Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Menu Search


Trinity College Dublin By using this website you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the Trinity cookie policy. For more information on cookies see our cookie policy.

      
Profile Photo

Dr. Orla Gilheaney

Assistant Professor (Clin Speech & Language Studies)

 


Dr. Órla Gilheaney is Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She has clinical experience working in acute, rehabilitation, and palliative care settings and currently works part-time in TCD and part-time in a clinical post-acute rehabilitation setting. Her research interests focus particularly on under-researched invisible illnesses, the lived experience of chronic illness, and patient and public involvement in research. She has active national and international collaborative projects underway which focus on these topics and their translation to patient-centred care. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications and acts as a reviewer for numerous international peer-review journals. Her undergraduate teaching focuses on ethics and professional studies, evidence-based practice, and research skills. She also supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects currently and is Vice-Chair of the research Ethics Committee for the School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Sciences. She is the Inclusivity Champion for the School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Sciences and was awarded a Trinity Teaching Excellence Award in 2021. She is passionate about championing inclusivity and diversity in all clinical and educational sectors in order to positively impact on personal and overall societal wellbeing. Her aim in teaching is to ensure that all of her students, regardless of background, personal circumstances, or learning abilities, have equitable opportunities to engage fully in learning and to achieve their goals during their time in Trinity.
  Acquired Motor Speech Disorders   Chronic Disease Management   Communicative Disorders, Speech   DYSPHAGIA   Instrumental evaluation of voice and swallow   SPEECH   Speech and Language Technology   speech and language therapy   Swallowing Disorders
Details Date
Vice-chair of the School of Linguistics, Speech, and Communication Sciences Research Ethics Committee 2021-Date
Inclusive Curriculum Champion for the School of Linguistics, Speech, and Communication Sciences with contribution to initiatives regarding the use of Universal Design for Learning principle across campus and online and advocacy for students with disabilities. 2021-Date
Presenter at Trinity College Dublin Open Day as a representative for the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. 2017-Date
Contributing member of Health Research Board - Clinical Research Coordination Ireland - PPI Working Group (HRB-CRCI-PPI-WG). 2020-Date
Associate Editor for the British Medical Journal - Supportive & Palliative Care division. 2021-Date
Peer reviewer for numerous international scientific journals, including: Arthritis Care and Research; Anesthesiology Research and Practice; Dysphagia; Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica; and Cranio. 2020-Date
International research partner with the Fibromyalgia and Centralized Pain Exploration Lab (University of Kansas Medical Center). 2020-Date
Active member of the IDS-TILDA research network as part of a dynamic speech and language therapy team. 2020-Date
CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist (SL015569). 2014-Date
Graduate member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IA205208). 2014-Date
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Details Date From Date To
CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist (SL015569) Oct 2014 Ongoing
Graduate member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IA205208) Oct 2014 Ongoing
Member of TCD Inclusivity Champions network 2021 Ongoing
Vice Chair of the School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Science Research Ethics Committee 2021 Ongoing
Member of Health Research Board Clinical Research Public and Patient Involvement Working Group 2020 Ongoing
Chair of FibroForum Conference Steering Committee 2022 Ongoing
Member of Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland Nutrition and Hydration Educational Training group 2022 Ongoing
Flanagan, A., & Gilheaney, Ó. , Scoping review: Perspective of physicians working with patients with chronic pain dysphagia (CPD) and the challenges they face, European Society of Swallowing Disorders Congress,, Online, November 4th - 6th 2, 2022, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Quigley, D., Gilheaney, Ó., O'Neill, M., & Davis, S., Speech and Language Therapists' Perspectives of an E-Learning Course on Providing Feedback in the Clinical Learning Environment, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 2021, Notes: [Quigley, D., Gilheaney, Ó., O'Neill, M., & Davis, S. (2021). Speech and Language Therapists' Perspectives of an E-Learning Course on Providing Feedback in the Clinical Learning Environment. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney, O. & Quigley, D. , The enablers and barriers to facilitating the development of reflective practice skills of third level allied health professional students through technology: A scoping review, Advances in Communication and Swallowing, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pighetti, D., Hirschwald, J., & Gilheaney, O., Developmental feeding milestones in the transition from non-oral feeding to oral feeding in premature infants: a scoping review., Speech, Language and Hearing, 2021, Notes: [Pighetti, D., Hirschwald, J., & Gilheaney, O. (2021). Developmental feeding milestones in the transition from non-oral feeding to oral feeding in premature infants: a scoping review. Speech, Language and Hearing, 1-16.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Orla Gilheaney & Duana Quigley, The enablers and barriers to facilitating the development of reflective practice skills withinof third level healthcare students through technology: A scoping review., INHED Annual Conference 2021, Online, March 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Gilheaney Ó., Stassen, L., & Walshe, M. , Oral stage dysphagia and temporomandibular disorders: Management within the Irish healthcare system., World Dysphagia Symposium - Scheduled for 2020, re-scheduled to 2021 secondary to Covid-19, World Dysphagia Symposium - Scheduled for 2020, re-scheduled to 2021 secondary to Covid-19, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney Ó., Stassen, L., & Walshe, M. , Oral stage dysphagia and temporomandibular disorders: Management within the Irish healthcare system., World Dysphagia Symposium - Scheduled for 2020, re-scheduled to 2021 secondary to Covid-19, World Dysphagia Symposium - Scheduled for 2020, re-scheduled to 2021 secondary to Covid-19, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney Ó, Stassen L, & Walshe M, The Epidemiology, Nature, and Impact of Eating and Swallowing Problems in Adults presenting with Temporomandibular Disorders., CRANIO: The Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice, 20, 2020, p1 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Gilheaney Ó, Bechet S, & Walshe M , Modified Diet Use in adults with Temporomandibular Disorders related to Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review., Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology, 31, (2), 2020, p183 - 189, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Gilheaney Ó & Walshe M, Rheumatologist's Views on Oral Stage Dysphagia in adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Temporomandibular Joint: An Irish Perspective, MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY, 31, (2), 2020, p225 - 229, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
  

