School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Health and Society
Academic biographyI work as an Assistant Professor in Health & Society in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health, DCU. My background includes mental health nursing, strengths-based therapy, nurse education and qualitative research. Over recent years, I became increasingly interested in the varied use of drugs in contemporary societies, issues of freedom and responsibility as they relate to health, identity and mental health, cycling and the politics of mobility, and the ethics of human-nonhuman animal relations. Currently, I am most especially interested in alcohol use, sobriety and ways to contest alcogenic systems and culture.
Research interestsIn September 2009, I completed my PhD which focused on how persons sustain, struggle for, and develop valued identities in the context of psychosis and psychiatric involvement. Since then, I have supervised or co-supervised the completion of nine doctoral research projects in which qualitative methodologies (grounded theory, phenomenology or interpretative phenomenological analysis) were employed and these include investigations of client experiences in psychotherapy, homelessness, responsibility in psychotherapy supervision, interactions between service users and nurses in acute mental health care, prosthesis use, how men account for partner abuse by women, creative approaches in psychotherapy supervision. and how cyclists simultaneously deal with issues of precariousness and entitlement on Dublin's roads.
I currently supervise/co-supervise two PhD projects: one to do with issues of personal autonomy from the perspectives of persons with dementia and one on the ethics of official recordkeeping in Ireland. Also, I currently supervise/co-supervise four research projects on Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy programme.