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Ms. Anne O'Connor

Biography

Dr. Anne O'Connor is Lead of Practice Education for the BSc programme (Physiotherapy) at the School of Allied Health, University of Limerick. She has a specific research interest in practice-based education of health professional students and the professional development of health professional educators. She was awarded a Health Professional Fellowship by the Health Research Board, Ireland in May 2016 to undertake her PhD entitled 'Unwrapping the layers of complexity of clinical performance assessment of physiotherapy students and identifying key stakeholders' preferences towards enhancing the process.' Further HRB funding (KEDS award) led to her conducting a national seminar series on performance-based assessment for work-based educators, academics and professional bodies in 2019. Her PhD research has prompted a revision of the Common Assessment Form (WBA tool currently used in physiotherapy education in Ireland) which she is leading at a national level. She was also awarded funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in 2020 where she undertook post-doctoral research to implement and evaluate a system for the integration of feedback to enhance student learning in UL. She is PI on a study investigating resilience, stress and coping strategies of health professional students on graduate entry programmes in UL. Anne has published and presented widely in the area of practice education in internationally peer reviewed journals, and interdisciplinary conferences.

Research Interests

  • Work-based assessment
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the clinical learning environment
  • Teaching and assessment of reflective practice
  • Resilience, stress levels and coping strategies among health professional students
  • Integration of feedback for the enhancement of learning
  • Models of practice education used in the workplace
  • Continuing Professional Development of health professionals

Teaching Interests

Health professional education, Reflective Practice, Work-based learning, work-based assessment, qualitative research methods, interprofessional education

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2019 NUI Galway - Diploma Technology Enhanced Learning
  • 2019 University of Limerick - PhD (Work-based assessment in physiotherapy education)
  • 2009 National University of Ireland - Graduate Diploma Clinical Teaching
  • 2005 Manchester Metropolitan University - M.Sc. Science of Sports Injury
  • 1997 Trinity College Dublin - BSc (Physiotherapy)

Award

  • 2019 - Glennon Bursary (€2500)
  • 2019 - National T&L Forum Initiative Type 003/19 (€50,043)
  • 2018 - Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (€17,602)
  • 2018 - National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning Seminar Series Grant (€1000)
  • 2016 - HRB Health Professional Fellowship (€239,977)
  • 2015 - Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Research Bursary (€500)
  • 2008 - University of Limerick Research Seed Funding (€2000)

Consultancy

  • CORU - Panel Assessor

Association

  • Executive Committee, Irish Network of Health Professional Educators (Formerly INMED)
  • CORU registered physiotherapist, CORU
  • General member, Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
  • General member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Committee

  • DELTA Implementation Committee (formerly Teaching and Learning Committee) School of Allied Health,
  • Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (INHED),

Other

  • Reviewer for following peer-reviewed journals: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, International Journal of Communication and Language Disorders, Physiotherapy (UK), Physiotherapy Practice and Research (Ireland), British Journal of Nursing

Research Collaborators

  • Prof. Marjan Govaerts - Other - Maastricht University -Netherlands -Collaborator on research exploring use of feedback portfolio with students across health professional disciplines in SAH, UL.
  • Dr. Naomi Winstone - University of Surrey -England -Collaborator on research exploring use of feedback portfolio with students across health professional programmes
  • Dr. Arlene Mc Curtin - Co-supervision of PhD -PhD supervisor (complete) and co-lead on research exploring use of feedback portfolio with students across health professional programmes
  • Prof. Brenda Mori - Joint Publication - University of Toronto -Canada -Co-led pilot of practice tutor model of work-based learning in Canada
  • Professor Peter Cantillon - Co-supervision of PhD -C0-supervised my PhD, and contributed to five published papers as well as several national and international conference proceedings
  • Dr Melissa Parker - Co-supervision of PhD -Co-supervised PhD
  • Dr. Nicolas Krucien - Joint Publication - University of Aberdeen -Scotland -Assisted in data analysis and contributed to paper using Discrete Choice Experiment to determine stakeholders' preferences for the development of work-based assessment in physiotherapy

Publications

Book Chapters

2011

Function and Dysfunction of Joint
O'Connor A; McCreesh K
(2011) Function and Dysfunction of Joint
In Principles of Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment: A Handbook for Therapists; Edinburgh : Churchill Livingstone pp. 3-55

2011

Principles of Joint Treatment
McCreesh K; O'Connor A
(2011) Principles of Joint Treatment
In Principles of Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment: A Handbook for Therapists.; Edinburgh : Churchill Livingstone pp. 57-82

