Catherine Houghton is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway. Catherine’s research interests are primarily around qualitative research methodologies, qualitative evidence synthesis and the integration of qualitative research in trials. Catherine is Co-Chair of the Qualitative Research in Trials Centre (QUESTS), embedded within the Health Research Board-Trial methodology research Network (HRB-TMRN), and co-lead of the Qualitative Research in Trials (QRiT) target group, within Trial Conduct Group of the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP). Catherine is also a research associate for Evidence Synthesis Ireland, and a member of the Emergency Evidence Response Service (EERS) in response to COVID-19. In line with her interest in qualitative methodology, she sits on the advisory board for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) and is European Editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM).