I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health, a founding member of the Physical Activity for Health Research Cluster, and the EHS Research Ethics Chair in UL.

I am also a founding collaborator of the Product Design and the Performing Arts (PD+PA) cluster and a member of the steering committee of the Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) project funded by the IRFU.

My research interests in health and physical activity are dichotomized into elite dance/athlete and chronic disease populations. I am the editor and lead author of the first academic book on health about Irish dancers, published by Nova Science Publishers, and co-written with 16 national and international collaborators, and I was nominated for a 2020 international Dance Educator Award by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

I am a co-founder of the “SingStrong – Singing for Lung Health” project which was awarded a 2023 National Healthcare Centre Award. My SingStrong work was acknowledged when I was named as one of Health Professional News’s Top 100 healthcare practitioners, 2021.

I have twice led SAH to a National Teaching Forum DELTA award and am a former winner of the UL Individual Teaching Excellence award and the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence award


Caoimhe BW, Cahalan R, Hinman R, O‘Sullivan k. 2022. Psychometric properties of performance-based measures of physical function administered via telehealth among people with chronic conditions: A systematic review. PLOS ONE. PONE-D-22-14057R1. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0274349 

Cahalan RM, Meade C, Mockler S. SingStrong—A singing and breathing retraining intervention for respiratory and other common symptoms of long COVID: A pilot study. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy:  2022;58:20. 10.29390/cjrt-2021-074  

Maire Curran, Audrey  C Tierney , Brenda Button, Louise Collins, Lauren  Kennedy, Ciara McDonnell, Ali Sheikhi, Andrew Jurascheck, Brian Casserly, Roisin Cahalan. Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Adults With Cystic Fibrosis: Association With Aerobic Capacity, Lung Function, Sleep, Well-Being, and Quality of Life. Respiratory Care Mar 2022, 67 (3) 339-346; DOI: 10.4187/respcare.09270 

Cahalan R, Green J, Meade C, Griffin A. (2021)“SingStrong”: Singing for better lung health in COPD – a pilot study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2021.1907825 

Curran, M, A Tierney, L Collins, L Kennedy, C McDonnell, B Button, B Casserly, and Cahalan R. The Effectiveness of Exercise Interventions to Increase Physical Activity in Cystic Fibrosis: A Systematic Review." Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 20 (2021): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2021.10.008