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Dr. Claire Donnellan
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Claire is a Chartered Health Psychologist and a Registered General Nurse with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London (2002) and Ph.D. from the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2008). She has recently completed the Masters' training in Advanced Neuroimaging with University College London with a distinction for her work on neuroimaging and cognition in antiphospholipid syndrome. 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 interest in an academic career. In 2007, she began lecturing full time when completing 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).

Her scientific interests include examining and understanding consequences of large and small cerebral vessel disease and neurodegeneration on the behavioural and cognitive health of older adults. In her academic role, she has developed programmes and curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate courses across health sciences including gerontology and behavioural and social sciences; and directs and coordinates interdisciplinary age-related and cerebrovascular disease research. Her research experience has also included starting up and project managing pharmacological cardiovascular, endocrine and neurology clinical trials for NHS hospitals and academic clinical centres in the UK including for example, the European wide trial using riluzole as a potential disease-modifying agent in Parkinson plus disorders (NNIPPS: Neuroprotection and Natural History in Parkinson Plus Syndromes). She has several publications in medical, nursing, psychology and age-related journals and reviewer for over 10 journals and contributes to 2 editorial boards. She's a member of the European Stroke Organisation and reviewer for Stroke Association UK Project Grants.

For fun, she likes to travel and as a visiting professor in 2012, completed a series of research placements in other international rehabilitation science centres' e.g. 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. Academic management and leadership roles have included Director for International Initiatives and Global Relations for the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) from 2016 to 2018 and Programme Subject Lead for Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain (2013 to 2016).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Dysphagia screening for post stroke patients living in residential care settings: a scoping review, International Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation/World Stroke Organisation Conference 2020, Online , 7th-9th November , 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Redha N, Al Banna M, Abdulla F, Taha S, Donnellan C, , Association of Apolipoprotein E and other biomarkers with cognitive impairment post stroke: A systematic review of the literature, Neurobiology of Aging, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Donnellan C, Cohen H, Werring D, Systematic review of associations between antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), cognition and neuroimaging biomarkers, International Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation/World Stroke Organisation Conference 2020, Online , 7th-9th November , 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Donnellan C, Cohen H, Werring D, Cognitive dysfunction and associated neuroimaging biomarkers in antiphospholipid syndrome: a systematic review, Rheumatology, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Dysphagia Screening in Residential Care Settings: A Scoping Review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Donnellan C , Perspectives on respite care services and recreation activities for individuals with a physical disability, Disability and Rehabilitation , 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Donnellan C and Werring D , Cognitive impairment before and after intracerebral haemorrhage: a systematic review. , Neurological Sciences , 41, 2020, p509 - 527 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

Al Banna M, Redha N, Abdulla F, Al Sharoqi I, Al Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Donnellan C,, Memory complaints and memory function in a stroke population, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Donnellan C, Successful ageing: Is it the solution to population ageing? , Innovation in Aging, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Donnellan C, Identifying levels and scope of nurse specialist practice in the pathway of stroke care: An International Perspective, International Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation/World Stroke Organisation Conference 2020, Online , 7th-9th November , 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Donnellan C, Redha N, Al Banna M, Al Sharoqi I, Al-Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Taha S, Walsh P, Abdulla F,, Associations between ApoE genotype and psychological consequences post stroke in a Bahraini cohort, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 2019, p135 - 142 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Donnellan C and Werring D , Neuropsychological assessment of cognitive impairment before and after spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage: a systematic review, European Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation, Milan , 22nd -24th May , 4, (1), 2019, pp282 - 283 Conference Paper, 2019

Marhoon Z, Borgan S, Kamel C, Maddison W, Donnellan C, , Depression, anxiety and subjective well-being among medical students in Bahrain, Academic Psychiatry, 42, (1), 2018, p31 - 40 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Donnellan C, Mind the gap: Health disparity and equity, The Irish Psychologist, 47th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Limerick , 08-11 November 2017, 44, (1), 2017, ppS5 - S5 Conference Paper, 2017

Donnellan C, Redha N, Al Banna M Al Jishi A, Al Sharoqi I, Bakhiet M,Abdulla F, Associations between ApoE genotype and psychological consequences post stroke, Innovations in Aging, 1, (1), 2017, p1154- Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Donnellan C, Al Banna M, Redha N, Al Sharooqi I, Al Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Taha S, Abdulla F, Metacognition versus global cognition and executive function determining mood symptoms post stroke, International Conference for Nursing, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5th - 7th December, 2016, Madridge Conferences , 31- Invited Talk, 2016

Donnellan C,Sprakel J, 'RCSI Bahrain stroke awareness video', https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZfaOoVEG9g, 2016, - Film production, 2016

