I qualified as a general nurse and midwife and worked in the UK, Middle East, Asia and Africa before returning to Ireland to complete a Higher Diploma in Public Health Nursing and an MSc in Community Health. In line with my interests in community health and ageing I subsequently undertook a PhD in Health Services and Population Health Research funded by the HRB (2007-2011). This work focused on formal home care provision for older adults and was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology (2013-2016) at the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College.
My current role in DCU is focused on ageing with a particular emphasis on technology to support older adults to live independent at home. I am currently leading a team of researchers from the Centre for eIntegrated Care as PI on the NEX project funded under the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (https://www.dcu.ie/ceic/nex).
Current research (the NEX project) involves a collaboration between the Centre for eIntegrated Care and INSIGHT at DCU with industry partners Davra and Danalto. This project is focused on the design and development of technology to support older adults to remain living independently in their own homes. Further information can be found on the website (https://www.dcu.ie/ceic/nex).