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Dr. Geraldine Foley

Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy)
TRINITY CENTRE, S J H


I hold a PhD, MSc. and a BSc.OT from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Since 2014, I have been an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, TCD. In 2011, I was awarded a prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) Research Fellowship and I have been a HRB Research Fellow at the School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD (2011-2014). I worked as a clinical specialist occupational therapist (2006-2011) and senior occupational therapist (2001-2006) in neurology at Beaumont Hospital Dublin. My primary research interest is in life-limiting illness with a particular focus on stakeholder experience and decision-making in: neurorehabilitation; neurodegenerative disease; palliative and neuropalliative care. I have published in highly reputable impact-factor journals. Some of the leading journals that I have published in include Social Science & Medicine, Health Services Research, Palliative Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, and ALS & Frontotemporal Degeneration. I have presented my work in multiple forums (national and international) including for instance, ALS/MND International Symposia, and the World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care. I work in inter-disciplinary contexts and I have collaborated on a HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) research programme. I am an internationally recognised academic and I peer review for a number of journals in my fields of interest. I am an Associate Editor for BMC Palliative Care. I have been an expert reviewer for Cancer Research UK, the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), the National Medical Research Council Singapore, and for the Italian Foundation for ALS Research. I teach and have designed a number of modules in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine. I supervise students at postgraduate level (Masters and PhD). I am also an examiner for PhD research. By invitation, I teach/have taught on the MSc in Neurology and Gerontology at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and on the MSc. Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme at the Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick. I am a member of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC), the Palliative Care Research Network of the AIIHPC, Dementia and Neurodegeneration Ireland (DNDI), and the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI).
  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / Motor Neurone Disease   Biographical disruption   Chronic Illness   End-of-life care   Grounded Theory   Life course perspective   Neurodegenerative Diseases/Disorders   Neurological disorders   Neuromuscular Disorders   Neuropalliative care   Neurorehabilitation   Occupational Therapy - Neurological Disorders   PALLIATIVE CARE   Patient experience   Patient preference   Qualitative research methods   Quality of life (QoL)   Terminal illness
 Support Exchange Between Patients and Family Caregivers in Palliative Care
 Living and dying with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A population-based analysis of palliative needs, services and outcomes in non-malignant terminal illness
 Understanding and Use of Healthcare Services by People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / Motor Neurone Disease
 Perceptions of quality of life for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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BMC Palliative Care (Editorial Board - Associate Editor) 2018 -
Committee member of the Rehabilitation & Therapy Research Society (RTRS) 2007-2013
Treasurer, Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society (RTRS) 2009-2013
Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist Competencies Working Group. Therapy Project Office, Health Service Executive 2008
National Neuroscience Steering Group (Health Service Executive, Ireland) - Strategic Review of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology Services in Ireland (2006-2007) 2006-2007
Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) Board member 2006
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Validation Committee 2003-2004
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Council. 1998-2000
Junior Academic Progressions Committee, TCD 2018 -
Expert grant reviewer for EU Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND). Call for Multinational research projects on Health and Social Care for Neurodegenerative Diseases 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee, TCD 2017 -
Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) of All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) 2017 -
Expert grant reviewer for National Medical Research Council (NMRC), Ministry of Health, Singapore 2016
Expert grant reviewer for Cancer Research UK (Marie Curie Cancer Care) 2015
International Scientific Committee of the Italian Foundation for ALS Research (AriSLA) Ice Bucket Call Challenge for Assistive Technology Projects (2015) and member of the expert consensus group for the research call. 2015
Reviewer for the following journals: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, Qualitative Health Research, Palliative Medicine, Health Services Research, Health & Social Care in the Community, Journal of Palliative Care, European Journal of Cancer Care, BMC Palliative Care, Disability & Rehabilitation, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, BMC Neurology, BMC Health Services Research, BMJ Open, Plos One, BMC Women's Health, Patient Preference & Adherance, International Journal of Palliative Nursing - current
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Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) of the AIIHPC 2017 - Present
European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) 2017 - Present
CORU - Regulating Health and Social Care Professions 2015 - Present
Dementia and Neurodegeneration Ireland (DNDI) 2015 - Present
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) 1997 - Present
Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society, Ireland (RTRS) 2006 - 2014
Foley G., The supportive relationship between palliative patients and family caregivers, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 8, (2), 2018, p184 - 186, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G., Control and surrender in human services interaction: The relational contexts of living with motor neurone disease , BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, Sept 07-09, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Foley G, Timonen V., Using grounded theory method to capture and analyze health care experiences, Health Services Research, 50, (4), 2015, p1195 - 1210, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G., Cognitive and behavioural impairment in ALS: What now for the ALS patient perspective?, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 16, (5-6), 2015, p423 - 424, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., The impact of family on decision-making in ALS care: The patient perspective, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 26th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Orlando, Dec 11-13 2015, 16, (Suppl. 1), 2015, s12, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED  DOI
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., Exerting control and adapting to loss in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , Social Science & Medicine, 101, 2014, p113 - 119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., Acceptance and decision making in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from a life-course perspective, Qualitative Health Research, 24, (1), 2014, p67 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., Understanding psycho-social processes underpinning engagement with services in motor neurone disease: A qualitative study, Palliative Medicine, 28, (4), 2014, p318 - 325, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G., Loss and wellbeing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Challenging the consensus, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 15, (3-4), 2014, p161 - 162, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., Understanding psycho-social processes that underpin how people with ALS make decisions about care, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 25th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Brussels, Dec 05-07 2014, 15, (Suppl. 1), 2014, s122-123, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED  DOI
  

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Award Date
Provost PhD Project Award 2019
TCD Wellcome Trust/SFI/HRB Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) travel grant 2017
HRB Research Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals 2011-2014 2011
Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) Presidents medal for best presentation at IGS Conference 2013 2013
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society UK Measuring Success Winner Award (Category - Outstanding Initiative Outside of the UK) 2001
My research interests lie primarily in the field of life-limiting illness with a particular focus on stakeholder experience and decision-making in: neurorehabilitation; neurodegenerative disease; palliative care; neuropalliative care; and end-of-life care. My early work focused on ALS patients' quality of life and on their preferences for care. I obtained a prestigious HRB Research Fellowship (2011-2014) and my work has been the first to identify in substantive terms, key psycho-social processes that underpin how people with ALS engage with health and social care services. My work has expanded into the wider field of life-limiting illness with a particular focus on how people with life-limiting illness and family interrelate and make decisions about care. I have a high level of expertise in qualitative methods, in particular the Grounded Theory method. I have published on the application of the method. My research is interdisciplinary and I have presented my work at multiple national and international forums including for example, International ALS/MND Symposia, the British Sociological Association (BSA) Medical Sociology Conference, and the World Research Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care. I have published my work in highly reputable ISI-ranked journals including for instance, Social Science & Medicine, Health Services Research, Palliative Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, and International Journal of Qualitative Methods. I peer review on a regular basis for academic journals in my field of interest. Please see publons https://publons.com/author/1405061/geraldine-foley#. My capacity to engage with international authorities is illustrated by invitations to contribute to scholarly publication and to review on international-based research grant calls. I have collaborated on a HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) research programme. I welcome applications from postgraduate research students who wish to purse a PhD or a Masters by research.