Deirdre Corby

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Assistant Professor / Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University with a PhD from Ulster University for a study entitled Experiences in post-secondary and higher education: a hermeneutic interpretation of the narratives of people with intellectual disability. MSc. in Nursing Management, Graduate Diploma in Public Management, National Diploma in Personnel Management, Registered Nurse (Intellectual Disabilities).  I have a number of years of clinical experience prior to becoming involved in  Education.
Currently I am leading the DCU Ability Programme which aims to support adults  with disabilities to become career ready. The programme was  co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 until August 2021. The project has been extended to December 2022 with approval by Government and support from the Dormant Accounts Fund. My interests include supporting  people with intellectual disability to become involved in decisions within the services they attend and also promoting access to post-secondary and higher education. I am also interesting in helping students with their knowledge of assistive technology and how it can help and support people with illness or disability.
One of the research studies I was involved in was the SOPHIE study (Special Olympics Programmes Health Impact Evaluation). During this study I was one of the key members of the research team  examining if people involved in Special Olympics were happier and healthier than those not involved. 

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2012 Corby, D., Cousins, W., Slevin, E. (2012) 'Inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities in Post-secondary and Higher Education: A review of the literature' In: Jones, P., Storan, J., Hudson, A, Braham, J(Eds.). Lifelong Learning: Community Development. London : Berforts Information Press Ltd.
2003 Deirdre Corby , Peter Boland (2003) 'Curriculum development for nursing and assistive technology' In: Bell, R. (1973) Thinking about the curriculum. Milton Keyes: Open University Press. Cook, A. and Hussey, S. (2002) Assistive Technologies Principles and Practice (2nd edition). London: Mosby Dolan, B. (2002) Editorial. Emergency Nurse, Vol 10 (5) 3-5. Galvin, J C, and Scherer, M J (Eds) (1996) Evaluating, Selecting, and Using Appropriate Assistive Technology Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publishers. Golby, M. (1994) ���Curriculum Traditions��� In Policies for the Curriculum eds B. Mo(Eds.). Assistive Technology-Shaping the Future. : IOS Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Mullally F;Corby D; (2021) 'A practical example of an open disclosure process for people with intellectual disabilities in the Republic of Ireland'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2020 Buchner, T;Shevlin, M;Donovan, MA;Gercke, M;Goll, H;Siska, J;Janyskova, K;Smogorzewska, J;Szumski, G;Vlachou, A;Demo, H;Feyerer, E;Corby, D (2020) 'Same Progress for All? Inclusive Education, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and Students With Intellectual Disability in European Countries'. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2018 Corby D;Taggart L;Cousins W; (2018) 'The lived experience of people with intellectual disabilities in post-secondary or higher education'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2017 Walsh D;Belton S;Meegan S;Bowers K;Corby D;Staines A;McVeigh T;McKeon M;Hoey E;Trépel D;Griffin P;Sweeney MR; (2017) 'A comparison of physical activity, physical fitness levels, BMI and blood pressure of adults with intellectual disability, who do and do not take part in Special Olympics Ireland programmes'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2017 Corby D;Taggart L;Cousins W; (2017) 'Meeting the challenge of interpretation. Hearing the voices of people with intellectual and developmental disability through I-Poems'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2017 Corby D. and McSweeney MR (2017) 'Researchers’ experiences and lessons learned from doing mixed-methods research with a population with intellectual disabilities: Insights from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [Link]
2017 Hoey, E;Staines, A;Walsh, D;Corby, D;Bowers, K;Belton, S;Meegan, S;McVeigh, T;McKeon, M;Trepel, D;Griffin, P;Sweeney, MR (2017) 'An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 21 :346-365. [DOI]
2015 Bowers, K; Corby, D; Lambert, V;Staines A; McVeigh, T; McKeon, T; Belton, S; Meegan, S; Walsh, D; Trepel, D; Griffen, P; Sweeney M (2015) 'People with intellectual disabilityand their families’ perspectivesof Special Olympics Ireland:Qualitative findings from theSOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, .
2016 Bowers, K;Corby, D;Lambert, V;Staines, A;McVeigh, T;McKeon, M;Hoey, E;Belton, S;Meegan, S;Walsh, D;Trepel, D;Griffin, P;Sweeney, MR (2016) 'People with intellectual disability and their families' perspectives of Special Olympics Ireland: Qualitative findings from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20 :354-370. [DOI]
2015 Corby, D., Taggart, L. and Cousins, W. (2015) 'People with intellectual disability and human science research: A systematic review of phenomenological studies using interviews for data collection'. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 47 :451-465. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2015.09.001
2013 Corby, D., Slevin, E. and Cousins, W. (2013) 'Improving services through co-operative learning'. LEARNING DISABILITY PRACTICE, 16 :28-30.
2003 Corby, D. and Boland, P. (2003) 'Curriculum development for Nursing and Assistive Technology'. Assistive Technology Research Series, Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future :195-199.
2022 Corby, D;King, E;Petrie, M;Reddy, S;Callan, A;Andersen, T (2022) 'Making a Case for the Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education'. Disabilities, 2 (3):415-427. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2030029
2016 (2016) 'Methodological issues arising in recruitment and conducting field work with people with intellectual disabilities and their families: Results from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, .

