the needs of Excluded people

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Addiction Expert: Advisory Support Group Citizens Assembly Drugs. Invited member of the scientific advisory support group. I supported the Chair and Secretariat in constructing a fair, balanced and comprehensive work programme. I offered support advice and scientific evidence to the assembly members on population-based drug use, addiction and recovery. April 2023 to September 2023
Judge BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2022
Expert Member Review Committee Science Fondation Ireland, Creating Our Future, National Campaign 2021
Irish University Association Campus Engage. Irish Universities Association, Campus Engage is dedicated to supporting Irish higher education institutions to embed, scale and promote civic and community engagement across staff and student teaching, learning and research. 2021
Member of European Monitoring Committee on Drug and Drug Addiction (Reserve 2019-2021) December 2019
Chair of Trinity Campus Engagement Group 2021
Full Committee Member and Chair of Addiction Group: Healthy Trinity Committee (ongoing)  September 2019
Invited Member of Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Checking Working Group (National Committee - Department of Health). September 2019
Provost Appointed:  Member Trinity College Dublin Misuse of Drug Policy Group (Ongoing)  February 2020
January 2016-January 2017 Member of the advisory group for the National Drug Strategy's Continuum of Care group. An expert review group for development of the National Drug Strategy 2016. 2016
September 2015- Present Founding Member of the Recovery Academy of Ireland - A national committee of service users, services providers, policymakers and academics developing the addiction recovery movement. 2015
Appointed by the Minister for Higher Education. Ministerial Rapid Response Group for SubstanceUse in Higher Education (August 2019-February 2020) September
Details Date From Date To
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 2014 Present
Chartered Scientist Science Council UK. 2016 Present
Chartered member of the British Psychological Society. 2011 Present
Member American Association for Psychological Science. 2018 Present
Specialist Interest Networks Clinical Psychology, Academics, Teachers & Researchers, and Psychotherapy Sections of the British Psychological Society. 2012 Present
Post-doctoral Member of Neuroscience Ireland & Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. 2012 Present
Post-doctoral Member of Cognitive Neuroscience Society. 2013 Present
Member of Women in Technology and Science (WITS). 2016 Present
Graduate member of Psychological Society of Ireland. 2010 2017
Neil Dunne, Jo-Hanna Ivers,, HPA axis function in alcohol use disorder: A systematic review and metaanalysis, Addiction Neuroscience, Volume 8, (100114), 2023, p1-9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Darker CD, Mullin M, Doyle L, Tanner M, McGrath D, Doherty L, Dreyer-Gibney K, Barrett EM, Flynn D, Murphy P, Ivers JH, Burke E, Ryan M, McCarron M, Murphy P, Sheils O, Hevey D, Leen A, Keogh L, Walls B, Bennett AE, Petersen F, Nolan A, Barry JM., Developing a health promoting university in Trinity College Dublin-overview and outline process evaluation, Health Promotion International, 38, (4), 2023, p1 - 14, p1-14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dunne, Neil, Ivers Jo-Hanna, HPA axis function in alcohol use disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Addiction Neuroscience, 2023, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Giulini, F. and Keenan, E. and Killeen, N. and Ivers, J.-H., A Systematized Review of Drug-checking and Related Considerations for Implementation as A Harm Reduction Intervention, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Corey, J. and Lyons, J. and O†carroll, A. and Stafford, R. and Ivers, J.-H., A Scoping Review of the Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Persons Experiencing Homelessness in North America and Europe, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, (6), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Darker CD, Moore E, Flynn E, O'Neill M, Doherty L, McMahon J, McLoughlin O, Rouine E, Ivers J, Allwright S, McGrath D, Seery A, McAndrew M, Barrett E, Tanner M, Bennett AE, Brennan S, Mullin M, Barry JM., Development and proposed evaluation of an eHealth learning tool for undergraduate university students in Ireland, Health Promotion International, 2022, p1 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Michael Byrne, Samantha Dick, Lisa Ryan, Samantha Dockray, Martin Davoren, Ciara Heavin, Jo-Hanna Ivers, Conor Linehan, Vasilis Vasiliou, The Drug Use in Higher Education in Ireland (DUHEI) Survey 2021: Main Findings, Cork, University College Cork, January , 2022, p1 - 110, Notes: [This is the first national picture of addiction and recovery amongst students in all HEI's in Ireland and one of very few internationally. ], Report, IN_PRESS
