My occupational therapy practice background has been focused on working with people with complex neurological impairments and their families and my research interests remain with these groups in my role as lecturer in the School of Allied Health within the Education and Health Science faculty at the University of Limerick. I am motivated to complete research which details how people with progressive and chronic conditions can maximise participation in their community and maintain resilience and engagement in valued occupations.  Examples of such research includes investigating inclusive design in public play and recreation spaces, exploring the role of tele-assessment for people with complex wheelchair and seating needs and understanding the diverse needs of carers for people with chronic conditions. My commitment to supporting disability and health services is further evidenced by my focus on enabling health professional students to understand and apply evidence based practice. I also have practiced clinically in inter-professional and international settings for 16 years prior to taking up my post at UL, which has strengthened my interest in inter-professional education and internationalisation of the curriculum for allied health professionals.


Finn, C. Boland, P (2020) Male family carers’ perceptions of formal support services; a meta-ethnography Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

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 67(2); 19-26.

McCurtin, A, Boland, P, Galvin, R, Lisiecka, D, Kavanagh, M, Roche, C. (2020) Stroke Clinical Practice Guidelines recommendations regarding the intervention of thickened liquids for aspiration: how evidence based are they?  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 26(6):1744-1760. doi: 10.1111/jep.13372

O’Leary, N. & Boland, P. (2020) Organisation and system theories in interprofessional collaboration and education: A scoping review. 34(1); 11- 19 Journal of Interprofessional Care

O’Donoghue, M. Boland, P. Coote, S. Galvin, R. Hayes, S. (2019) Rehabilitation of cognitive deficits after stroke: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open