Al Banna M, Redha NA, Abdulla F, Donnellan C, Memory Complaints and Memory Function in a Stroke Population, International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology - European Region , Dublin, Ireland , 23rd - 26th April , 2016 Poster, 2016

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, , Executive dysfunction is independently associated with balance post- stroke, Physiotherapy, 102, (1), 2016, p64 - 70 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Claire Donnellan, Mona Al Banna, Noor Redha, Adel Al Jishi, Isa Al Sharoqi, Safa Taha, Moiz Bakhiet, Fatema Abdulla, Patrick Walsh, Predictors of Vascular Cognitive Impairment Poststroke in a Middle Eastern (Bahrain) Cohort: A Proposed Case-Control Comparison, JMIR Research Protocols, 5, (4), 2016, pe223 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Al Banna M, Redha N, Abdulla F, Donnellan C,, Metacognitive Function Post-Stroke: A Review of Definition and Assessment, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87, (2), 2016, p161 - 166 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Donnellan C , Psychological comorbidity and biological factors post stroke in a Middle-Eastern cohort, Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology , 2nd International Conference on Central Nervous System Disorders and Therapeutics , Dubai, UAE, 5th-7th December 201, 7, (5), 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 URL DOI

Donnellan C, Approaches to healthy ageing, Seminar for Older People, Accountant's House, Dublin, 13th October , 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Donnellan C, Psychological comorbidity and biological factors post stroke in a Middle-Eastern cohort , 2nd International Conference on Central Nervous System Disorders and Therapeutics, Dubai, UAE, 5th - 7th December , 2016, CNS Conferences Series Invited Talk, 2016

Hayes, S., Donnellan, C., Stokes, E., Executive dysfunction and balance function post-stroke: A cross-sectional study, Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 102, (1), 2016, p64-70 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, Response to Letter to the Editor re: 'Executive dysfunction and balance function post-stroke: a cross-sectional study', Physiotherapy , 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Redha N, Al Banna M, Taha S, Donnellan C, Apolipoprotein E and other serum biomarkers for cognitive impairmentin post-post-stroke: A review of the evidence , International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology - European Region , Dublin, Ireland , 23rd - 26th April , 2016 Poster, 2016

Donnellan C, Successful (Healthy) ageing: Is it the solution for nursing in response to population ageing? , International Conference on Nursing, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5th - 7th December, 2016, Madridge Conferences , 39- Invited Talk, 2016

Donnellan C, Al Banna M, Redha N, AlSharoqi I, Al-Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Taha S, Abdulla F , Association between metacognition and mood symptoms post stroke, Journal of geriatric psychiatry and Neurology, 29, (4), 2016, p212 - 220 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

O'Neill D, Moss H, Donnellan C, Aesthetic health, hospitals and older people, Gerontologist, Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, USA, 18-22 Nov 2015, 55, (Suppl 2), 2015, pp545-546 Meeting Abstract, 2015

Donnellan C, Associations between metacognition and global cognition with mood symptoms post stroke. , International Psychology Conference , Dubai, 30th October, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Donnellan C, The Baltes' model of successful aging and its considerations for geriatric care management, , Journal of Aging Life Care, Fall, 2015 Journal Article, 2015

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, Executive dysfunction post-stroke: an insight into the perspectives of physiotherapists, Disability and Rehabilitation, 37, (20), 2015, p1817 - 1824 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Donnellan C, Al Banna M, Redha N, Al Sharoqi I, Al-Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Taha S, Abdulla F. , Metacognition versus global cognition determining mood symptoms post stroke,, International Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation Conference, 10, (Suppl. 2), 2015, pp186- Meeting Abstract, 2015

Moss H, Donnellan C, O'Neill D, Hospitalization and Aesthetic Health in Older Adults., Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16, (2), 2015, p173.e11-6 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Donnellan C, Successful ageing, The Ageing Summit 2015, The O2 Complex, London, 11-12 Feb 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Donnellan C, O'Neill D, The Baltes' SOC model of successful ageing as a potential framework for stroke rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, 36, (5), 2014, p424-429 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Donnellan C, REsources And LIfe Strategy Management (REALISM) trial: Protocol for a stroke rehabilitation intervention using a goal setting and attainment framework, International Journal of Stroke, World Stroke Congress, Istanbul, 22nd October , 9, 2014, pp211- Published Abstract, 2014

Al Banna M, Ghuloom N, Abdulla F, Donnellan C, Metacognitive function post-stroke: A review of definition and assessment, International Journal of Stroke, World Stroke Congress, Istanbul, 22nd-25th October, 9, 2014, pp211- Published Abstract, 2014

Donnellan C, Al Banna M, Ghuloom N, Al Sheroqi I, Al-Jishi A, Bakhiet M, Taha S, Walsh P, Whitford D, Abdulla F. , Predictors of vascular cognitive impairment post stroke in a Bahraini cohort: A case-control proposed comparison, International Journal of Stroke, World Stroke Congress, Istanbul, 22 October , 9, 2014, pp321- Published Abstract, 2014