McAleer, A. and Daly, A. and Leary, S. and Barry, J. and Mullin, M. and Ivers, J.-H., A peer-led survey of student alcohol Behaviours and motives in undergraduate students, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 190, (4), 2021, p1429-1433 , Notes: [cited By 3], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
David Best & Jo-Hanna Ivers , Inkspots and ice cream cones: a model of recovery contagion and growth, Addiction Research & Theory, 2021, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jo-Hanna Ivers, Nicki Killeen, Eamon Keenan, Drug use, harm‑reduction practices and attitudes toward the utilisation of drug safety testing services in an Irish cohort of festival‑goers, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2021, Notes: [The evidence from this survey indicates that those young people who use drugs at festivals would be prepared to utilise drug checking services and amnesty bins should help inform the public health response to this important area.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Jo-Hanna Ivers , 'Faces of Recovery ', Cork City Hall , Trinity College Dublin, 2019, -, Exhibition, EXHIBITED
Jo-Hanna Ivers , Findings of Casement Evaluation for Person with Complex Needs , Cork Regional Case-Management Seminar , City Hall, Cork, 22nd February 2018 , 2018, Notes: [ ], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
O'Dowd, T, Handy, D & Ivers, JH (2017), A Future Together: Building a Better GP and Primary Care Service. Health Service, Dublin, Health Service Executive , 2018, Report, PUBLISHED
Jo-Hanna Ivers , 'Faces of Recovery ', Trinity College Dublin , Science Gallery Dublin, 2018, -, Visual art production, COMPLETED
Ivers, JH & Hayes, C , Findings of the We Can Quit Programme. A smoking cessation programme for women in socially disadvantaged communities, Dublin , Irish Cancer Society. Dublin, 2017, Report, SUBMITTED
Jo-Hanna Ivers , Action Research Amongst Recovery Coaches in the North Inner-City , National Recovery Conference 2016, City Hall, Dublin , 2016, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
J.Ivers, V.McLoughlin & P.Downes, Current Steps and Future Horizons for CASPr: Review of CASPr North-East Inner City After Schools Project., Dublin, CASPr, 2010, Report, PUBLISHED
P.Downes, C.Maunsell & J. Ivers , A holistic approach to early school leaving and school retention in Blanchardstown: Current issues and future steps for services and schools. , Dublin, Commissioned Research Report for Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Dublin., 2006, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Associate Dean of Civic Engagement & Social Innovation September 2021
(Institutional) Nominated (Trinity Office of Dean of Students) the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Stanford University, California, United States of America. Community, Outcomes and Impact Award. 2021
(Peer) Nominated Trinity College Dublin, Engagement Awards, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 2021
Faculty of Health Sciences Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. May 2019
Nominated 'Rising Star Award' American Psychological Association, United States of America. September 2019
Finalist (1/3) for Early Career Award, Neuroscience Ireland. October 2018
Finalist (1/2) European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon Portugal. 2017 Scientific Paper Award. A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis of the Recovery Process in Opioid-dependent patients Post-detoxification. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. October 2018
Shortlisted for the Integrated Care Academy© International Integrated Care Award as part of the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care. A cross-sectorial integrated care approach to addiction services, homeless services and prison services - the experience from Southern Ireland. May 2018
Finalist (1/5) European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon Portugal. 2016 Scientific Paper Award. Progressive white matter impairment as a predictor of outcome in a cohort of opioid-dependent patient's post-detoxification. Addiction Biology. May 2017
Fellowship Martino's Neuroimaging Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts, United States of America. May 2013
Appointed Research Fellow Representative on the Faculty Executive Committee, Trinity College Dublin June 2018
Best Poster Prize, Progressive white matter impairment as a predictor of outcome in a cohort of opioid-dependent patient's post-detoxification. Neuroscience Ireland Annual Conference. Ireland. May 2016
Senior Research Fellowship at the Combat Poverty Agency. 2007- 2008
Postgraduate Research Fellowship (3 months) at the Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin Ireland. 2007-2008