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Ms. Aine Kearns

Biography

Qualifications: BSc Speech and Language Therapy (University of Ulster, UK) , MSc Clinical Therapies (University of Limerick, Ireland), PhD Medicine and Health (University College Cork, Ireland).

Profile: Áine has worked as a speech and language therapist with a variety of clinical populations across the life span, working within acute, rehabilitation and community services in Ireland and New Zealand. Her clinical areas of interest are adult acquired communication disorders, stroke rehabilitation and the assessment and management of feeding, eating drinking and swallowing disorders in adults.

Teaching Experience: Áine teaches acquired communication disorders and clinical skills in the MSc. Speech and Language Therapy Programme. She also coordinates the Conversation Partner Scheme for first year students.

Research Experience: Áine PhD research, which explored stakeholders' perspectives of ICT-delivered aphasia rehabilitation, was funded by the Health Research Board (HPF-2016-1700). This was followed by a participatory health research study also funded by the Health Research Board, KEDS-2017-007). This resulted in the development of a website for public awareness about computer use in aphasia rehabilitation. Áine is currently researching the feasibility of an online conversation partner scheme with student speech and language therapists and people with acquired communication disorders.

Research Interests: Aphasia Rehabilitation; Acceptance and Use of Digital Technologies in Healthcare; Conversation Partner Training; Lived Experience of Non-Oral Feeding.

Professional Membership: CORU, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Association for Computing Machinery, British Aphasiology Society.

Research Interests

Research interests include Use and Acceptance of Digital Technology in Healthcare, Aphasia Rehabilitation, Supported Conversation Training, Student-led placement experiences, Case Study design and Mixed Methods Research

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include Acquired Communication Disorders; Clinical education; Principles of supported conversation; Dementia; and Management of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) disorders.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2020 University College Cork - PhD Medicine and Health
  • 2009 University of Limerick - MSc Clinical Therapies
  • 2001 University of Ulster - BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Award

  • 2017 - Health Research Board - Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS-2017-007) €15,733
  • 2016 - Health Research Board Research Training Fellowship (HPF-2016-1700) €158,714

Association

  • Full member, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists
  • SL015045, CORU
  • International Affiliate , Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member, British Aphasiology Society
  • Graduate Member, Association for Computing Machinery

Committee

  • Clinical Placement Coordination Committee, The Clinical Placement Coordination Committee (CPCC)is partnership arrangement between the M.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy (prof. qual.) programme at the University of Limerick and Managers and representatives of Speech and Language Therapy services in the Mid-West.

Publications

Book Chapters

2016

The Role of Gamification and Evolutionary Computation in the Provision of Self-Guided Speech Therapy
Higgins, C., Kearns, A., Ryan. C. Fernstrom, M.
(2016) The Role of Gamification and Evolutionary Computation in the Provision of Self-Guided Speech Therapy
In Handbook of Research on Holistic Perspectives in Gamification for Clinical Practice; USA : IGI Global

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

A qualitative meta-synthesis of evidence (meta-ethnography) exploring the personal experiences of gastrostomy tube in neurodegenerative diseases: a case of motor neurone disease
Lisiecka D.;Kearns A.;Bourke F.;Lawson I.;Muir C.
(2021) A qualitative meta-synthesis of evidence (meta-ethnography) exploring the personal experiences of gastrostomy tube in neurodegenerative diseases: a case of motor neurone disease
In Disability And Rehabilitation;
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1922518

2021

Self-reported feedback in ICT-delivered aphasia rehabilitation: a literature review
Kearns Á.;Kelly H.;Pitt I.
(2021) Self-reported feedback in ICT-delivered aphasia rehabilitation: a literature review
In Disability And Rehabilitation;
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1655803
[ULIR]

2020

Rating experience of ICT-delivered aphasia rehabilitation: co-design of a feedback questionnaire
Kearns Á.;Kelly H.;Pitt I.
(2020) Rating experience of ICT-delivered aphasia rehabilitation: co-design of a feedback questionnaire
In Aphasiology;
DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2019.1649913
[ULIR]

2015

The benefits and challenges of student-led clinics within an Irish context
Kavannagh, Jane,Kearns, Aine,McGarry, Tanya
(2015) The benefits and challenges of student-led clinics within an Irish context
In The Journal Of Practice Teaching And Learningthe Journal Of Practice Teaching And Learning;

Other Journals

2021

Quality in the Time of Chaos: Reflections From Teaching, Learning and Practice
Kearns Áine,Gallagher Aoife,Cronin Jena
(2021) Quality in the Time of Chaos: Reflections From Teaching, Learning and Practice
In Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
DOI: doi: 10.1044/2021_PERSP-21-00095
[ULIR]

2015

The Benefits and Challenges of Student-led clinics within an Irish context.
Kavanagh J., Kearns A., McGarry T.
(2015) The Benefits and Challenges of Student-led clinics within an Irish context.
In Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning; UK : Whiting & Birch

Conference Publications

2018

ASSETS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Kearns Á.;Pitt I.;Kelly H.;O'Byrne D.
(2018) ASSETS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

DOI: 10.1145/3234695.3241026

2018

ASSETS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Kearns Á.;Kelly H.;Pitt I.
(2018) ASSETS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

DOI: 10.1145/3234695.3241027

2014

Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Higgins C.;Kearns A.;Ryan C.;Fernstrom M.;Franklin S.
(2014) Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST

2014

The Creation and Facilitation of Speech and Language Therapy Sessions for individuals with Aphasia. GECCO Comp'14 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference Companion on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Higgins, C.,Ryan, C.,Kearns, A. ,Fernstrom, M.
(2014) The Creation and Facilitation of Speech and Language Therapy Sessions for individuals with Aphasia. GECCO Comp'14 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference Companion on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

DOI: 10.1145/2598394.2598485

2014

Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2014 Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Higgins, Conor and Ryan, Conor and Kearns, Aine and Fernstrom, Mikael
(2014) Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2014 Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

2013

International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services
Higgins, Conor and Kearns, Aine and Ryan, Conor and Fernstrom, Mikael and Franklin, Sue
(2013) International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services

2012

MobiSys'12 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
Higgins C.;Kearns A.;Franklin S.
(2012) MobiSys'12 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services

DOI: 10.1145/2307636.2307710

Conference Papers

2016

Co-Design of an ICT User Experience Feedback Tool with People with Aphasia. IALP
Kearns, A.,Kelly, H.,Pitt, I
(2016) Co-Design of an ICT User Experience Feedback Tool with People with Aphasia. IALP
In IALP; Dublin :

2016

Student Experience of a Conversation Partner Scheme with Adults with Aphasia: impact on attitudes and the learning experience. IALP
Kearns, A.,Scully, D.,Stack, A
(2016) Student Experience of a Conversation Partner Scheme with Adults with Aphasia: impact on attitudes and the learning experience. IALP
In IALP; Dublin :

2015

Use of technology in rehabilitation for adults with acquired communication disorders (iPad and Application for dysgraphia rehabilitation). Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial Conference
Halloran, C.,Mullally, C.,Kearns, A.,Higgins, C
(2015) Use of technology in rehabilitation for adults with acquired communication disorders (iPad and Application for dysgraphia rehabilitation). Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial Conference
In Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial ConferenceIrish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial Conference; Dublin :

2014

Towards unsupervised remote therapy for individuals with aphasia. Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Higgins, C. ,Kearns, A.,Ryan, C.,Fernstrom, M. ,Franklin, S
(2014) Towards unsupervised remote therapy for individuals with aphasia. Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
In Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications EngineeringMobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering;
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05452-0_20