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Dr. Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig

Assistant Prof in Public Dental Health V (Dental Science)


My name is Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig. Everyone calls me Kev. I am a Dub and a Gaeilgeoir. I am also a Special Care Dentist and a lecturer. I am also a committed activist for people with disabilities and a researcher. I see clinical Special Care Dental service as a privilege. I believe in research as a means of social change, as a tool to develop better services for people with disabilities in Ireland. I see undergraduate and postgraduate education as a means of amplifying such change across the profession. My career has developed according to these principles.
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President of the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health 2016-2017
Representative of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland on the Standing Advisory Committee for Special Care Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons, UK. 2014-2017
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President Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health 2016 2017
Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons 2005
Member of the Dental Sedation Teacher's Group, UK 2013
Member of the Irish Dental Association 2014
Membership of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health 2008
Committee member of Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health 2008
Mac Giolla, Phadraig C., McCallion, P., McGlinchey, E., Nunn, J., McCarron, M, Communication-based behavior support for adults with intellectual disabilities receiving dental care: A focus group study exploring dentists' decision-making and communication., Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 23, (4), 2019, p526 - 540, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Griffiths C, McCallion P, McCarron M. Donnelly-Swift E and Nunn J, Pharmacological behaviour support for adults with intellectual disabilities: Frequency and predictors in a national cross-sectional survey., Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 2018, p1-7 , Notes: [DOI 10.1111/cdoe.12365 ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mac Giolla, Phadraig, C., McCallion, P., Nunn, J., McCarron, M., Total tooth loss without denture wear is a risk indicator for difficulty eating among older adults with intellectual disabilities., Journal of Oral Health, 46, (2), 2018, p170 - 178, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kahatab AF, Ho YB, O'Reilly D, Tan C, McTernan J, Ahmed T, O'Halloran A, Sagheri D, Abdollahi A, Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Evidence-based dentistry can effectively be taught to dental care professional students - A mixed methods study., European Journal of Dental Education, 2017, p10.1111/eje.12302 , Notes: [doi: 10.1111/eje.12302], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mac Giolla Phadraig, Caoimhin, Dougall, Alison, Stapleton, Siobhan, McGeown, Danielle, Nunn, June, Guerin, Suzanne, What should dental services for people with disabilities in Ireland be like? Agreed priorities from a focus group of people with learning disabilities, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016, pDOI 10.1111/bld.12152 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Nunn J, Guerin S, Normand C., Should we provide oral health training for staff caring for people with intellectual disabilities in community based residential care? A cost-effectiveness analysis, Evaluation and Programme Planning, 55, 2016, p46 - 54, Notes: [. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.12.003. ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
C Waldron · C MacGiolla Phadraig · C Comiskey · J Nunn, Oral health interventions for children and adolescents with disabilities; a scoping review, Journal of Disability and Oral Health, DOI:10.443/JDOH/Wald, (Dec), 2016, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Ho JD, Guerin S, Yeoh YL, Mohamed Medhat M, Doody K, Hwang S, Hania M, Boggs S, Nolan A, Nunn J., Neither Basic Life Support knowledge nor self-efficacy are predictive of skills among dental students., European Journal of Dental Education, 2016, pdoi: 10.1111/eje.12199. , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Caoimhin MacGiolla, Phadraig., McCarron, M, The relationship between diet, nutrition and dentate status among older adults with disabilities, 23rd iADH Congress in Conjuction with the SCDA 28th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 17th April, 2016, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Guerin S, Nunn J, Should we educate care staff to improve the oral health and oral hygiene of people with intellectual disability in residential care? Real world lessons from a randomized controlled trial., Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, 2015, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Mary McCarron, Philip McCallion, Rachael Carroll, Eilish Burke, Eimear McGlinchey, Mary-Ann O'Donovan, Darren McCausland, Fintan Sheerin, Maire O'Dwyer, Sinead Foran, Caoimhin MacGiolla Phadraig, Niamh Mulryan, Juliette O'Connell and Judy Ryan., Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion: Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland Evidence from the First Ten Years of The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) Wave 3 IDS-TILDA, Trinity College Dublin, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED


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Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health Research Bursary Award June 2016
Open Access Research in Primary Care Award, HSE Open Access Research Advisory Group December 2014
Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health Research Bursary Award June 2014
Rodney Dockrell Bursary 2013, Dublin Dental University Hospital July 2013
Foundation Bursary Research Award, The Oral Health Promotion Research Group (Irish Link) Dental Health October 2010
Basic Research Award, 20th World Congress on Disability and Oral Health (International Association of Disability and Oral Health) August 2010
Biannual Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health / Dental Health Foundation Bursary Award June 2010
I have received training in applied research methodology in centres including TCD and UCD. I have published peer reviewed articles relevant to special care dentistry, specifically in epidemiology, ageing, health promotion, health-services research and education. I have applied for five grants. I have received six awards and distinctions relevant to special care dentistry. I am currently involved in a number of fields of research including: Oral health and disability Oral health services Ageing and intellectual disability (ID) Behaviour support Oral Health Promotion for people with ID