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Disability and the Ethics of Conducting Research in Higher Education

Webinar: 15.30-17.00, Thursday 3 December 2020
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Disability Research Network, Trinity College Dublin

Event Description
Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides that ‘States Parties undertake to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention.’ This indicates the importance of ensuring that disability is included in the design of research strategies and projects, but also that people with disabilities are able to conduct and participate in research. Article 31 specifies that this must be pursued in compliance with ‘ethical principles’. This international webinar provides an opportunity to explore further the intersection between advancing disability-inclusive research and upholding respect for research ethics.


  • Dr. Teresa Blankmeyer-Burke, Gallaudet University: ‘Research Ethics: Access and Inclusion’
  • Dr. Edlyn Vallejo Peña, California Lutheran University: ‘Strategies for Disability-Centered Research Approaches’
  • Dr. Clodagh Brooks, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Equality: ‘Changing College Cultures: Disability in Trinity’


  • Dr. John Bosco Conama and Dr. Susan Flynn, Trinity College Dublin

27 November, 2020

Dr Geraldine Foley contributes to abstract published in Palliative Medicine

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, has had an abstract for the 11th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative care (EAPC) published in Palliative Medicine. The abstract titled ‘Designing and developing technologies for palliative care to improve quality of life’ was co-authored with AIIHPC and academic partners. The work will be presented by AIIHPC at the forthcoming EAPC World Research Congress.

2 October, 2020


Assistant Professor in Psychology appointed in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy warmly welcomes Dr Margaret Lawler, appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in Psychology. Margaret received a BSc. (Hons) in Sport Science and Health from Dublin City University and holds a Higher Diploma in Psychology, Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics, and a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to taking up her academic post, Margaret completed a Research Fellowship in the School of Psychology, TCD, where she managed a trial funded by the Health Research Board and Medical Research Charities Group.

17 August, 2020

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, contributes to new HSE Health and Social Care Professions (HSCP) online platform

The Health and Social Care Professions (HSCP) Office of the HSE has recently established HSCP Share – an online platform for HSCP commentary and perspective. HSCP Share has posted a series of eHealth-related Blogs in relation to COVID-19. Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, writes on changing contexts for Health and Social Care Professionals in palliative care during COVID-19. The contribution by Dr Geraldine Foley is available on

2 June, 2020

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, delivers webinar to colleagues in the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) of the AIIHPC and to ECRF members of the AIIHPC

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, delivered a webinar to colleagues in the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) of the AIIHPC and to early-stage career researchers of the AIIHPC. The webinar centred on qualitative design for palliative care research with a particular focus on the relevance and application of the grounded theory method for generating evidence in palliative care.

12 May, 2020

Senior Fresh Occupational Therapy students elected Scholars on Trinity Monday

Congratulations to Meabh Bonham Corcoran and to Alexandra Solovyeva (Senior Fresh Occupational Therapy students) who were elected as undergraduate Scholars on Trinity Monday, on the results of the Foundation Scholarship examination held in Trinity term. The Foundation Scholarship is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the country, awarded to students of outstanding ability. Well done Meabh and Alexandra.

20 April, 2020

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor in the Discipline, publishes with colleagues in highly-ranked journal Qualitative Health Research

Congratulations to Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy), who together with colleagues in Social Policy and Social Work at TCD, UCD and Beaumont Hospital Dublin, has just published a methods paper that illustrates and explains theoretical sampling in grounded theory The paper was co-authored with Dr Catherine Conlon (Assistant Professor in Social Policy at TCD), Professor Virpi Timonen (Professor in Social Policy & Ageing at TCD), Dr Catherine Elliott O’Dare (Social Policy, UCD), and Dr Sorcha O’Keeffe (Medical Social Worker, Beaumont Hospital Dublin). The paper, co-led by Foley and Conlon, has been published in the highly-ranked journal Qualitative Health Research (Impact factor: 3.030) Social Sciences, Biomedical 4 out of 45 | Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary 9 out of 104 | Information Science & Library Science 16 out of 89.

23 January, 2020


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