Siobhan Mac Cobb
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Biography

Currently am leading a new area of practice in collaboration with the National Behaviour Support Service, Dept. of Education and Skills and their partner schools in evidence based interventions for second level students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in areas of social disadvantage. My report on a national study of blind with NCBI and Irish Guide Dogs, and visually impaired persons on perceptions of their mobility launched in 2012 has identified a previously undocumented area of need and calls for a national strategy on vision impairment involving all sectors in social and health services. Since 1995 I have participated in part funded pilot projects promoting inclusion and particpation in mainstream education, social and play settings by people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Funders included the EU Horizon programme, Citizens Information Board, the HSE and voluntary service agencies particularly in projects that supported self determination and self advocacy. I have been involved in the development and delivery of occupational therapy education at all levels for more than 30 years. A recent contribution is the development of a 5 module course on Practice Educator competencies available on-line for Health Care Professions, funded and hosted by the HSE.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Siobhan Mac Cobb, The Alert Program in Irish Post-primary schools: A NBSS national study of a teacher facilitated self-regulation programme., Dublin, National Behaviour Support Service, Dept. of Education and Skills, Dec, 2015, p1 - 49 Report, 2015

Sandra Patton, Eve Hutton, Siobhan Mac Cobb, Curriculum differentation for handwwriting and occupational therapy/teacher participation: collaboration or conflict?, Irish Educational Studies, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Siobhan Mac Cobb, Students with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties: The Alert Program trial in post-primary schools, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 7, 2014, p106 - 119 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Siobhan Mac Cobb, A Model for Collaborative Working to Support School Participation: The National Behaviour Support Service., 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan, 18th - 21 June 2014, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Siobhan Mac Cobb, The Alert Program for self-management of behaviour in second level schools: results of phase 1 of a pilot study, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Siobhan Mac Cobb, The" Alert Program" Trial in Post Primary Schools in Ireland., 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan, 18th - 21 June 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Siobhan Mac Cobb, Free play time of children with learning disabilities in a non-inclusive preschool setting: An analysis of play and nonplay behaviours, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41, 2013, p212 - 219 Journal Article, 2013

Siobhan Mac Cobb, Mothers'perspectives on the importance of play and leisure for their child with autism and intellectual disabilities., The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 40, (1), 2013, p31 - 37 Journal Article, 2013

Mac Cobb S, Mobility restriction and comorbidity in vision-impaired individuals living in the community, British Journal of Community Nursing, 18, (12), 2013, p608-13 Journal Article, 2013

Siobhan Mac Cobb, 'Practice Educator Competencies for Allied Heallth Professionals', HSELanD Health and Social Care Professionals Hub, HSELanD.ie, Health Service Executive, 2013, 1 - 100 Broadcast, 2013

Siobhan Mac Cobb, National Mobility Report: Mobility experiences and perceptions of blind and vision impaired persons., Dublin, NCBI and Irish Guide Dogs for the blind, June, 2012, p1- - 199 Report, 2012 URL

National Behaviour Support Service and Occupational Therapy in School,and Irish Experience in, editor(s)Visser, John Daniels, Harry Cole, Ted , Transforming Troubled Lives: Strategies and Interventions with Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties., UK, Emerald Group Publishing, 2012, pp57 - 75, [Mac Cobb, S] Book Chapter, 2012

Nolan, C.Quinn,S. & MacCobb, S., The Use of Mobile Phone Technology, in particular Text Messaging, 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 DOI URL

Nolan C., Quinn S. & MacCobb S., An Occupation Based Service for Third Level Students with Significant Mental Health Issues. , 15th International Congress of World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile, 4 - 7th May, 2010 Poster, 2010

Mac Cobb, S., Krenn,L & O'Sullivan C., Collaboration: National Behaviour Support Service and Occupational Therapy in Schools, Book of Abstracts, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland , Dublin, 28th - 29 the May 10, edited by AOTI Conferencne committee , Association of Occupational Thrapists of Ireland, 2010 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Mac Cobb, S, National Behaviour Support Service and Occupational Therapy in School. An Irish Experience., SEBDA International Conference: Transforming Troubled Lives, Keble College, Oxford England, 14 - 17 -2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Patton, S. & Mac Cobb, S., Development of a meassure for use with children with Down Syndrome in relation to their performance and general engagement in the occupation of pre-writing, Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland , Kilkenny, May 2009, edited by Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland , 2009 Meeting Abstract, 2009

MacCobb S., Brangan J., Reporting on the impact of the introduction of an occupational therapy service to a rural psychiatric hospital: patient and staff perspectives., Physical Therapy Reviews, Vol.14, (3), 2009, p211- Journal Article, 2009

Brangan J., MacCobb S., Development and evaluation of a new occupational therapy service in a mental health facility in Ireland., World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, Vol. 60, 2009, p18 - 21 Journal Article, 2009

