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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. My primary research interest is in life-limiting illness focused primarily on stakeholder needs, experience and care preferences in: palliative care; neuropalliative care; neurodegenerative disease; and neurorehabilitation. Some of the leading and impactful 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 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 currently a co-investigator on a HRB research award aimed at mapping out care needs in Parkinson's Disease in Ireland. I am an internationally recognised academic and I peer review for a number of journals in my domains of interest. I am an Associate Editor for and Editorial Board member of the journal BMC Palliative Care. I have been an expert reviewer for Cancer Research UK, the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), the Ministry of Health 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 including modules on research design. I supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) level. By invitation, I teach/have taught on the MSc. in Neurology and Gerontology at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), the MSc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies at TCD, 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 All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (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
 Mapping Parkinson's Disease needs and services in Ireland to inform service planning
 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

Details Date
TCD School of Medicine Athena Swan Committee 2020 -
Expert grant reviewer for Ministry of Health, Singapore 2019
BMC Palliative Care (Editorial Board & Associate Editor) 2018 -
Junior Academic Progressions Committee, TCD 2018 - 2019
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 (Deputy Chair 2019 -) 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
Postgraduate Curriculum Committee - Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, TCD 2016 -
Expert grant reviewer for Cancer Research UK (Marie Curie Cancer Care) 2015
Please see https://publons.com/researcher/1405061/geraldine-foley/peer-review/. I have been a 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, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, BMC Neurology, BMC Health Services Research, BMJ Open, Plos One, BMC Women's Health, Patient Preference & Adherance, International Journal of Palliative Nursing - current
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
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 Therapy of Ireland (AOTI) Neurology Advisory Group 2002-2008
Validation Committee of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) 2003-2004
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Council 1998-2000
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
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
Conlon C, Timonen V, Elliott O'Dare C, O'Keeffe S, Foley G. , Confused about theoretical sampling? Engaging theoretical sampling in diverse grounded theory studies, Qualitative Health Research, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G., Complexities in palliative and end-of-life care for people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care - Designing and Developing Technologies for Palliative Care Seminar, Dublin, 12 June, 2019, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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
Timonen V, Foley G, Conlon C., Challenges when using Grounded Theory: A pragmatic introduction to doing GT research, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17, (1), 2018, p1 - 10, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
BMC Palliative Care, London, Biomed Central Springer Nature, [Associate Editor], 2018, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
Foley G, Hynes G., Decision-making among patients and their family in ALS care: A review, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 19, (3-4), 2018, p173 - 193, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G., How do patients and family in MND interrelate in the decision-making process? Reconfiguring the supportive relationship between patients and family caregivers in palliative care, 16th Kaleidoscope International Palliative Care Conference, Dublin, 30-31 May, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Hogden A, Foley G, Henderson RD, James N, Aoun SM., Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: improving care with a multidisciplinary approach, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 10, 2017, p205 - 215, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foley G, Hynes G., A systematic review of decision making among patients and their family in ALS care, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Boston, Dec 8-10 2017, 18, (Suppl. 2), 2017, pp6 - 7, Notes: [Platform/Oral presentation], Published Abstract, PUBLISHED  DOI
Foley G., Burdened by obligation: Recognising the caring roles of people with motor neurone disease, Palliative Medicine, 30, (10), 2016, p981 - 982, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
  

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Award Date
Provost's PhD Project Award 2018
TCD Wellcome Trust/SFI/HRB Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) travel grant 2017
HRB Research Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals 2011
Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) Presidents medal for best presentation at IGS Conference 2013
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society UK Measuring Success Winner Award (Category - Outstanding Initiative Outside of the UK) 2001
My research lies primarily in the field of life-limiting illness focused on stakeholder need, decision-making, and preferences for care in palliative care, neuro-palliative care, end-of-life care, and neurodegenerative disease. My early work investigated quality of life for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (motor neurone disease). Subsequently, I was awarded a prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) Research Fellowship (2011-2014) and my work was 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 research has since expanded into the wider field of palliative care focused in part on how people with life-limiting illness and family interrelate and make decisions about palliative care. I have been awarded as lead investigator 4-year funding from Trinity College to support my investigation on key dimensions of support exchange between patients and family caregivers in palliative care. My work is highly innovative because it conceptualises the caregiving relationship between patients and family caregivers in palliative care as bidirectional to explain key dimensions of patient and family caregiver interdependence in palliative care. I collaborate with other leading researchers and I have collaborated successfully on a large HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) research programme (2012-2015) focused on mapping out palliative needs, services and outcomes in ALS. Currently, I am a co-investigator on a HRB award focused on mapping out care needs in Parkinson's Disease (2019-2021). This work will be used to transform Parkinson's disease service planning in Ireland and be relevant to other similar systemic contexts. My work has gained significant traction including citation. I have published my work in highly reputable and impactful journals including for instance: Social Science & Medicine; Palliative Medicine; BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care; Qualitative Health Research; Health Services Research; and ALS & Frontotemporal Degeneration. I have a high level of expertise in qualitative methods, particularly the Grounded Theory method. I have published on the application of the Grounded Theory method in high-impact and methodologically focused journals, making original and intrepid contributions to qualitative research methodology. Together with colleagues in the Social Sciences, I have gained an internationally recognised profile of making the Grounded Theory method very accessible and usable. My capacity to engage with international authorities based on my research profile is illustrated by invitations to contribute to scholarly publication and to be expert reviewer on international-based research grant calls (e.g. EU Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Cancer Research UK). I have presented my work at multiple national and international research 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 peer review on a regular basis for academic journals in my field of interest - https://publons.com/author/1405061/geraldine-foley#. I am Associate Editor and editorial board member of the journal BMC Palliative Care.