Primary Department
School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Intellectual Disability Nursing
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

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.
I led the DCU Ability Project from 2018 - 2022  which aimed 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 was 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. 

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.