Sarah Quinn
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Biography

Sarah has been an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy since 2002. Her current research interests are in the area of occupational science, civic engagement and social inclusion. Sarah's teaching is primarily around occupation but she has taught a range of courses, most particularly research methods and evidence-based practice. She has been involved in much community-based teaching and learning with people who are socially or occupationally disadvantaged, e.g. those in prison. Sarah is currently undertaking a PhD using feminist theories to explore students' and service-users' experiences of service-learning (a civic engagement course where students volunteer with community services). She has presented widely; taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; supervised and examined both taught and research masters to completion.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Catherine O'Connor, Sarah Quinn, Helen Lynch, Does Occupational Therapy, using an ASI approach, contribute to changes in the performance and participation of five children with DCD? , European Sensory Integration Congress, Vienna, Austria, June 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Brangan, J., Quinn,S., Spirtos,M., Impact of an Evidence Based Practice Course on Occupational Therapist's Confidence Levels and Goals, Occupational Therapy in Health Care,, Volume 29 , (No.1), 2015, p27 - 38 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Quinn, S. Gleeson, C.L. & Nolan, C., An Occupational Therapy Service for Students with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 30, (2), 2014, p109 - 125 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL

Maintaining the mother tongue: An exploratory study of Russian speaking immigrant parents' opinions on maintaining their primary language in their children. in, editor(s)J. O'Riordan; D. Horgan; S. Martin , Early Childhoods in the Global South. Local and International Contexts., Oxford, Peter Lang, 2013, pp311 - 328, [Quinn, S. & Kraftsoff, S.] Book Chapter, 2013

Clince, M., Gavaghan, K., Guilfoyle, P, & Quinn, S., Student-Reported Use of Mental Health Services in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) , AMACH , Dublin, 5th March 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Brangan, J. & Quinn, S., Evidence-based practice. Module 3., Galway, 9th May, 2012, Trinity Interdisciplinary Consortium Invited Talk, 2012

Deacon, C., Doyle, S. & Quinn, S., Locked Up: A Qualitative Study Exploring Irish Female Prisoners' Problems, Higher Education Authority, Dublin, 2012 Poster, 2012

Fox, J. & Quinn, S., The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland, Journal of Occupational Science, 19, (4), 2012, p358 - 370 Journal Article, 2012

Quinn, S., The study of occupation through practice - a community-based student learning experience., 17th Annual Meeting of ENOTHE (European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education)., Ghent, Belgium, 3rd-5th Nov 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Fox, J. & Quinn, S., Social activism in older adults., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin, 8th-9th April 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Kraftsoff, S. & Quinn, S., Immigrants' perceived importance of retaining the mother-tongue., Early Childhood in Developing World Contexts International Conference., Cork, 7th-8th April 2011, edited by J. O'Riordan, D. Horgan, S. Martin , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Glesson, C., Quinn, S. & Nolan, C., Promoting and enhancing college participation and inclusion: An occupational therapy support service for students with Asperger's Syndrome., World Congress of Learning Disabilities , Zurich, Switzerland, Sept 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Kraftsoff, S. & Quinn, S., Maintaining the mother tongue: An exploratory study of Russian speaking immigrant parents' opinions on maintaining their primary language in their children., Early Childhood , Cork, 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Nolan, C., Quinn, S. & MacCobb, S, The use of mobile phone technology, in particular texting, as a means of maintaining communication and developing relationships with third level students in the provision of a mental health service., Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 27, (2), 2011, p103 - 125 Journal Article, 2011

Gleeson, C., Quinn, S. & Nolan, C. , Enhancing college participation: An evaluation of an occupational therapy support service for students with Asperger's Syndrome., Nordic Network on Disability Conference, Iceland, May 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

O'Connor, K., Quinn, S., Gleeson, C.I., & Nolan, C., Asperger's Syndrome in the Unilink Service: A description of the service's key features and satisfaction of its service-users., Health Research Board Summer Scholarship Poster Competition., Dublin, Summer 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

