View graph of relations

    Research Statement

    My research involves the exploration of social inclusion in childhood survivors of brain injury. This includes a range of contextual factors that either help or hinder inclusion. These include the cognitive, social and environmental challenges that these children, and their families, deal with on a daily basis. As part of this work my research explores the use of technology as a tool for rehabilitation.


    Member of the Centre for Children's Rights


    Leadership roles

    • Module coordinator for Evidence Based Nursing 2nd year (February intake)
    • Member of School research ethics committee
    • Mentor for University Post-doc mentoring programme
    • Deputy Chair of School Research Ethics Committee
    • Co-Chair of the Forensic Managed Care Network
    • Co-Champion Athena Swan Gender Initiative
    • Member of School Management Board
    • Chair of School Culture Working Group


    Teaching roles

    I currently teach onto the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula:

    • 'Evidence Based Nursing' 2nd year, BSc Nursing.
    • Module coordinator 'Evidence Based Nursing' 2nd year (February intake), BSc Nursing.
    • Module coordinator 'Qualitative research methods' MSc in Nursing.
    • 'Applied research methods and statistics' MSc in Nursing. 


    Currently funded projects

    First supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Grant (QUB) titled 'An Exploration of Health Visitors’ practice with families affected by parental mental illness and substance misuse.' (2016-2019) PhD student Rachel Leonard.

    First supervisor on a Ministry of National Education of Turkey funded PhD project with Lynn (QUB) and McGaughey (QUB) titled 'Exploring parents' motivations for self-referral of children with minor illnesses to emergency departments in Turkey.' (2016-2019) PhD student Ahmet Butun.

    Support Needs After Critical Care with O'Neill (UU) and Blackwood (QUB).


    Completed research projects

    First supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Lohan (QUB) and Bates-Gaston (Northern Ireland Prison Service) titled ‘Offending behaviour in young adult survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).’ (2014-2017) PhD student Conall O’Rourke.

    External supervisor on a DEL funded PhD project with Moore (UU) and Galway (UU) titled 'Assistive mobile technology for young people recovering from brain injury.' (2015-2018) PhD student Edward Price.

    PI on a Department for the Economy (DfE) - Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) award titled 'Improving long-term social, emotional, physical and educational outcomes for children and young adults with neurodisability'. (2017).

    PI with Lohan on a Northern Ireland Prison Service funded study titled 'Preparing young men to be fathers. The roll out and study of If I were Jack in Hydebank Wood College'. (2016). 

    Co-PI with Lohan on a NIHR funded study titled ‘How can health services contribute most effectively to facilitating successful transition of young people with complex health needs from childhood to adulthood?: a longitudinal study’ (2014-2016).

    CI on a NIHR funded study titled 'Increasing boys' and girls' intention to avoid teenage pregnancy: feasibility trial of an interactive video drama based intervention in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland' (2014-2016).

    A Cochrane fellowship investigating the effectiveness of technology in the cognitive rehabilitation of children with brain injuries (funded by the R&D office and HRB; with Prof Vicky Anderson, Prof Jon Evans, Dr Carol Hawley and Dr Bronagh Blackwood) (2012-2013).


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Projects relating to children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly in relation to education and criminal justice.

    Frequent Journals

    • Brain Injury

      ISSNs: 0269-9052

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1362-301X

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.12 SJR 0.668 SNIP 0.775


    • Disability and Rehabilitation

      ISSNs: 0963-8288

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5165

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.846 SNIP 1.018


    • Environment and Behavior

      ISSNs: 0013-9165

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.54 SJR 1.451 SNIP 2.103


    • NeuroRehabilitation

      ISSNs: 1053-8135

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1878-6448

      IOS Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.44 SJR 0.642 SNIP 0.673


    • Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

      ISSNs: 0887-6177

      Elsevier BV

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.799 SNIP 0.886


    View all »

    View all

    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

    ID: 23369