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Our Research

Research in the Discipline is conducted by academic staff, research fellow(s) and postgraduate research students. Staff lead and/or collaborate on studies in their respective fields. The Discipline’s research embraces a variety of themes (e.g. chronic disease management, child and adult mental health, life-limiting illness, and ageing), all of which recognise the complex interplay between the physical, cognitive, psychological and social dimensions of wellbeing. Research in the Discipline captures trajectories across the life-course and has relevance for theory, policy and practice. Some key research topics include the following:

  • Occupation-focused self-management interventions for adults with chronic diseases
  • Decision-making among patients and family caregivers in palliative care
  • Community mobility for people with stroke and age-related cognitive decline
  • Stakeholder interaction in neurodegenerative disease
  • Sexual function among people living with chronic illnesses
  • Transition in main stream education for children with ASD
  • Transition to adulthood for people with disabilities
  • Psychosocial support for students with disabilities in higher education
  • Engagement and social interaction in dementia care settings
  • The role of occupational therapists in decision-making capacity assessment

As a global university, Trinity seeks to bring an international and interdisciplinary perspective to its research. Staff in the Discipline collaborate with both national and international-based interdisciplinary research groups. Please see our staff webpage which captures in more detail, each staff member’s research activity. Academic staff, Research Fellows, and doctoral students in the Discipline have a strong record in obtaining competitive research funding from a number of research funders (e.g. Health Research Board, Health Service Executive, Interreg EU-funding, HSC Research & Development, Irish Research Council, and TCD Provost’s PhD Project Awards).