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Dr. Claire Donnellan

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Dr Claire Donnellan is a Chartered Health Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and a Registered General Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Ireland. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London (2002) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2008). She has recently completed the Advanced Masters' training in neuroimaging with University College London. In addition, 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 full time 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). In 2012, as a visiting professor, she reviewed how rehabilitation science research was conducted in the following Institutions: 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. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as Senior Lecturer and lead in Psychology, contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing programmes for the RCSI, at the Medical University in Bahrain. Claire's research experience has included pharmacological clinical trials management to currently being a lead principal investigator for collaborative research projects in the areas of psychology, gerontology and neurology. She has over 90 publications including journal articles and published abstracts in high impact peer-reviewed medical e.g. the BMJ and Brain, nursing, psychology and age-related journals. Her editorial services include being a reviewer for more than 10 journals and contributes to 2 editorial boards. Geroneuropsychology and neurobiology research interests include: . Examining challenges to successful ageing . Associations between cognition (global, executive and meta-cognition) and biomarkers . Developing life management reablement interventions for age-related populations. . Measurement and psychometrics of health assessments and measures . Cognition, coping, quality of life and mood assessment post-stroke Health Service Research interests include: . Adherence of health professionals to clinical guidelines. . Development of protocols for cognitive screening in older adults e.g. inclusion of subjective cognitive complaints as part of national cognitive deficits screening protocols. . Health literacy across culturally diverse global regions e.g. as a community wide and engagement contribution, developed the Arabic version of the well-known International FAST campaign for recognising stroke symptoms by the general population in conjunction with Gulf Broadcast, RCSI Bahrain and the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain.
  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
 Neuroimaging and Cognition in Antiphospholipid Syndrome
 Resources and Life Strategy Management (REALISM) Protocol for Care Coordination in Older Adults with Neurological Conditions (Stroke and Parkinson's disease - (CVAPD))
 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.
 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).
 Developing a new approach to stroke rehabilitation for the upper limb based on TMS neurofeedback

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Details Date
Guest Editorial for Journal of Aging Life Care.
Reviewer for 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Reviewer for Stroke Association, UK. 2016- Present
Reviewer for Biomed Central - Health Services Research ongoing
Reviewer for International Journal of Stroke ongoing
Reviewer for Disability and Rehabilitation journal
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-ongoing
Executive Member on the Irish Gerontological Society as the Psychology Representative 2011-2013
Reviewer for International Journal of Nursing Studies
Details Date From Date To
Committee member to the Division of health Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland 2017 ongoing
Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland 2009 ongoing
Irish Gerontological Society 2005 ongoing
European Health Psychology Society 2005 ongoing
Irish Nursing Board 1994 Ongoing
Trinity Consortium on Ageing 2009 Ongoing
World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation - Membership and SIG for neuropsychology 2012
International Federation of Ageing 2016 ongoing
World Stroke Organisation 2014 ongoing
European Stroke Organisation
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
Donnellan C and Werring D , Cognitive impairment before and after intracerebral haemorrhage: a systematic review. , Neurological Sciences , 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
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, PUBLISHED
Marhoon Z, Borgan S, Kamel C, Maddison W, Donnellan C, , Depression, anxiety and subjective well-being among medical students in Bahrain, Academic Psychiatry, 2017, Notes: [doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0733-1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
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, PUBLISHED  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, Notes: [ DOI: 10.4172/2155-9562.C1.040], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Donnellan C,Sprakel J, 'RCSI Bahrain stroke awareness video',, 2016, -, Film production, PUBLISHED
Donnellan C, Approaches to healthy ageing, Seminar for Older People, Accountant's House, Dublin, 13th October , 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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-, Notes: [http: // 18689/MJN.02.a1.002], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED

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Donnellan C , Approaches to healthy ageing, University Brunei Darussalam , 5th December, 2018, University Brunei Darussalam , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Donnellan C, Use of lifespan and other models for stroke rehabilitation, Lunchtime seminar, Rehabilitation Science, Auckland University of Technology, 21st April , 2012, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Donnellan, C, Cognition and Mood Post Stroke, Stroke Study Day , St James's Hospital, 18th February , 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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, PRESENTED
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, PRESENTED


Award Date
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
Research interests include: examining the challenges to successful ageing in both healthy ageing and in age-related illness and disease populations; relationship between executive function and goal planning in neurological rehabilitation; measurement and psychometrics of health predictors and outcomes; health and wellbeing of caregivers; coping, quality of life and mood assessment post-stroke. Her current research focuses on the psychological and cognitive aspects of adjustment and rehabilitation processes post-stroke. She has a keen interest in developing stroke intervention work with a specific patient-focused component.