Coyne I, Murphy M, Costello T, O'Neill C & Donellan C., A Survey of Nurses' Practices and Perceptions of Family Centered Care in Ireland. , Journal of Family Nursing, 19, (4), 2013, p469 - 488 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Donnellan C, REsources And LIfe Strategy Management (REALISM) After Stroke: A Proposed Rehabilitation Intervention  , Program and abstract book, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney , 17th -21st September, 2013, pp98 - 99 Meeting Abstract, 2013

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, Implementing clinical guidelines in stroke: a qualitative study of perceived facilitators and barriers, Health Policy, 111, (3), 2013, p234-244 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, Health professionals' adherence to stroke clinical guidelines: a review of the literature, Health Policy, 111, (3), 2013, p245-263 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Journal of Clinical Nursing Studies, US, Sciedu Press, [eds.], 2013 Editorial Board, 2013

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, Health professionals' adherence to stroke clinical guidelines: A review of the literature, Program and abstract book, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney , 17th -21st September, 2013, pp98 - 99 Meeting Abstract, 2013

Donnellan C, Martins A, Conlon A, Coughlan T, O'Neill D, Collins DR, , Mapping patients' experiences after stroke onto a patient-focused intervention framework, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, World Congress of NeuroRehabilitation, Melbourne, 16th-19th May, 2012, pp74 - 75 Meeting Abstract, 2012 DOI

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, Facillitators and barriers for implementation of the Irish National Stroke Guidelines, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 60th Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, University College Cork, 14th and 15th Sept, 181, (Supplement 7), 2012, ppS242- Meeting Abstract, 2012

Hayes, S., Donnellan, C., Stokes, E., The measurement and impairment of executive function after stroke and concepts for physiotherapy | Pomiar i zaburzenie funkcji wykonawczej po udarze mózgu a stosowanie fizjoterapii, Rehabilitacja Medyczna, 16, (2), 2012, p34-46 Journal Article, 2012

Donnellan, C., Hevey, D., Hickey, A., & O'Neill, D., Adaptation to stroke using a model of successful aging., Neuropsychology, development, and cognition, 19, (4), 2012, p530 - 547 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Moss H, Donnellan C, O'Neill D, A review of qualitative methodologies used to explore patient perceptions of arts and healthcare., Medical Humanities, 38, (2), 2012, p106-109 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Donnellan C, Martins A, Conlon A, Coughlan T, O'Neill D, Collins DR, Mapping patients' experiences after stroke onto a patient-focused intervention framework., Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, (6), 2012, p483-91 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, Executive Dysfunction is independently associated with balance post stroke, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 60th Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, University College Cork, 14th and 15th Sept, 181, (Supplement 7), 2012, ppS245- Meeting Abstract, 2012

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, DonImplementing stroke clinical guidelines: perceived facilitators and barriers, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, World Congress of NeuroRehabilitation, Melbourne, 16th-19th May , 2012, pp75 - 76 Meeting Abstract, 2012 DOI

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D, Adaptation to stroke using a model of successful ageing, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 19, (4), 2012, p530 - 547 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, Associations between executive function and physical function post- stroke: a pilot study, Physiotherapy, 99, (2), 2012, p165-71 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, The relationship between executive dysfunction and physical post stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 21st European Stroke Conference, Lisbon, 22nd-26th May , 2012 Meeting Abstract, 2012

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, The association between executive function impairment and exercise performance after stroke, Physiotherapy, World Physical Therapy , Amsterdam, 20-23 June 2011, 97, (Supplement 1), Elsevier , 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Hayes S, Donnellan C, Stokes E, The measurement and impairment of executive function after stroke and concepts for physiotherapy , Physical Therapy Reviews , 16, (3), 2011, p178 - 190 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Donnellan, C, Collins, R, O'Neill, D, Mapping patients' experiences after stroke onto aperson-centred intervention framework, The Irish Psychologist, The Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, 38, (1), 2011, pp30 - 31 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Donnellan C, Sweetman S, Shelley E, Implementing stroke clinical guidelines: perceived facilitators and barriers, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , November, 2011, 1-89 Report, 2011

Walsh J, Feeney C, Hussey J, Donnellan C, Clinical placement: An evaluation of stressors and time demands for undergraduate physiotherapy students, Physiotherapy, World Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, 20th-23rd June , 97, (Supplement 1), 2011, pp1322 - 1323 Oral Presentation, 2011 URL DOI

