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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

Lylas Aljohmani, Clare Whelan, Emer Barrett, Jennifer Conlan, Lucy Alpine, Claire Poole, Duana Quigley, Siobhan Davis, Triona Flavin, Erika Keane, Mary O Neill, Judith Meehan, Eleanor Molloy, Lorna O Shea, Clinical Teachers Perceptions of Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Environment, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Annual Scientific Meeting , Online , 2022, pp79- Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

O'Grady M, Barrett E, Broderick J and Connolly D., The role of intermediaries in connecting community-dwelling adults to local physical activity and exercise: A scoping review protocol [version 2; peer review: 2 approved], HRB Open Research, 5, (29), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Anne-Maria Scanlon, Aoife Devaney, Emer Barrett, Undergraduate student communication: can physiotherapy trainees demonstrate empathy?, Practice Education Coordinators Network Conference, Online , 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022

Anne-Maria Scanlon, Aoife Devaney, Emer Barrett, Undergraduate student communication: can physiotherapy trainees demonstrate empathy? , Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Annual Scientific Meeting, , Online , 2022, pp51- Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Clare Whelan, Lylas Aljohmani, Emer Barrett, Jennifer Conlan, Lucy Alpine, Claire Poole, Duana Quigley, Siobhan Davis, Triona Flavin, Erika Keane, Mary O Neill, Judith Meehan, Eleanor Molloy, Lorna O Shea, Supporting Student Success through Clinical Teacher Training, Practice Education Coordinators Network Conference, Online , 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022

Emer Barrett, Embedding the Healthy Campus Agenda into the Curriculum in Trinity College, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Annual Scientific Meeting , Online , 2022, pp51- Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Clare Whelan, Lylas Aljohmani, Emer Barrett, Jennifer Conlan, Lucy Alpine, Claire Poole, Duana Quigley, Siobhan Davis, Triona Flavin, Erika Keane, Mary O Neill, Judith Meehan, Eleanor Molloy, Lorna O Shea, The design and development of an online educational resource for clinical teachers , Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Annual Scientific Meeting , Online , 2022, pp80- Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Tyndall L, Roche C, Forde C, Barrett E, Physical Activity of Irish Adults During COVID-19 Restrictions, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference, Online , 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021 URL

Darker, C.D., Mullin, M., Doyle, L., Tanner, M., McGrath, D., Doherty, L., Dreyer-Gibney, K., Barrett, E.M., Flynn, D., Murphy, P., Ivers, J.H., Burke, E., Ryan, M., McCarron, M., Murphy, P., Sheils, O., Hevey, D., Leen, A., Keogh, L., Walls, B., Bennett, A.E., Petersen, F., Nolan, A., Barry, J.M., Developing a health promoting university in Trinity College Dublin-overview and outline process evaluation, Health Promotion International, 2021, p1-14 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Alpine L, McGuiness M, Barrett EM, Series of Training Workshops to Support Practice Educators Decision Making Skills in Performance Based Assessment, Health and Social Care Professions 3rd National Conference on Practice Education , Online , 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Forde C, Wyse J. Barrett EM, Time and belief in exercise importance predict increased activity during initial COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, Health Promotion International, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Barrett EM, Wyse J, Forde C, Barriers and Enablers to Physical Activity During COVID-19 Restrictions in Ireland, 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress , Vancouver Online, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021 URL

Barrett E, O' Connor A, McGuiness M, Alpine L, Does a short training session based on peer dialogue impact decision making in assessment? , European Region-World Conference of Physical Therapists, Online , 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021 URL

Darker, C.D., Moore, E., Flynn, E., O'Neill, M., Doherty, L., McMahon, J., McLoughlin, O., Rouine, E., Ivers, J., Allwright, S., McGrath, D., Seery, A., McAndrew, M., Barrett, E., Tanner, M., Bennett, A.E., Brennan, S., Mullin, M., Barry, J.M. , Development and proposed evaluation of an eHealth learning tool for undergraduate university students in Ireland, Health Promotion International, 2021, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2021 URL DOI

Barrett, E. M., Forde, C., & Wyse, J. Barriers and enablers to physical activity during COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland(ed.), 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, Vancouver Online, 14, (3), 2021 Proceedings of a Conference, 2021 DOI

