Dr Mary-Ann O'Donovan
As Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability and Inclusion within the School of Education, Mary-Ann is the course co-ordinator for the Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Applied Inclusive Practice for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID).
Mary-Ann is an Alumnus of the HRB SPHERE programme, completing her PHD in Health Services Research and Population Health Sciences in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2015. The PhD focused on the health and housing needs and later life transitions of older people with an intellectual disability. Previous work experience includes Project Manager of the IDS-TILDA study, management of the Department of Health's National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD) in the Health Research Board, research officer in the National Disability Authority and the Rehab Group.
There are a number of strands to Mary-Ann's research interests including:
Key life transitions, housing mobility, health service utilisation and access, non-medical determinants of health, choice and self-determination for people with an intellectual disability.
Policy analysis through a human rights framework, particularly in the context of health inequalities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Analysis of large datasets, survey, census and administrative data and comparability of disability statistics.
An emerging research area of interest includes educational transitions, pathways into and out of third level education, and the relationship between educational and other life transitions over the life course.