C. Donnellan, V. Andrews, R. Collins, D. O'Neill, Mapping patients' experiences after stroke onto a patientfocused intervention framework, European Geriatric Medicine, 6th Congress European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Dublin, 2010, 1, 2010, ppB039 - B039 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Brown RG, Lacomblez L, Landwehrmeyer BG, Bak T, Uttner I, Dubois B; NNIPPS Study Group, Cognitive impairment in patients with multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy, Brain, 133(Pt 8), 2010, p2382 - 2392 Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text

Walsh J, Feeney C, Hussey J, Donnellan C, Sources of stress and psychological morbidity among Irish undergraduate physiotherapy students , Journal of Physiotherapy , 96, 2010, p206 - 212 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D, Effect of mood symptoms on recovery one year after stroke., International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 25, (12), 2010, p1288 - 1295 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Hayes S, Donnellan C and Stokes E, The assoctaion between executive function impairment and physical performance after stroke, European Geriatric Medicine, European Union of Geriatric Medicine, 1, (Suppl 1), 2010, ppS95- Meeting Abstract, 2010

Elliot N, Donnellan C, McLaren S, Mood assessment tools for healthcare professionals in stroke care: a review of clincal utility evidence and its implications, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 19th European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, 29, (supp 2), 2010 Meeting Abstract, 2010

Donnellan C, Conlon A, Collins DR, O'Neill D, Can patients' experiences inform patient-focused interventions in stroke rehabilitation?, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 19th European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, 25th-29th May , 29, (supp 2), 2010 Meeting Abstract, 2010

A. Hickey, C. Donnellan, H. McGee, F. Horgan, D. O'Neill, Do discrepancies in patient and carer perceptions of stroke predict recovery?, European Geriatric Medicine, 6th Congress European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, D, 2010, 1, 2010, ppB040 - B040 Meeting Abstract, 2010

J. Dinsmore, C. Donnellan, D. O'Neill, V. Crawford, Stroke, illness perception and quality of life, European Geriatric Medicine, 6th Congress European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Dublin, 2010, 1, 2010, ppB038 - B038 Published Abstract, 2010

Bensimon G, Ludolph A, Agid Y, Vidailhet M, Payan C, Leigh PN; NNIPPS Study Group, Riluzole treatment, survival and diagnostic criteria in Parkinson plus disorders: the NNIPPS study., Brain. , 132, 2009, p156 - 171 Journal Article, 2009

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D, Effect of acute depression and anxiety on stroke recovery, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 27, (Suppl 6), 2009, pp42 - 42 Meeting Abstract, 2009

Crawford V, Dinsmore J, Stout R, Donnellan C, O'Neill D and McGee H , Stroke presentation and hospital management: comparison of neighbouring healthcare systems with differing policies., Stroke , 40, (6), 2009, p2143 - 2148 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Donnellan C, Hickey A, McGee H, Do discrepancies in patient and carer perceptions of stroke predict recovery?, Psychology and Health, European Health Psychology, Pisa, 24, (suppl 1), 2009, pp40 - 41 Meeting Abstract, 2009

Hickey A, McGee H, Donnellan C, Shelley E, Horgan F, O'Hanlon A and O'Neill D., Stroke awareness in the general population: knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs in older adults, BMC Geriatrics , 9, (35), 2009 Journal Article, 2009 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

O'Neill D, Crawford V, Dinsmore J, Stout RW, Donnellan C, McGee H, Stroke presentation and hospital management: comparison of neighbouring healthcare systems with differing health policies, Cerebrovascular diseases, 18th European Stroke Conference, Stockholm, 26th-29th May, 27, (Suppl 6), Karger, 2009, pp228- Meeting Abstract, 2009

Hickey A, Donnellan C, McGee H, Horgan F, O'Neill D, Stroke severity and illness perceptions during acute post-stroke hospital care, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 18th European Stroke Conference, Stockholm, 26th-29th May , 27, (Suppl 6), Karger, 2009, pp87- Meeting Abstract, 2009

Dinsmore J, Crawford V, Donnellan C, O'Neill D., Stroke, illness perception and quality of life, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 178, ((Suppl 8)), 2009, ppS292 - S292 Meeting Abstract, 2009

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Personal factors as predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and depression after stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 17th European Stroke Conference, Nice, France, May 13-16, 2008, 25, (suppl 2), Karger, 2008, pp11- Meeting Abstract, 2008

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D, Personal factors and predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depression after stroke, J Nutrition Health Ageing, European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Copenhagen, 3-6 Oct 2008, 12, (8), 2008, pp551 Meeting Abstract, 2008

Coughlan M, Keenan P, Porter M, Costello P and Donnellan C, A comparative study of MCQ and written biology question results in the assessment of undergraduate second year student nurses in an Irish university, Book of abstracts, 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, 5th-7th November , 2008, pp63 - 64 Meeting Abstract, 2008

C Donnellan , Adaptation to stroke and a model of successful ageing, Trinity College Dublin , 2008 Thesis, 2008

