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Dr. Claire Donnellan

Adjunct Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)


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 starting up and project managing pharmacological clinical trials included 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. As a visiting professor in 2012, she 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). She is currently a core member and was facilitator for the CHARM-EU (CHallenge driven, Accessible, Research-based Mobile European University) 5 partner universities (TCD, Universitat de Barcelona, Utrecht University, Eötvös Loránd University and Université de Montpellier) Knowledge Creating Team Life and Health and is actively contributing to curricula design and teaching and learning strategies package in delivery since September 2021.
  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)
 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
Reviewer and Member of Evaluation Panel for Quality and Qualifications Ireland October 2021 - Present
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
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French Basic Basic Basic
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Basic Basic Basic
Details Date From Date To
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
C. Estupiñán Artiles, C. Donnellan, , J. Regan , M. Mooney 1, REFERRAL PATTERNS AND ACCESS TO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY DYSPHAGIA SERVICES IN RESIDENTIAL LONG-TERM CARE SETTINGS IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY, European Society for Swallowing Disorders, European Society of Swallowing Disorders, Toulouse, November 28-December, ESSD, 2023, , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Donnellan C, Explaining the concept healthy ageing for health professionals, Journal of Population Ageing, 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Donnellan C, Cohen H, Werring D, Cognitive dysfunction and associated neuroimaging biomarkers in antiphospholipid syndrome: a systematic review, Rheumatology, 16, (1), 2022, p24 - 41, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Physiological Mechanisms and Associated Pathophysiology of Dysphagia in Older Adults, Nurse Education Today , 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Chakkittakandy D, Smyth A, O'Byrne-O'Reilly R, O'Sullivan K, Lydon C, Eustace-Cook J, Donnellan C, Understanding resilience in student healthcare professionals for ensuring good quality of care: A scoping review proposal, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference , Online , 8th-10th March , 2022, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Establishing content validity of a survey determining dysphagia prevalence and practices in residential long-term care settings, Age and Ageing , Irish Gerontological Society Annual and Scientific Meeting New Frontiers in Gerontology , 2022, Poster, PUBLISHED
Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Dysphagia Screening in Residential Care Settings: A Scoping Review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 114, 2021, p103813 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Donnellan C, Walsh P, Association of Apolipoprotein E and other biomarkers with cognitive impairment post stroke: A systematic review of the literature, Neurobiology of Aging, 2021, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
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 , 15, (1 (Suppl)), 2020, pp353-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
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 , 15, (1 (Suppl)), 2020, pp160-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Donnellan C, Cohen H, Werring D, Cognitive impairment and associated neuroimaging biomarkers in antiphospholipid syndrome: A systematic review, Rheumatology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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