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Dr. Rosemary Gowran

Research Interests

Building sustainable healthcare communities by developing sustainable infrastructures in health and social care provision underpinned by human rights, sustainable development and occupational science perspectives.

The key is to develop sustainable support service strategies the meet peoples needs now and in the future, through community engagement and decision making.

I utilise mixed methods,  organisational ethnography,  soft systems methodology, participatory and inclusive methodologies, engaging key stakeholders for example  in surveys, participant observation, interviews and workshops.  

I have developed a Sustainable Community of Practice Model (SCOP). a framework which can be utilised when developing sustainable infrastructures. 

My specialist research interest in the development of sustainable wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision nationally and internationally to ensure appropriate access to services, assessments, wheelchairs,  maintenance and repair, education and research.
A wheelchair is a primary need and a basic human right.       

Teaching Interests

      

Bringing the lived experience into the class room through the use of video narratives, in addition to inviting people to share their experiences face to face with students.


Field trip introduced in 2004 to the occupational therapy programme, which I established with the Centre for Environmental Living and Training CELT, students spend a day in Bealkelly Woods, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, to engage in traditional crafts.  It has become a unique and essential component of the programme, encapsulating team building, skills development, reflective practice and adapting to new environments are all essential components of professional development. This experience is positively evaluated year on year and has been highly commended by programme accrediting bodies.

                                       

Professional Activities

Consultancy

Committee

  • 2016 Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) ,
  • 2015 Midwest Spina Bifida Association,
  • 2004 Education in Sustainable Development Group, Environmental Committee, University of Limerick,                       

    Environmental Committee Subgroup Education for Sustainability: I am part of the interdisciplinary initiative for Education for Sustainable Development module, a development supported by the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). This involves Interdisciplinary teaching delivered by 10 different lecturers with expertise in varying fields across all faculties within the University of Limerick. It is now part of the broadening initiative.

  • Irish Posture and Mobility Network,

Award

  • 2013 - Clinical Research Associate of the Year Irish Healthcare Awards 2013
  • 2008 - Building a Sustainable Wheelchair and Seating Provision Community – Meeting Peoples’ Primary Needs Now and in the Future

Education

  • 2012 University of Limerick - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000 Trinity College Dublin - M.Sc.
  • 1995 Brunel University - B.Sc. (Hon.)
  • 1988 Dublin Institute of Technology - Certificate

Association

  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
  • Member, Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland
  • Scientific Committee 2016, European Seating Symposium (ESS) 2016
  • Research Group member, Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE), World Health Organisation
  • Sub committee member, International Society of Wheelchair Professionals
  • Member, Irish Posture and Mobility Network

Other

Publications

Book Chapter

2017

Utilising a Sustainable Community of Practice Model to build best practice in Wheelchair provision on the Island of Ireland
Rosemary Joan Gowran, Jackie Casey, Jean M. Daly
Occupational Therapy Without Borders: integrating justice with practice

2011

Sustainable Wheelchair Provision
Gowran RJ, Murray E, Sund T, Steel E, McKay EA and ORegan B
Everyday Technology for Independence and Care - AAATE 2011 DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-814-4-1241

Conference Contribution

2016

EnRRich programme
Gowran, RJ.

Conference Publication

2017

Oceania Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; Casey, J; Daly, J

2017

Oceania Seating Symposium
Solomon, D; Verdonck, M; Gowran, RJ

2017

Oceania Seating Symposium
Mc Sweeney, E; Gowran, RJ

2016

5th European Seating Symposium
Casey, J; Gowran, RJ; Rushton, P; McDonald, R; Giesbrecht, E; Best, K; Smith, C

2016

COTEC-ENOTHE
Casey J, Gowran RJ, McDonald R

2016

7th Living Knowledge Conference
Gowran, RJ; Daly, E; Bolger, F

2016

5th European Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; Layton, N

2014

Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Gowran, RJ; Marshall, S; Mulcahy, I; Beasley, S

2014

Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Brownlee, S; Gowran, RJ; Long, S

