I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Prior to this I had completed a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (specialising in physiology) from Trinity College, Dublin. I then completed an MSc at University College London in Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy in 2010 and I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.
I currently work at University College London (UCL) in the Institute of Child Health (ICH) as a Senior Teaching Fellow on the Advanced Physiotherapy postgraduate programmes. Since commencing at UCL full time in 2014 my role is mainly focussed on co-ordinating and teaching on postgraduate physiotherapy modules, acting as a tutor and as a research supervisor for postgraduate physiotherapy students.
My clinical background is primarily in paediatric cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. I have worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and The Childrens University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin as part of the paediatric cardiorespiratory teams. In my most recent role at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for Children my role was as a part time specialist cystic fibrosis (CF) physiotherapist and as a part-time academic/research physiotherapist at the UCL ICH. I continue to work closely with the CF clinical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital as the Lead CF Research Physiotherapist. I have also worked as a sports physiotherapist and I am qualified pilates instructor.
My main research focus to date has been in exercise and exercise testing in children with chronic disease and I am currently involved in some health technology research projects looking at how we can use technology to improve clinical care. I have presented my research at national and international conferences and I have been an invited speaker at a number of international conferences.