O'Conor, O. & Quinn, S., Occupational engagement in a forensic setting., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin, 8th-9th April, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Gleeson, C., Quinn, S. & Nolan, C. , Managing Asperger's Syndrome in third level., Disability Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, June , 2010, Disability Service, Trinity College Invited Talk, 2010

Ryan, C., Kennedy, A., Spirtos, A., Quinn, S., The Participation of Children with Physical Disabilities in After-school Activities, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Chile, May 2010, 2010 Poster, 2010

Crausaz, J. McGrath, M. & Quinn, S., Spotlight on the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 38, (1), 2010, p64 - 66 Journal Article, 2010

Clodagh Nolan, Sarah Quinn, Enhancing The University Experience For Students With Mental Health Difficulties Through The Unilink Service., 7th International Conference on Higher Education and Disability, Innsbruck, Austria, 20th-23rd July 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Sarah Quinn, Katie Cremin, Reflections on Two Years of Occupational Therapy in a Prison Setting, 16th Meeting of ENOTHE (European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education), Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16th October 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Crausaz, J. McGrath, M. & Quinn, S., Spotlight on the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 38, (1), 2010, p64 - 66 Journal Article, 2010

Brangan, J., Quinn, S. & Spirtos, M., Evidence-based practice for occupational therapists., 2010-11, In:Evidence-based practice., 2010 Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2010

Ryan, C., Kennedy, A., Spirtos, M., & Quinn, S. , The participation of chidlren with physical disabilities in after-school activities. , 15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists., Chile, 4th-7th May 2010, 2010 Poster, 2010

Clodagh Nolan, Sarah Quinn, Siobhan MacCobb, Using mobile phone technology (text messaging) to contact and support students with mental heUsing mobile phone technology to contact and support students with mental health problems in third level education, , 15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile, edited by 4-7th May 2010 , 2010 Poster, 2010

Kraftsoff, S. & Quinn, S., Exploratory study investigating the opinions of Russian-speaking parents on maintaining their children's use of the Russian language. , Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 9, (1), 2010, p65 - 80 Journal Article, 2010

Cremin, K. & Quinn, S. , Self-advocacy: A programme facilitated by students from the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, with women in prison. , Campus Engage International Conference. Higher Education and Civic Engagement Partnerships: Create, Challenge, Change., Dublin, 4th-5th June 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Katie Cremin & Sarah Quinn, Self Advocacy Group in a Female Prison, Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Spring 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Quinn, S. Gleeson, C. & Nolan, C., Managing Asperger's Syndrome (AS) in third level education: A service evaluation., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland, Spring 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nolan, C. & Quinn, S. , How Unilink (a mental health service for students) enables first year students to engage in college life. Conference Papers. The first year experience. , 12th Conference of the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland, 15th-17th June, edited by S. Kennedy & C. Blaney Doyle , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nolan, C. & Quinn, S., An investigation into the use of text messaging and mobile phones as a means of ongoing support within a mental health service for students., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland, Spring 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Mary Dowds, Catherine O'Connor, Lisa Krenn, Sarah Quinn, Resettlement into the community: Individuals' experiences of community life after having lived in a residential setting, Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Spring 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Tara O'Leary, Sarah Quinn, Niall Turner, The self-perceived community integration needs of adults with mental illness, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36, (2), 2008, p14 - 23 Journal Article, 2008

Quinn, S. & Nolan, C. , The Unilink Service. , College of Occupational Therapists' Disability Forum's Fringe Meeting at the British Association of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference, London, UK, June 2008, 2008, British Association of Occupational Therapists Invited Talk, 2008

Sarah Quinn, Contextualised, teacher-reported behavioural difficulties in junior classes in mainstream primary schools , Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Spring 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Sarah Quinn, Caroline Mullally, An exploration of occupational therapists' perceptions of their role in educational settings in Ireland, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36, (2), 2008, p4 - 13 Journal Article, 2008

