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Dr. Emer Barrett
Assistant Professor, Physiotherapy

Biography

Dr Emer Barrett holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Kings College London and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin which was awarded in 2015 and investigated the role of physical activity promotion in primary care.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lucy Alpine, Anne Belton, Emer M Barrett, Supervision models in physiotherapy practice education: Student and practice educator evaluations. , Irish Network of Healthcare Educators, Dublin, 2020, pp89- Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Barrett EM, Alpine LM, McGuiness M, O Connor A , Does a short training session based on peer dialogue impact decision making in assessment?, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators, Dublin, 2020, pp88- Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Griffin S, White S, Flanagan K, Ryan S, Maguire F, Mullin M, Tanner M and Barrett EM. , Doubling down on stair usage: The effect of point of decision prompts on stair usage in a university building. , Irish Ergonomics Review , 2019, p38 - 43 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Barrett EM, Belton A, Alpine LM, Supervision Models in Physiotherapy Education: Student and Practice Educator Evaluations, Health and Social Care Professions Conference, Dublin, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Griffin S, White S, Flanagan K, Ryan S, Maguire F, Mullin M, Tanner M and Barrett EM, Doubling down on stair usage: The effect of point of decision prompts on stair usage in a university building, Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Dublin, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019 URL

Barrett EM, Belton A, Alpine LM. , Supervision models in physiotherapy practice education: Student and practice educator evaluations. , Physiotherapy Theory and Practice , 29, 2019, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Lucy M. Alpine, Francieli Tanji Caldasa and Emer M. Barrett, Evaluation of a 2.1 peer placement supervision model by physiotherapy students and their educators , Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2018, p748 - 755 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Guinan, Emer M.; Barrett, Emer M.; Neill, Freda; Grimes, Tamasine; Sullivan, Derek; O'Sullivan, Maria; Patterson, Aileen; Stapleton,, Attitudes to Interprofessional Education Among Health Science, International Journal of Health Sciences Education,, 5, (1), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Barrett EM, Darker CD, Hussey J, The sedentary profile of primary care patients, Journal of Public Health, 39, (2), 2016, p347 - 352 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

E.M. Barrett, J. Hussey, C.D. Darker, Location and deprivation are important influencers of physical activity in primary care populations, Public Health, 136, 2016, p80 - 86 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Barrett EM, Hussey J, Darker CD, Feasibility of a physical activity pathway for Irish primary care physiotherapy services, Physiotherapy, 103, (1), 2016, p106 - 112 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

E. Barrett, C. Darker, J. Hussey, How physically active are primary care patients?, Physiotherapy , World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, Singapore, 2015, 101, ( Suppl 1 ), 2015, ppe118-e119 Published Abstract, 2015 URL

E. Barrett, J. Hussey, C. Darker, A descriptive analysis of sitting in the primary care population, Physiotherapy, World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congrees, Singapore, 2015, 101, (Supplement 1), 2015, ppe118- Published Abstract, 2015 URL

E. Barrett, C. Darker, J. Hussey, Is a physical activity care pathway an acceptable approach to physical activity promotion in primary care? , Physiotherapy , World Confederation of Physical Therapy Conference, Singapore, 2015, 101, (Supplement 1), 2015, e119-e120 Published Abstract, 2015 URL

Barrett, E., Darker, C., Hussey, J. , Promotion of physical activity in primary care: knowledge and practice of general practitioners and physiotherapists, Journal of Public Health, 21, (1), 2013, p63 - 69 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Barrett EM, Darker CD, Hussey J, Physical activity in the management of cardiovascular diseases in primary care, 16th International World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, Amsterdam, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Barrett EM, Darker CD, Hussey J, Physical activity screening and promotion in primary care, Association of University Departments of General Practice Ireland (AUDGPI) / Scottish Academic Primary Care (ADEGS) Scientific Meeting, Dublin, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Barrett, E., Cassells, M., Hu, P., Power, C., Does the mode of analgesia influence patients outcome after TKR, Irish Pain Society Meeting, Ireland, 2008 Meeting Abstract, 2008

Barrett, E., Cassells, M., Hu, P., Power, C., Does the mode of analgesia influence patients outcome after TKR, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference, Ireland, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Brennan, J., Barrett, E., Griffin, E., Review of the dependency levels of in-patients aged 65 and over who are awaiting long- term care, Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ireland, 2003 Meeting Abstract, 2003

Barrett, E., Griffin, E., Coote, S., What influences ratings of patient transfers? , Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ireland, 2002 Meeting Abstract, 2002

Barrett, E., Griffin, E. , Stroke unit follow - up, use of physiotherapy services., Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ireland, 2002 Meeting Abstract, 2002

Barrett, E., Griffin, E., Coote, S. , Rating of transfers abilities - do disciplines concur?, Irish Journal of Medical Science , Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ireland, 170, (4), 2001, pp124- Published Abstract, 2001 URL

Barrett, E., An audit of shoulder pain and subluxtion among patients discharged from an acute stroke unit., Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ireland, 2000 Meeting Abstract, 2000

Research Expertise

Description

My first area of research is in the role of physical activity to promote and maintain public health. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that physical activity promotes health and wellbeing and prevents a wide range of chronic diseases. My research question centres on how best to design and implement interventions that can positively influence physical activity behaviours. Building on work completed as part of my PhD, which examined individual and environmental determinants of physical activity and investigated the role of physical activity promotion in primary care, I am currently working on projects designed to target physical activity at a settings level. I have a particular interest in interventions that target school and university settings, which are critical environments in which to promote the development of positive healthy behaviours that carry into later life. My second area of research interest is medical education. The overarching aim of this research centres on creating the most positive learning environments for students on practice placements. As practice education accounts for one quarter of the degree programme, optimising the student experience and ensuring the quality of placement experience is paramount to creating successful competent graduates. My current research in this field centres on collaborative supervision models as a means of promoting peer learning and support, and on the standardisation of performance-based assessment during practice placements. I am a member of the research group that is currently carrying out a review of the national physiotherapy performance-based assessment tool.

Keywords

Health Promotion; MEDICAL EDUCATION; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; Population Health

Recognition

Representations

Higher education representative to CORU: Overseas qualifications accreditation,Physiotherapists Registration Board 2017 to date

TCD representative on the national Physiotherapy working group evaluating the Physiotherapy performance-based assessment tool 2020 to date

Committee member, International Qualification Working Group, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists 2010 to 2017

Hon Treasurer Chartered Physiotherapists in Education 2009 to 2011

Committee member, Finance and Audit Committee, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists 2007-2010

Academic Coordinator Erasmus Programme Physiotherapy 2007 to 2015

International Placement Coordinator Physiotherapy 2007 to 2018

Awards and Honours

Health Research Board Summer Student Scholarship May 2020

Provost's Teaching Awards: Certificate of Commendation 2012

Provost's teaching awards shortlisted nominee 2011/2015

Erasmus teacher exchange travel grant 2015

Erasmus teacher exchange travel grant 2014

Memberships

CORU National Regulator for Health and Social Care Professions April 2019 – Present

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists 1999 – Present

Chartered Physiotherapists in Education 2008 – 2011