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Overview

I am an NIHR Research Fellow with the Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG), led by Professor Chris Todd. In this role I am involved in the development of a research programme in falls prevention that includes a variety of reviews using Cochrane, systematic, and rapid review methodologies. My research spans population-based interventions, exergaming interventions, mHealth and eHealth approaches in the promotion of strength and balance exercises, and evidence synthesis of the psychometric properties of the Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) and its variants. I am a member of the Research and Innovation Workstream of the Manchester Falls Collaborative.

Qualifications

PhD (Dublin City University 2017)

H.Dip. Psychology (Trinity College Dublin 2010)

M.Soc.Sc. Sociology (University College Dublin 2005)

B.Soc.Sc. Social Science (University College Dublin 2004)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) 2018

Methodological knowledge

My methological interests are primarily quantitative with a background in statistical modelling (CFA; SEM) and psychometrics. My work has often involved secondary analysis of clinical trial data and large longitudinal ageing study data. I'm also experienced in review methodologies, including Cochrane, scoping reviews, and rapid evidence synthesis.

Prizes and awards

  • Institute Community Support (ICS) travel award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – April 2018
  • Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2017-2019
  • FP7 (European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) PhD funding as part of the In-MINDD project (Innovative Midlife INterventions for Dementia Deterrence) 2012-2015

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly in healthy ageing, with a particular emphasis on falls prevention. My current research in this area focuses on the evidence for population-based interventions and technological interventions, such as exergaming and exercise apps. Previous work in psychometrics has involved the multi-site validation of a patient-centred frailty measure, as well as the use of clinical trial data to investigate the psychometric properties of patient-centred symptom measurement. I have a background in cognitive psychology and my PhD research investigated cognitive decline in healthy older people within a cognitive reserve framework.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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