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D, Personal factors as predictors of health-related quality of life and depression after stroke, Psychology and Health, 22nd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Bath, UK, 9th-12th September, 23, (Suppl 1), 2008, pp108- Meeting Abstract, 2008

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Personal factors as determinants of functional activity and quality of life after stroke, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Dublin, 176, (3 (Suppl 6)), 2007, ppS247- Conference Paper, 2007

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Personal Factors as determinants of activity and participation following stroke, Conference proceedings , 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming healthcare through research, education and technology, University of Dublin, Trinity College , 7th -9th November, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Personal factors as determinants of activity and participation following stroke: A longitudinal study , 10th Annual Stroke Conference, Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke, Dublin , 2007 Meeting Abstract, 2007

Davies, A.*, Panzer, M.**, Alexandrova, A., Barker, M., Bellardita, L., Boehmer, S., et al, How to CREATE interventions: A comprehensive checklist to guide the development of, Psychology and Health, 21, 2006, 37 Journal Article, 2006

Donnellan C , O'Neill D , Hevey D , Hickey A , Dinsmore J , Crawford V and Stout R , Use of SOC adaptive strategies in the acute phase following stroke, 4th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D, Psychological and clinical predictors of depression in acute stroke, Irish Journal of Medical Science, , 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Galway, 175, (3 (Suppl 2)), 2006, pp68- Conference Paper, 2006

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D , Adaptive strategies in the acute phase following a stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases, 15th European Stroke Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 21, (suppl 4), 2006, pp20- Conference Paper, 2006

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D , Adaptive strategies in the acute phase following a stroke, Book of Abstracts, PO04, Royal College of Surgeons Research Day , Dublin, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Adaptive strategies in acute stroke, Psychology and Health, 20th European Health Psychology Symposium, Warsaw, Poland, 21 , (suppl 1), 2006, pp42- Conference Paper, 2006

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D , Defining and quantifying coping after stroke: a review, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 77, (11), 2006, p1208 - 1218 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill , Coping with stroke: a review of measurement , 8th Annual Stroke Conference, Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke, Dublin, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Donnellan C, Hickey A, Hevey D, O'Neill D , Stroke and well-being: Implications of initial stroke severity and strategies of adaptation, Psychology and Health, European Health Psychology Conference, Galway , 20, 2005, pp29- Conference Paper, 2005

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D , Defining and quantifying coping after stroke, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Limerick, 174 , (Suppl 2), 2005, pp59- Conference Paper, 2005

Donnellan C, Hevey D, Hickey A, O'Neill D , Coping with stroke: A review of measurement, Cerebrovascular Diseases , 14th European Stroke Conference, Bologna, Italy, 19, (suppl 2), 2005, pp130- Conference Paper, 2005

Zacharowski P, Zacharowski K, Donnellan C, Johnston A, Forte P, Del Soldato P, Benjamin N and O'Byrne S , The metabolic fate of nitroflurbiprofen (HCT 1026) in healthy volunteers, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 76, 2004, p350 - 358 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

O'Byrne S, Zacharowski K, Donnellan C, Johnston A, Gray PA, Vojnovic I, Forte P, Del Soldato P, Benjamin N, The Absorption, Distribution and Metabolism of Nitroflurbiprofen (HCT 1026) in Healthy Volunteers, Proceedings of the Western Pharmacology Society, Proceedings of the Western Pharmacology Society, 44, Seattle, Wash.: The Society, 2001, pp213 - 213 Meeting Abstract, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Donnellan C , Approaches to healthy ageing, University Brunei Darussalam , 5th December, 2018, University Brunei Darussalam Invited Talk, 2018

Donnellan C, Use of lifespan and other models for stroke rehabilitation, Lunchtime seminar, Rehabilitation Science, Auckland University of Technology, 21st April , 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Donnellan, C, Cognition and Mood Post Stroke, Stroke Study Day , St James's Hospital, 18th February , 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Donnellan, C, Mapping the research route in examining psychological adaptation following stroke, 8th Annual Age-Related Nursing Conference, Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Dublin, September, 2006 Invited Talk, 2006

Donnellan, C, Stroke: A Multidisciplinary Dimension, 6th Annual Age-Related Nursing Conference, Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Dublin, September , 2004 Invited Talk, 2004

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Neuroimaging and Cognition in Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Summary
    • Cognitive dysfunction is documented as a common neurological manifestation of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with greater reference to secondary APS patient groups, with Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in particular. Evidence regarding neuroimaging biomarkers may contribute further to our understanding of cognitive dysfunction in patients with APS and antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). The aim of this project was to determine the association between cognitive dysfunction and primary and secondary APS using neuroimaging modalities' evidence.
  • Date From
    • October 2018
  • Date To
    • December 2019
  • Title
    • Resources and Life Strategy Management (REALISM) Protocol for Care Coordination in Older Adults with Neurological Conditions (Stroke and Parkinson's disease - (CVAPD))
  • Summary
    • Introduction: Some key considerations for a geriatric coordinated care intervention framework should accommodate for life management changes, alterations to self-regulation and acknowledge losses that older adults experience following age-related neurological conditions. One such framework that may be considered for use with a reablement orientation is the Baltes and Baltes Model of Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC). A proposed intervention called REsources And LIfe Strategy Management (REALISM) was developed based on the SOC Model. The proposed aim is to determine if the REALISM intervention improves outcome in older adults with neurological deficits following stroke and Parkinson's disease. Methods: The research project will include feasibility research work in preparation for the intervention REALISM over 4 phases using the Medical Research Council framework. The aim of this intervention development is to provide older adults, their carers' and healthcare providers with a training programme on managing short- and long-term challenges as a result of neurological conditions (e.g. stroke and Parkinson's disease) using a goal setting and attainment care plan based on the adaptive strategies selection, optimization and compensation. The initial phases (1 and 2) will include protocol development through qualitative action research with stakeholders concerning reablement frameworks for aged care; and feasibility assessment using qualitative and quantitative arms regarding trajectory of conditions and the process of care from acute admission to ongoing care within the community. Phase 3 will involve piloting of the REALISM intervention in terms of training sessions and follow-ups required. The intervention study will be a single-blinded randomised control trial where the control group will receive standard care and the intervention group the REALISM training programme. Outcomes: Primary outcomes will determine improvements in physical, psychological and social functional abilities including health-related quality of life and mood. Secondary outcomes will include metacognition measured by the Meta-cognition Questionnaire 30, self-regulation measured by the Self-regulatory Interview and executive function using the Trial Making Test (A+B). Conclusions: Findings from this intervention study will establish if the use of the REALISM training programme for older adults with chronic neurological conditions and their carers' in using life management strategies will improve self-care, wellbeing and transferability of care, aiding discharge planning from acute to community settings.
  • Funding Agency
    • Provost Award
  • Date From
    • September 2018
  • Title
    • An Evaluation of the Development and Implementation of an Integrated Care Pathway for the Management of Neurogenic Dysphagia in Acute and Primary Stroke Care Settings.
  • Summary
    • Developing an integrated care pathway (ICP) to support the management of neurogenic dysphagia post stroke could enhance quality of care received by improving patient outcomes, promoting patient safety, increasing patient satisfaction, optimising the use of resources and increasing adherence to evidence based standards and guidelines for dysphagia management. An ICP can offer an effective framework for interdisciplinary decision making, thereby acknowledging key aspects of care and variations in the management of neurogenic dysphagia post stroke.
  • Funding Agency
    • In progress
  • Date From
    • September 2019
  • Title
    • Facilitators and barriers to provision of recreational and respite care services for individuals with a physical disability and their informal caregivers in the Republic of Ireland (ROI).
  • Summary
    • The overall aim of this research project is to determine facilitators and barriers regarding the provision and delivery of recreational services inclusive of respite care for individuals with a physical disability and their informal carers in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). The project will strive to meet a national need in establishing what should constitute and serve the requirements of individuals with a physical disability and their informal caregivers in terms of recreational activity as part of healthcare intervention that is inclusive of leisure breaks. This research investigation will also address an essential requirement in establishing the formal current available recreational activity services and interventions (inclusive of respite breaks and holidays) exclusively for individuals aged between 18 and 65 with a physical disability. This in turn, will inform Irish healthcare policy regarding international best practice for recreational activity intervention for this cohort of the population including their informal caregivers.
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • August 2017
  • Date To
    • April 2020
  • Title
    • Developing a new approach to stroke rehabilitation for the upper limb based on TMS neurofeedback
  • Summary
    • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and while morbidity rates in Ireland have substantially decreased in recent years, rehabilitation of survivors has not improved concurrently. In the proposed research, a state-of-the art therapy to improve upper limb function in stroke survivors will be developed, based upon a novel form of brain-computer interface. Using this approach, magnetic pulses are applied to the scalp over the location on the motor cortex that controls the arm and hand, via Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This evokes a twitch in the stroke-affected muscles (motor evoked potential, MEP), which is recorded using electromyography. The amplitude of this twitch provides a read-out of the excitability of the neural pathways connecting the brain to the muscle. Following stroke, cortico-spinal excitability is dramatically reduced, but recent evidence suggests that its resolution to normal levels may indicate an important neurobiological mechanism of recovery. Using our TMS-neurofeedback approach, the amplitude of MEPs are displayed to the patient in real-time, with rewarding visual and auditory feedback incorporated in a game-like display, to train them over a period of several days to make the amplitudes larger. The aim is to develop the concept of TMS neurofeedback into a suitable rehabilitation intervention for stroke patients, by testing different variants of the protocol and measuring outcomes such as functional improvements, and perceived benefit reported by the users. Additionally, as re- myelination of the corticomotor structural pathways has been proposed as a key recovery mechanism in this process, we will quantify microstructural integrity of the white matter tracts in the brain pre and post neurofeedback training. We hypothesise that patients in an experimental group receiving TMS neurofeedback will demonstrate changes in corticospinal excitability following training, that will be correlated with functional improvements and re-myelination of motor pathways, compared to a control group.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board, Ireland
  • Date From
    • September 2018
  • Date To
    • September 2023
  • Title
    • Facilitators and barriers to provision, delivery and impact of respite care services and recreation activities for individuals with a physical disability and their informal caregivers in the Republic
  • Summary
