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Dr. Nancy Salmon

Biography

Nancy's research, teaching and life experiences created a career path that intertwines health professional practice, critical disability theory and community engagement through participatory research approaches. She is particularly concerned with how ableism quietly shapes the interactions between health professionals, people with disabilities and the societies we all re/create. It is vital that these tensions be examined through novel education and research initiatives. This is timely as we move into an era that brings with it the challenges of limited resources, an aging population, a shift to new models of care, and greater interprofessional collaboration.

Nancy's healthcare practice for over 2 decades and more recently her research career involves supporting people with disabilities to live well in homes and communities they choose. Working for many years as a community-based occupational therapist in Canada and the US enabled Nancy to identify similarities in the lives of people with disabilities across jurisdictions. A sense of urgency to address the institutional structures that shape the experiences of people with disabilities and their families prompted her to pursue a Interdisciplinary PhD in Disability Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada.

Upon completing her PhD Nancy took up a lecturing post at the University of Limerick in the Department of Clinical Therapies in 2011. She was awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (2012-2016) for a multi-stranded research study—Navigating Stigma—comprised of 3 interdependent projects guided by the overarching question, How do people with disabilities navigate stigma to create sustainable relationships at home, at work/school, and in their communities?

Commitments that guide Nancy's research and teaching include: equity and social justice, community engagement, person-centred professional practice and interprofessional healthcare education.

Research Interests

Inclusive research practice, social justice, equity, transition to community living and interprofessional education for healthcare students are all aspects of Nancy's programme of research.

A significant aspect of Marie Curie project (2012-2016) involved creating, piloting and publishing about Public and Patient Involvement in Research through the Research Active Programme (RAP)—a module designed to support people with intellectual disabilities to develop research skills. Nancy's commitment to supporting disability rights, along with her work on RAP, enabled a connection with the Irish Inclusive Research Network. Nancy is now an academic supporter to this exemplary self-advocate lead research collaborative.

Nancy's expertise in qualitative research approaches was strengthened through 'Moving Home', the second strand of the Marie Curie project. This was a series of 3 international case studies focused on people with intellectual disabilities moving from institutions to community living in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Nova Scotia, Canada. The value of peer support, independent advocacy services and an explicit commitment from government were key themes identified.

Continuing to build upon existing research connections to complete funded international research projects that address issues identified by people with disabilities drives Nancy's programme of research. Communication between people with disabilities and healthcare professionals, supporting social inclusion of self-advocates with intellectual disabilities in community living, promoting mental health initiatives and deepening her understanding of participatory research practices will remain central to Nancy's programme of research.

Teaching Interests

Disability Rights, Research Design, Aualitiative Methodologies, Public Patient Invovlement in Research, Community-based healthcare innovations, Interprofessional Education, Client-centred Practice are core teaching interests.

Nancy's teaching approach is grounded in the principles of PPI –where students and colleagues inform curriculum design and their feedback is actively sought throughout modules with prompt adjustments made to support a positive learning environment. Although Nancy completed the multifaceted Teaching Certification Programme through Dalhousie University's Centre for University Teaching and Learning during her doctoral studies. This deepened her understanding of the philosophical underpinnings and evidence behind creating positive learning environments for students.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Research Active Programme: A pilot inclusive research curriculum in higher education
Salmon, N,Iriarte, GE,Burns, EQ
(2017) Research Active Programme: A pilot inclusive research curriculum in higher education
In International Journal Of Research & Method In Education; pp. 181-200
DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2015.1099154

2016

Schools as sanctuaries: A systematic review of contextual factors which contribute to student retention in alternative education
O'Gorman, E,Salmon, N,Murphy, CA
(2016) Schools as sanctuaries: A systematic review of contextual factors which contribute to student retention in alternative education
In International Journal Of Inclusive Education; pp. 536-551
DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1095251

2016

Experiences of university students disclosing epilepsy to peers: "It's a shared thing now'
Sheridan, K,Salmon, N,O'Connell, N
(2016) Experiences of university students disclosing epilepsy to peers: "It's a shared thing now'
In British Journal Of Occupational Therapy; pp. 484-491
DOI: 10.1177/0308022616638672

2015

Bladder dysfunction and quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis
Browne, C,Salmon, N,Kehoe, M
(2015) Bladder dysfunction and quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis
In Disability And Rehabilitation; pp. 2350-2358
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1027007

2014

Research Active Programme: views of service users
Carey, E. Salmon, N. and Higgins, A.
(2014) Research Active Programme: views of service users
In Learning Disability Practice;
DOI: 10.7748/ldp2014.04.17.4.22.e1511

2014

Research skills for people with intellectual disabilities
Salmon, N. Carey, E. and Hunt, A.
(2014) Research skills for people with intellectual disabilities
In Learning Disability Practice;
DOI: 10.7748/ldp2014.03.17.3.27.e1512

2013

Research Active Programme: an inclusive research module in 3rd level education
Salmon, N,Carey, E
(2013) Research Active Programme: an inclusive research module in 3rd level education
In British Journal Of Learning Disabilities; pp. 244-244
DOI: 10.1111/bld.12056

2013

'We just stick together': how disabled teens negotiate stigma to create lasting friendship
Salmon, N
(2013) 'We just stick together': how disabled teens negotiate stigma to create lasting friendship
In Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research; pp. 347-358
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01541.x

2012

‘We just stick together': how disabled teens negotiate stigma to create lasting friendship
Salmon, N
(2012) ‘We just stick together': how disabled teens negotiate stigma to create lasting friendship
In Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research;
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01541.x

2009

Harried by Harding and Haraway: student–mentor collaboration in disability studies
Salmon, N; Bassett, R
(2009) Harried by Harding and Haraway: student–mentor collaboration in disability studies
In Disability & Society; pp. 911-924
DOI: 10.1080/09687590903283571

2006

The Waiting Place: A caregiver's narrative
Salmon, N
(2006) The Waiting Place: A caregiver's narrative
In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; pp. 181-187
DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2006.00559.x

Published Reports

2014

Findings from the Public Consultation on the Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities
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 Authority pp. 1-63
DOI: http://nda.ie/Publications/Disabilty-Supports/Standards/Report-on-the-Public-Consultation-on-Draft-Interim-Standards-for-New-Directions-Services-and-Supports-for-Adults-with-Disabilities.html
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Other Publications

2014

An exploration of the impact of bladder dysfunction experienced by people with multiple sclerosis
Browne, C,Salmon, N,Kehoe, M
(2014) An exploration of the impact of bladder dysfunction experienced by people with multiple sclerosis
In Multiple Sclerosis Journal; pp. 967-967

2014

'Stop motion' video: mapping the stories of people with intellectual disabilities moving into community living
Salmon, N,Burns, E,Callaghan, C,Deegan, J,Keaver, C,Lee, S
(2014) 'Stop motion' video: mapping the stories of people with intellectual disabilities moving into community living
In Journal Of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities; pp. 376-376

2014

Moving Home: self-advocates in Nova Scotia and Ireland leaving congregated settings for community living
Salmon, N,Burns, E,Callaghan, C,Deegan, J,Keaver, C,Lee, S
(2014) Moving Home: self-advocates in Nova Scotia and Ireland leaving congregated settings for community living
In Journal Of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities; pp. 347-347

2013

Special Irish Issue of British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Salmon, N,Iriarte, EG
(2013) Special Irish Issue of British Journal of Learning Disabilities
In British Journal Of Learning Disabilities; pp. 167-170
DOI: 10.1111/bld.12066