Principal Investigator/Team leader
Sinéad is a lecturer (Above the Bar) in occupational therapy in NUI, Galway. She started in this role in December 2015 following the completion of a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US).
Prior to this, she worked for the NHS on a large occupational therapy trial for people with dementia (Valuing Active Life in Dementia; VALID).
She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, based at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in 2013.
She is a CORU registered occupational therapist (CORU Registration number: OT021880)
Dr Christopher Dwyer
Chris Dwyer is a Project Manager and Post-Doctoral Researcher with over 10 years’ experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of health interventions, clinical decision-making, the psychology of education and critical thinking – having developed expertise in psychological models that underpin learning, education, behaviour change; as well as research development, statistical analysis, project management, and leadership. He is the author of “Critical Thinking: Conceptual Perspectives and Practical Guidelines” (published by Cambridge University Press in 2017), over 30 peer-reviewed research journal articles, as well as the blog, “Thoughts on Thinking”, for PsychologyToday.com. Chris was awarded his PhD by the School of Psychology at NUI Galway in 2011and is currently a post-doctoral researcher who coordinates and manages the Cognitive Occupation-Based program for people with MS (COB-MS) in the School of Health Sciences, NUI Galway. He is also responsible for the development, design, and implementation of a suite of research projects.
Blog: ‘Thoughts on Thinking’ at psychologytoday.com
Fionnuala is a research assistant on the COB-MS trial. Her main role is the administration of cognitive assessments to participants, which are now taking place online due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
She is also currently investigating the reliability of using this online testing format of cognition in people living with MS compared to in-person testing.
She works part-time as a teaching assistant at NUIG, delivering Developmental Psychology lectures online.
She completed her master’s degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh and will begin her PhD at Cardiff University on harnessing motor training-induced brain plasticity to improve cognition in Huntington’s disease in October 2021.
Robert has, over the last 4 years, moved from being involved in the commercial world to becoming a Patient Advocate.
In 2019 he started as a part-time research assistant on the COBMS trial (a new therapy for people living with multiple sclerosis and cognitive symptoms), which led him to start training with EUPATI to be a Patient Expert. Since then he has shared his patient experience with the governmental agencies and pharmaceutical companies.
Over this time he has used his voice to share his experience on national radio and press, and developed online training programmes for managing anxiety, stress & depression for PwMS, and is working on a new programme for people with Progressive MS with the intent of increasing resilience.
Roberts blog www.a30minutelife.com is now ranked number 6 in the world for blogs focusing on Multiple Sclerosis
Megan is a research assistant on the Diversifying Dementia Services project in the National University of Ireland, Galway. In this role she is helping to produce and disseminate a survey to participants and will be facilitating focus groups to develop recommendations for the future care needs of older LGBTQ+ adults.
Megan is also finalising her MSc thesis in the School of Psychology in Dublin City University, which examines dementia-service use by LGBTQ+ people with dementia and their caregivers by using a mixed method approach including interviews and a survey.
Joan Mc Hugh
Joan McHugh is a final year Occupational Therapy Student BSc (Hons) in National University of Ireland, Galway.
Joan is currently assisting Dr Sinéad Hynes on the NIPS project titled: Needs of people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (NIPS) – a cross-cultural study. This study is part of a larger European project to assess the needs of people living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in Europe. The same procedure will take place across several different countries (e.g. Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Czech Republic, Netherlands and UK) to provide a picture of needs at a European level.
Her role in the project is to carry out qualitative analysis through semi-structured interviews with four people living with primary progressive MS in the first 10 years of their diagnosis, and two health care professionals which include an MS nurse and an MS case worker with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with people with MS. She is also assisting with the data analysis.
The results from the study serve as a basis for the larger European study to identify the unmet needs and patient information gaps in PPMS, with the hope that this data will work to set-up an intervention development agenda.
Rebecca is an occupational therapy student in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has received a Summer Studentship for summer 2021 under supervision of Drs Sinéad Hynes and Hazel Killeen.
Rebecca will be working on two projects as part of the studentship. Her work will focus on the research project titled “Mitigating the impacts of confinement and distancing due to COVID-19 through service learning in occupational therapy education: evaluation of the Build-a-Box programme”. Additionally, she will be working alongside Dr. Sinéad Hynes with another research project titled “Diversifying dementia service delivery in Ireland: Developing consensus-based recommendations for the future needs of older LGTBQI+ adults”.
Both research projects will provide Rebecca with a diverse range of experiences and skills that aim to be utilised in future research, such as in her final year project titled “Families perspectives of children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in supporting them through the use of telehealth”.
Former Research Team Members
Anusha Moses is a clinical researcher who has worked in an array of clinical and non-clinical trials over the past years. She has a background in medical sciences and has a master's degree in clinical research.
She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Anusha worked as one of the research assistants for the COB-MS trial at the National University of Ireland Galway. She is also a member of the Health Research Institute, at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Her expertise includes trial design/methodology, trial implementation, monitoring data for safety and efficacy, and clinical data analysis.
Eimear worked as a Research Assistant with the COB-MS team from October 2019 until July 2020.
Her main role within the project was collecting baseline data from people with MS who were taking part in the COB-MS programme. This involved going to the homes of participants, and going through cognitive assessments with them, until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. From there, she researched alternative ways of doing cognitive assessments with people online.
Currently, Eimear works as an Assistant Psychologist in the University of Limerick Counselling service and hopes to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology
Éle Quinn recently graduated from occupational therapy in NUI Galway with a first-class honours degree and is currently working as an occupational therapist in Galway Primary Care Services. During her final year studies Éle completed her research: The Clinical Utility of the Irish language version of the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test 2nd-Edition for Irish language speakers with memory impairment under the guidance and supervision of Dr Sinéad Hynes.
In the summer of 2019 Éle completed a studentship with Dr Sinéad Hynes in association with Evidence Synthesis Ireland on a scoping review of occupational therapy interventions for people with multiple sclerosis. This review has since been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Kinza is an Occupational Therapy student in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She completed the HRB Studentship in the summer of 2020 under the supervision of Dr Sinéad Hynes and Jackie Fox.
The research project titled “Dating with a diagnosis: the lived experience of people with Multiple Sclerosis” was presented at the virtual ECTRIMS conference and is currently pending publication.
The HRB studentship provided a fantastic opportunity for Kinza to develop her skills in research, academic writing and critical thinking under the supervision of two experienced researchers
Alex was awarded a HRB Trial Methodology Research Network summer studentship in summer 2020 for a project titled: "A qualitative investigation of motivations, organisational culture and practicalities influencing occupational therapists’ involvement in research programs: A study-within-a-trial." Alex completed this research during the third year of her occupational therapy undergraduate degree.
Badr Alduqsi is a PhD student in Occupational Therapy in NUIG since September 2018. His PhD research, Co-supervised by Dr Hynes and Prof Agnes Shiel, focuses on the effectiveness of Kinesio taping in comparison to a long thumb spica in the treatment of DeQuervain's tenosynovitis and to identify which one is more effective in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes.
Badr completed his BSc degree in 2005 at the Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and received his MSc degree in 2012 from Pittsburgh University (U.S).
Since 2016, Badr joined Occupational Therapy Dept. at King Abdulaziz University as a Lecturer. Prior to this (2007-2016), Badr was the Occupational Therapy Supervisor at National Guard Hospital in Western Region (Saudi Arabia). Badr specializes in Hand Injuries, Musculoskeletal Disorders and Biomechanics, and Physical Dysfunction.