    • In the Republic of Ireland (ROI), over 5% per cent of the total population have a difficulty with basic physical activities and almost 60% report difficulty in participation in leisure and other activities as a result of physical disability. The substantial benefits of respite and recreation activity services for enhancing and improving the healthcare status of individuals with disabilities and informal caregivers have been well documented. However, national figures of services offered for individuals with a physical disability in terms of respite care and recreation activity are not available. In addition, the benefits of respite and recreation activity for adults 18 years and older with physical disability has been under researched. The overall aim is to determine facilitators and barriers regarding the provision, delivery and impact of respite care and recreation activity services for individuals with a physical disability and their informal carers in ROI. This research project will employ a participatory action research framework and will include a quantitative audit of respite services and recreation activity interventions available to individuals with a physical disability and their informal carers as part of Irish health and social services. Systematic reviews of published and web-accessed information concerning respite and recreation activity interventions, services and models for physical disability will be conducted. Subsequent qualitative individual interviews and focus groups will be carried out with relevant stakeholders including recipients of national health and social services from and from members of non-governmental organisations and not for profit organisations and charities. The research will strive to meet a national need in identifying available respite and recreation activity services for individuals with a physical disability and their informal caregivers. This will inform Irish health and social care policy regarding international best practice for respite care services and recreation activity intervention for this cohort of the population.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • April 2019
  • Title
    • Neuropsychological assessment of cognitive impairment and Intracerebral Haemorrhage
  • Date From
    • January 2018
  • Date To
    • December 2018
  • Title
    • Rethinking dementia through narrative and theatre
  • Funding Agency
    • ISSF application
  • Title
    • Using a reablement framework for organised age-related healthcare
  • Summary
    • Overall research protocol - Using a reablement framework for organised age-related healthcare One of the arms of this work includes an intervention development for use in the older population with neurological age-related conditions. Resources and Life Strategy Management (REALISM) Protocol for Care Coordination in Older Adults with Neurological Conditions (Stroke and Parkinson's disease - (CVAPD)) The main study aim is to determine the usefulness of a neurological rehabilitation intervention that includes improving health literacy and using a goal setting and attainment framework (REALISM) based on the Baltes SOC model for successful ageing. The specific study objectives are to compare standard care to using the REALISM intervention in a control group and intervention group in terms of improvements in functional ability, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and mood; to establish if the use of REALISM improves transferability of care and aids discharge planning from acute to community settings; and to evaluate REALISM in terms of ease of use by all health professionals involved in rehabilitation care of older people. Other objectives will include an overview of current services and interventions for neurological rehabilitation in acute and community settings from the perspectives of stakeholders including patients and their families and health professionals involved in the provision of neurological care for older people; a review of neurological rehabilitation provision assessed from documentary evidence in patient records; to address how prepared are patients to engage in rehabilitation interventions prescribed to them by health professionals; and to establish how involved are patients in the clinical decision-making process of their rehabilitation. A National working group is being co-ordinated in order to scope out some of the wider aims of the overall reablement approach and developments for age-related healthcare.
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • May 2016
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • Healthy Ageing Research Programme (HARP)
  • Summary
    • The first longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, a joint research project between TCD, RCSI, ESRI and QUB.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2007/2008
  • Title
    • Mapping patients' experiences after stroke onto a patient-focused intervention framework
  • Summary
    • The main aim of this study was to examine the discourse given by patients after stroke indicating how they say they adjust to the associated consequences. In particular to identify and quantify categories of adaptive behaviours used by stroke patients.
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD start-up fund
  • Date From
    • July 2009
  • Date To
    • Mar 2010
  • Title
    • Implementing clinical guidelines in stroke: a qualitative study of perceived facilitators and barriers
  • Summary
    • This study aims to study how clinical guidelines are actually being implemented in clinical practice in Ireland, with a specific focus on stroke. It is important to understand how health professionals involved in stroke care view these new guidelines. Specifically, what factors do they identify as the most important in enabling the implementation of clinical guidelines? What factors do they identify as hindering implementation? The study has three main components: 1. A literature review to identify actual and perceived supports and hindrances to implementing clinical guidelines in general and for stroke care 2. Discussion with key informants to obtain their views on the factors which will influence the implementation of stroke care guidelines in Ireland 3. Based on the findings from components 1. and 2. above, to carry out focus groups with hospital professionals in Dublin, the Midlands and the Southeast to get their views on requirements to put the guidelines for stroke care into practice in Ireland. The findings from this study will inform the next step - planning and developing strategies and techniques to actually implement these important guidelines to improve stroke care in all acute hospitals.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Heart Foundation
  • Date From
    • September 2010
  • Title
    • Strategic development of the Irish Gerontological Society
  • Summary
    • Aims of project are to: i. to strengthen and develop the society's activities ii. to harness in a more efficient and supportive way the energies and expertise of the members. iii. to bridge the gap between policy research and practice, as evidenced from the output of our consultation with members and older people's organisations throughout the country as part of our strategy development.
  • Funding Agency
    • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Title
    • The parallels between cognition and mood post stroke: a review of assessment evidence
  • Summary
    • Over the last decade, audits of stroke care in the UK and Ireland have identified the importance of formal assessment for cognition and mood post-stroke. Cognition and mood assessments are essential components for the planning and intervention of stroke care during the acute period and for long-term follow-up. Although there is a broad selection of cognition and mood assessment instruments including generic and stroke-specific measures in the literature, there is an under-utilisation of these instruments by clinicians. The aim of this project is to acknowledge the interface between cognitive and mood impairment post stroke i.e. correlational evidence as in cognitive impairment predictor of depression post stroke and to devise a collective method of assessment for these core functions.
  • Funding Agency
    • In progress
  • Title
    • Cognitive function and associated correlates in stroke patients and age-matched healthy volunteers
  • Summary
    • In the absence of rigorous neuropsychological assessments clinically after stroke, there may be undetected subtle cognitive deficits and impairments that will affect suitability for rehabilitation intervention. Therefore, examining impairments in metacognitive knowledge and self-regulation can identify some of the anticipated limitations patients will have in performing and executing tasks as part of their rehabilitation therapy and process of adjustment. This study will also identify the risk associated for vascular cognitive impairment post-acute stroke and associated biomakers.
  • Funding Agency
    • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - Bahrain
  • Date From
    • May 2013

