Portrait of Dr Cath O'Halloran Dr Cath O'Halloran

c.o'halloran@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473028


Cath joined the University of Huddersfield in 2005 and is currently Acting Dean of the School of Human & Health Sciences. She is a podiatrist by professional background and in addition to professional and teaching qualifications she holds an MSc from the University of Southampton and a PhD from the University of Newcastle. She brings a wealth of experience in health professions’ education to her roles at Huddersfield. Prior to taking up post at Huddersfield she was Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, where she led the curriculum development work for a large Department of Health funded inter-professional learning initiative involving two universities and 18 health service provider organisations; between 1993 and 2001 Cath was Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Newcastle acting as Education Advisor to the Postgraduate Deans for Medicine and Dentistry; and before that she held several posts in podiatry education at New College Durham. Her career profile reflects her interest in healthcare workforce development and inter-professional education. In 2012 Cath was elected to the Executive of the Council of Deans of Health and in 2015 she was re-elected and now serves as Treasurer to the Council.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Centre for Applied Psychological Research and an associate member of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.

Research interests

Current research interests include inter-professional education and learning and teaching in health professionals’ education.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hean, S., Anderson, L., Greenfield, C., John, C., Pitt, R. and O'Halloran, C. (2015) ‘Reviews of theoretical frameworks: Challenges and judging the quality of theory applicationMedical Teacher . ISSN 0142-159X

Burden, S., Topping, A. and O'Halloran, C. (2015) ‘The value of artefacts in stimulated-recall interviewsNurse Researcher , 23 (1), pp. 26-33. ISSN 1351-5578


Anderson, E., Hean, S., O'Halloran, C., Pitt, R. and Hammick, M. (2014) ‘Faculty Development for Interprofessional Education and Practice’. In: Faculty Development in the Health Professions: A Focus on Research and Practice. : Springer. pp. 287-310. ISBN 9789400776111

Hean, S., Barr, H., Mugambi, W., Frantz, J. and O'Halloran, C. (2014) ‘Professor Ratie MpofuJournal of Interprofessional Care , 28 (1), pp. 87-87. ISSN 13561820


Hean, S., O'Halloran, C., Craddock, D., Hammick, M. and Pitt, R. (2013) ‘Testing theory in interprofessional education: Social capital as a case studyJournal of Interprofessional Care , 27 (1), pp. 10-17. ISSN 13561820

Craddock, D., O'Halloran, C., McPherson, K., Hean, S. and Hammick, M. (2013) ‘A top-down approach impedes the use of theory? Interprofessional educational leaders' approaches to curriculum development and the use of learning theoryJournal of Interprofessional Care , 27 (1), pp. 65-72. ISSN 1356-1820

Hean, S., Anderson, E., Bainbridge, L., Clark, P., Craddock, D., Doucet, S., Hammick, M., Mpofu, R., O'Halloran, C., Pitt, R. and Oandasan, I. (2013) ‘IN-2-THEORY – Interprofessional theory, scholarship and collaboration: A community of practiceJournal of Interprofessional Care , 27 (1), pp. 88-90. ISSN 13561820


Hean, S., Craddock, D. and O'Halloran, C. (2009) ‘Learning theories and interprofessional education: a user's guideLearning in Health and Social Care , 8 (4), pp. 250-262. ISSN 1473-6853


Craddock, D., O'Halloran, C., Borthwick, A. and McPherson, K. (2006) ‘Interprofessional education in health and social care: fashion or informed practice?Learning in Health and Social Care , 5 (4), pp. 220-242. ISSN 1473-6853

O'Halloran, C., Hean, S., Humphris, D. and Macleod-Clark, J. (2006) ‘Developing common learning: the new generation project undergraduate curriculum modelJournal of Interprofessional Care , 20 (1), pp. 12-28. ISSN 13561820


Stewart, J., Bregazzi, R. and O'Halloran, C. (2003) ‘Accident and emergency medicine specialist registrars' perceptions of the 'essential' aspects of a training placementLearning in Health and Social Care , 2 (1), pp. 28-36. ISSN 1473-6853

Illing, J., van Zwanenberg, T., Cunningham, W., Taylor, G., O'Halloran, C. and Prescott, R. (2003) ‘Pre-registration house officers in general practice: review of evidenceBritish medical journal , 326, pp. 1019-1022. ISSN 0959-8138


Illing, J., Taylor, G. and O'Halloran, C. (2002) ‘Can a postgraduate course for general practitioners deliver perceived benefit for learners, patients and the NHS?: a qualitative studyMedical Teacher , 24 (1), pp. 67-70. ISSN 0142-159X

O'Halloran, C (2002) ‘Global network explores diversity and opportunity in nurse educationNurse Education Today , 22 (1), pp. 26-27. ISSN 0260-6917


O'Halloran, C (2001) ‘Professional regulation’. In: The New GP. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. . ISBN 9781857754926

Redfern, N. and O'Halloran, C. (2001) ‘Revalidating doctors - Ensuring standards, securing the futureMedical Woman , 20 (1), pp. 17-18. ISSN 1551-8221


Stewart, J., O'Halloran, C., Barton, J., Singleton, S., Harrigan, P. and Spencer, J. (2000) ‘Clarifying the concepts of confidence and competence to produce appropriate self-evaluation measurement scalesMedical Education , 34 (11), pp. 903-909. ISSN 0308-0110

Redfern, N., Bynoe, G., O'Halloran, C., Pokora, J. and Connor, M. (2000) ‘Individual doctors and clinical governance: Achieving an appropriate balance of support and challenge in hospital medicineClinician in management , 9 (3), pp. 169-176. ISSN 0965-5751

Taylor, G., Stewart, J., Illing, J., O'Halloran, C. and van Zwanenberg, T. (2000) ‘Development of clinical governance in primary careEducation for general practice , 11, p. 208. ISSN 1367-8523

Taylor, G., Illing, J., Stewart, J. and O'Halloran, C. (2000) ‘The development of clinical governance leads:an educational initiative, applying theory to practiceJournal of clinical governance , 8, pp. 33-37. ISSN 1467-5277


Stewart, J., O'Halloran, C., Harrigan, P., Spencer, J., Barton, J. and Singleton, S. (1999) ‘Identifying appropriate tasks for the preregistration year: modified Delphi techniqueBritish medical journal , 319 (7204), pp. 224-229. ISSN 0959-8138


Atkins, M. and O'Halloran, C. (1995) ‘Evaluating multimedia applications for medical education (AMEE Medical Education Guide No. 6.)Medical Teacher , 17 (2), pp. 149-160. ISSN 0142-159X

Research Degree Supervision

  • Inter-professional learning in health and social care
  • Pedagogy and curriculum development in health care education
  • Learning in clinical environments