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Dr. Linda O'Neill
Research Fellow, Physiotherapy


Dr Linda O'Neill is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. She completed her PhD in 2018 which investigated the efficacy of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in oesophago-gastric cancer survivorship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Physiotherapy (RCSI), a Masters (MSc.) in Respiratory Physiotherapy (TCD), and a Post-graduate Certificate in Statistics (TCD).

She has a keen research interest in exercise oncology, in particular exercise in cancer survivorship. Her work has been widely published and she has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She currently works as a Project Manager on the HRB/MRCG funded Preoperative Exercise to Improve Fitness in Patients Undergoing Complex Surgery for Cancer of the Lung or Oesophagus (PRE-HIIT) trial and the HRB funded Rehabilitation Strategies following Oesophago-gastric and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Cancer (ReStORe II) trial.

Professionally she has held a number of clinical and educational roles. Clinically she has gained experience in a variety of areas including care of the elderly, rheumatology, cardiorespiratory, and oncology. In recent years she has contributed to undergraduate teaching at Trinity College Dublin and Singapore Institute of Technology. She has also worked as a Special Lecturer/ Clinical Tutor on the Professional Masters in Physiotherapy Programme at University College Dublin. She is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). She currently sits on the ISCP-Research Network Steering Committee, and is also Secretary of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (CPOPC) clinical interest group.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sheill G., Guinan E., O'Neill L., Normand C., Doyle SL., Moore S., Newell J., McDermott G., Ryan R., Reynolds JV., Hussey J., Preoperative exercise to improve fitness in patients undergoing complex surgery for cancer of the lung or oesophagus (PREHIIT): protocol for a randomized controlled trial, BMC Cancer, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

O'NEILL L., GUINAN E., DOYLE S., CONNOLLY D., O'SULLIVAN J., BENNETT A., SHEILL G., SEGURADO R., KNAPP P., FAIRMAN C., NORMAND C., GEOGHEGAN J., CONLON K., REYNOLDS JV., HUSSEY J., 'Rehabilitation strategies following oesophagogastric and hepatopancreaticobiliary cancer (ReStOre II): a protocol for a randomised controlled trial', 2020, - Protocol or guideline, 2020 DOI

Sheill G., Reynolds S., O'Neill L., Mockler D., Reynolds JV., Hussey J., Guinan E.,, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Oesophagogastric Surgery: a Systematic Review, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Oesophagogastric Surgery: a Systematic Review, 2020, p12 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

O'Neill L., Reynolds S., Sheill G., Guinan E., Mockler D., Geoghegan J., Conlon K., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey J., Physical function in patients with resectable cancer of the pancreas and liver-a systematic review, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

O'Neill, L.M., Bennett, A.E., Guinan, E., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey, J., Physical recovery in the first six months following oesophago-gastric cancer surgery. Identifying rehabilitative needs: a qualitative interview study, Disability and Rehabilitation, 2019, p1-8 Journal Article, 2019 DOI URL

O'Neill L., Knapp P., Doyle SL., Guinan E., Parker A.,Segurado R., Connolly D., O'Sullivan J., Reynolds JV., Hussey J, 'Patient and family co-developed participant information to improve recruitment rates, retention, and patient understanding in the Rehabilitation Strategies Following Oesophago-gastric and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Cancer (ReStOre II) trial: Protocol for a study within a trial (SWAT) [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]', 2019, - Protocol or guideline, 2019 DOI

Guinan, E.M., Bennett, A.E., Doyle, S.L., O'Neill, L, Gannon, J., Foley, G., Elliott, J.A., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., & Hussey, J., Measuring the impact of oesophagectomy on physical functioning and physical activity participation: a prospective study, BMC Cancer, 19, (682), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Guinan EM, Forde C, O'Neill L, Gannon J, Doyle SL, Valkenet K, Trappenburg JCA, van Hillegersberg R, Ravi N, Hussey JM, Reynolds JV., Effect of preoperative inspiratory muscle training on physical functioning following esophagectomy., Diseases of the Esphagus, 32, (32), 2018, pdoy091- Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Sheill. G., Guinan, E.M., O'Neill L, Hevey, D., Hussey, J. , Physical Activity and Advanced Cancer: The views of Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland. , Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 3, 2018, p1 - 8 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

O'Neill, L.M., Guinan, E., Doyle, S.L., Bennett, A.E., Murphy, C., Elliott, J.A., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey, J., The RESTORE Randomized Controlled Trial: Impact of a multidisciplinary rehabilitative program on cardiorespiratory fitness in esophagogastric cancer survivorship, Annals of Surgery, 268, (5), 2018, p747 - 755 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Sheill G, Guinan E, O Neill L., Hevey D., Hussey J. , Physical Activity and Advanced Cancer: The views of Oncology and Palliative Care Physicians in Ireland. , Irish Journal of Medical Science, 187, (2), 2018, p337 - 343 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Guinan, E.M., Doyle, S.L., Bennett, A.E., O'Neill, L, Gannon, J., Elliott, J.A., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., & Hussey, J., Sarcopenia during neoadjuvant therapy for oesophageal cancer: characterising the impact on muscle strength and physical performance, Supportive Care in Cancer, 26, (5), 2018, p1569 - 1576 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Bennett, A.E., O'Neill, L., Connolly, D., Guinan, E.M., Boland, L., Doyle, S.L., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., & Hussey, J., Patient experiences of a physiotherapy-led multidisciplinary rehabilitative intervention after successful treatment for oesophago-gastric cancer, Supportive Care in Cancer, 26, (8), 2018, p2615 - 2623 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

O'Neill, L. and Moran, J. and Guinan, E.M. and Reynolds, J.V. and Hussey, J., Physical decline and its implications in the management of oesophageal and gastric cancer: a systematic review, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 12, (4), 2018, p601 - 618 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

O'Neill L, Gannon J, Guinan E, Reynolds JV, Hussey J. , Multidisciplinary rehabilitation across the esophageal cancer journey, Journal of Thoracic Diseases, 9, (12), 2017, pE1140 - E1142 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Linda O'Neill, Emer Guinan, Suzanne L Doyle, Jessie A. Elliott, Jacintha O'Sullivan, John V. Reynolds, Juliette Hussey, Rehabilitation Strategies following esophageal cancer (the ReStOre trail): a feasibility study, Diseases of the Esophagus, 30, (5), 2017, p1 - 8 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Sheill G, Guinan E, Neill LO, Hevey D, Hussey J, The views of patients with metastatic prostate cancer towards physical activity: a qualitative exploration, Supportive Care in Cancer, 26, (6), 2017, p1747 - 1754 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Guinan, E.M., Doyle, S.L., O'Neill, L., Dunne, M.R., Foley, E.K., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey, J., Effects of a multimodal rehabilitation programme on inflammation and oxidative stress in oesophageal cancer survivors: the ReStOre feasibility study, Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, (3), 2016, p749 - 756 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Research Expertise


Cancer Survivorship; Cancer Therapy; EXERCISE; Exercise Medicine; Exercise Science; EXERCISE TEST; Liver Cancer; Lung Cancer; Oesophageal cancer; Pancreatic cancer