Name: Aine Kearns
Position: PhD student
Name: Anna Trace
Position: PhD Student
Telephone: +353 (0)21 490 4503
Collaboration and primary care; Interdisciplinary Education; Motivational Interviewing in healthcare settings ; Positive Psychology (Mindfulness meditation / Prevention programmes).
My research interest lies within the general area of human interaction and relationships, focusing specifically on understanding the processes of collaboration among healthcare professional groups. I am particularly interested in how groups construct their identities and culture. This interest has grown out of my experience as a counselling psychologist working for over a decade within a healthcare group, now a primary care team. Not only does this professional involvement influence my teaching; but it provides a fertile ground for research. It is widely acknowledged at a policy level, both nationally (National Health Strategy 2001; Primary Care Strategy 2001; Vision for Change 2006) and internationally (World health Report 2001), that primary care should be the cornerstone of modern health services, with the primary care team its central location. It is therefore crucial that there is sound research on the processes of collaboration in those teams to inform practice and to develop further theoretical knowledge on group processes.
Further Info: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A011/atrace/Home
Name: Dominika Lisiecka
Position: PhD student
Dominika graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech & Language Therapy from Academy of Education in Warsaw (2003). She has been working as a speech & language therapist in County Kerry since 2005. Her clinical experience includes community, residential and acute settings (both peadiatric and adults with wide range of difficulties). Her particular interest is in feeding and swallowing disorders, especially in neurological conditions.
Currently Dominika pursues a PhD at UCC. Her qualitative study is focused on the lived experience of dysphagia in Motor Neuron Disease (MND) from the perspective of the patient and carer. This project aligns with the top 20 research priorities identified for therapy professionals in Ireland (HRB 2010). It is known that appropriate management of dysphagia has significant prognostic implications in MND (Cameron & Rosenfield, 2002; Simmons, 2005), yet little is known about the impact of dysphagia on the lives of both adults with MND and their carers. This knowledge is needed to support these two groups in the most efficient way, where the health resources are based on identified needs, and to increase awareness of dysphagia and MND in the Irish society and beyond. This project arises from Dominika’s clinical experience with MND in both acute and community settings and her involvement with the Irish MND Association.
Current MSc students in the Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences
Amy Culloty: AmyCulloty12@gmail.com
Caoimhe Bowles: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Keyes: email@example.com