2013

European seating symposium
Brownlee, S; Gowran, RJ; Long, S

2013
2013

AUDGPI Annual Scientific Meeting
Gowran, RJ; McKay, E; ORegan, B

2013

European seating symposium
Roe, S; Davie, R; Kenny, S; Gowran, RJ; McGarry, A

2013
2013
2013
2013

Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Roe, S; Davie, R; Kenny, S; Gowran, RJ

2013

Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Mulcahy, I; Gowran, RJ

2013
2013
2013
2013

RTRS2013
Gowran, RJ

2012

Irish Conference Occupational Therapy
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2012

Irish Conference Occupational Therapy
Gowran, RJ; Verdonck, M; McGrath, T

2011

European Seating Symposium (ESS)
Gowran, RJ; McCabe, M; Murphy, N; McGarry, A; Murray, E

2011

All Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference
Gowran, RJ; McCabe, M; Murphy, N; McGarry, A; Murray, E

2011

EVERYDAY TECHNOLOGY FOR INDEPENDENCE AND CARE Association of Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe AAATE 2011
Gowran, RJ;Murray, E;Sund, T;Steel, E;Mckay, E; O'Regan, B; Gelderblom, GJ;Soede, M;Adriaens, L;Miesenberger, K
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-814-4-1241

2011

All Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference
Gowran,RJ; Flynn, A; McKay,EA; ORegan, B

2010

Engineering Education for Sustainable Development
McMahon, M; Fitzpatrick, C; Fowler, E; Moles, R; ORegan, B; Gowran, RJ

2010

International Seating Symposium
Kaneswaren, K; Gowran, RJ; McNeela, A

2010

26th International Seating Symposium
Gowran, R; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2010

Posture and Mobility Conference
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B; SeatTech Enable Ireland

2009

European Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; Purcell, H

2009

ESS conference
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2009

European Seating Symposium
Jackson, I; Gowran, RJ

2009

Irish Aid Conference Sustainable Global Development
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2009

European Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2009

International Seating Symposium
McFeely, G; Gowran, RJ

2009

International Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2009

Interantional Seating Symposium
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan, B

2009

International Seating Symposium
Kaneswaran, K; Gowran, RJ

2009

International Seating Symposium
Barry, K; Cunniffe, L; McFeely, G; Gowran, RJ

2008

Qualitative Research Conference
Gowran, RJ; McKay, EA; ORegan,B

2007

31st Annual conference College of Occupational Therapists
McKay, EA ; Gowran,R; Coleman, C; Ryan, F

2004

Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Gallagher, MB; McKay, E; Gowran, R

1999

Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland
Kane (now Gowran), RJ; Ryan, J; Daly, E

Peer Reviewed Journal

2014

Outcome Measures for Wheelchair and Seating Provision: A Critical Appraisal
Kenny Siobhan, Gowran Rosemary Joan
British Journal Of Occupational Therapy DOI: https://doi.org/10.4276/030802214X13916969447119

2014

Adopting a Sustainable Community of Practice Model when Developing a Service to Support Patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB): A Stakeholder-Centered Approach
Gowran, RJ,Kennan, A,Marshall, S,Mulcahy, I,Mhaille, SN,Beasley, S,Devlin, M
Patient-Patient Centered Outcomes Research DOI: 10.1007/s40271-014-0097-5

2014
2012

Wheelchair and Seating Service Provision: Exploring Users’ Perspectives
Gowran Rosemary Joan, McCabe Martina, Murphy Nuala, McGarry Adain, Murray Elaine.
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2012

Guest Editorial, Special Edition Wheelchair and Seating Provision
Gowran Rosemary Joan
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2007

Therapeutic Use of Humour in Irish Mental Health Occupational Therapy Setting
Shirley Wendy, Gowran Rosemary Joan
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2005

Weaving Creative Occupation and Activity Analysis into the Fabric of the Curriculum
Deegan, D; Gowran, RJ
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2002

The Ibis sustainable wheelchair: moving people with the times
Gowran Rosemary Joan
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjtr.2002.9.11.13686