Other Journal

Year Publication
2021 Corby, D., Andersen, T, Delany, C. King, E., Petrie, M. and Reddy, S. (2021) 'Supporting People with Disabilities towards Employment: DCU Ability Project' (12) . [Link]
2019 Corby, D, Neylon, M., Slattery, O., O'Byrne, A. and O'Leary C. (2019) 'National Forum of Inclusive Higher Education Providers – together is better' (3) :38-41. [Link]
2016 Corby, D. (2016) 'Conference Report: International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 15th World Congress' 104 . [Link]
2016 Corby, D. (2016) 'New Guide published by HIQA to help support decision making' . [Link]
2015 Corby, D. (2015) 'Reading, Writing and Quality of Life' 98 . [Link]
2014 Corby, D. (2014) 'Pathways to Inclusion: 4th International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability [IASSIDD] Europe Congress' 96 .
2012 Corby, D., Danaher, T., Jackson, R. and Pierse, B. (2012) 'Influencing service improvement and change through education' 88 :18-19.
2011 Corby, D. and Danaher, T. (2011) 'Conference Report. Joint Congress for the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability and IASSID Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health SIRG, 2011' 84 .
2007 Corby, D. (2007) 'Conference Report. Chronic Disease Management in People with Intellectual Disability.May 2007' 70 .
2007 Corby, D. (2007) 'National Intellectual Disability Database: Summary of annual report 2007' 71 :4-5.
2004 Corby, D. (2004) 'A corporate perspective on approaching and managing manual handling in Irish healthcare organisations' :21-26.
2003 Corby, D. (2003) 'Assistive Technology' 56 :23-*.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2019 Corby, D and Andersen C (2019) IASSID 2019 Glasgow Developing pathways into education, training and employability for young people with intellectual disabilities: initial experiences from the DCU ability project
2016 Corby, D., Taggart, L. and Cousins, W. (2016) IASSIDD 15th World Congress. Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice Post-secondary and higher education: A study of the experiences of people with intellectual disability Journal of Intellectual Disability Research,

