I am the Health Innovation lead at a newly established Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation based at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.
As a health psychology researcher my work has focused on analysing the behavioural change, illness perceptions, cognitive mediators, quality of life and quality of care of individuals living with chronic illnesses. I have worked on various collaborative projects with Intel, the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre, The Queen's University of Belfast, The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Imperial College London, University of Ulster Jordanstown and the National University of Ireland Galway covering conditions such as stroke, COPD, schizophrenia and obesity. This has included not just research into the quality of life of chronically ill persons and their next of kin but also into the management, educational practices and attitudes of the respective health professionals in treating chronic conditions.
I am passionate about healthcare innovation based on user centric research and design. As a health psychology researcher I am keen to employ psychological principles such as behavioural change into healthcare innovation services, products and content. My particular focus is creating systems and content to enable individuals with chronic illness to self-manage at home, build social connections and learn about their condition. This includes research and development of technological based educational, motivational and health promotional material to support patients living with chronic illness.