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News Archive: 2016

Occupational Therapy Graduating class 2016

Journal Image Congratulations to the Singaporean graduates of the TCD Degree in Occupational Therapy Programme. They celebrated their conferring ceremony on the 14th of October 2016 in Singapore. Dr. Tadhg Stapleton, Head of Discipline, attended the graduation. We wish the graduates every success in their future careers.

November 2016

Dr. Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, presents at BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2016

Journal Image Dr. Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, presented a research paper at the 2016 BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, in Birmingham, UK, Sept. 7-9, titled 'Control and surrender in human services interaction: the relational contexts of living with motor neurone disease'. Dr. Foley's presentation can be viewed here. In her presentation, Dr. Foley argues that clinical care pathways are futile if only understood and deployed as formulas for service provision that expeditiously 'manage' the experiences of service users.

September 2016

Dr. Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, publishes in highest-ranked palliative care journal

Journal ImageCongratulations to Dr. Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, on her recent publication in the journal Palliative Medicine. Palliative Medicine (Impact factor: 3.685 I Ranking: Health Care Sciences & Services 9 out of 87 I Medicine, General & Internal 19 out of 151) is currently the highest-ranked palliative care journal. The journal is dedicated to improving knowledge and clinical practice in the palliative care of people with far advanced disease. The publication can be viewed by clicking on the journal image.

July 2016

Graduating class 2016

OT Graduation 2016Congratulations to the graduating occupational therapy class of 2016 who celebrated their conferring ceremony on Thursday the 23rd of June. This is the 27th group of students to graduate from the occupational therapy programme at Trinity College Dublin. Congratulations also to the  4th group of Singaporean Occupational Therapists who graduated ‘in absentia’. Wishing all the graduates the very best in their future careers.

June 23rd 2016

Chapter by Dr. Geraldine Foley in Columbia University Press Book

geraldineCongratulations to Dr. Geraldine Foley on her chapter (co-authored with Professor Virpi Timonen, TCD) in the forthcoming (July 2016) book Reimagining the Human Service Relationship (Columbia University Press).

The purpose of the book is to conceptualise a meaningful human service relationship in the context of both policy and practice. Drawing in part on her research in the ALS field, Dr. Foley theorises how the everyday relational context of living with a terminal illness shapes the human service relationship. The book is co-edited by renowned qualitative methodologist, Professor Jaber Gubrium.

April 21st 2016

‘The Alert Program in Irish Post-Primary Schools: A NBSS National Study of a Teacher Facilitated Self-Regulation Programme’ 

The Department of Education’s National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) has been collaborating with Dr. Siobhan Mac Cobb, in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College since 2009, in developing unique approaches to supporting better participation in mainstream schools by students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

This report “The Alert Program in Irish Post-Primary Schools: A NBSS National Study of a Teacher Facilitated Self-Regulation Programme”, written by Dr. Mac Cobb, Co-ordinator of Occupational Therapy in the NBSS, provides evidence for the perceived value reported by teachers and students on the use of  a programme that supported learning needs of students with such difficulties in schools in areas of social disadvantage. Subsequently, over 700 students in 72 schools nationwide are engaged in learning about self management of their behaviour  through this teacher facilitated programme. This work is an example of inter-professional learning, and of university-society research collaboration generating benefits for  inclusive education.

March 18th 2016

'Career Pathways' wins the National 'Ann Beckett Award' from the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland

Trinity College Dublin's Career Pathways initiative is a unique and innovative transition to employment project for students and graduates with mental health difficulties. It is a collaborative Genio funded project between the Disability Service, the Discipline of Occupational Therapy and the Careers Advisory Service.

Dr. Clodagh Nolan from the Discipline of Occupational Therapy together with  Kieran Lewis and Claire Gleeson from the Disability Service and Eileen Daly from the Careers Service within Trinity College have won the National Association of Occupational Therapists (AOTI) ‘Ann Beckett Award’ 2015. Ann Beckett (1927-2002), a first cousin of Samuel Beckett was the first occupational therapist to practice within Ireland and was a past lecturer within the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at Trinity College.  The award was presented by AOTI to the occupational therapists for the project that demonstrated the core principles of empowerment, fostering community engagement, client involvement and enjoyment, sustainability and originality.


The award was received by Kieran Lewis, Claire Gleeson and Dr Clodagh Nolan (the occupational therapists involved in the project) on behalf of Trinity at the AOTI National Seminar Day in Shamrock Lodge, Hotel, Athlone on Friday 11th March 2016. This award is in addition to the Association of Higher Education Careers Services Employability Award, which the project received at the Annual GradIreland Graduate Recruitment Awards.

March 14th 2016

Dr. Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, publishes new findings on 'carer burden' for people with ALS / MND

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, has published a research article on how people with MND/ALS perceive carer burden. The article has been published in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration which is the official journal of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases (Impact factor 2.405).  Please see press release for further details. The article can be viewed by clicking on the journal below.


February 18th 2016