Page 1 of 3
Ward, S. & Gilheaney, Ó, 'Chronic but Iconic Podcast ', Spotify, 2021, -, Notes: [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chronic-but-iconic/id1458107261], Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Ward, S. & Gilheaney, Ó, 'Chronic but Iconic Podcast ', Spotify, 2021, -, Notes: [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chronic-but-iconic/id1458107261], Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney, Ó., & Quigley, D., 'The enablers and barriers to facilitating the development of reflective practice skills of third level healthcare students through technology: A scoping review', OpenScience Framework, 2021, -, Notes: [https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/8NFMV ], Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney, Ó., & Chadwick, A. , 'The prevalence and nature of eating and swallowing problems in adults with fibromyalgia: A systematic review', Prospero, 2021, -, Notes: [https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/#recordDetails ], Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Nuzum, E., O'Dwyer, N., & Gilheaney, Ó., 'Allied healthcare professionals' perspectives on working with people with dementia: A Scoping Review', OpenScience Framework, 2020, -, Notes: [osf.io/mzg3d ], Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Flanagan, A., Barry, C. C., & Gilheaney, Ó., 'A scoping review: The firsthand perspectives of doctors and challenges they face when managing patients with chronic pain with dysphagia.', OpenScience Framework, 2020, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Barry, C. C., Flanagan, A., & Gilheaney, Ó., 'Allied health professionals and student's attitudes, perceptions, and knowledge of evidence-based practice throughout all clinical contexts: A scoping review.', OpenScience Framework, 2020, -, Notes: [osf.io/v3kun], Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Orla Gilheaney, Introducing the new Dysphagia Diet Standards, 2019, -, Notes: [https://irishheart.ie/news/introducing-the-new-dysphagia-diet-standards/], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney Ó., & Walshe, M. , The Prevalence, Nature, Impact, and Management of Oral Stage Dysphagia in adults presenting with Temporomandibular Disorders, TCD Postgraduate Lecture for MSc students, Dublin, Ireland, January 25th, 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gilheaney Ó., & Walshe, M. , The Prevalence, Nature, and Impact of Oral Stage Dysphagia in Adults Presenting with Temporomandibular Disorders, European Society of Swallowing Disorders Congress, Dublin, Ireland, Sept 29th 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED

  

Page 1 of 2
Award Date
Foundation Scholar of Trinity College Dublin 2013
Quatcentenary Prize for Speech-Language Pathology 2014
Runner-up best oral presentation at the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017
Laura Bassi Scholarship partial Publication Support and Editorial Assistance Award 2020
Trinity College Dublin School of Linguistics, Speech, and Communication Sciences Inclusive Curriculum Champion 2021
Digital Badge in Universal Design for Teaching & Learning from the Inclusive Curriculum Project Micro-credential 2021
Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards 2021
Named co-researcher on a Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2020 supported project which aims to co-design a blended model of practice education 2021
IRC New Foundations Award 2021
My research interests centre on the investigation of the prevalence, nature, impact, and management of dysphagia and communication difficulties in under-researched populations, especially among people who experience chronic invisible illnesses. Research has demonstrated that those with so-called "invisible illnesses" face stigmatisation within healthcare, with reduced levels of clinical management, low levels of satisfaction with care, poor healthcare outcomes, and resultant impaired quality of life. Building on this point, as SLT is a relatively new profession globally, the potentially impactful role of the SLT in supporting such patients has not yet been established or standardised. It is my aim that via the involvement of patients and the public in the design and conduct of research into this area, we can address healthcare inequities, improve patient-centred care plans, and contribute to the professional knowledge base. The focus of my research addresses large gaps in current evidence and service provision in three unique ways, positioning me as an international lead within research in this area. Firstly, I approach chronic invisible illnesses from a new perspective, through the exploration of swallowing and communication difficulties and their sequalae from both an evidenced-based practice and patient lived experience perspective. Secondly, via the promotion of patient and public involvement at all stages of research, I strive to produce coherent and readable syntheses of a range of perspectives that tend to be treated separately or discounted entirely (eg: patient, clinician, and academic). As these perspectives are typically reported separately or ignored this can lead to confusion in care provision and a lack of understanding between all stakeholders. It is rare in current international research to find an academic that successfully integrates lived experience, evidence-based literature and clinical management of invisible and often misdiagnosed illnesses, leading to the potential for my research to prompt improvements in care provision and patient well-being. Thirdly, across the medical and allied-health clinical and research realms, the effects of chronic and invisible illness are often side-lined or ignored, despite anecdotal patient reports of these being core priorities for care. This can lead to undiagnosed or mismanaged respiratory, nutritional, and psychosocial consequences which exacerbate underlying difficulties further. As such, my research aims to champion these perspectives in order to reduce the potential for long-term negative health sequelae. As is evident from my publication history and involvement in international collaborations in this area, I have established myself as a champion for research into under-explored dysphagia and communication concerns, with the potential to contribute significantly for future improvements in care provision, research integrity, and patient outcomes.