Research Staff

Research Staff

Name: Christina O'Connor

Position: Research Assistant 

Qualifications: MSc. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (GCU), B.Sc. Physiotherapy (QMU), H.C. Physiology and Health Science (I.T. Carlow), Cert. Exercise and Health Fitness (UL).

Research Area:

Christina has a particular interest in research in the area of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, evaluating what interventions and parameters produce the largest treatment effects in relation to pain, function and quality of life. Christina is currently in the process of preparing for publication a systematic review evaluating the effects of spinal manipulative therapy on lower limb Neurodynamics. She is also assisting Dr. Karen McCreesh in the evaluation of a novel device, the Bandcizer. This device is used to both objectively record adherence to prescribed home exercise and also to provide a more detailed evaluation of the impact of the prescribed exercise dose in relation to repetitions and time-under-tension completed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Dr Marica Cassarino

Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow 

Qualifications: PhD (UCC), MSc Clinical Psychology (University of Padua, Italy), BSc Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology (University of Padua, Italy)

Research Area:

Marica’s general research interest is environmental influences of healthy aging, including clinical and community settings. She works on a HRH-funded project led by Dr. Rose Galvin which investigates the contribution of health and social care professionals to enhancing quality of care in the emergency department. Marica’s PhD investigated geographical variations in the cognitive health of Irish people aged 50+ based on index measures of urbanisation of the place of residence. As part of her doctoral research, she harmonised data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA), the Irish Census, and the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO). Before PhD she conducted research on aging processes in areas ranging from Neuropsychology to Environmental Psychology. Throughout her academic career, Marica has gained expertise in mixed quantitative-qualitative methods of investigation of person-environment interactions, and developed ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative research with academics in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Social Sciences, Epidemiology and Gerontology both nationally and internationally. She has established links with active retirement groups in her local community to build user-informed research on health ageing, and has participated in national science communication and public engagement events. She is an active member of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS)