Geraldine McCarthy, PhD '94, MSN '90, RGN, RNT, DNT

Distinguished Alumni Award 2012:

Dr. Geraldine McCarthy is professor emerita and founder of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork, Ireland (UCC). She led the school in its development from its establishment in 1994 to date. She has also served as acting head of the College of Medicine and Health at UCC, for which she provided strategic leadership in research and educational programs in medicine, dentistry, therapies, pharmacy, nursing, and midwifery.

She received an MEd from Trinity College in Dublin and her MSN and PhD degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Presently a member of Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), she has also been a member of many Irish national and European committees, including the Task Force on Undergraduate Medical Education, Commission on Nursing, and Nurse Education Forum. She has also held nursing positions in the UK, USA, and Canada. Her research interests include those associated with management and chronic disease and self care, especially in elderly care.