Chair: Christina Hayes
Christina graduated from the University of Limerick (UL) with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy in 2020. She worked clinically before beginning a PhD in the School of Allied Health at UL in 2021. Christina is scholar of the renowned Structured Population Health and Health Services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme in Ireland. Working with older people in both the acute and primary care settings sparked Christina’s main research interest in integrated care strategies for community-dwelling older people. The focus of her PhD thesis is around developing an evidence-based and stakeholder informed model of integrated care for older adults living in the community. Christina is a member of the Health Research Institute and Ageing Research Centre at UL, as well as a current member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Contact: Follow on Twitter @ChristinaHayesz or Email Christin.Hayes@ul.ie
Deputy Chair: Caoimhe Barry Walsh
Caoimhe is a PhD candidate in the School of Allied Health within the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences under the supervision of Dr Roisin Cahalan and Prof Kieran O’ Sullivan. Her PhD research focuses on the use of telerehabilitation for people with chronic health conditions. Caoimhe previously completed the BSc in Physiotherapy in the University of Limerick.
Activities & Events Co-Ordinator: Aoife Noonan
Aoife Noonan is a first year structured PhD student in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Limerick. She is supervised by Prof. Catherine Woods and co-supervised by Prof. Audrey Tierney and Dr. Catherine Norton. Her PhD explores the health behaviours of students in higher education. She aims to design, execute, and evaluate a suitable intervention that strategically addresses risky health behaviours and optimises their overall health and wellbeing. Her background is in Psychology completing her B.A. (2017-2021) and M.A. (2021-2022) at the University of Limerick. She has also completed further psychological studies with the University of Granada and the Open University. As a sports coach and long-distance runner, Aoife enjoys combining her interests with her studies and collaborating with like-minded people who seek to enhance both mental and physical health.
Communications Co-ordinator: Gráinne Tyrrell
Gráinne is a PhD researcher in the School of Design. Upon graduating from her BSc in Product Design and Technology in the University of Limerick, she was successful in acquiring funding from the Irish Research Council’s EPS Scheme to undertake research with a focus on the Usability and Ergonomics of cardiovascular devices. Gráinne has built her experience with Human Factors over the past years, working as a Human Factors engineer prior to commencing her PhD. She conducts research with the goal of optimising the user experience and improving patient outcomes by filling anthropometric data gaps, especially for demographics who have been under-represented in the field of biomedical research. Her thesis entitled ‘Design to enhance the User Experience of Clinical Stakeholders when performing Endovascular procedures through optimisation of deployment devices’ is supervised by Dr. Eoin White and Prof. Leonard O’ Sullivan.
Reporting & Review Co-Ordinator: Anna McHale