Claire Donnellan

Claire Donnellan

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Claire Donnellan is a Registered Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and a Registered General Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Ireland. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from University of London (2002) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2008). In addition, she holds the nurse specialisation qualification by the English Nursing Board in neuromedical and neurosurgical nursing. Her clinical nursing and management experience involved working in neurological and rehabilitation specialised units in Australia and the UK. As a nurse manager, she was the nursing lead for endocrinology services at St George’s Hospital, Tooting in London which was the first clinical trial centre for adult growth hormone in the UK. Her involvement in setting up cardiovascular, endocrinology and neurology clinical trials in NHS hospitals and academic clinical centres in the UK led to her full time interest in an academic career. In 2007, she began lecturing full time following the completion of her research thesis on Adaptation to stroke using the Baltes’ model of successful Ageing as part of the first longitudinal study in Ireland on ageing – the Healthy Ageing Research Programme (HARP) with the Royal College College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) AND Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). In 2012, as a visiting professor, she completed a sabbatical on developing rehabilitation science research in the following Institutions: University of Toronto, Auckland University of Technology, Melbourne’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Association for Gerontology in Hong Kong. From 2013, she worked as Senior Lecturer and lead in Psychology for over 3 years, contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing programmes for the RCSI, at the Medical University in Bahrain. Claire’s research experience now spans almost 20 years ranging from pharmacological clinical trials management to currently being a lead principal investigator for collaborative research projects in the areas of psychology, gerontology and neurology. She has over 70 publications including journal articles and published abstracts in high impact peer-reviewed medical e.g. the BMJ and Brain, nursing, psychology and age-related journals. She been successful in achieving research grant funding from research funding bodies in Ireland and the Middle East (Bahrain). Her editorial services include being a reviewer for more than 10 journals and contributes to 2 editorial boards. Geroneuropsychology and neurobiology research interests include: . Examining challenges to successful ageing in healthy and age-related illness and disease populations. . Associations between cognition (global, executive and meta-cognition) and biomarkers in healthy and age-related illness and disease populations. . Developing life management reablement interventions for healthy and age-related illness and disease populations. . Measurement and psychometrics of health assessments and measures . Cognition, coping, quality of life and mood assessment post-stroke – Published first-ever review on coping and also on metacognition after stroke. Health Service Research interests include: . Adherence of health professionals to clinical guidelines. . Development of protocols for cognitive screening in older adults e.g. inclusion of subjective cognitive complaints as part of national cognitive deficits screening protocols. . Health literacy across culturally diverse global regions e.g. as a community wide and engagement contribution, developed the Arabic version of the well-known International FAST campaign for recognising stroke symptoms by the general population in conjunction with Gulf Broadcast, RCSI Bahrain and the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain.

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