Tom was awarded a BSc in Physiotherapy (first class honours) from Trinity College Dublin. He was conferred with a PhD in 2016, following the acceptance of his thesis entitled 'Physical activity and physical fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis'. Tom subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher in with the Physiotherapy Department of Trinity College Dublin, before accepting a lecturing post with UL. He is module leader for 'Physiotherapy in Contemporary Healthcare' and lectures on the neuro-musculoskeletal modules of the BSc and MSc Physiotherapy programmes. He supervises student research projects within the Department of Clinical Therapies.
In tandem with his academic career, Tom has worked in inpatient and outpatient clinics both nationally and internationally. Awarded a BSc. Communication Studies (first class honours) from Dublin City University in 2003, Tom has an interest in eHealth and is a Clinical Analyst with a connected health company. He is the Communication Officer for the rheumatology special interest group of the Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists. His current areas of research interest are in physical activity and physical fitness among individuals with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions.