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Dr. Ciaran Kenny
Assistant Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Biography

Completed B.Sc. in Applied Computational Linguistics in Dublin City University (2002). Specialised in computer voice synthesis. Worked for 5 years as a senior software developer. Areas of expertise were front-end delivery of e-learning and media content.

Completed M.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy (2009) in University of Limerick. Went on to work as senior speech and language therapist in Tallaght Hospital for 6 years. Areas of clinical specialism were dysphagia and voice disorders, especially in critical care and ENT populations.

Secured funded fellowship from The Atlantic Philanthropies and Trinity College Dublin to pursue PhD from 2016 to 2018. PhD title was 'Dysphagia in adults with solid malignancies outside the head, neck, and upper gastrointestinal tract'. As part of this, completed systematic review of dysphagia screening, evaluation, and quality of life tools for this clinical population. Conducted pilot study to investigate the feasibility of measuring intra-oral pressure measurements in a lung cancer population. Primary study was a large-scale epidemiological study to describe the prevalence, predictors, clinical characteristics, and impact of dysphagia in adults with malignancies in non-swallow anatomical regions. Presented findings at international and national conferences, as well as peer-reviewed journals.

Appointed as Assistant Professor in Dept of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin in September 2018. Coordinator and lecturer for the postgraduate programme.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kenny, C, Dysphonia and Vocal Tract Discomfort While Working From Home During COVID-19, Journal of Voice, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Kenny C, Regan J, Walsh, D, Dysphagia in cancers outside the head, neck, and upper gastrointestinal tract, 55th Annual Conference: Irish Association for Cancer Research, Belfast, 2019 Meeting Abstract, 2019

Kenny, C, Swallowing Problems in Cancer, Irish Association for Cancer Research, Belfast, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Kenny, C., Regan, J., Balding, L., Higgins, S., O'Leary, N., Kelleher, F., McDermott, R., Armstrong, J., Mihai, A., Tiernan, E. and Westrup, J., Dysphagia prevalence and predictors in cancers outside the head, neck, and upper gastrointestinal tract. , Journal of pain and symptom management., 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Kenny, C., Gilheaney, O, Walsh, D, Regan, J., Oropharyngeal Dysphagia Evaluation Tools in Adults with Solid Malignancies Outside the Head and Neck and Upper GI Tract: A Systematic Review, Dysphagia, 33, (3), 2018, p303 - 320 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in solid cancers: Clinical characteristics and impact, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Dublin, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in solid cancers: Prevalance and predictors, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Dublin, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Gilheaney, Ó., Béchet, S., Kerr, P., Kenny, C., Smith, S., Kouider, R., Kidd, R., Walshe, M., The prevalence of oral stage dysphagia in adults presenting with temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 76, (6), 2018, p448 - 458 Journal Article, 2018

Kenny C., Regan J., Walsh D., Dysphagia in cancer patients: Common, dangerous, and under-diagnosed , 26 , (S2 ), 2018, ppS170 - Published Abstract, 2018

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in cancers outside the head, neck, and upper GI tract, Translating Health and Social Care Professions' Research into Policy and Practice, Dublin, 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Kenny C, Regan J, Walsh D, Cancer cachexia and dysphagia: A nutritional and therapeutic dilemma?, 37, (S1), 2018, ppS77 - S78 Published Abstract, 2018

Kenny, C., Mukerji, N., Walsh, D., A clinical audit of xerostomia assessment and treatment practices amongst advanced cancer patients in a palliative care setting, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, APM Supportive & Palliative Care Conference, Belfast, 7, (S1), 2017 Published Abstract, 2017

Kenny, C., Uí Dhuibhír, P., O'Donoghue, N., Barrett, N., Parkes, C., Daly, S., Thirion, P., Walsh, D., Wireless intra-oral measurement of dynamic tongue pressures: A clinical utility pilot study, Dysphagia, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Milan, 32, (1), 2017, pp147 - 147 Published Abstract, 2017

Kenny, C., Regan, J., Walsh, D., Psychometric properties of screening and evaluation tools for oro-pharyngeal dysphagia in adults with cancer outside the upper GI tract: A systematic review, Dysphagia, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Milan, 32, (1), 2017, pp133 - 133 Published Abstract, 2017

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia screening, evaluation and quality of life tools for cancers outside the head, neck, and upper GI tract: A systematic review, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial Conference, Dublin, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Kenny C., Assessment practices of Irish speech and language therapists in the evaluation of voice disorders , Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 42 , (1 ), 2017, p12-21 - Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Mukerji, N., Kenny, C., Walsh, D., A clinical audit of xerostomia assessment and treatment practices amongst advanced cancer patients in a palliative care setting, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 186, (1), 2016, ppS24 - S25 Published Abstract, 2016

Holmes, E., Kenny, C., Samuel, M., Regan, J., O'Rourke, J., McCoubrey, C., The role of Speech and Language Therapy in Assessing and Managing Pharyngo-esophageal Diverticula, Irish Medical Journal, 108, (10), 2015, p296 - 298 Journal Article, 2015

Lawson, S., Macklin, I., Kenny, C., Voice disorders in older people referred to speech and language therapy, Irish Journal of Medical Science, Irish Gerontological Society, Dublin, 182, (6), 2013, ppS260 - S260 Published Abstract, 2013

Kenny, C., Loudness therapy application for Parkinson's Disease using iPhone and iPad, International Journal of Integrated Care, London, 11, (6), 2011 Published Abstract, 2011

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ciarán Kenny, Dysphagia in Cancers outside Anatomic Swallow Regions, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Online Webinar, 10/04/2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019 URL

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in solid cancers, Grand Rounds, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Walshe M, Regan J, Kenny C. , 8th Annual ESSD Congress, 25th - 29th Sept , In:Dysphagia: Shaping the Future, 2018, Aviva Stadium Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2018

Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in Cancers outside the Head, Neck, and Upper GI Tract, BACO, Manchester, UK, June 2018, 2018, British Association for Clinical Otolaryngology Invited Talk, 2018

Research Expertise

Keywords

Cachexia; Chemosensation, hearing, balance, touch, somatosensation; Chemotherapy; Colorectal Cancer; Critical Care; Dysphagia in cancer and palliative care; Gastroenterology; Gastrointestinal Diseases/Disorders; Hospices; Instrumental evaluation of voice and swallow; Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease; Lung Cancer; Malnutrition; Oncology; Oral Health; Otorhinolaryngology; Parkinson's Disease; Stress; Stroke; Therapy Evaluation; Voice; Voice disorders

Recognition

Memberships

Full Member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (MIASLT) 2009 – Present

Member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD). 2016 – Present

CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist. 2016 – Present

Irish Voice Special Interest Group (SIG) 2012 – Present