IGS Postgraduate Study Day 2015 - Presenters

Session 1

Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Older Adults with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland at End of Life.  

Janet O’ Farrell is a graduate of University College Cork (2007) and Trinity College Dublin (2009), completing a BA and MSc in Applied Psychology. She is currently a PhD scholar of AIIHPC, attending Trinity College Dublin, researching palliative and end of life care for older adults with intellectual disability in Ireland, through a social justice lens, in association with the IDS-TILDA study, under the supervision of Prof. Mary McCarron, Prof. Philip McCallion, Dr. Karen Ryan and Dr. Geralyn Hynes.

Experiences of Early Onset Dementia and Accessing Health Care and Social Care Services in Ireland.

Vanessa Moore is a third-year PhD student at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in TCD. Before embarking on her PhD, Vanessa completed as MSc in Applied Social Research in TCD. After this she worked  or two years as a research assistant in the Living with Dementia Programme in TCD, where her work focused on practical interventions for successful living for persons with dementia, as well as other dissemination activities.

Exploring Perceptions of Ageing Amongst Mid- life Women in Connemara.

Alison Herbert is a PhD candidate, (p/t) at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI, Galway.  Her supervisors are Professor Tom Scharf & Dr Áine Ní Léime.  Alison is  presenting Final Findings from qualitative study of the perspectives of mid-life women ageing in Connemara.  Alison also lectures in ‘communications’ within NUI, Galway, and undertakes freelance public relations work. She has an undergraduate degree: BA Sociology, University of Stirling; a Post-graduate Masters in Journalism, NUI, Galway; and a post-graduate teaching qualification from Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh

Session 2

An Exploration of Bone Health Among Older Adults with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland.

Eilish Burke, RGN RNID BNS MSc, Project Manager, PhD Student. Eilish trained as a general nurse and later as an ID nurse. She has over 25 years’ experience working with adults with intellectual disability. Eilis completed her Masters in Nursing in Trinity College Dublin and joined the IDS-TILDA team as a research assistant in 2010. In 2011 she assumed the role of Project Manager with IDS-TILDA and commenced her PhD studies in 2013 investigating bone health among adults with intellectual disability. Her research interests include health, inclusionary healthcare screening, accessible health promotion and promoting research involvement of people with ID.

Investigating Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in the Older Prison Population: Identification, Experiences, Services and Context.

Chiara Healy registered as a part-time PhD student at the University of Limerick, Speech & Language Therapy Dept. in July 2014.  She continues to work full-time as a Speech & Language Therapist at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. Her work is primarily with older adults with speech, language and/or dysphagia.  Chiara’s research interest is in the area of identification and xperiences of oropharyngeal dysphagia among older prisoners in Ireland.

Falls Related Events After Stroke. 

Mary Walsh is completing a full-time PhD in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, investigating fall events after stroke. She qualified as a physiotherapist from UCD in 2009 and gained clinical experience in Vancouver, Canada. She completed a PG Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation in UCC in 2012 and worked with the brain injury organisation Headway. She held a research assistant position in RCSI investigating community re-integration after stroke prior to beginning her PhD.

Session 3

Assessment of Subjective Memory and Cognitive Complaints in Primary Care.

Sophia Kilcullen is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU. Under the supervision of Dr. Kate Irving and Prof. Teresa Burke, she is examining the assessment of subjective cognitive complaints in primary care. This involves exploring the relationships between standardized subjective and objective cognitive measures and comparing the differential sensitivity and specificity of these measures in community-dwelling healthy older adults who self-report, or do not self-report, everyday cognitive failures.

Determinants of Functional Decline and Length of Stay for Frail Older Medical Patients in the Medical Setting.

Ruth McCullagh is a physiotherapist previously working in the Mercy University Hospital Cork. She is a PhD student at the Centre for Gerontology & Rehabilitation, UCC . The aim of her study is to measure the effects of an augmented prescribed exercise programme for frail older medical inpatients.