Nolan, C. & Quinn, S., Unilink Assessment Process, Disability Course, Trinity College Dublin, 4th April, 2008, Disability Service, TCD Invited Talk, 2008

Butler, E. & Quinn, S. , A study to investigate the patient reported functional skills that pose as problems for their child in everyday life with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)., 14th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists., Sydney, Australia, May 2006, 2006 Poster, 2006

Caroline Mullally & Sarah Quinn, Occupational therapists' perceptions of their role in education settings, Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Dublin, 5th May 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Quinn, S., Deering, D., Kennedy, K. & Martin, M., Teacher-perceived behavioural difficulties in infant classes in primary schools, L'Organisation Mondiale Pour L'Education Prescholaire, Lessons for the 21st Century. Resaerch Reflection Renewal, Dublin, 20-4-2002, edited by Mary Horgan & Francis Douglas , 2002, pp269 - 294 Conference Paper, 2002

Centre for Social and Educational Research, Dublin Institute of Technology, National Childcare Study, Dublin , Dublin Institute of Technology, 2000 Report, 2000

Quinn. S, Time use of occupational therapy staff in an acute physical hospital., Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 27, (2), 1997 Journal Article, 1997

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Quinn, S. , Drama and health. Report on the use of drama in prison., Phizzfest. Phibsboro Community Arts Festival., Mater Hospital, Dublin, August , 2011, Phizzfest Committee Invited Talk, 2011

Mulcahy, L. & Quinn S., 'The Puppet Play of Don Cristobal.', Dochas Centre, Mountjoy Prison, Trinity College Dublin, 2010, - Film production, 2010

Nolan, C., Quinn, S. & Gleeson, C. , Report on the Unilink Service - An occupational therapy mental health initiative. Five years on 2004-2009., Trinity College Dublin, 2009 Report, 2009

Quinn, S., Occupational therapy and AS in third level, Asperger's Syndrome: A practical guide for parents, teachers, young people and other professionals., Trinity College Dublin, 2009, ASPIRE & School of Education, TCD Invited Talk, 2009

Nolan, C. & Quinn, S., Aspergers' Syndrome., Asperger's Syndrome. Disability Awareness Inservice Training., National College of Art and Design, 6th November, 2008, Disability Officer NCAD Invited Talk, 2008

Quinn, S., Support services for students with AS at third level. , Asperger's Syndrome Association of Ireland Conference., Dublin, 17th August, 2007, ASPIRE Invited Talk, 2007

Quinn, S., Understanding and using evidence, North Eastern Health Board Occupational Therapy Training Day, 26th November , 2005 Invited Talk, 2005

Quinn, S., How to be an effective consumer of research., Paediatric Special Interest Group, AOTI, Dublin, 5th February, 2004 Invited Talk, 2004

Quinn, S., Evidence-based practice., North Eastern Health Board Occupational Therapy Training Day, 15th November, 2003 Invited Talk, 2003

Collins, B., Quinn, S., Spiros, M. & Stapleton, T., Introduction to evidence-based practice., 4th September, In:Evidence-based practice course for occupational therapists., 2003, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2003

Enable Ireland, An analysis of the occupational therapy service for children with sensory motor co0ordination difficulties., Wicklow, 2002 Report, 2002

Research Expertise

Description

Current interests are focused on occupational science, civic engagement and social inclusion. Currently using feminist theories to explore students' and service-users' experience of service-learning (a civic engagement course), where students volunteer in services with people who are occupationally and social disadvantaged. Previous research projects have been primarily related to civic engagement in a prison, teaching practice (service-learning), and clinical practice with Unilink Service. Collaborating with a women's prison engaging in several civic engagement projects including: 1. a creative problem-solving course evaluation; 2. a two-phase drama workshop project. Phase 1 was a summer project across two years that was part of a Community Arts Festival; Phase 2 attracted funding and included students as peer-educators across a university semester. Evaluating aspects of the Unilink Service in college that serves students with mental health problems. In particular, examined 1. use of text messaging within the service and 2. Unilink's Asperger's Syndrome strand.

