National Rehabilitation Hospital

Research Register

Register of Research in Progress at NRH
Research Project To Assess the New Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC), identifying its benefits in assessing patients’ levels of response, contributing to diagnosis and treatment planning as well as monitoring change in disorder of consciousness (DOC) patients
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Ms. Rebecca O’Connor, Senior Music Therapist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Dee Grey, Music Therapist, NRH
Research Duration March 2013- Ongoing
Research Project A Service Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of an Education Group in an Outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Setting
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Ms. Orla McEvoy, Occupational Therapist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Ian Callanan, Group Clinical Audit Co-ordinator, St. Vincents University Hospital
Ms. Orla McEvoy, Occupational Therapist, NRH
Research Duration March 2013- Ongoing
Research Project Do Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Survivors who return to Driving report a change in their driving behaviour in comparison to their Pre-Injury Driving Performance
Researcher Ms. Aisling Weyham, Senior Occupational Therapist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta Morgan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Aisling Weyham, Senior Occupational Therapist, NRH
Research Duration March 2013- Ongoing
Research Project An Investigation of Attachment Style and Posttraumatic growth in a Sample of Adults with an Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Mr. Ciarán Wynne, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Limerick
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta Morgan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Mr. Ciarán Wynne, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Limerick
Dr. Donal Fortune, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, ABI Ireland
Research Duration March 2013- Ongoing
Research Project The Exploration of Women’s Experience of Learning Self Intermittent Catheterisation following Spinal Cord Injury
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Ms. Tincy Abraham, Staff Nurse, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Éimear Smith, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Research Duration November 2012- Ongoing
Research Project Psychological Follow-Up of Adults with Acquired Brain Injury following Neurorehabilitation
Principal Investigator Drs. Mark Delargy and Jacinta McElligott, Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Fiadhnait O’Keeffe, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Dr. Simone Carton, Principal Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Dr. Andrea Higgins, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Research Duration July 2012- Ongoing
Research Project Neuropsychological Functioning and Prosthetic Rehabilitation Outcomes
Researcher Mr. Richard Lombard-Vance, PhD Researcher, DCU
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Mr. Richard Lombard-Vance, PhD Researcher, DCU
Dr. Pamela Gallagher, Senior Lecturer, DCU
Dr. Fiadhnait O’Keeffe, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Dr. Deirdre Desmond, Lecturer, NUI, Maynooth
Dr. Robert Coen, Senior Neuropsychologist, Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing, St. James’s Hospital
Research Duration January 2012- Ongoing
Research Project The Impact of Body Image and Psychological Adjustment on Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction after an Amputation
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Ms. Lorraine Woods, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Lorraine Woods, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Dr. Fiadhnait O’Keeffe, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Dr. David Hevey, Senior Clinical Psychologist/ Research Psychologist and Lecturer, TCD
Ms. Pauline Sheils, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychosexual Therapist, NRH
Research Duration January 2012 – Ongoing
Research Project The Experience of being in a Long Term Relationship following an Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Johann Dunne, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Johann Dunne, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Dr. Fiadhnait O’Keeffe, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Prof. John Davenport, Clinical Coordinator/ Lecturer in Clinical Psychology TCD
Research Duration January 2012 – Ongoing
Research Project The Experience of Parenting for Mothers with Spinal Cord Injury
Researcher Ms. Anne Marie Casey, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Éimear Smith, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Anne Marie Casey, Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Dr. Maeve Nolan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, TCD
Research Duration November 2011 – Ongoing
Research Project Self-management training: A Controlled Investigation of its Effectiveness in Improving Coping Skills, Mood and Quality of Life with Patients with Acquired Physical Disability
Researcher/ Lead Investigator Ms. Mary FitzGerald, Department of Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Deirdre Desmond, Department of Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Simone Carton, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist, NRH
Prof. Stephen Wegener, Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, John Hopkins University, USA
Dr. Pamela Gallagher, Senior Lecturer, DCU
Ms. Mary FitzGerald, Department of Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Research Duration March 2011 – Ongoing
Research Project Assessing Brain-Computer Interface Technology as an Alternative Communications Channel for the Disabled
Researcher Dr. Jacqueline Stow, Specialist Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Áine Carroll / Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Dr. Damien Coyle BEng PhD, University of Ulster.