Alpine LM, O' Connor A, McGuinness M, Barrett EM , Performance-based assessment during clinical placement; cross sectional investigation of a training workshop for practice educators, Nursing & Health Sciences , 2021, p1 - 10 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Robert Keegan, Orla Crowley, Leah Walker, Barrett EM, The MakeItFit Campaign: A student-led health promotion initiative, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Annual Scientific Meeting , Online , 2021, pp25- Oral Presentation, 2021 URL

Forde C, Wyse J. Barrett EM. As restrictions continued - Changes in physical activity during COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland across two time points(ed.), Sports Medicine and Health Summit Online, German Journal of Sports Medicine , Germany (Online), 72 , 2021 Proceedings of a Conference, 2021 URL

Alpine L, Caldas F, Barrett E, Supervision models in Physiotherapy practice education: student and practice educator evaluations, European Region-World Conference of Physical Therapists, Online , 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

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

Keating R, Ahern S, Bisgood L, Mernagh K, Nicholson GH and Barrett EM, Stand up, stand out. Feasibility of an active break targeting prolonged sitting in university students, Journal of American College Health, 2020, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

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

Forde C, Wyse J, Barrett EM, Physical Activity Behaviour During The COVID-19 Pandemic: An Online Survey, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference, Dublin, 2020, pp4 - 5 Oral Presentation, 2020 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

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

Lucy M. Alpine, Francieli Tanji Caldasa, Emer M. Barrett, Evaluation of a 2.1 peer placement supervision model by physiotherapy students and their educators, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2019, p748 - 755 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Griffin S, White S, Flanagan K, Ryan S, Maguire F, Mullin M, Tanner M, 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

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

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

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 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

EM Barrett, J Hussey, C Darker How physically active are primary care patients?(ed.), World Confederation of Physiotherapy Congress, Physiotherapy, Singapore, 101, ( Suppl 1 ), 2015, 2015, e118-e119 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2015 URL

EM Barrett, CD Darker, J Hussey A descriptive analysis of sitting in the primary care population(ed.), World Confederation of Physiotherapy Congress, Physiotherapy, Singapore, 101, (Supplement 1), 2015, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 2015 URL

EM Barrett, CD Darker, J Hussey Is a physical activity care pathway an acceptable approach to physical activity promotion in primary care? (ed.), World Confederation of Physiotherapy Congress, Physiotherapy , Singapore, 101, (Supplement 1), 2015, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 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 URL DOI

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

EM Barrett, E Griffin, S Coote Rating of transfers abilities - do disciplines concur?(ed.), Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Irish Journal of Medical Science , Ireland, 170, (4), 2001 Proceedings of a Conference, 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

Dr Barrett has two main areas of research. The first centers on 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. Her research centers on how best to design and implement interventions that can positively influence physical activity behaviours. Building on work completed as part of her PhD, which examined individual and environmental determinants of physical activity and investigated the role of physical activity promotion in primary care, Dr Barrett is currently working on projects designed to target physical activity at a settings level. These include the integration of physical activity as part of self management programmes for people with chronic disease and interventions designed to promote physical activity in school, university and community settings, critical environments for the development of positive healthy behaviours. Her second area of research reflects her dual academic appointment; with half of her post dedicated to the delivery of the practice education component of the BSc in Physiotherapy, including responsibility for leading the research programme in this area. The overarching aim of her practice education research centers 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. Her current research centers on collaborative supervision models as a means of promoting peer learning and support and on performance-based assessment during practice placements. She is a member of the national research group currently reviewing the physiotherapy performance-based assessment tool.

Keywords

Health Promotion; MEDICAL EDUCATION; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; Population Health

Recognition

Representations

Education consultant to CORU: Overseas qualifications accreditation, Physiotherapists Registration Board 2017 to date

Education consultant to CORU on the recognition of Physical Therapy courses for entry to the Physiotherapy register 2019 to date

Invited Speaker: My Research Journey St Mary's BSc Physiotherapy London UK 2021

Invited speaker: Practice Education Dublin West Primary Care team 2021

BSc Physiotherapy Year 3 Head 2020 to date

IPL (Interprofessional Learning) Coordinator: Discipline of Physiotherapy 2009 to date

National Physiotherapy working group member 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 2019 – Present

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists 1999 – Present

Specialist Interest Group Interprofessional Learning (INHED) 2021 – Present

Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (IPARC) 2020 – Present

Chartered Physiotherapists in Education 2008 – 2011