PhD Candidate - ESR 8
Michelle qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Trinity College, Dublin in 2001 and completed a Master’s in Disability Studies with University College Dublin in 2009. Michelle’s MSc research explored aspects of occupational engagement of Irish Adults with intellectual Disabilities in Sheltered Workshops. Michelle has worked in a variety of areas including primary care, rehabilitation, acute, disability, forensic mental health, and community development services both nationally and internationally. Michelle’s interest in translating research to practice to support children’s health, wellbeing and participation has included developing occupation focused models of service delivery; developing collaborative interagency shared learning communities to build capacity within school and healthcare teams; and developing an Occupational Therapy service to explore and promote inclusive and universal design approaches to enhance school and community environments. Michelle received grant funding to support research practice projects including from the Irish Teaching Council. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate with the P4Play programme at Luleå University of Technology and University College Cork.