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Dr. Clodagh Nolan

Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy)

Clodagh has been with the Discipline of Occupational Therapy since 1989. She was the Head of the Discipline from 2009 -2012. She is the founder and Clinical Director of the Unilink Service (An Occupational Therapy Service for students with disabilities) within Trinity College which has been adopted by three other Higher Institutes of Education within the Dublin Region. The Unilink Service is funded by the European Social Fund for Students with Disabilities. Clodagh actively supports research and development of occupational therapy services within higher education and supports staff in delivering high quality services in collaborations with Disability Services in UCD, TCD and DIT. Clodagh is a member of an International Research Consortium examining how students with disabilities on professional courses manage their practice education experiences and are prepared for the work environment. Clodagh has mentored and supported several Master and Ph.D. students to completion in the areas of Mental Health, ADHD Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Self-Management and Service Learning. She is a government appointed member of the Occupational Therapist Registration Board (OTRB) at CORU and the Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee at Trinity College Dublin.
  ADD and Third Level Students   Aspergers Syndrome and Third Level Students   MENTAL HEALTH   Mental Health of Students in Third Level   Occupational therapy   Professional Development and Reflective Practice   Service Learning   Transitioning to work for students with disabilities
 Transition to employment for graduates experiencing mental health difficulties
 Eudemonic well-being in older adults

Details Date
Chairperson of the Government appointed Occupational Therapy Registration Baord March 2013
DARE DCD National Working Group Nov 2017 - Feb 2018
Board Member of the OTRB CORU Nov 2017 - Feb 2021
National Governance Review Group for Disability Service 2019
Details Date From Date To
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland 1982 Present
World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2007 Present
National Implementation Group for Allied Health Professionals September 2009 September 2012
Member of the Mental Health Special Interest Group of the AOTI 2009 Present
Lombard, Nolan & Heron, Refining the psychometirc properties of the Trinity Student Occupational Performance Profile - A self-report measure of occupational difficulties within the student role, Britiish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2022, p1 - 10, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lombard, Nolan & Heron, A Scoping Review of the Use of Rasch Analysis Methodology to strengthen Self-Report Occupational Therapy Mental Health Measures, Occupational Therapy in Mental Heath, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Clodagh Nolan & Cecily Roche, Auditing Learning Environments from a Sensory Perspective', AHEAD International Conference, Croke Park, 20th March 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Devlin, H., Nolan, C. & Turner, AssistiveTechnology and Schizophrenia, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Clodagh Nolan & Declan Treanor, How do we know that we do what we say we do?, International Conference of National Association of Disability Practitioners Ensuring Quality Provision, London , 25th-27th June 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Clodagh Nolan & Barbara Ringwood, Outcomes from Students with an Intellectual Disability attending a Higher Education Course on Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Belfast, 11-13th June, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Gleeson, Nolan & MacKay, The power of the Voice of Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Their life experiences in the transition out of college, Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, South Africa, 21-25th May 2018, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Nolan, C. & Gleeson, C., The Transition to Employment: The Perspectives of Students and Graduates with Disabilities, Scandinavian Journal of Disability, 19, (, 2017, p1 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Clodagh Nolan, Enabling the Participation of Students with Disabilities in Health and Human Professions - An Irish Perspective on Placement Planning for Students with Disabilities whilst on Fieldwork Practice, 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, National University of Ireland Galway, 15th - 19th June, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Elizabeth McKay, Clodagh Nolan, Sissel Horghagen, Eva Magnus, Malin Eerola, Mital Armin and Siobhan Kelly, Exploring transitions of occupational therapy garduates with seen and unseen disabilities: A European Study, 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, National University of Ireland Galway, 15 - 19 June, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED

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Maria Clince and Clodagh Nolan, Going to College A guide for Students with ADHD, ADHD Ireland, ADHD Ireland, 2017, Book, PUBLISHED
Clodagh Nolan & Claire Gleeson, Exploring Strategies to support young people with ASD who self-harm, Self-harm Awareness Conference Pieta House, Aviva Stadium, 1st March , 2017, Pieta House, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Clodagh Nolan, An European Perspective on Transitioning Into, Through and Out of Higher Education for Students with Disabilities with Examples of Best Practice from Ireland, Internationa Conference on Transitioning into and out of Higher Education to Employment for Students with Disabilities, University of Haifa Israel, 8th May, 2017, University of Haifa, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Clodagh Nolan, Empowering Young Adults with Disabilities, June 21st and 22nd, In:Empowering Young Adults with Disabilities, 2016, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Nolan, C., Sullivan, O., Gleeson, C., & Lewis, K., Balancing the Books: Managing Fatigue in College: Staff and Students, Custodian Publishers, 2014, Book, PUBLISHED
Nolan.C., Magnus, E. & McKay, B., Transitioning In and Out of Universities for Disabled Students, International Research Workshop, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 27 - 29th September , 2012, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Nolan C. Quinn S., & Gleeson C., Report on the Unilink Service - An Occupational Therapy Mental Health Initiative Five Years On 2004 - 2009, 2009, Report, PUBLISHED
Nolan C, Supporting students with mental health difficulties at third level., Continuing Education Workshop, NUI Maynooth, April, 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Nolan C, Challenges in your 20's - Men's Mental Health, Blackrock Past Pupils Association, Stillorgan Park Hotel, March, 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Nolan C.& Quinn S., Managing Asperger's syndrome at Third Level., Workshop on Asperger's Syndrome, National College of Art and Design, November, 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Best Paper at WFOT Conference London 1994 WFOT Conference 1994
Trintiy College Equality Award December 2009
Trinity College Equality Award 2010
Trinity College Equality Award January 2013
AOTI Ann Beckett Award 2016