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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 reviewer for Ministry of Health, Singapore 2019
BMC Palliative Care (Editorial Board & Associate Editor) 2018 -
Junior Academic Progressions Committee, TCD 2018 - 2019
Expert 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 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 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
Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) of the all-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (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
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, 30, (6), 2020, p947 - 959, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Rabbitte M, McKeon M, Boylan J, Leahy A, Kearney C, Foley G. , Designing and developing technologies for palliative care to improve quality of life, Palliative Medicine, 11th World Research Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care, Online, Oct 7-9 2020, 2020, Published Abstract, ACCEPTED
Foley G., COVID-19: Changing Contexts for Health and Social Care Professionals in Palliative Care, 2020, -, Notes: [HSCP Share, National Health and Social Care Professions Office, Health Service Executive ], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  URL
Foley G., Complexities in palliative and end-of-life care for people with assistive technology needs., All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care - Designing and Developing Technologies for Palliative Care Seminar, Dublin, June 12, 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, May 30-31, 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
  

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Award Date
Provost's Project Award 2018
HRB Research Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals 2011
Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) President's medal - IGS Conference 2013
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society UK Measuring Success Winner Award (Category - Outstanding Initiative Outside of the UK) 2001
The direction of my research lies in the field of life-limiting illness focused on stakeholder need, decision-making, and preferences for care primarily in the domains of palliative care, neuro-palliative care, end-of-life care and neurodegenerative disease. My research is interdisciplinary focused and highly substantial in the context of my already transformative work that has mapped out and explained key processes that underpin engagement with healthcare services for people with neurodegenerative disease. My research has expanded into the wider field of life-limiting illness focused on factors (micro to macro) that directly impact on the decision-making process between patients and family caregivers in palliative care. My work is highly innovative because it is the first to conceptualise the caregiving relationship between patients and family caregivers in palliative care as bidirectional to explain patient and family caregiver interdependence in the decision-making process in palliative care. I have been awarded as primary investigator prestigous funding from Trinity College to support my research on the novel concept of 'mutual support' between patients and family caregivers in palliative which will inform development of psychosocial interventions for patients and family caregivers in palliative care. I collaborate productively in my field and beyond my discipline. I am a co-investigator on a large Health Research Board (HRB) award focused on mapping out care needs in Parkinson's disease (2019-2021). My role is to co-investigate experiences of services for people with Parkinson's disease and their priorities for service provision. This work will be used to transform Parkinson's disease service planning in Ireland and will have relevance to other systemic healthcare contexts. I have already collaborated successfully on a large HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) research programme focused on mapping out palliative needs, services and outcomes in ALS. I have been a visiting researcher at the Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group, University of Manchester, UK. I also work closely with colleagues in the Social Sciences to produce original and intrepid contributions to Grounded Theory methodology and I have a growing international profile as a scholar who is making the Grounded Theory method very accessible for researchers.