Claire Gleeson
Regional Placement Facilitator, Occupational Therapy


Claire I. Gleeson qualified with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Since then, Claire has worked within the field of Mental Health and Autism, and has worked across all educational levels, from primary school to university. Claire worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Unilink Service in Trinity College Dublin from 2008 to 2017, in her role as a Senior Occupational Therapist Claire worked collaboratively with both undergraduate and post graduate students with disabilities in providing support with engagement and integration into university life; both academically and socially. . Claire also established and developed the Students with Disabilities Ambassador Programme, a student led initiative, to support students with disabilities to develop and build skills, as well as acting as role models for other students. In August 2017, Claire became the Regional Placement Facilitator within the Discipline of Occupational Therapy and is responsible for supporting the Practice Education component of the undergraduate occupational therapy programme. Claire holds a Master's of Science by Research from Trinity College Dublin and also a Post Graduate Advanced Certificate in Education from Queens University, Belfast, which specialised in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Claire is currently undertaking a PhD which explores the lived experiences of women with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their transition out of college.

Claire is the Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Mental Health Advisory Group, and a Board Member of the Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, she also sits on the Pieta House Autism and Mental Health Research Steering Committee.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Doyle, A. Gleeson, C.I. & Treanor, D. , A pre-college transition programme for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Ireland, The AHEAD Journal , (5), 2017, p1 - 13 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Nolan, C & Gleeson, C.I. , The transition to employment: the perspectives of students and graduates with disabilities, Journal Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 19, (3), 2017, p230 - 244 Journal Article, 2017

Nolan, C., Gleeson, C.I., Treanor, D. & Madigan, S., , Higher Education Students Registered with Disability Services and Practice Educators: Issues and Concerns for Professional Placements., International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19, (5), 2015, p487 - 502 Journal Article, 2015

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gleeson, C. I & Treanor, D. , Trinity Students with Disabilities Ambassador Programme, Transitions: Minding the Gaps in Liminal Spaces; CSSI Summer Conference , Cork , June 2017 Conference Paper,


Awards and Honours

o Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland, Annual Ann Beckett Award 2015 March 2016

o Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) Employability Award 2015

o Short Listed for an eGovernment Web Accessibility Award. March 2013


Member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) June 2008 – Present

Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Mental Health Advisory Group & Study Day Organiser July 2016 – Present

Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) June 2008 – Present