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Dr. Niamh Hennelly
Research Fellow, Medical Gerontology


Dr Niamh Hennelly joined TILDA as a Research Fellow in January 2021 working on the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) on the advancement of social care in Ireland.

Prior to working with TILDA, Dr Hennelly worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher with the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia, NUI Galway, where her work focused on social research on dementia.

She completed her PhD in NUI Galway in 2020, examining personhood in dementia in formal care relationships in Ireland and was funded by the Irish Research Council.

In the past, Dr Hennelly has also worked for Age Action Ireland where she gained insight into the lived experience of older people in the community. Her research interests include social gerontology, dementia, health policy and health services research.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hennelly N, O'Shea E., A multiple perspective view of personhood in dementia, Ageing & Society, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Hennelly N, O'Shea E., Personhood, dementia policy and the Irish National Dementia Strategy, Dementia, 18 , (5), 2019, p1810 - 1825 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Hennelly N, Cooney A, Houghton C, O'Shea E., Personhood and dementia care: a qualitative evidence synthesis of the perspectives of people with dementia., The Gerontologist, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Hennelly N, Cooney A, Houghton C, O'Shea E., The experiences and perceptions of personhood for people living with dementia: A qualitative evidence synthesis protocol , HRB Open Res. , 1, (18), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hennelly, N., Cahill, S., The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on people living with dementia in Ireland, International Long Term Care Policy Network, 2020 Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Aida Suárez-González, Gill Livingston, Lee-Fay-Low, Suzanne Cahill, Niamh Hennelly, Walter D. Dawson, Wendy Weidner, Martina Bocchetta, Cleusa P. Ferri, Jordi A Matias-Guiu, Suvarna Alladi, Christine Wayua Musyimi, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Impact and mortality of COVID-19 on people living with dementia: cross-country report, International Long-Term Care Policy Network, 2020 Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text