Mac Cobb, S, A National Mobility Study with Blind and Vision Impaired People, Transforming healthcare through Research and Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin, 4 - 5 November , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Brangan, J., Mac Cobb, S., Development and evaluation of a new occupational therapy service in a mental health facility in Ireland, World federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, 60, 2009, p18 - 21 Journal Article, 2009

Mac Cobb, S, Play and Inclusion: Perspectives of the Occupational Therapist, IPPA Annual Conference, Dublin Castle, 17 - 18th April , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Patton, S. Mac Cobb, S., Teachers' perspectives on the application of the 'Handwriting Wtihout Tears' programme with children with Down Syndrome attending mainstream schools in an Irish context., 2009 Down Syndrome World Congress, DCU, Dublin, 22 - 24 th July , edited by Conference Committee , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nolan C., Quinn S., & McCobb S, The use of mobile phone and text messaging as a means of ongoing support within a menal health service for students, AOTI, Kilkenny , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Mac Cobb, S, Developing Advocacy Skills through Group work, Conference Abstracts, 9 th World Down Syndrome Congress, DCU Dublin, July 22nd to 24th, edited by Conference Committee , Conference Committee, 2009, pp45 Poster, 2009

Mac Cobb, S, Training for peer advocacy: people with learning disabilities and student occupational therapists., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland: Skills for the job of living., Kilkenny, 16 -18 April 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Nolan, C. Quinn, S. & Mac Cobb, S., Students with Mental Health Issues, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland, May 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society(ed.), Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society, Physical Therapy Reviews, Dublin, 13, (2), 2008, 2008, 140 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2008

Logan C, MacCobb S, McNamara A, Stapleton T, Exploring the factors associated with an incomplete spinal cord injury and the impact on the person's occupations in areas of leisure, self-care and work, Physical Therapy Reviews, Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society, University of Ulster, 27/04/07, 13, (2), 2008, pp140 - 140 Meeting Abstract, 2008

Mac Cobb, S, Module Descriptor: Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory , 2007, - 1 - 15 Miscellaneous, 2007

Finlay, L. Roche, P & Mac Cobb S, Self Advocacy and Adults with Learning Difficulties, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland , Ireland, May, , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Nolan, C., Mac Cobb, S., UNILINK: A Mental Health Service Initiative for University Students, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 54, 2006, p53 - 59 Journal Article, 2006

MacCobb , S, Greene, S. , O'Mahony, P. and Nugent, K., Measurement and prediction of motor efficiency in children using the Bayley infant scales and the Bruninsk-Oseretsky test, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics, 25, (1-2), 2005, p59 - 79 Journal Article, 2005

I AM Inter-agency Advocacy Network, Advocacy Means Having a Voice and Speaking Up, edited by Mac Cobb, S , I AM Network, 2004 Poster, 2004

Mac Cobb, S, Play and leisusre interests of Dublin children and their current and earlier motor proficiency, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2003 Thesis, 2003

Mac Cobb, S. Keane, G & Murphy, P, I was born a baby: Memories,reflections and visual images of personal experiences of older people., Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2000 Book, 2000

North Eastern Health Board and Irish Council for People with Disabilities(ed.), Promoting Inter-agency responses to Access to Education for children and Adults with Disabilities, Monaghan, Ireland, 1998, North Eastern Health Board Networks '98, 2000, 1 - 7 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2000

Irish Museum of Modern Art(ed.), Adding Life to Your Years, Ability Disability Continuum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, May , 2000, 1 - 4 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2000

Sullivan E., Manning, B & Crowley, S Eds. Mac Cobb, S.(author) , Equality and Access to Lifelong Learning, Cork, Ireland, EQUAL, South Western Regional Authority, 2000, 56, 59 Report, 2000

Mac Cobb, S & Keane, G, Older people, different lives, Frontline of Learning Disabilities, (July), 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Mac Cobb, S, Postgraduate education: Raising issues and conflicts, Ireland 1995 -1997, British Journal of occupational Therapy, 61, (4), 1998, p163 - 164 Journal Article, 1998

Mac Cobb S & Keane, G., Project Interact- Reflecting on the experience of two years, Frontline of Learning Disabilities, 34, (April), 1998, p19 - 20 Journal Article, 1998

Project Career(ed.), Project Career, Project Interact: Promoting Mainstream vocational education and employment for adults with learning disabilities, Belfast, Northern Ireland, March , 1998 Proceedings of a Conference, 1998

Mac Cobb S & Keane, G., Project Interact- Reflecting on the experience of two years, Frontline of Learning Disabilities, 34, (April), 1998, p19 - 20 Journal Article, 1998

Mac Cobb,S. O'Mahony,P., & Green,S. , A descriptive study of the occupational nature of play in a sample of 8 year old children., Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 27, (1), 1997, p14 - 17 Journal Article, 1997