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 Corby, D and Andersen C. (2019) IASSIDD World Congress Developing pathways into education, training and employability for young people with disabilities: Initial experiences from the DCU Ability Project Glasgow, 06/08/2019-09/08/2019.
2019 Thompson, SA., Corby, D., Buchner, T., Specht, J., Bennett, S., Faragher, R. and Sgaramella, TM (2019) IASSIDD World Congress Students with Intellectual and Development Disabilities: Inclusive Education In Secondary Schools and Academically Dense Content Areas Glasgow, 06/08/2019-09/11/2019.
2018 Corby, D. and Lehwaldt, D. (2018) EdTech2018 -TEL Quality Matters - People, Policies and Practices Assessment using Professional Practice Portfolios for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners Carlow, 31/05/2018-01/06/2018.
2018 Corby D. and McSweeney MR (2018) 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress. Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference Caregiving burden among family caregivers of people with intellectual disability: insights from the SOPHIE study Athens, Greece, 17/07/2018-20/07/2018.
2017 Dee, Brendan and Corby Deirdre (2017) Bridging the Gap: from evidence to improved health for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. IASSIDD Nurses awareness and use of assessment tools for identifying the health needs of people with intellectual disability Belfast Northern Ireland, 19/06/2017-20/06/2017.
2017 Corby, D. (2017) MS Ireland Neurological Information Day's Evidence Supporting Assistive Technology Radisson Blu Hotel, Rosses Point Rd. Sligo, 22/09/2017-23/10/2017.
2016 Corby, D., Hoey, E., Walsh, D. Bowers, K., McKeon, M., Staines, A., Meegan, S., Belton, S., Griffin, P. McVeigh, T., Trépel, D. Lambert, L. and M.R, Sweeney (2016) IASSIDD 15th World Congress. Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice Methodological issues arising in recruitment and conducting field work with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and their families: Results from the SOPHIE study Melbourne, 14/08/2016-19/08/2016.
2016 Corby D, Hoey E, Walsh D, Bowers K, McKeon M, Staines A, Meegan S, Belton S, Griffin P, McVeigh T, Trepel D, Lambert V, Sweeney MR (2016) International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 15th World Congress. Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice Methodological issues arising in recruitment and conducting field work with people with intellectual disabilities and their families: results from the SOPHIE study Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, 15/08/2016-19/08/2016.
2016 Corby, D. and Conneely, J. (2016) Education After 18 - What Happens? Inclusion Ireland: Self Advocacy Conference Dublin, 01/12/2016-.
2016 Corby, D., Taggart, L. and Cousins, W. (2016) IASSIDD 15th World Congress. Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice Post-secondary and higher education: A study of the experiences of people with intellectual disability Melbourne, 14/08/2016-19/08/2016.
2014 Corby, D., Taggart, L., Cousins, W. (2014) Fourth International IASSIDD Europe Regional Congress People with intellectual disability (ID) and phenomenological research: a review of the literature Vienna, 14/07/2014-17/07/2014.
2014 Corby, D., Feeney, G., Halstead, Y. and Fogarty, P. (2014) Into The Real World: What does the best higher education experience for a students with a disability look like? People with Intellectual Disability, Staff and Families Working Together to Improve Services Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dublin, 18/03/2014-.
2014 Corby, D., Taggart, L., Cousins, W. (2014) Fourth International IASSIDD Europe Regional Congress Analysing qualitative interviews with people with intellectual disability who attended higher education: Using I- Poems to listen to the participant’s voice Vienna, 14/07/2014-17/07/2014.
2013 Corby, D. (2013) 10th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference Promoting inclusive education: people with intellectual disability; family and staff members working together Dublin City University, 01/05/2013-.
2013 Corby, D. Cousins, W. and Taggart, L. (2013) 2013 Advances in Qualitative Methods (AQM) Conference The experiences of adults with intellectual disability in post secondary and higher education in the Republic of Ireland: hermeneutic phenomenology preliminary data analysis International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Canada, 21/06/2013-23/06/2013.
2012 Corby, D, Clinton, E, Grendon, L. and Kelly, L. (2012) Intellectual Disability Studies Conference Inclusive Education in Practice; family members, staff and people with intellectual disability working together University of limerick, 06/06/2012-.
2012 Corby, D. (2012) FACE 2012 Annual Conference Widening Access to Higher Education in ‘Divided Communities’ An inclusive educational approach to improving services for people with intellectual disability University of Ulster, Derry, 04/07/2012-06/07/2012.
2012 Corby, D., Danaher, T. and Jackson, R. (2012) Nursing Network in Intellectual Disability Ireland (NNIDI), Conference 2012 Service Improvement and Change through Education Stewarts Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 26/09/2012-.
2011 Danaher, T. and Corby, D. (2011) Joint Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability & IASSID Challenging Behaviour & Mental Health SIRG Empowering Nurses in Practice through Education Manchester, 01/09/2011-03/09/2011.
2011 Corby, D. (2011) FACE 2011 Annual Conference Inclusion of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Post-secondary and Higher Education: A Review of the Literature University of Glasgow, 29/06/2011-01/07/2011.
2010 Corby, D. (2010) International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership - Network Meeting Introduction to Project: Inclusive Involvement in Education Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 19/05/2010-21/05/2010.
2010 Corby, D. (2010) DCU Teaching and Learning Day 2010 Introduction to Project: Inclusive Involvement in Education Dublin City University, 03/06/2010-.
2007 Corby, D., McGonagle, C., McGuinness, D. and O'Reilly, O. (2007) Teaching and Learning Innovations ANNUAL TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY The experiences and expectations of lecturers into the use by students of academic feedback within undergradute programme in DCU Dublin City University, 07/06/2007-.
2006 O'Reilly, O., McGonagle, C. and Corby, D. (2006) NET Conference, Durham, UK. September 2006 The experiences and expectations of lecturers into the use by students of academic feedback (consultation time) within undergraduate programmes Durham, UK, 09/05/2006-09/07/2006.
2004 Corby, D. (2004) Irish Ergonomics Society, Annual Conference 2004 A Study of strategic Approaches in Manual Handling Dublin, 26/03/2004-.
2004 Corby, D. (2004) Irish Ergonomics Society, Annual Conference 2004 A Corporate Perspective on approaching and managing manual handling in Irish Healthcare Organisations Dublin, 26/03/2004-.
2003 Corby, D. and Boland, P. (2003) AAATE Conference 2003 Shaping the Future Curriculum Development for Nursing and Assistive Technology University College Dublin, 31/08/2003-03/09/2003.
2003 Corby, D. (2003) AAATE 2003 Conference, Shaping the Future Curriculum Development for Nursing and Assistive Technology University College Dublin, 31/08/2003-03/09/2003.

