Dr Cliona McGovern is a Head of Subject in Legal Medicine in University College Dublin (UCD) where she lectures to undergraduate medical, radiography, and physiotherapy students on aspects of forensic and legal medicine, medical ethics and professionalism. Cliona also lectures on the graduate programme in Legal Medicine in Healthcare Risk Management & Quality. She is the principal examiner for the aforementioned undergraduate students for the associated modules and is a supervisor for a number of students in the MSc in Healthcare Risk Management & Quality. She is also the Chair of UCD’s Human Sciences Research Ethics Committee.
Cliona has published both nationally and internationally on medical law and ethics, suicides, road traffic collisions, coronial data, fitness to practise issues, and is co-author of the book Simpson’s Forensic Medicine (Irish version).
Cliona holds a PhD in Coroners’ Law and Death Investigation from the Department of Law in the University of Sheffield. She also holds a Professional Diploma in University Teaching & Learning, an MA in the Medico-Ethical Aspects of the Diagnosis of Brain Death from UCD and BA from UCD. She is also a lay advisor to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and, for the UK Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians, she is the ethical advisor to the MRCP (UK) Scenario Editorial Committee.