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TRiCC Doctoral Researchers

Rasha Alsaigh

PhD Researcher

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Supervisor: Professor Imelda Coyne

Rasha is a registered nurse in Saudi Arabia. She also previously held an Illinois state nursing license, USA. She is a faculty member at the Department of Maternity and Child Nursing in the School of Nursing in king Abdulaziz University. She has experience in teaching both general and paediatric nursing clinical skills to undergraduate nursing students at King Abdulaziz University. Rasha graduated from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at TCD in 2013 with a master’s degree in Child Health & Wellbeing.

Rasha has research interests in many areas including healthcare decisions making and information needs for both the child and the parent. Her specific research interests are in the care of children with childhood growth disorders and their family needs.

Rasha is currently conducting her PhD at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at TCD and her study is entitled “Mothers’ Experiences of Caring for Children Receiving Growth Hormone Treatment”.

Contact Rasha at alsaighr@tcd.ie

Eavan Brady

PhD Candidate / Assistant Professor

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Eavan Brady is an Assistant Professor in Social Work in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Eavan’s research interests relate to the education and well-being of children, youth, and adults with experience of the child welfare and care systems. She is currently pursuing her PhD exploring the educational pathways of care-experienced adults aged 25-35.

Eavan previously worked in the homelessness, housing, mental health, and knowledge exchange sectors gaining experience in both Dublin and Toronto, Canada. Eavan teaches psychology and research modules to students on the Masters in Social Work and Bachelor in Social Studies programmes in Trinity College Dublin.

Contact Eavan at bradye3@tcd.ie

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Diego Castillo Goncalves

PhD Researcher

School of Law

Diego Castillo Goncalves is a doctoral researcher in the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. Diego's PhD research investigates, through a social-legal perspective, how the credibility assessment of separated children seeking protection in Europe is currently being assessed. This is to be achieved initially through comparing Asylum Law and practice between four European states; namely; Ireland, UK, Italy, and France. Furthermore, the research takes on an empirical approach, by qualitatively looking at children's own experiences of credibility assessment during Refugee status determination, describing the effect that this has on a child and on their integration experiences in host-societies.

Contact Diego at Trinity School of Law

Ann Connolly McCann

PhD Researcher

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Ann Connolly McCann is a doctoral researcher in the school of nursing and midwifery. Ann is a registered nurse in the disciplines of intellectual disability and children’s nursing. Ann graduated from Leeds metropolitan university in 2011 with a master’s degree in Epilepsy science. She is a qualified Advanced Practitioner in childhood and adolescent epilepsy and has been in clinical employment in this field since 2006.

Ann's experience in the professional realm informs her research which focuses on childhood epilepsy. Her PhD research will investigate the experience and care needs of adolescents with epilepsy in Ireland.

Contact Ann at aconnol6@tcd.ie

Carmel Doyle

PhD Candidate / Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Carmel Doyle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. Carmel is a registered nurse in the fields of intellectual disability and children’s nursing. She has clinical experience in both areas and has been in higher education for 14 years. She has just completed the role of Head of Intellectual Disability Nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Trinity College.

Her specific research interests are in the care of children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and she has completed several funded research projects in the field of complex needs adopting a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has collaborated with key stakeholders such as Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Laura Lynn & Irish Hospice Foundation. More recently she has developed collaboration between three intellectual disability service providers and the TCPHI (Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation). This collaboration is supported with funding from the NMPDU. Both through her own PhD work and additional research projects, she has developed a strong network of several relevant national service providers for children with intellectual disabilities and disability service providers.

Carmel's own PhD is entitled “Mothers’ experiences of ‘giving medicines’ to children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities”. She is widely published in international literature.

Contact Carmel at carmel.doyle@tcd.ie

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Karen Galligan

PhD Candidate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Karen Galligan has worked as a researcher for 20 years, with experience at both a national and European level. Currently Karen is working as a PhD candidate researcher in addiction at the Institute of Population Health Science at Trinity College Dublin and her key areas of interest are addiction and mental health. Her PhD is exploring the impact of parental substance misuse on children-Hidden Harm- Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances and assessing the needs, risks, protective factors and evidence based interventions for children impacted by parental substance misuse. In 2016 Karen Galligan was the primary author of a report producing the first estimates of number of children impacted by parental substance misuse, including alcohol, in an urban area in Dublin. Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances, including alcohol across the communities of the Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) region. In 2017 Karen co authored a report Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances and assessing the needs, risks, protective factors and evidence based interventions for children impacted by parental substance misuse across the South Eastern regional drug and alcohol task force area.

