School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Intellectual Disability Nursing
Academic biographyAssistant 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 young people with disabilities to become career ready. The programme is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
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.