Dr Kate Cullen

School of Business

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

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(01 708) 6587


Dr Kate Cullen joined Maynooth University in 2019, having spent ten years with University College Dublin (UCD) as a member of the College of Business faculty and the Institute of Banking, where she led their Executive Education offering. A BComm and Masters in Business Studies graduate from UCD, Kate started her career in Davy Stockbrokers and then Deloitte where she trained as a management consultant and completed her management accountancy training. In 2009, Kate was awarded the Denis O'Connor Doctoral Scholarship in Accounting and she returned to UCD to complete her PhD in the area of impression management within corporate reports under the supervision of Prof Aileen Pierce and Prof Ciaran O hOgartaigh. Kate's research interests are behavioural in nature and focus on the areas of impression management, ethics, culture and corporate governance particularly within financial services, and health care costing. 

Research Interests

Kate's research interests are behavioural in nature and focus on the areas of impression management, ethics, culture and corporate governance particularly within financial services, and health care costing.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
VALID CF Study (HBS, Boston Children's Hospital, Temple Street Ireland) Researcher and Cost expert The application of Value Based Healthcare has become a global movement in order to find ways to control and prevent further disease i.e. optimise patient outcomes in a system of rising costs. European centres are moving toward this model and our study will be the first to conduct paediatric research in Ireland with the collaborative `input and experience in Value Based Healthcare of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Business School. We set out to: 1. To conduct a comparative analysis of the care pathways for children with CF in Ireland and Boston in an era of modulator therapy. 2. To apply Time Driven Activity Based Costing (TDABC) to paediatric CF care in Ireland and Boston in order to evaluate and compare direct and indirect costs of healthcare utilisation in an era of modulator therapy, and 3. To investigate the use of patient reported outcome and experience measures in optimising care.
AI_Premie study (UCD School of Medicine, National Maternity Hospitals) Health economic expert Our project was one of 6 teams to progress to the seed phase of the SFI Future Innovator Prize 2020 under the AI for Societal Good Challenge. Our Prize phase award started in Sept 2021 and ends in Sept 2022. 01/05/2022 30/09/2022

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Doyle, G.; O’Donnell, S.; Cullen, K.; Quigley, E. and Gibney, S. (2022) 'Understanding the cost of care of type 2 diabetes mellitus - a value measurement perspective'. BMJ Open, (12(1):e053001). [Link] http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053001 [Full-Text]
2017 Doyle G, O'Donnell S, Quigley E, Cullen K, Gibney S, et al. (2017) 'Patient level cost of diabetes self-management education programmes: an international evaluation'. BMJ Open, . [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2021 Cullen, K. (2021) European Accounting Association The impact of repeating positive information on non-professional investors’ judgements: Does frequency, location and investment experience matter?

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2020 O'Grady, E, Doyle, G, Cullen, K, Ringholz, F, Williamson. M, Greally. P, Perkins R, Sawicki G, Shehab, S and Kaplan, R. (2020) ICHOM Congress Value In delivery of care for children with Cystic Fibrosis: An international collaborative paediatric study Virtual, 16/11/2020-19/11/2020.
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Associate -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/09/2009 Inaugural KPMG Doctoral Scholar in Accounting University College Dublin


Committee Function From / To
Research Committee, School of Business Member -
School Advisory Committee Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning -


Employer Position From / To
University College Dublin Assistant Professor 01/09/2009 - 01/05/2016
Davy Analyst (investment / property) 01/09/2004 - 01/09/2007
Institute of Banking (UCD) Director of Executive Education 01/05/2016 - 01/11/2019
Deloitte Management Consultant 01/09/2007 - 01/12/2009

Other Activities

Member of Risk and Audit Committee of QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) for a three year term.


Client Description
Banking Provide guidance on ethics and culture within Banking

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Reviewer 01/01/2011 -

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are primarily centred on management and cost accounting, financial decision-making, as well as ethics, culture and corporate governance. 

Current modules co-ordinated at Maynooth University:

AC305 Advanced Management and Cost Accounting 
AC306 Ethics and Corporate Governance 
AC210 / AC260 Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants

Thesis supervision:

Masters of Accounting