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Professor Suzanne Cahill

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy)

 


Suzanne Cahill is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College and holds an honorary Professorship in dementia care from NUI Galway. She is also an affiliated Professor in health and welfare at the University of Jönköping in Sweden. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, a Diploma in Social Studies from the University of Stockholm and a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has over 30 years experience working in the field of Social Work and Social Policy where she has been employed as social work practitioner, college lecturer and researcher in both Ireland and Australia. Her PhD was written on the topic of dementia and caregiving; it investigated from a social policy perspective why women adopted family caregiving roles and why they later relinquished these roles. In her earlier career Suzanne has taught courses on ageing and dementia to under-graduate Social Work and Social Policy students at Trinity College Dublin. Later she was also the director of a post-graduate research programme funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies titled: 'Living with Dementia'. This programme was the first of its kind in Ireland to train Social Work and Social Policy students with the relevant skills to undertake research into psychosocial aspects of dementia care. Through the programme Suzanne has graduated a large number of Masters and PhD students and has supervised several post-docs. Suzanne's current research interests include human rights and dementia, young-onset dementia, chronic disease management and dementia and formal and informal caregiving. Her work has been published in a wide range of medical and social science journals including: the Australian Journal of Social Issues, the Australian-Asian Journal on Ageing, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Ageing and Mental Health, Age and Ageing, Ageing in Society, the Australian Journal of Family Studies, Technology and Disability, Alzheimer's disease and Associated Disorders, Australian Social Work and the Scandinavian Journal for Social Medicine. Suzanne has also developed educational DVDs on dementia and a suite of information booklets and toolkits designed to upskill the public about dementia and help de-stigmatise the condition. Over the years, she has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of people with dementia and for some ten years served on the Queensland Branch of the Alzheimer's Australia, having been a former Vice President. In 2012 she co-founded Ireland's first Alzheimer Café. At a policy level, Suzanne was lead author of the research report that underpinned Ireland's first National Dementia Strategy, titled 'Creating Excellence in Dementia Care'. She was also the lead author of a later report titled 'Future Dementia Care in Ireland; Sharing the Evidence to Mobilise Action'. In 2017, in collaboration with colleagues from the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia in Galway, she co-edited a report titled 'Developing and Implementing Dementia Policy in Ireland'. She has been a member of the HIQA Committee for National Residential Care Standards and more recently served on another HIQA Committee established to revise these standards. She is currently an active member of the National Monitoring Group on Dementia established by the Minister for Health to implement the Strategies key priority areas. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice and is a member of InterDem and the Gerontological Society of America. In 2018, she authored a book titled: Dementia and Human Rights. Her new book, due out in December 2020 is titled: Perspectives on the Person with Dementia and Family Caregiving in Ireland.
 An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long Stay Residential Care
 Evaluation of Genio Dementia Programme
 Research Recommendations for Dementia and Home Design for Ireland looking at new build and retrofitting homes from a Universal Design Approach
 Post-Graduate research in dementia care
 Creating an Evidence Base to Develop a National Dementia Strategy for Ireland

