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Ageing Research Centre (ARC)

The Ageing Research Centre (ARC) comprises an interdisciplinary group of researchers that aim to:

  • Conduct excellent research that leads to improvement in the health, well-being and social inclusion of older people.
  • Work across disciplinary boundaries to address research priorities that reflect the day to day realities of older people’s lives.
  • Develop capacity in ageing research at UL and build collaborations with researchers, clinicians, industry partners, older people and their representative organisations.

The Ageing Research Centre has a programme of current activity focused around three thematic areas:  

  • Aligning health services to the needs of older people.
  • Ageing in place.
  • Using health analytics to optimise outcomes for older people.

Our People

Principal Investigator 

Dr Katie Robinson, Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy


Research Team

  • Ms Alexandra Cremona, PhD Researcher, School of Medicine
  • Dr Amanda Clifford, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy
  • Dr Ann-Marie Morrissey, Lecturer Occupational Therapy
  • Dr Aoife O’Neill, Ageing Research Centre Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Dr Arlene McCurtin, Lecturer in the School of Allied Health (Clinical Therapies)
  • Dr Cliona O'Riordan, Lecturer Below the Bar in Physiotherapy
  • Dr Helen Purtill, Lecturer Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Dr Hilary Moss, Senior Lecturer Music Therapy
  • Prof. Ita Richardson, Associate Professor Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Dr Karen McCreesh, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy
  • Dr Kieran O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy
  • Ms Marcella Kelly, Centre of Nurse and Midwifery Education (CNME), Galway
  • Dr Mary O’Keeffe, Postdoctoral Researcher & Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship
  • Dr Michelle Norris, Research Fellow (ALECS Programme), Science and Engineering
  • Dr Niall Mcgrane, Lecturer in Physiotherapy
  • Dr Pauline Boland, Occupational Therapy
  • Dr Pauline Meskell, Senior Lecturer Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dr Rose Galvin, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy
  • Dr Sara Hayes, Lecturer Physiotherapy
  • Dr Siobhan Leahy, Lecturer in Allied Health


O’Donoghue, M. Boland, P. Coote, S. Galvin, R. Hayes, S. (Accepted for Open Review) Exploring the perspectives of people post-stroke, carers and healthcare professionals to inform the development of an intervention to improve cognitive impairment post-stroke Health Research Board Open Access

Schnakers, C., Hirsch, M., Noé, E., Llorens, R., Lejeune, N., Veeramuthu, V., De Marco, S., Demertzi, A., Duclos, C., Morrissey, A., Chatelle, C., Estraneo, A. Covert cognition in disorders of consciousness: A meta-analysis

Moss, H., RTE Brainstorm Music and relaxation during COVID 19

Norris, M., Blackmore, T., Horler, B. and Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2020) “How the characteristics of sports bras affect their performance”, Ergonomics, [online:]


Graham, F. Maggo, J. Boland, P. Wallace, S. Taylor, W. Grainger, R. (In Press) Telehealth delivery of remote assessment of wheelchair and seating needs for adults and children a survey New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Q4 – international co-authors

Griffin A, O’Neill A, O’Connor M, Ryan D, Tierney A, Galvin R. The prevalence of malnutrition and impact on patient outcomes among older adults presenting at an Irish emergency department: a secondary analysis of the OPTI-MEND trial. BMC Geriatrics. 2020 Dec;20(1):1-1

O’Neill, A., Purtill, H., Kelly, D., McCreesh, K., Robinson, K. and O’Sullivan, K., 2020. Medication and Healthcare Utilisation Variation Among Older Adults with Pain. European Journal of Pain

Norris, M., Mills, C., Sanchez, A. and Wakefield-Scurr, J. (2020) “Do static and dynamic activities induce potentially damaging skin strain”, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 6(1), pp. 1-10, [online:]

Moss, H (2020) 'The arts may not always be good for us'. Perspectives in Public Health, 10.1177/1757913920917

O'Neill, D., Kelly, B., O'Keeffe, S, Moss, H (2020) 'Mainstreaming medical humanities in continuous professional development and postgraduate training. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 20 (2),208 - 11.

