Research within the School of Allied Health is organized under two themes – Health Services Research and Population Health Research, and is directly aligned with the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Research themes and the UL Health Research Institute. A cross-cutting feature of our research is its multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus incorporating the disciplines of Nutrition and Dietetics Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.  Collaborations with patient and community groups and allied health professionals communities of practice enables high quality, impactful research outputs.

Health Services Research 

Our research in this area is focused in two key groups; Health Service Delivery and Education, and Social Science Informed Analysis of Practice. Working with stakeholders across the health and social care sectors, these groups aim to understand and address the challenges in health service delivery.


Population Health Research

Our Population Health research groups are; Musculoskeletal Health, Acquired Neurological Conditions Integrated Research, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, and Long-Term Conditions. These research groups adopt a patient and public involvement approach to discover the needs and develop matching interventions for a wide range of populations across primary, secondary and tertiary care in collaboration with clinical colleagues.