Keane, G. Mac Cobb, S. & Wafer, A, Welcome to Trinity College., Frontline Journal of Learning Disabilities, 26, (April), 1996, p12 - 14 Journal Article, 1996

Mac Cobb, S. O'Mahony, P. & Green, S., Play Part1: A literature Review., Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 26, (2), 1996, p13 - 19 Journal Article, 1996

Keane, G. Mac Cobb, S. & Wafer, A., Project Interact - A transition to inclusive vocational education., Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education Annual Conference, St. Patricks College of Education, Dublin, June, edited by IASTI , 1995, pp16 Meeting Abstract, 1995

Mac Cobb, S, International occupational Therapy: A threat to good practice, Occupational Therapy Conference 1992, Trinity College, Dublin, July 10 -14, edited by Conference Committee , School of Occupational Therapy, 1992, pp34 - 40 Conference Paper, 1992

Mac Cobb, S, International Occupational Therapy, a threat to good practice, Occupational Therapy Conference 1992, Trinity College Dublin, 10 - 14 July, edited by Conference Committee , 1992 Conference Paper, 1992

Mac Cobb, S, The organisation of certification for occupational therapists in Ireland in sensory integration theory and treatment, O.T. Ireland, 21, (2), 1991, p19 - 22 Journal Article, 1991

Mac Cobb, S, The application of Perry's Model of Intellectual development to teaching a course in access and design., British Journal of occupational Therapy, 53, (4), 1990, p95 - 97 Journal Article, 1990

Mac Cobb S, Agents and agencies perceived to be available to assist with health related problems, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1987 Thesis, 1987

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mac Cobb, S. Gleeson, C. Nolan, C, Report on the Service Learning Partnership between the Discipline of Occupational Therapy TCD and St. Paul's Special School ,2006- 2009, Dublin, The Discipline of Occupational Therapy, October, 2011, 1 - 36 Report, 2011

School of Nursing and Midwifery Rights Day, Rights Day People with Intellectual Disabilities, 8th Sept, In:Our Rights, 2009, School of Nursing and Midwidery, Trinity College Dublin, Conference committee Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2009

Mac Cobb, S, Parents Workshop: Learning together about advocacy, Our Rights: Cheeverstown House, Cheeverstown House Services, Dublin, 29th May, 2008 Invited Talk, 2008

Mac Cobb, S & Patton, S, Supporting play for children with disabilities, June 1 -2 , 2006, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2006

Mac Cobb, S, Supportive Play environments - Mothers' perspectives on play, Supporting play for children with disabilities, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, June 1 - 2 , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Irish Museum of Modern Art and Inter-Action Network of Agencies, Adding Life to Your Years. Lifelong learning, interaction and inclusion in society for all older people. A focus on the visual arts, 23 -24 May , 2000, Irish Museum of Modern Art Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2000

Interaction Network of Agencies, Empowerment for Parents: Information on the World Wide Web., May 25 to 28th , 2000, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2000

Keane, G & Mac Cobb, S, Celebrating Sameness, Down Syndrome Association of Ireland magazine, Summer, 1996, p16 - 17 Journal Article, 1996

Mac Cobb, S, A group home in the neighbourhood. Would anyone notice?, Impact Journal, (Autumn), 1990, p8 - 10 Journal Article, 1990

Research Expertise

Description

From a research background in play and educational inclusion through occupation to support self determination and participation in a meaningful life, a new area of practice based research has developed since 2008. This has established methodologies for collaborative practice with teachers and schools and has made a unique contribution from occupational therapy to the National Behaviour Support Service, enabling second level school children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and learning disabilities to participate better in school. This understanding has emerged form earlier collaborative work with individuals, groups and agencies to enhance advocacy and self determination skills in young people and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 2012 a research report on a national study of the mobility needs and experiences of vision impaired and blind adults funded by NCBI and Irish Guide dogs for the Blind was launched identifying an urgency to address the needs of this group of people so that they can actively participate in their communities and social life of society.

Projects

  • Title
    • Occupational Therapy in the NBSS
  • Summary
    • The establishment of methodologies to support children with social emotional behaviour and learning difficulties and disabilities to participate in second level school
  • Funding Agency
    • National Behaviour Support Service
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • A national study of the mobility needs and experiences of blind and vision impaired adults in Ireland
  • Summary
    • This was a national survey of the perceptions and experiences of over 560 adults on the blind register in Ireland on the NCBI data base.
  • Funding Agency
    • NCBI and IGDB
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2011

Keywords

collaborative practice; Inclusive Education; inclusive society; inter-professional collaboration; learning disabilities; school participation; social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Recognition

Representations

I co-ordinator occupational therapy research and services in the Department of Education and Skills National Behaviour Support Service. 2008 -2016

Awards and Honours

none

Memberships

Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland 1975 – 2016

International Assoc.of Scienntific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2014 – 2016

Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Assoc. UK 2010 – 2016

World Federation of Occupational Therapists 1998 – 2016