O'Donoghue, J., Moss, H., Clements-Cortés, Freeley, C. (2020) `Therapist and individual experiences and perceptions of music therapy for adolescents who stutter: A qualitative exploration'. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy

BOOK chapter

Moss, H (2020) The Aesthetics of Space. Chapter in Crawford & Brown, The Routledge Companion of Health Humanities. Abingdon: UK pp430 - 435 ISBN 9781138579903

Finn, C. Boland, P (Accepted, In Press) Male family carers’ perceptions of formal support services; a meta-ethnography Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences IF = 1.3, C = 0, Q2 

Boland, P, Jones, B, Stanley, J, Graham, F, Perry, M, Levack, W (2020) Using a Maori model of health to analyse New Zealand Maori equipment use post-stroke. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy 

Barry, Louise, et al. "The barriers and facilitators to screening in emergency departments: a qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) protocol." HRB Open Research 3.50 (2020): 50

Cassarino, Marica, et al. "Stakeholders’ perspectives on models of care in the emergency department and the introduction of health and social care professional teams: A qualitative analysis using World Cafés and interviews." Health Expectations (2020)

Donoghue, Mairead O., et al. "Rehabilitation of cognitive deficits poststroke: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of non-pharmacological interventions." BMJ open 9.11 (2019)

Saunders, David H., et al. "Physical fitness training for stroke patients." Cochrane Database of systematic reviews 3 (2020)

O’Malley, Nicola, et al. "Fall definitions, faller classifications and outcomes used in falls research among people with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review." Disability and rehabilitation (2020): 1-8

O’Neill, Aoife, et al. "Examining what factors mediate treatment effect in chronic low back pain: A mediation analysis of a Cognitive Functional Therapy clinical trial." European Journal of Pain (2020)

Robinson, Katie, et al. "Exploring the beliefs and experiences of older Irish adults an d family carers during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: A qualitative study protocol [version 1; peer." HRB Open Research 3 (2020): 16

Higginbotham, Owen, et al. "The diagnostic and predictive accuracy of the PRISMA-7 screening tool for frailty in older adults: A systematic review protocol." HRB Open Research 3.26 (2020): 26

O’Neill, Aoife, et al. "The change of pain classes over time: a latent transition analysis." European Journal of Pain 24.2 (2020): 457-469

Carroll, N. and Richardson, I., 2019. Mapping a careflow network to assess the connectedness of connected health. Health informatics journal25(1), pp.106-125

Carter, D.D., Robinson, K., Forbes, J., Walsh, J.C. and Hayes, S., 2019. Exploring the perspectives of stroke survivors and healthcare professionals on the use of mobile health to promote physical activity: A qualitative study protocol. HRB Open Research2(9), p.9

Conneely, M., Boland, P., O'Neill, A., Byrne, D., Cronin, S., Quinn, D., Trépel, D., Leahy, S., Salsberg, J., Galvin, R. and Robinson, K., 2020. A protocol for the establishment and evaluation of an older adult stakeholder panel for health services research. HRB Open Research3(1), p.1

Donoghue, M.O., Boland, P., Galvin, R., Coote, S. and Hayes, S., 2019. Rehabilitation of cognitive deficits poststroke: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of non-pharmacological interventions. BMJ open9(11)

Hughes, K.J., Salmon, N., Galvin, R., Casey, B. and Clifford, A.M., 2019. Interventions to improve adherence to exercise therapy for falls prevention in community-dwelling older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. Age and ageing48(2), pp.185-195

Lowe, C.M., Barrett, E., McCreesh, K., De Burca, N. and Lewis, J., 2019. Clinical effectiveness of non-surgical interventions for primary frozen shoulder: A systematic review. Journal of rehabilitation medicine51(8), pp.539-556

Moss, H. and O’Neill, D., 2019. Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia. Dementia18(6), pp.2008-2017

O’Neill, A., O’Sullivan, K., O’Keeffe, M., Walsh, C. and Purtill, H., 2019. The change of pain classes over time: a latent transition analysis. European Journal of Pain

O'Keeffe, M., O'Sullivan, P., Purtill, H., Bargary, N. and O'Sullivan, K., 2019. Cognitive functional therapy compared with a group-based exercise and education intervention for chronic low back pain: a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT). British journal of sports medicine

O'Reilly, P., O'Brien, B., Graham, M.M., Murphy, J., Barry, L., Doody, O., Fahy, A., Hoey, C., Kiely, M., Lang, D. and Meskell, P., 2019. Key stakeholders' perspectives on the development of a national transfer document, for older persons, when transferring between the residential and acute care settings: A qualitative descriptive study. International journal of older people nursing14(4), p.e12254




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