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Investigating physiotherapy stakeholders' preferences for the development of performance-based assessment in practice education.
O'Connor A, Krucien N, Parker M, Cantillon P, McCurtin A
(2020) Investigating physiotherapy stakeholders' preferences for the development of performance-based assessment in practice education.
In Physiotherapy;
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2020.04.003
[ULIR]

2020

Performance-based assessment during clinical placement: Cross-sectional investigation of a training workshop for practice educators
Alpine L.M.;O'Connor A.;McGuinness M.;Barrett E.M.
(2020) Performance-based assessment during clinical placement: Cross-sectional investigation of a training workshop for practice educators
In Nursing &Amp; Health Sciences;
DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12768
[ULIR]

2020

Designing, implementing, and evaluating a practice tutor internship model during an acute care clinical internship
Mori B.;Coleman J.;Knott K.;Newman K.;O’connor A.
(2020) Designing, implementing, and evaluating a practice tutor internship model during an acute care clinical internship
In Physiotherapy Canada; pp. 177-191
DOI: 10.3138/ptc-2018-0055

2020

A tale of clarity and contradictions: speech and language therapist's insights regarding the highly-used treatment of thickened liquids for post-stroke aspiration
McCurtin A, Brady R, Coffey K, O'Connor A
(2020) A tale of clarity and contradictions: speech and language therapist's insights regarding the highly-used treatment of thickened liquids for post-stroke aspiration
In International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation;

2019

Juggling roles and generating solutions; practice-based educators’ perceptions of performance-based assessment of physiotherapy students
O'Connor A.;Cantillon P.;Parker M.;McCurtin A.
(2019) Juggling roles and generating solutions; practice-based educators’ perceptions of performance-based assessment of physiotherapy students
In Physiotherapy (United Kingdom);
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2018.11.008

2019

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Practice Tutor Internship Model during an Acute Care Clinical Internship
Mori, B. Coleman, J. Knott, K. and O'Connor, A.
(2019) Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Practice Tutor Internship Model during an Acute Care Clinical Internship
In Physiotherapy;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3138/ptc-2018-0055

2018

Navigating the system: Physiotherapy student perceptions of performance-based assessment
O'Connor, A;Cantillon, P;McGarr, O;McCurtin, A
(2018) Navigating the system: Physiotherapy student perceptions of performance-based assessment
In Medical teacher; ABINGDON : TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD pp. 928-933
DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1416071

2018

Illusions of specificity in power-laden clinical performance assessment
O'Connor, A,McCurtin, A,Cantillon, P,McGarr, O
(2018) Illusions of specificity in power-laden clinical performance assessment
In Medical teacher; pp. 313-314
DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1340637
[ULIR]

2017

Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education; A Systematic Review
O'Connor A, , McGarr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin A, Clifford A.
(2017) Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education; A Systematic Review
In Physiotherapy;
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2017.01.005
[ULIR]

2012

The relationship between lower limb flexibility and hamstring injury in male Gaelic footballers
Lowther D.;O'Connor A.;Clifford A.;O'Sullivan K.
(2012) The relationship between lower limb flexibility and hamstring injury in male Gaelic footballers
In Physiotherapy Practice and Research ; pp. 22-28
DOI: 10.3233/PPR-2012-33105

2012

Revisiting 1:1 and 2:1 clinical placement models: Student and clinical educator perspectives
O'Connor, A,Cahill, M,McKay, EA
(2012) Revisiting 1:1 and 2:1 clinical placement models: Student and clinical educator perspectives
In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; pp. 276-283
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2012.01025.x

2012

The relationship between lower limb flexibility and injury in male Gaelic footballers
D Lowther, A O'Connor, A Clifford, K O'Sullivan
(2012) The relationship between lower limb flexibility and injury in male Gaelic footballers
In Physiotherapy Ireland; pp. 22-28

2012

Revisiting 1:1 and 2:1 clinical placement models: Student and clinical educator perspectives
O'Connor, A., Cahill, M. and McKay, E.A.
(2012) Revisiting 1:1 and 2:1 clinical placement models: Student and clinical educator perspectives
In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; pp. 276-283

2011

Altered hamstring strength profile in Gaelic footballers with a previous hamstring injury
Mackey, C; O'Sullivan, K; O'Connor, A; Clifford, A
(2011) Altered hamstring strength profile in Gaelic footballers with a previous hamstring injury
In Isokinetics And Exercise Science; pp. 47-54
DOI: 10.3233/IES-2011-0396

