Eileen is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick.  Prior to entering academia, Eileen worked as a Registered Nurse (Intellectual Disability), with people with intellectual disabilities and their families in a variety of contexts and settings. Eileen is a BSc. (Nursing Studies) graduate of the University of Limerick, a PG Dip. (Nurse Education) and MSc. (Advanced Nursing Studies) graduate of the University of Ulster and a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

Eileen’s research interests focus on developing quality practices to implement evidence-based approaches and initiatives facilitating health and wellbeing of adults with intellectual disabilities. Specific topic areas have focused on choice and control, autonomy, assisted decision-making, informed consent, person centred planning and inclusive research.

Eileen is currently a research team member on the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­EVALUATION OF PROJECT ECHO: All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Programme on Care Processes and Outcomes for Residents nearing the End-of Life.


Carey, E. and Ryan, R. (2019) 'Chapter 14 Informed Consent' In: Johnny L. Matson (eds). Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities Integrating Theory, Research and Practice. Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Springer. [DOI] [Details] 

Carey, E. and Griffiths, C. (2017) 'Recruitment and consent of adults with intellectual disabilities in a classic grounded theory research study: ethical and methodological considerations'. Disability & Society, 32 (2),193-212. [DOI] [Details] 

O'Connor, M. and Carey, E. (2017) 'The role of nurses in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to manage asthma'. Learning Disability Practice, 20 (1):24-28 [DOI] [Details]

Nelson, S. and Carey, E. (2016) 'Supporting women with learning disabilities during breast cancer diagnosis in Ireland'. Learning Disability Practice, 19 (10):18-22 [DOI] [Details]

Carey, E. and Griffiths, C. (2014) 'The impact of Irish policy and legislation on how adults with learning disabilities make choices'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44, 111-121. [DOI] [Details] 

Carey, E., Salmon, N. and Higgins, A. (2014) 'Service users' views of the Research Active Programme’. Learning Disability Practice, 17(4), 22-28. [DOI] [Details]

Salmon, N., Carey, E. and Hunt, A. (2014) 'Research skills for people with intellectual disabilities’. Learning Disability Practice, 17(3), 27-35. [DOI] [Details]

Carey, E. (2010) 'Navigating the Process of Ethical Approval: A methodological note'. The Grounded Theory Review, 9 (3), 19-32. [ULIR Link] [Details]