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Dr. Pauline Boland

BSc(Hons)OT, M HealSci

Biography

I am an occupational therapist and researcher with over 15 years experience working with people with complex neurological conditions and their families. I have lived and worked in Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. I obtained my Masters in Health Science (Rehabilitation) from the University of Otago in 2011, focusing on how couples cope when one of them has Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to other research projects related to distance taught post-registration programmes, goal setting and the experience of living with traumatic brain injury and evaluating community programmes for people living with cancer and COPD, I completed my PhD with the University of Otago in 2016. My PhD research focused on how equipment is prescribed and used after someone has a stroke, fromthe perspective of the person using equipment as well as the service which provides equipment. I have taught on different post graduate programmes at the Rehabilitation, Teaching and Research Unit  and been a tutor for clinical reasoning groups with Primary Care Department at the University of Otago in Wellington, I returned to work in Ireland in May 2016 as Lecturer on the MSc OT programme.

Research Interests

 

My clinical occupational therapy background has been with people with complex neurological impairments and their families and my research interests have remained aligned with the priorities of these groups. As evidenced by my Masters and PhD studies, along with research experience, I am motivated to complete research which details how people with progressive and chronic conditions can maximise participation in their community and maintain resilience and engagement in valued occupations. This in turn leads to my commitment to supporting disability and health services, by enabling health professionals to understand and apply evidence based practice. I have practiced inter-professionally and this experience has strengthened my interest in teaching and researching about inter-professional education as well as practice areas which affect all allied health professionals.

Teaching Interests

 

I have a passion for working in healthcare which I am keen to share. I think this positions me well in terms of making the content

relevant and engaging for the students I teach - I teach about things I have seen work well and not so well and I care about these

topics, for the sake of the students themselves and the people they will eventually work with in healthcare settings. I believe the

role of healthcare professional is one of responsibility and privilege and this comes through in all that I teach. I have witnessed

the growing emphasis for evidence based practice in healthcare and therefore I place this as a priority in how and what I teach. I

have worked with a diverse range of people as an occupational therapist and I genuinely enjoyed seeing my clients grow, learn

and work out the best way for THEM, as individuals, to develop and achieve their goals- this same interest is true in my teaching.

                                            

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2015 Member, Association of Occupational Therapy in Ireland

Award

  • 2012 - Research and Education Grant
  • 2012 - University of Otago Health Scholarship for PhD studies
  • 2012 - Best Post-graduate Neurology Abstract Prize
  • 2011 - Best Emerging Researcher Prize
  • 2010 - Health Research Council Scholarship:Disability Related Grant
  • 2009 - Best Overall Result in Class for Research Methods: 2009

Publications

Conference Publication

2018
2018

HSE Practice Education Conference
O’Leary, N. Boland, P. Reeves, S.

2017

NZ/Aotearoa, Mobilities Symposium - Pavements and paradigms.
Perry, M., Devan, H., Ergler, C., Boland, P.

2017

New Zealand/Aotearoa Mobilities Symposium - Pavements and paradigms.
Perry, M., Devan, H., Sullivan, J., Ergler, C., Boland, P.

2017

Health Informatics NZ Conference
Grainger, R. Graham, F. Boland, P. Wallace, S.

2017

European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education
Boland, Salmon, McDonald, O'Donoghue and Galvin

2016
2015

Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference
Boland, P. Levack, WMM. Perry, M. Graham, F

2014

Poster presentation at the World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
4Levack, W, Boland P, Taylor W, Siegert R, Kayes N, Fadyl J, McPerson K

2012
2012

Poster Presentation at International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference.
Bright, F, Kayes, N, McPherson, K, Boland, P, Rutherford, S.

2011

New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Conference.
Boland, P, Levack, WMM, & Hudson, S.

Other Journal

2014

Confident, Credible but Lonely – Outcomes Following Postgraduate Interprofessional Education in Rehabilitation
Grainger, R. Boland, P & Levack, WMM
Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education

2012

Cardiovascular disease risk profile tools and New Zealand – the best way forward?
Boland, P. Moriarty, H
Journal of Primary Health Care in New Zealand

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Caring for People With Young Onset Dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Family Caregivers' Experiences.
Kilty C;Boland P;Goodwin J;de Róiste Á;
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20190821-02

2018

User perspective on receiving adaptive equipment after stroke: A mixed-methods study
Boland, P;Levack, WMM;Graham, FP;Perry, MA
Canadian Journal Of Occupational Therapy-Revue Canadienne D Ergotherapie DOI: 10.1177/0008417418800834

2018
2018

A qualitative exploration of barriers and facilitators to coping experienced by couples when one has multiple sclerosis
Boland, P. Levack, WMM, Hudson, S. Bell, E
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation DOI: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.5.240

2017

Equipment provision after stroke: A scoping review of the use of personal care and mobility aids in rehabilitation
Boland, P, Levack, WMM, Perry, M, Graham, F
British Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2016

Whakawhanaungatanga: culturally-meaningful connections as a pathway to better health for Maori with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - a qualitative study
Levack, WMM. Jones, B. Boland, P. Brown, M. Ingham, T.
International Journal Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

2014

Establishing a person-centred framework of self-identity after traumatic brain injury: a grounded theory study to inform measure development
Levack, WMM, Boland P, Taylor W, Siegert RJ, Kayes NM, Fadyl JK, McPerson KM
Bmj Openbmj Open

2012

Pathway to Empowerment: Evaluating a cancer education and support programme in New Zealand
Kane P, Jasperse M, Boland P, Herst P
European Journal Of Cancer Care

2012

Implementing a client-centred approach in rehabilitation: An auto-ethnography
Bright, F, Boland, P, Rutherford, S. Kayes, N. McPherson
Disability And Rehabilitation

2012

Coping with MS as a couple: 'Peaks and Troughs – an interpretative phenomenological exploration
Boland, P, Levack, WMM, Hudson, S, Bell, E
Disability And Rehabilitation