School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Mental Health Nursing
Academic biographyI am an Assistant Professor in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at DCU. I initially trained as a mental health nurse and I practiced for 8 years in a variety of mental health care settings, including adult inpatient services, and then moving to community services working as a community mental health nurse. While I was working as a mental health nurse I was completing a PhD at DCU part-time. I took up this full-time academic post in DCU in 2014 after I had completed my PhD. I lecture on both the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes which have facilitated the development of my teaching and research interests in the areas of mental health nurse education and mental health nursing practice.
My research interests predominately focus on mental health nurse education particularly the involvement of experts by experience in professional education and mental health nursing practice with a focus on recovery orientated practice, and trauma-informed practice.
I also supervise Master's students and Doctorate students, including qualitative, and mixed-methods methodologies.
Research interestsMy research interest focuses on mental health nursing practice, mental health nurse education, recovery, and trauma-informed practice.
The COMMUNE project focused on the co-production of mental health education for nursing students. This was Erasmus Plus strategic partnership funded project which involves working in partnership with mental health service users (Experts by Experience) throughout all stages of the research process (grant application - data collection - data analysis - intervention design).
Current project (IRC funding) -Building Relational Capacity in Parents and Children in Ballymun-Evaluating YB Infant Mental Health Interventions.
Young Ballymun (YB) provides a range of interventions aiming to build the relationship between parents and children, enhancing their relational capacity and promoting resilience. This project will establish the experiences and perceptions of parents and professionals on the relevance and benefits (acceptability) of these interventions.