Dr Lisa O’Donoghue
Lecturer in Optometry
Academic and Professional Qualifications
- 2009 PhD "Epidemiology of Refractive Error in a United Kingdom Child Population", University of Ulster
- 2005 Masters in Clinical Research (Distinction), University of Ulster
- 2002 Post Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Ulster
- 1998 Membership of the College of Optometrists, August 1988, (Gibson Prize for fourth place)
- 1987 BSc Hons First Class in Ophthalmic Optics, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
- July 2000- Present day Lecturer in Optometry
- Jan 2000- Present day Examiner for the College of Optometrists
- July 2005- Present day Member of General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee
- Jan 1999- July 2000 Optometry Clinic Manager, UUC
- Oct 1997- Dec1998 Clinical Tutor in Optometry, UUC
- July 1991- June 1999 Optometrist, Kevin Finan Opticians, Derry
- August 1989- July 1991 Optometrist, Boots Opticians, Northern Ireland. Practice Manager (Newtownabbey) July 1990-July 1991
- October 1988- July 1989 Optometrist, Contact Lens Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
- Aug 1987- July 1988 Pre-Registration, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr O’Donoghue’s research interests include the epidemiology of childhood refractive error, how ocular biometric parameters impact upon the development of refractive error and the issue of uncorrected refractive error in children.
Dr O’Donoghue is currently involved in Phase 3 of the NICER (Northern Ireland Errors of Refraction) study, a prospective examination of refractive error in childhood and early adulthood.
Together with Dr Saunders from the University of Ulster she is also collaborating with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and Lurio University, Mozambique to develop a sustainable eye-care strategy for children.
- June 2009, Child Vision Research Society Annual Meeting, L.Oâ€™Donoghue, K.J.Saunders, J.F.McClelland, N.S.Logan, A.R.Rudnicka, C.G.Owen, Prevalence of refractive error in Northern Irish children
- May 2009, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Florida, L.Oâ€™Donoghue, K.J.Saunders, J.F.McClelland, N.S.Logan, A.R.Rudnicka, C.G.Owen, Prevalence of childhood refractive error in the United Kingdom
- March 2009, College of Optometrists Research Symposium, Brighton, L.Oâ€™Donoghue, K.J.Saunders, J.F.McClelland, N.S.Logan, A.R.Rudnicka, C.G.Owen, The Northern Ireland Childhood Refractive Error Study: prevalence of refractive error
Teaching and Learning Activities
- Module co-ordinator for General Examination Techniques
- Lectures and tutorials in Advanced Examination Techniques, Patient Management, Ocular Disease and Pharmacology
- Supervisor of final year undergraduate research projects
- Supervisor of PhD students
External Professional Commitments
- Member of the General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee
- Reviewer for numerous vision science journals
- Member of the Vision Science Recognised Research Group
Karen Breslin PhD "Progression of childhood refractive errors: a prospective study of Northern Irish children"
Aoife Phelan PhD (Dublin Institute of Technology) “Development of an eye-care strategy for Nampula, Mozambique.”
- July 2011: College of Optometrists Project Grant (£107,144). The Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction Study – Phase 3: Refractive development in childhood and early adulthood. Grant Holders Dr KJ Saunders, Dr L O’Donoghue, Dr JF McClelland.
- May 2011: World Council of Optometry Fellowship (£1800). Grant Holder Dr L O’Donoghue.
- June 2008: College of Optometrists Project Grant for 3 year post-graduate funding. (£50,466) Chief Investigator (Dr K J Saunders)