Ruth Ryan is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at University of Limerick. A registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), prior to joining UL, Ruth specialised in the area of Intellectual Disability nursing supporting persons, living with intellectual disabilities, and their families in residential and community services. Ruth is also a registered nurse tutor and committed to the professional development of students. Ruth has a PhD in Philosophy (UL 2019), an MSc in Advanced Nursing (UU 2004) and a primary degree obtained in UL in 2000.

Ruth’s research focus is grounded in contributing to the health and wellbeing of persons living with intellectual disabilities and their support networks. Particular areas of interest include care and caring for persons living with complex needs, supporting decision-making, person centred approaches and implementing evidence based approaches. 


Carey, E. and Ryan, R. (2019) 'Chapter 14 Informed Consent' In: Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice. Baton Rouge, LA, USA : Springer.


Doody, O., Lyons, R., and Ryan, R. (2019). The experiences of adults with intellectual disability in the involvement of nursing care planning in health services. British Journal of Learning Disabilities.


Ryan, R. (2018) How family carers support profoundly intellectually disabled persons in decision making: A literature review. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development 11 (3): 281-302.


De Haas, C., Ryan R. (2016) 'Chapter 4 Family Centered Care' In: Rubin, L., Merrick, J., Greydanus, D.E. and Patel, D.R (eds). ‘Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan’ 3rd Edition. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.


Salmon, N., Ryan, R., Angus, J., Mc Sherry, E., O'Shea, K., and O'Connell, N. (2014) Findings from the Public Consultation on the Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities. National Disability Authority, National Disability.