School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Head of School
Academic biographyI am an Associate Professor in Health Systems/Public Health Research in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, in DCU and am currently Head of the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health (since Sept 2019). I am a member of the IUA Heads of Nursing and Midwifery Group.
This May (7th May, 2020) we are hosting an international celebration of Nurses and Midwives with invited speakers, panel discussions, 2 honorary doctoral conferrings and have recently launched a national award for The most Inspirational Nurse and Midwife which will be announced at the event.
I have previously held the roles of Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Science and Health (2014-2017) and Deputy Head of School (2011-2014). Over the past 25 years I have led a wide range of teaching, research and community engagement initiatives nationally and internationally.
Some examples of recent initiatives are captured below
I was on the national working group who recently developed and implemented the Making Every Contact - National Undergraduate Curriculum for Health Behaviour Change national curriculum. This was a collaboration between every University in Ireland and the HSE and the outcome was the first standardized national curriculum in Health Promotion and Health Behaviour Change for all Health Professionals in Ireland
I was awarded seed funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/digital-enhancement-funding/teaching-learning-enhancement-fund-cal to explore the research skills of clinical nurses in the Republic of Ireland. This work was conducted in one HSE area exploring the views and experiences of nurses across a range of disciplines and all grades.
I was on the programme team who transitioned the face-to-face bachelor of nursing programme to a fully on-line format. This publication details the transition
I have led a number of projects in the area of Autism, the most project which was undertaken with my colleagues Dr Briege Casey and Dr Andrew Boilson, explored the Prevalence of Autism in Homelessness. More details of the project can be seen here https://www.dcu.ie/news/news/2019/10/dcu-academics-awarded-funding-to-conduct-research-into-autism-a.... The final project report can be viewed here
I was also the lead investigator on the Irish arm of an EU project entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders in the EU
Health Systems/Public Health
Recent studies in the areas of folic acid fortification, school lunches. obesity, Autism, Intellectual Disability Research and Teaching and Learning and research competencies in Nurse Education