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Member of Department of Health's National Monitoring and Implementation Committee on Ireland's National Dementia Strategy 2015-2021
Member of Department of Health's Working Group on National Dementia Strategy 2013-2014
Member of HIQA Advisory Group for the revision of the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland 2013
Co-Founder and Chairperson of Donnybrook (Dublin) Alzheimer's Cafe 2012-2013
Member of EngAge - Trinity Ageing Consortium 2012-2013
Member of the Ageing Well Network 2007-2013
Chair of National Dementia Advisory Committee 2010-2011
Steering Committee Member Trinity Consortium in Ageing 2008-2010
Working Group Member on Restraint in Designated Centres for Older People (Department of Health and Children) 2010 on
Working Group Member (HIQA) on the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People 2007-2008
Chairperson and Member of Working Group (HSE) on Residential Services for the Person with Dementia 2006-2007
Steering Committee Member of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, St James Hospital 1999-2007
Advisory Committee Member of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, St James Hospital 1999-2007
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Fluent Medium Basic
Irish Fluent Medium Basic
Swedish Basic Basic Basic
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Interdem Member 2005
The Gerontological Society of America
Cahill, S., Perspectives on the Person with Dementia and Family Caregiving in Ireland, Manchester, Peter Lang, 2021, 1 - 147pp, Book, IN_PRESS
Cahill, S , New analytical tools and frameworks to understand dementia: What can a human-rights lens offer? , Ageing and Society , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Cahill, WHO's Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia (2017-2025): Some opportunities and challenges , Ageing and Mental Health , 2019, p197 - 199, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Cahill, S, Pierce, M., Werner, P., Darley, A & Bobersky, A. , A Systematic Review of the Public's Knowledge and Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders , 29, (3), 2015, p255 - 275, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Suzanne Cahill, Book Review , Review of Achieving Impact in Research , by Pam Denicola , Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice , 13, (6), 2014, p855-856 , Review, PUBLISHED
Pierce, M., Cahill, S., Grey, T & Dyer, M, Research for Dementia and Home Design in Ireland: Looking at New Build and Retro-Fit Homes from a Universal Design Approach The Key Findings , 2015, Report, PUBLISHED
Connolly S, Gillespie P, O'Shea E, Cahill S, and Pierce M., Estimating the economic and social costs of dementia in Ireland. , Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 2012, p1 - 18, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cahill S, Doran D & Watson M, Guidelines for Nursing Homes delivering End-of-Life Care to Residents with Dementia across the island of Ireland, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 13, (1), 2012, p60-71 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Cahill, S., O'Shea, E., & Pierce, M. , Dementia Services in Ireland: A National Report for the London School of Economics , DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission , 2012, Report, PUBLISHED
Moore, V. & Cahill, S., Diagnosis and Disclosure of Dementia - A Comparative Qualitative Study of Irish and Swedish General Practitioners, Ageing and Mental Health, 17, (1), 2012, p84 - 77-84, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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Cahill, S., O'Nolan, C., O'Caheny, D., & Boberksy, A., An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long Stay Residential Care , DSIDC , DSIDC , January , 2015, p1 - 53, Report, PUBLISHED
Dementia and Quality of Life Issues in Older People in, editor(s)Phellas, Constantinos , Aging in European Societies, 2013, [Ponce-Diaz, A. & Cahill, S.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Cahill, S., O'Shea, E., & Pierce, M., Creating Excellence in Dementia Care, Dublin, Ireland, January, 2012, 1-168, Report, PUBLISHED
The Historical Context of Rehabilitation and its Application to Dementia Car in, editor(s)M. Marshall , Perspectives on Rehabilitation and Dementia, London, Jessica Kingsley, 2005, pp30 - 38, [Cahill, S.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Cahill, S., Review of A Handbook of Dementia Care, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 17, (1), 2003, p119-120 , Review, PUBLISHED
Begley, E,. & Cahill, S., Carers why women?, Studies, 92, (366), 2003, p162 - 171, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Food and dementia: What are some of the Myths? in, editor(s)M. Marshall , Food, Glorious Food: Perspectives on Food and Dementia, London, Hawker Publication, 2003, pp31 - 33, [Cahill, S.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Cahill, S., Review of Working with Older People and their Families: Key issues in Policy and Practice, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 1, (1), 2002, Review, PUBLISHED
Cahill, S., & Headon, M., Dementia and Personhood: Can social work help to re-discover the person?, Irish Social Worker, 20, 2002, p13 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Caregiver considerations in institutionalising dementia patients in, editor(s)D. O'Neill , Carers Professionals and Alzheimer's Disease, London, Libbey & Co., 1991, pp37 - 42, [Cahill, S., & Rosenman, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

  

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Affiliated Professor of health and welfare, Institute of Gerontology, Jönköping University 2019-2021
Honorary Award of Professorship in Dementia Care from NUI Galway 2018-2023
Council of Europe Scholarship 1985-1986
PhD Scholarship Award The University of Queensland 1991
My research interests are in the area of (i) human rights and dementia, (ii) how social policy interfaces with formal and informal caregiving (iii) GPs, diagnosis and disclosure of dementia and (iv) quality of life and quality of care issues. I have published articles, book chapters and many different reports on these topics. I have a commitment to translational research and to ensuring that research findings are made available to lay people and used to help improve the quality of life for all those affected by dementia.