Keywords

Adjustment Psychology; Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes; Ageing, stroke, dementia; BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENT DESIGN; Clinical research, trials; Health attitudes and behaviour; Health outcomes; Health psychology; Health status and inequalities; MEDICAL-PRACTICE GUIDELINES; Neuropsychology; Psychology of Aging; Psychometrics; Rehabilitation/Therapy, Physical; Sociological influences on health

Recognition

Representations

Editorial Board for Clinical Nursing Studies 2013

Topic editor for journal Brain Sciences January

TCD representative on Higher Education Institution Committee for the National Clinical Programme for Older People, Advanced Nursing Practice Older Persons, Clinical Guidance Framework 2017

Reviewer for International Journal of Nursing Studies 2018

Guest Editorial for Journal of Aging Life Care. 2014

Reviewer for 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2017

Reviewer for Stroke Association, UK. 2016

Reviewer for Biomed Central - Health Services Research 2013

Reviewer for International Journal of Stroke 2012

Reviewer for Disability and Rehabilitation journal 2009

Reviewer for International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders Ongoing

Reviewer for Cogent Medicine. ongoing

Reviewer for Dove Press - Patient Preference and Adherence. ongoing

Reviewer for Biomed Central - Palliative Care. ongoing

Reviewer for Ageing and Mental Health. ongoing

Reviewer for Population Ageing. ongoing

Reviewer for Annals of Nursing and Practice. ongoing

Reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ongoing

Reviewer for International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. ongoing

Reviewer for The European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2013

Reviewer for the Irish Gerontological Society as the Psychology Representative 2011

Awards and Honours

The Noel Hickey Bursary Award, Irish Heart Foundation 2010

Oral platform prize at 10th Annual Stroke Conference, Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke May 2007

Poster prize at 8th Annual Stroke Conference, Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke May 2005

Highly commended poster at 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society September 2006

Memberships

Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland 2009 – ongoing

Chartered Health Psychologist with Psychological Society of Ireland 2015 – ongoing

Irish Gerontological Society 2005 – ongoing

European Health Psychology Society 2005 – ongoing

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland 1994 – Ongoing

Trinity Consortium on Ageing 2009 – 2013

World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation - Membership and SIG for neuropsychology 2012

International Federation of Ageing 2016 – ongoing

World Stroke Organisation 2014 – ongoing

European Stroke Organisation 2014 – ongoing