Co-Investigator Dr. Jacqueline Stow, Specialist Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Research Duration July 2010 – Ongoing
Research Project Self-Regulation of Goals and Psychosocial Adjustment to Amputation
Researcher Ms. Laura Coffey, PhD Student, School of Nursing, Dublin City University
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist, NRH
Ms. Patricia Byrne, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, NRH
Dr. Pamela Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, DCU
Dr. Deirdre Desmond, Lecturer in Psychology, NUI, Maynooth
Ms. Laura Coffey, PhD Student, School of Nursing, Dublin City University
Research Duration January 2010 – ongoing
Research Project Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury Novel Biomarkers for New Treatments
Researcher Dr. Paul Dockree, Institute of Neuroscience, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Paul Dockree, Institute of Neuroscience, TCD
Research Duration March 2008 – ongoing
Research Project National Drug-Related Deaths Index
Researcher Ms. Ena Lynn, Research Officer, Health Research Board
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta Morgan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Suzi Lyons, Senior Research Officer, Health Research Board
Ms. Ena Lynn, Research Officer, Health Research Board
Research Duration July 2007 – ongoing
Research Project A Generic Electronic Assisted Technology (EAT) package for Persons with Quadriplegia
Researcher Ms. Michele Verdonck, Senior Occupational Therapist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Michele Verdonck, Senior Occupational Therapist, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2012
Research Project Reconstructing sense of Self following Acquired Brain Injury: Exploring the Influence of Autobiographical and Working Memory
Researcher Ms. Aisling Lennon, School of Psychology, UCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Áine Carroll, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Dr. Simone Carton, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist, NRH
Dr. Jessica Bramham, Lecturer Clinical Psychology, UCD
Ms. Aisling Lennon, School of Psychology, UCD
Research Duration Completed 2012
Research Project Investigation into the Effects of Electrical Stimulation Training in a Spinal Cord Injured Population
Researcher Ms. Amanda Carty, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (SCI), NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Éimear Smith, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Amanda Carty, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (SCI), NRH
Mr. Brian Caulfield, UCD
Dr. Garrett Coughlan, UCD
Dr. Louis Crowe, UCD
Ms. Kirsti McCormack, UCD
Research Duration Completed 2011
Research Project Compensatory Strategies for Activities of Daily Living (ADL): a Comparison of Occupational Therapists’ Expectations and actual use following Discharge from Rehabilitation for Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Nicola Kavanagh, Occupational Therapy Student, NUI, Galway
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy / Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Anne Marie Langan, Occupational Therapy Manager, NRH.
Prof. Agnes Shiel, Occupational Therapy Department Head, NUI, Galway.
Ms. Nicola Kavanagh, Occupational Therapy Student, NUI, Galway
Research Duration Completed 2011
Research Project The Experience of Living with Spinal Cord Injury in the early months following Discharge from Rehabilitation: a Qualitative Study on a Male Sample
Researcher Ms. Maeve Nolan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Maeve Nolan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Research Duration Comlpeted 2011
Research Project Longitudinal Investigation of Cognitive Appraisals, Coping and Psychological Outcomes: A Multicentre European Study
Researcher Ms. Maeve Nolan, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Éimear Smith/ Dr. Jacinta McElligott
Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, NRH
Ms. Maeve Nolan, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2011
Research Project Caregiver wellbeing: An Examination of the Coping-appraisel process of caring for Individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Olivia Murphy Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta McElligott, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Valerie Twomey,
Brain Injury Programme Manager and Senior Clinical Psychologist, NRH
Ms. Olivia Murphy Psychologist in Clinical Training, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2010
Research Project Rehabilitation of Awareness of deficits in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury Applying a User-Friendly Computerised Intervention Approach
Researcher Ms. Mary Fitzgerald, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta Morgan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, NRH
Ms. Mary Fitzgerald, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Funding Grant Number Health Research Board – PA-06-17
Research Duration Completed 2010
Research Project Optimising the Prescription of Prosthetic Technologies (opptec): Outcome Measures for Evidence based Prosthetic Practice and Use
Researcher Ms. Sinead Ni Mhurchadha, School of Nursing, DCU
Ms. Elisabeth Schaffalitzky, School of Nursing,DCU
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Pamela Gallagher, DCU
Ms. Sinead Ni Mhurchadha, DCU
Ms. Elisabeth Schaffalitzky, DCU
Funding Grant Number Health Research Board – RP/2006/103
Research Duration Completed 2010
Research Project Differences in Marital Satisfaction, Coping and Social Support following a Traumatic Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Anne Marie Casey, Assistant Psychologist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Áine Carroll, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Patricia Byrne, Clinical Neuropsychologist, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2010
Research Project Music Therapists’ Strategies in Implementing New Posts within Health Care Settings
Researcher Professor Jane Edwards, Director – Music & Health Research Group, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
Principal Investigator Dr. Hugh Monaghan, Consultant in Neuro Paediatric
Co-Investigator Professor Jane Edwards, Director – Music & Health Research Group, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
Research Duration Completed 2009
Research Project The Prevalence of Osteoporosis in the Disabled Population at the National Rehabilitation Hospital
Researcher Dr. Éimear Smith, Specialist Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Áine Carroll, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Éimear Smith, Specialist Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2009
Research Project An exploration of Peri and Post Partum Stroke in the context of Relationships of the Individuals Affected
Researcher Ms. Áine Finan, Dept. Psychology, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Áine Carroll, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Patricia Byrne, NRH Ms. Áine Finan, Dept. Psychology, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2009
