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Dr. Arlene Mc Curtin


Currently involved in the following research projects:

  • HIST (Health Implementation Scence & Technology) Research Group. Funded by the Health Research Institute, University of Limerick
  • Rapid Resource Repository for Health Professionals, Funded by the Health Research Board. Aim: To provide a rapid online resource meet the support and information needs of returning to work /new to work/ re-assigned nursing and allied health professionalsduring COVID-19.
  • iFLAG (Integrated Feedback for Learning & Growth). Funded by the IUA National Forum for Teaching & Learning.Aim: To implement online integrated feedback for health professional students to improve learning and growth.
  • EVBRES (Evidence Based Research). Funder by the European COST ACTION network. Aim: To disseminate and embed the evidence based research approach in decision making amongst funders, ethics bodies, patient organisations and scientific journals.
  • Providing reasonable adjustments in health care delivery for people with intellectual disabilities within an acute hospital setting.Funded by Health Research Institute Health Implementation Science & Technology Research Cluster. Aim: To identify the factors that promote/compromise the implementation of reasonable adjustments/services for persons with intellectual disability (ID) in an acute hospital.
  • SENSID - Sensory Interventions in Dysphagia. Aim: To explore and develop evidence for taste-basedsensory interventions in dysphagia.
  • IASLT RESSIG - the development of a clinician-academic research network supported by the Irish Association of Speech & language Therapists.

Research Interests

I am interested in how knowledge is generated, used, valued and interpreted and this translates into research interests in:

Patient involvement and communication in health care (minimally disruptive healthcare, patient evidence, communication in healthcare, shared decision making);
Clinical practice (bases of clinical decision making, implementation science);
Epistemology (evidence based practice, science and pseudoscience, evidence anthologies), and;
Metaresearch ( research on research, document content analyses)

I have a specialist interest in Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) specifically bolus modification techniques including thickened liquids and sensory and chemesthetic stimuli.

Teaching Interests

Evidence-based Practice, Clinical Reasoning, Therapies & Technologies, Dysphagia, research supervision

Professional Activities


  • 1999 member, IASLT Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists



Conference Publication


David Moloney, Reena Cole, David Tanner, Arlene McCurtin, Anne O'Connor


International Conference on Communication in Healthcare
McCurtin A, Clifford A, Ryan J, Murphy F, Walsh C.


RCSLT Conference 2017, Speech and Language Therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT
McCurtin A, Kelly L, Murphy F, Ryan J, Walsh J


Irish Network of Medical Educators 10th Annual Scientific Meeting
O'Connor A, Mc Garr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin, A.


International Conference on Communcation in Healthcare
McCurtin A, Clifford A, Ryan J, Murphy F, Walsh C


30th World Congress of the International Association of Logpedists and Phoniatrists
McCurtin A, Brady R, Coffey K, Ryan J, Murphy F, Clifford A, Walsh C


Evidence Live
McCurtin, A Ryan J, Clifford A, Murphy F, Walsh C


Evidence Live
Ryan J, McCurtin A, Clifford A, Murphy F, Walsh C.


6th European Society of Swallowing Disorders, Milan
Kavanagh M, Roche C, Clifford A, Ryan J, Walsh C, McCurtin A


28th International Congress of Applied Psychology
MacIntyre, T. E., McCurtin, A., Campbell, M., Igou, E., O'Shea, D. & Mahoney, C.


IASLT 2011
Eileen O'Donnell, Katie Higgins, Arlene McCurtin


IASLT 2011
McCurtin A


IASLT 2011
McCurtin A


International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrists
Hazel Roddam, Jemma Skeat, Paula Leslie, Arlene McCurtin, Rafaella Citro

Other Journal


THe Partially Verbal Individual
McCurtin A
Update (Publication of IASLT)

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


Do stroke clinical practice guideline recommendations for the intervention of thickened liquids for aspiration support evidence based decision making? A systemetic review and narrative synthesis
Arlene McCurtin, Pauline Boland, Maeve Kavanagh, Dominika Lisiecka, Caoimhe Roche, Rose Galvin
Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice


Building a collaborative research community of practice and supporting research engagement in speech-language pathology: identification of stakeholder priorities
ArleneMc Curtin, Anne O'Connor, IASLT Research Special Interest Group
International journal of evidence-based healthcare


International expert perspectives on the principles and components of effective intervention for adults who stutter
Amy Connery, Rose Galvin, Arlene McCurtin
International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders


Plugging the patient evidence gap: what patients with swallowing disorders post-stroke say about thickened liquids
McCurtin, A,Healy, C,Kelly, L,Murphy, F,Ryan, J,Walsh, J
International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12324


Navigating the system; physiotherapy student perceptions of performance-based assessment
O'Connor, Anne; Cantillon, Peter; McGarr, Oliver; McCurtin, Arlene
Medical teacher DOI:


Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education; A Systematic Review
O'Connor A, , McGarr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin A, Clifford A.
Physiotherapy DOI: 10.1016/


Speech and language therapists' understanding and adoption of evidence-based practice
Stephens D, Upton D including commentaries by Erickson S and McCurtin A
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation