Kirsten Cronan

Mental Health Social Worker Case Manager

Kirsten is a social worker who joined the disAbility Service in March 2024. She works across the three Student Services of disAbility, counselling and health. The role was developed in response to the Thematic Review in 2023 that identified the need for a case manager to work between the three teams that support students with their mental health. 

Kirsten graduated with a Master's in Social Work from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and interned in the Counselling Center at Emerson College for a year before moving to London in 2003. With over 20 years of social work experience, Kirsten has worked in a variety of family services including early intervention, child protection, children in care, child and adolescent mental health and fostering.  

Along with an MSW, Kirsten holds an MA in Child Development and a BA in Psychology. She has a keen interest in mental health and is particularly interested in the impact that developmental trauma has on mental health. Kirsten uses a systemic approach to supporting students, looking at all aspects of their lives to ensure the best supports are utilised. She is excited to be returning to a college setting. 

Born and raised in America, Kirsten has lived in the UK, Singapore and now Ireland. She is involved in her local football club, coaching and managing the girls' soccer teams and the women's social team. Kirsten enjoys knitting and sewing as a form of mindfulness.  

Kirsten is registered with CORU and a member of the Irish Association of Social Workers.