Research Project An Exploration of Child and Adolescent Sibling’s Experience of Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Heather Cronin, Dept Psychology, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Hugh Monaghan, Consultant in Neuro Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Sarah O’Doherty, NRH
Ms. Heather Cronin, Dept Psychology, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2009
Research Project Standards of Practice in Irish and UK Hydrotherapy Pools
Researcher Ms. Aoife Langton, Senior Hydrotherapist, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Angela McNamara, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Aoife Langton, Senior Hydrotherapist, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2008
Research Project Prospective Memory Deficit Following Traumatic Brain Injury: Level of Awareness, Rate of Recovery and Psychosocial Outcome
Researcher Ms. Melanie Clune, Dept. Psychology, UCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, NRH
Ms. Melanie Clune, Dept. Psychology, UCD
Research Duration Completed 2008
Research Project Assessing the Impact of Previous experience, and Attitudes towards Technology, on Levels of Engagement in a Virtual Reality based Occupational Therapy Intervention for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Researcher Mr. Paul O’Raw, School of Psychology, UCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Manus McCaughey, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Mr. Paul O’Raw, School of Psychology, UCD
Research Duration Completed 2007
Research Project Evaluation of a Coping Effectiveness Training Programme in a Spinal Cord Injured Population
Researcher Ms. Suzanne Meenan, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Angela McNamara, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Suzanne Meenan, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2007
Research Project Self Awareness after Brain Injury: Emotional Distress and Executive Functioning
Researcher Ms. Judith McBrinn, Psychologist in Clinical Training, NUI Galway
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Judith McBrinn, Psychologist in Clinical Training, NUI Galway
Research Duration Completed 2007
Research Project An Evaluation of Virtual Reality Technology as an Occupational Therapy Treatment Tool in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Researcher Mr. Paul O’Raw, School of Psychology, UCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Angela McNamara, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Mr. Paul O’Raw, School of Psychology, UCD
Michele Verdonck, Senior Occupational Therapist, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2006
Research Project Assessment of Perceived Stress amongst Nursing Staff in a Rehabilitation Hospital
Researcher Ms. Rose Curtis, Occupational Health Nurse, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Jacinta More O’Fearall, Occupational Health Physician, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Rose Curtis, Occupational Health Nurse, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2006
Research Project Awareness and Sustained Attention following Traumatic Brain Injury
Researcher Dr. Paul Dockree
Dr. Simone Carton
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, NRH
Prof. Ian Robertson, TCD
Dr. Paul Dockree, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project An Investigation into the Functional Independence of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury following Discharge
Researcher Ms. Lisa Held, BScOT, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Angela McNamara, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Lisa Held, BScOT, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project The Reliability of the Community Outing Performance Appraisal (COPA) to Assess the Abilities of Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher Ms. Fiona Ryan, BScOT, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Fiona Ryan, BScOT, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project An investigation into the Occupational Status of Persons with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Researcher Ms. Catherine Logan, Senior OT, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Angela McNamara, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Ms. Catherine Logan, Senior OT, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project Strategies for Crisis Intervention & Prevention (SCIP): Does it work?
Researcher Mr. Ray Messitt, Nursing Dept, NRH
Principal Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, Head of Clinical Psychology, NRH
Co-Investigator Mr. Ray Messitt, Nursing Dept, NRH
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project Assessment of Financial Competency in Patients with Acquired Brain Injury
Researcher Mr. Nick Kidd, Dept. Psychology, TCD
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Simone Carton, NRH
Mr. Nick Kidd, Dept. Psychology, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2005
Research Project A Pilot Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of the Traxon Spinal Cord Repair Stimulator for the Treatment of Complete Spinal Cord Injury in Humans
Researcher Ms. Linda McEvoy
Principal Investigator Dr. Patrick C Murray, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Professor Ciaran Bolger, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital
Research Duration Completed 2004
Research Project Psychological Aspects of Amputation: A Cross-Sectional Study
Researcher Ms. Olga Horgan
Principal Investigator Dr. Nicola Ryall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Prof. Malcolm MacLachlan, Department of Psychology, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2004
Research Project Traumatic Brain Injury and Subsequent Rehabilitation –
Focussing on the Future
Researcher Dr. Lourda Geoghegan
Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Delargy, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH
Co-Investigator Prof. J.P. Phillips/ Dr. Lourda Geoghegan,
Dept. of Public Health Medicine, UCD
Research Duration Completed 2004
Research Project Nurses’ Perceptions of their Role as part of the Multi-professional Team in an Acute Rehabilitation Setting
Researcher Ms. Fanchea McCourt, Education Co-ordinator, NRH
Principal Investigator  
Co-Investigator  
Research Duration Completed 2004
Research Project Evaluation of Service Needs and Provisions in Relation to Children and Young People with Acquired Brain Injury in Ireland
Researcher Dr. Caroline Heary
Dr. Diane Hogan
Principal Investigator Dr. Hugh Monaghan, Consultant Neuro-Paediatrician, NRH
Co-Investigator Dr. Diane Hogan, The Children’s Research Centre, TCD
Research Duration Completed 2003
Research Project Parents’ Perspectives on reintegration of Students with Acquired Brain Injury into the Irish School System
Researcher Ms. Mary O’Connor, School Principal, NRH
Principal Investigator  
Co-Investigator  
Research Duration Completed 2002