Contact Karen at Kgallig@tcd.ie

Natalie Glynn

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Supervisor: Assistant Professor Paula Mayock

Natalie Glynn is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin. Having a background in anthropology and international development, Natalie has worked previously as a teacher on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, US and as an Evaluation Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Her professional and research experiences cross a variety of disciplines and policy areas, including education, program evaluation, international development, youth work, and child welfare policy. Her current project is a qualitative longitudinal study of the lived experience of the transition out of care at the age of 18 years in Ireland. To learn more about the project, visit her research website.

Contact Natalie at glynnna@tcd.ie

Explore Natalie’s research outputs to-date

Eibhlin Gorman

PhD Candidate

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

Supervisor: Assoc. Professor Martine Smith

Eibhlin is a doctoral researcher in the School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences. She holds a BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a CORU registered speech and language therapist. Eibhlin has over ten years of experience working with children and adults with communication disorders and their families.

Eibhlin continues to work part time as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, while also pursuing her PhD. The focus of her PhD is the experience of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Eibhlin is using interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore how parents make sense of their role in speech and language therapy. A central goal of this research is to advance understanding of family’s lived experiences of health interventions in Ireland and to help bridge the gap between services’ philosophies of intervention and their practice.

Contact Eibhlin at gormane@tcd.ie

Holly Hanlon

PhD Candidate

School of Psychology

Supervisor: Asst. Professor Lorraine Swords

Holly Hanlon is a doctoral researcher in the School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Holly graduated with a BA in Psychology from Trinity College in 2015. Prior to, and while undertaking her PhD, she has worked as a researcher in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), investigating doctor’s perceptions and attitudes toward continuous medical education (CME).

Her research interests include child and adolescent mental health, mental health literacy, and stigmatising and help-giving responses to those with mental illness. She has a particular interest in clinical anxiety disorders, which affect an increasing number of young people in Ireland. Her PhD research is supervised by Dr. Lorraine Swords and focuses on clinical anxiety literacy in Irish adolescents, and its relationship to stigmatising and help-giving responses by peers.

Contact Holly at hanlonh@tcd.ie

Aileen Hartnett

PhD Candidate

School of Medicine

Aileen is a doctoral researcher in the school of medicine. Aileen is a qualified Biomedical scientist in the disciplines of microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology, haematology, histology and blood transfusion. Her PhD research will investigate the molecular epidemiology of E.coli associated with neonatal sepsis using whole genome sequencing. A central aim of this research is to measure the invasiveness of isolated cultures to enhance our understanding of neonatal sepsis.

Contact Aileen at hartneai@tcd.ie

Katie Hill

PhD Candidate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Katie Hill is a doctoral researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Katie is a registered nurse in the disciplines of General and Children's Nursing. Katie received numerous awards for academic excellence during her studies, including a Gold Medal from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and an Oscar Wilde Gold Medal from The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Katie worked in China for 5 years after graduating, managing the only children's hospice in China and participated in opening the second children's hospice, whilst leading the nursing teams there. Katie completed a Masters in Nursing: Child Health & Wellbeing in TCD in 2015 and completed the children's palliative care modules (level 9) in National University of Ireland Galway in 2017. Katie has a keen interest and continues to work in the area of children's palliative care and children with complex care needs and their families. She has published two academic papers in this area and presented at an international children's palliative care conference in Cardiff.

In 2017, Katie was awarded a Postgraduate Research Studentship by TCD. She is currently undertaking her PhD, investigating siblings' experiences of living with a child who has a traumatic brain injury.

Contact Katie at khill@tcd.ie

Aideen Lynam

PhD Candidate

School of Linguistics and Communication Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Martine Smith

Aideen is a Speech and Language Therapist, who graduated from Trinity’s Clinical Speech and Language Studies undergraduate programme in 2017. She has experience working with people who have a physical disability, and who use augmentative or alternative means of communication.

Aideen’s has research interests in many areas, including communication difficulties in both children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, narrative development and intervention in childhood, and in augmentative and alternative communication. Aideen is currently conducting her PhD at the School on Linguistics and Communication Sciences at TCD, with a focus on the life stories of people who use augmentative and alternative communication.

Contact Aideen at lynamai@tcd.ie

Caitríona O’Brien

PhD Candidate

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

Supervisor: Professor Lorraine Leeson

Caitríona is a second year PhD candidate in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, funded by a Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship. Her research interests relate to applied linguistics, language acquisition and sociolinguistics, and how they interact with language policy.

Caitríona holds a BA in French and Spanish from Trinity College and an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. For her Masters research, Caitríona explored the language, culture and identity of Irish CODAs - hearing children who are raised by d/Deaf parents.

Her PhD research at the Centre for Deaf Studies is supervised by Professor Lorraine Leeson. Using Grounded Theory methodology, the study focuses on Irish families who have a d/Deaf child, or d/Deaf children, and their experiences learning and using Irish Sign Language.

Caitríona is currently (August 2018) recruiting participants. If you think your family might like to participate, and you would like more information, she would love to hear from you.

Learn more about Caitríona's current call for participants, and watch her ISL video

Contact Caitríona at obriec40@tcd.ie

Siobán O’Brien Green

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Siobán O’Brien Green has worked in government agencies and the non-profit, research and academic sectors for over 20 years. She has worked on the issue of violence against women since 1998 in service provision, communications, teaching, training and research. Her core research and teaching areas of interest include; female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence (or IPV), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), maternal health, migration and gender equality.

Siobán has worked on national and European multi-country FGM research projects, including three commissioned by the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE). She acted as an expert advisor to the FGM-PREV study, towards a better estimation of prevalence of FGM in the European Union, funded by DG Justice from 2014 to 2017. Siobán was appointed in 2013 to the European Union COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action GenderSTE (Gender, Science, Technology and Environment) Network. She was appointed in 2016 to the EU COST Action Femicide across Europe Network: she represented Ireland on both these Actions.

In 2015 Siobán was awarded an Ussher Postgraduate PhD Fellowship by Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She is currently undertaking her PhD research in the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre, a qualitative research study focussing on help and safety seeking by women who have experienced domestic violence during pregnancy in Ireland. The study will allow a greater understanding of the process of help seeking and a more evidence based targeted screening and responding to disclosures, information provision and effective supports to be available in maternity, health and other relevant services in Ireland in relation to domestic violence.

Contact Siobán at obriens@tcd.ie

Sarah Parker

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Prior to undertaking her PhD, Sarah worked for several years as a researcher at the Children’s Research Centre (TCD) and has co-authored a number of publications arising from a range of commissioned research projects including a biographical study of homeless women, a qualitative longitudinal study of homeless youth and a survey-based project that ‘mapped’ homeless services for women in the Dublin Region. Her most recent publication was a book she co-authored with Dr Paula Mayock entitled Living in Limbo – Homeless Young People’s Paths to Housing, which was launched by former President Mary McAleese in May 2017.

Her current research is a mixed methods longitudinal study that was supported by a Government of Ireland Scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council in 2017. A core goal of the project is to advance understanding of family homelessness and help bridge the gap between theory, research and practice in homelessness prevention, policy planning and service delivery for families experiencing housing exclusion.

Contact Sarah at parkers1@tcd.ie

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Youkun Shen

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Youkun Shen is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, where she is carrying out her PhD project on the status quo of the development of inclusive education in Chinese primary schools, particularly involving children with intellectual disabilities and left-behind children.

Prior to her current studies, she received an M.Phil. degree in Comparative Literature from Trinity College Dublin, during which course she explored interdisciplinary research interests on education and social policy. She has former experience working with pupils.

Contact Youkun at sheny@tcd.ie

Amy Stapleton

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

With the aim of bridging practice and policy, Amy Stapleton is currently undertaking a PhD in TRiCC, under the supervision of Dr. Paula Mayock. The aim of this research to explore the experiences of separated children who have transitioned to adulthood in two European contexts (France and Ireland).

Coming from a background in international development and policy, with a strong focus on migration and youth issues, in 2012, Amy was awarded a two-year Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study on the MITRA Masters programme in Intercultural Mediation: Identities, Mobilities and Conflicts. Upon qualifying, Amy lectured Intercultural Communication, Migration, Research Methods and English in the University of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille. In parallel, she ran a NGO developing projects in the make-shift camps in Northern France, particularly with young migrants and refugees.

Since 2015, as associate editor of the Student Forum with the international journal AI & Society, and as founder of the a Young Researchers Forum within an international technical committee (TC9.5 Technology, Ethics, International Stability and Culture (TECIS), IFAC), Amy has been working to promote the increased participation of young researchers, particularly from developing countries and marginalised communities, within academia. She is also actively involved promoting young refugee rights and representing refugee organisations at a European level, regularly invited to participate in and develop trainings for international and European youth events.

Contact Amy at amstaple@tcd.ie

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Sinéad Whiting

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Sinéad Whiting is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998 with a BA in History and went on to complete a Masters in Social Work. Sinéad been employed as a professional social worker since 2001. This work has spanned the areas of families in crisis, children-in-care, crisis pregnancy and adoption. The knowledge gained from this professional experience has informed her PhD topic and will inform her research as it progresses.

Her research interests relate to identity development for children and young adults who are adopted and who have been in state care. Her PhD research will investigate how being adopted during late teenage years by long-term foster careers impacts identity development, focusing, in particular, on the transition to early adulthood.

Contact Sinéad at whitings@tcd.ie


If you are a Doctoral Researcher at Trinity College Dublin, and would like us feature you on this page, contact Derina at derina.johnson@tcd.ie