Abstract

Year Publication
2019 Thompson, SA;Corby, D;Buchner, T;Specht, J;Bennett, S;Faragher, R;Sgaramella, TM (2019) STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES: INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND ACADEMICALLY DENSE CONTENT AREAS. HOBOKEN: ABST
2019 Corby, D;Andersen, C (2019) DEVELOPING PATHWAYS INTO EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYABILITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: INITIAL EXPERIENCES FROM THE DCU ABILITY PROJECT. HOBOKEN: ABST
2018 Corby, D;Buchner, T;Thompson, S;O'Donovan, MA;Plaute, W (2018) Post-secondary and third level education for people with intellectual disabilities. HOBOKEN: ABST
2018 Corby, D;Sweeney, M (2018) Caregiving burden among family caregivers of people with intellectual disability: insights from the SOPHIE study. HOBOKEN: ABST
2016 Corby, D;Taggart, L;Cousins, W (2016) Post-secondary and higher education: A study of the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. HOBOKEN: ABST

Review Articles

Year Publication
2019 Corby D.;Sweeney M. (2019) Researchers’ experiences and lessons learned from doing mixed-methods research with a population with intellectual disabilities: Insights from the SOPHIE study. REV [DOI]
2015 Corby D.;Taggart L.;Cousins W. (2015) People with intellectual disability and human science research: A systematic review of phenomenological studies using interviews for data collection. REV [DOI]

Published abstracts

Year Publication
2014 Corby, D;Taggart, L;Cousins, W (2014) People with intellectual disability and phenomenological research: a review of the literature. HOBOKEN: PUBA
2014 Corby, D;Taggart, L;Cousins, W (2014) Analysing qualitative interviews using I-poems. HOBOKEN: PUBA

Newsletter

Year Publication
2022 Connolly, Leanne;Scanlon, Geraldine,;Corby, Deirdre (2022) The what, where and who of guidance and transition planning for students with intellectual disabilities in Ireland - a literature review. NEWSL
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2015 Presidents Award for Engagement - Special merit staff award Dublin City University
01/03/2021 AONTAS Star Award (highly commended) AONTAS
01/05/2020 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2020 DCU

Committees

Committee Function From / To
Inclusive Education SIRG at IASSIDD (International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability) 19/08/2016 -
Research Ethics Committee, St Michael's House. Review Research Proposals 01/03/2014 - 20/01/2019
Irish Ergonomics Society Associate Membership 08/03/2004 - 30/12/1999

Employment

Employer Position From / To
Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Deputy Unit Head - 31/05/1992
Daughters of Charity Nurse Tutor - 31/07/2002
Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Staff Nurse - 31/12/1988
Dublin City University Lecturer - 30/12/1899
Daughters of Charity Staff Nurse - 31/03/1998
Hospitaller Order of St. John of Gods Programme Manager - 31/08/1995

Education

Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Ulster University PhD
Dublin City University Level 9 with 5 (ECTS)
University College Dublin M.Sc. Nursing Management

Reviews

Journal Role
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Reviewer
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities Reviewer
Education Sciences Reviewer
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities Reviewer

Other Activities

Description
Member of Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) (Inclusive Education)

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
DCU in the Community School of Nursing and Human Sciences Talks on disability related issues.

Media

Title Year Type Authors
The RTÉ Investigations Unit’s Inside Bungalow 3 2014 Documentary RTÉ Investigations

Research Interests

Inclusion in education and employment opportunities  for people with intellectual disabilities. Independent Living for people with disabilities, Assistive Technologies, Intellectual Disabilities, Education, Management and Training for Managers.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
DCU Ability DCU PI 02/04/2018 31/03/2021
DCU Ability Project Project lead The project will target participants who may have limited work experience and support them to take their first or subsequent steps towards employment. ‘Works for Me’ DCU campus course; the national online ‘Introduction to Work’ course; and the ‘Next Steps’ support programme will be offered to participants. Internal support across DCU for work placements, will be provided as well as external employers who will offer work placements with potential paid employment opportunities. 01/09/2021 31/12/2022

Teaching Interests

Intellectual Disabilities
Nursing Practice
Research
Inclusion
Assistive Technologies

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2021 Description of 2022_NS515 NS515
2020 Advancing Practice,Leadership & Collaboration NS5012
2022 Practice Module 3 (Intellectual Disability) NS376
2022 Assistive Technology & Complex Needs NS237
2022 Pedagogy & Sexual Health Education NS5062
2020 Working for Inclusion NS5005
2022 Mental health and well-being NS315