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Dr. Eileen Carey



I have a long history of working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families in a variety of contexts and settings, both nationally and internationally. As a Registered Nurse (Intellectual Disability) (RNID), I have gained vast experience of working within interdisciplinary frameworks in Intellectual Disability Services. Continuing to develop my initial nurse education and training, I am a BSc. (Nursing Studies) graduate of the University of Limerick, a PG Dip. (Nurse Education) and MSc. (Advanced Nursing Studies) graduate of University of Ulster and a Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D) graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on explaining how humanistic, legalistic, psychological and sociological factors impact the health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities. Specific topic areas have focused on person centred planning, autonomy, choice, control, informed consent, decision-making and inclusive research. My MSc, a mixed methods research design described and analysed structures and processes of person centred planning utilised by healthcare workers in a residential service for people with intellectual disabilities. My PhD, research inclusive of adults with intellectual disabilities living in a variety of contexts and settings, engaged classic grounded theory methodology to explain daily realities for adult participants as they respond to issues of choice and control. Emergent theory titled: ‘Aligning with the flow of control: A classic grounded theory study of choice and control in the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities’.I was one of the founding members of the Intellectual Disability Studies Research group at UL (IDS@UL). As a member of a subgroup of IDS, I have been involved in developing and facilitating a Research Active Programme (RAP), which aims to support people with intellectual disabilities to develop research skills. Work involved preparation of a seed funding research proposal for Research Active Programme 2: Building a sustainable and Diverse Intellectual Disability Research Team.

Teaching Interests

Having lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, my primary interests are relevant to the contribution of Registered Nurses in the health and wellbeing of adults and older adults with intellectual disability.

Professional Activities


  • 2016 Trinity College Dublin - PhD
  • 2003 University of Ulster - MSc
  • 2002 University of Ulster - PostGraduate Diploma
  • 2001 University of Limerick - BSc
  • 1999 Royal College of Surgeons - Diploma
  • 1987 Daughters of Charity - Certificate


  • Course Directors Administration Group,
  • EHS Research Ethics Committee ,
  • Student Status Committee ,
  • Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Research Group,
  • Course Directors Group,
  • Local Joint Working Group,
  • Early Career Researcher Forum,
  • BSc Undergraduate Nursing Course Board,


  • Member, Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing Academic Network (LIDNAN)
  • Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Member, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities IASSIDD


Book Chapter


Chapter 14 Informed Consent
Carey, E. and Ryan, R.
Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice DOI:

Conference Publication

Other Journal


Peer Reviewed Journal


Realising Informed Consent - A Brighter Future For All
Carey, E. and Ryan, R.
Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research DOI: 10.1111/jir.12669


Interprofessional working between intellectual disability nurses and speech and language therapists
O'Toole, L., Nelson, S., O'Connor, M. and Carey, E.
Learning Disability Practice


The impact of Irish policy and legislation on how adults with learning disabilities make choices
Carey, E. and Griffiths, C.
British Journal Of Learning Disabilities DOI: 10.1111/bld.12117


The impact of Irish policy and legislation on how adults with learning disabilities make choices
Carey, E. and Griffiths, C.
British Journal Of Learning Disabilities DOI: 10.1111/bld.12117


Knowledge, attitudes and practices in the provision of nutritional care
Fletcher, A. and Carey, E.
British Journal Of Nursing


Developing person-centred planning in dementia care
Ryan, J; Carey, E
Learning Disability Practice


Person-centred plans: empowering or controlling?
Martin, AM; Carey, E
Learning Disability Practice


Introducing person-centred planning: a case study
Ryan, B; Carey, E
Learning Disability Practice