Projects

  • Title
    • Peer Education through Prison Drama
  • Summary
    • A grant-funded drama collaboration between the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Dóchas Centre at Mountjoy (Female) Prison and the Dhá Lámh Theatre, Ennis. Seven third year TCD students fulfilled their peer education university requirement by co-facilitating a weekly drama group with 8 female prisoners. The project had a number of aims including: 1. building on the peer education premise that effective learning can take place when there are no experts. It did this by creating an atmosphere conducive to collaborative work, where students and prisoners worked alongside each other to develop the drama skills relevant to this project. 2. providing an opportunity for reflection on learning so that students integrated their community experience with their academic learning and the prisoners were enabled to identify practical learning from the project that they could apply in other contexts. 3. exposing students to a community group they did not typically have contact with and providing the prisoners with opportunity to interact with a group from outside the prison community with the view to breaking down prejudice. The project recognised the mutuality of service-learning projects and reinforced this by ensuring work was driven by the whole group and that partnerships were respectful and non-judgemental.
  • Funding Agency
    • Campus Engage (Network for the Promotion of Public Engagement in Higher Education)
  • Date From
    • September 2010
  • Date To
    • December 2010
  • Title
    • Supporting Students in 'Doing and Thinking' in the Study of Occupation Practice Module
  • Summary
    • This action research study set out to enhance the learning experience for senior fresh students in a service-learning module - the Study of Occupation Practice. As their service was off campus, students were required to attend debriefing sessions to reflect on their practice and engagement. These sessions were supported by online discussion and reflective diaries. This project built on previous course enhancements by continuing to develop online supports for reflective practice. Additionally, learning was enriched by the production of podcasts providing student-to-student support and advice to upcoming senior freshers. Fourteen student-led, acted and filmed podcasts were produced and made available online. These were, in turn, used in debriefing sessions in following years.
  • Funding Agency
    • Centre for Learning Technology
  • Date From
    • June 2010
  • Date To
    • June 2011
  • Title
    • Creative Problem Solving in Prison
  • Summary
    • An intervention project. Female prisoners were interviewed pre and post course about their problems and coping strategies. An occupational therapy creative problem solving course was designed to address these issues and, using occupational science theory, to coach these women to apply new problem solving strategies in their daily lives.
  • Date From
    • May 2010
  • Date To
    • June 2010
  • Title
    • The Development of the Study of Occupation Practice Module
  • Summary
    • The Study of Occupation Practice course (a service-learning course) required senior fresh students to facilitate their partner's engagement in meaningful occupation. Taking an action research approach, feedback from students and community partners identified certain issues with the course. In particular both parties needed clarity around their role and function when engaged in service-learning. Consequently, the study set out to enhance communication with community partners and improve supports for students' learning and reflection. A pamphlet was designed and produced, in collaboration with community partners, making explicit the student-role and course objectives which streamlined communication between students and partner organisations. The study examined students' ongoing reflection and tracked learning through moderating an online discussion forum and evaluating weekly structured online reflective diaries. Findings suggested that students struggled to facilitate occupation and manage aspects of the environment. With increased exposure and guided personal reflection they gradually began to learn when to act, how to act, and how to draw on personal resources. The initiatives effectively supported students' personal and professional development, strengthen partnerships and enriched the experience of engagement for all parties.
  • Funding Agency
    • Dean of Students, TCD
  • Date From
    • September 2009
  • Date To
    • June 2011

Recognition

Representations

The Discipline's ENOTHE (European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education) representative 2008-2011, attending conferences and feeding back, formally and informally, ENOTHE activities to staff. 2008-2011

Chair (2010-2013) and vice-chair (2008-2010) of the Research Committee of the Association of Occupational Therapists (AOTI) of Ireland. Supported research activities of occupational therapists through conference workshops, facilitating access to research participants (via AOTI membership), generating a databank of research abstracts, applying for national funding to develop therapists' research skills. 2008-2013

Memberships

Member of Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.