2009

Acute effects of the weight-bearing dorsiflexion lunge stretch on gastrocnemius flexibility assessed using real-time ultrasound
O’Connor A.
(2009) Acute effects of the weight-bearing dorsiflexion lunge stretch on gastrocnemius flexibility assessed using real-time ultrasound
In Physiotherapy Practice and Research ; pp. 32-38
DOI: 10.3233/PPR-2009-30108

2007

Short-term Effects of Dorsiflexion Lunge Stretching on Gastrocnemius Flexibility
O'Connor, A
(2007) Short-term Effects of Dorsiflexion Lunge Stretching on Gastrocnemius Flexibility
In Physiotherapy; pp. S248-

2007

The development and evaluation of a common assessment form for physiotherapy practice education in Ireland
Coote, S; Alpine, L; Cassidy, C; Loughnane, M; McMahon, S; Meldrum, D; O'Connor, A; O'Mahoney, M
(2007) The development and evaluation of a common assessment form for physiotherapy practice education in Ireland
In Physiotherapy Ireland; pp. 6-10

2007

Clinical Educator and Student Experiences of Paired and Non-Paired Clinical Placements
O'Connor, A; Sainsbury, D; Coote, S
(2007) Clinical Educator and Student Experiences of Paired and Non-Paired Clinical Placements
In Physiotherapy; pp. S463-

1999

An Investigation of the effects of School Bag Carriage on Trunk Angle
Kennedy, L; Lawlor, F; O'Connor, A; Dockrell, S; Gormley, J
(1999) An Investigation of the effects of School Bag Carriage on Trunk Angle
In Physiotherapy Ireland; pp. 2-8

Conference Publications

2018

International Conference on Medical Education: authentic assessment across continuum of health professions education
O'Connor A, Mc Garr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin A.
(2018) International Conference on Medical Education: authentic assessment across continuum of health professions education
Dubai

2017

Irish Network of Medical Educators 10th Annual Scientific Meeting
O'Connor A, Mc Garr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin, A.
(2017) Irish Network of Medical Educators 10th Annual Scientific Meeting
Dublin

2015

Interprofessional Learning
Taylor A, Coote S, O'Connor A
(2015) Interprofessional Learning

2011

World Congress of Physical Therapy, proceedings published in Physiotherapy
Clifford A.M., McGarr and O'Connor, A.
(2011) World Congress of Physical Therapy, proceedings published in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy, 97, S1, June, eS18-eS1415

2010

All Together Better Health Conference V, International Inter-professional Conference
O¿Connor, A., Cahill, M. & McKay, E.A.
(2010) All Together Better Health Conference V, International Inter-professional Conference

2010

14th Ottawa Conference On The Assessment Of Competence In Medicine And The Healthcare Professions
O¿Connor, A., Cahill, M. & McKay, E.A.
(2010) 14th Ottawa Conference On The Assessment Of Competence In Medicine And The Healthcare Professions

2009

Multidisciplinary Practice Education symposium
O¿Connor A, Warren A, Buchhorn M (2009)
(2009) Multidisciplinary Practice Education symposium

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Anne O'Connor, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Ann Taylor, Marie O'Donnell, Norelee Kennedy, Kieran O'Sullivan, David Sainsbury, Amanda Clifford
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Norelee Kennedy, Amanda Connell, Ann Taylor, Susan Coote, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Karen McCreesh, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell.
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Amanda Clifford, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
David Sainsbury, Kieran O'Sullivan, Ann Taylor,Amanda.Connell,Susan Coote,Norelee Kennedy,Amanda Clifford,Marie O'Donnell,Anne O'Connor,Karen McCreesh
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference
Deirdre Hayes, Susan Coote, Anne O'Connor
(2008) Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Amanda Clifford,Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
O'Connor, A., Coote, S., Connell, A. et al
(2008) European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

2007

The Perceived Benefits of University-based Visiting Clinical Tutors in Undergraduate Physiotherapy Clinical Education
Sainsbury, D; O'Connor, A; Coote, S
(2007) The Perceived Benefits of University-based Visiting Clinical Tutors in Undergraduate Physiotherapy Clinical Education
In Physiotherapy; pp. S769-

2007

15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007, Vancouver.
O'Connor, A
(2007) 15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007, Vancouver.

2007

15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.
O'Connor, A., Sainsbury, D. and Coote, S.
(2007) 15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.

2007

15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.
Sainsbury, D., O'Connor, A. and Coote, S.
(2007) 15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.