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Attracta Lafferty

Centre Director/Associate Director

School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166565
Email: attracta.lafferty@ucd.ie

Biography

                      

Attracta is currently a Social Researcher in the School and she has been Associate Centre Director at the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP), UCD since 2009. Attracta started her studies at University of Ulster with a Bachelor¿s degree in Social Psychology, followed by a Master¿s degree in Applied Psychology, and in 2009, she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy, also from the University of Ulster. Since then, she has completed the Graduate Diploma in Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin. She has worked on several ¿health and well-being¿ research projects involving vulnerable adults, including older people and people with intellectual disabilities. Before joining the Centre, Attracta worked as a Research Fellow on a national ageing research project in the field of intellectual disabilities and has since worked on several research projects in elder abuse. These have included a study with survivors of elder abuse and three large-scale surveys: Ireland¿s first national prevalence study of elder abuse, a national study of staff-resident interactions in residential care settings for older people and a national survey of family carers of older people. Current projects look at resilience within families where there is a person with intellectual disabilities (NDA funded) and resilience in family caregiving for people with dementia (HRB funded).

                      

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lafferty A., Drennan J., Treacy M.P., PhelanA., Lyons I. & Hall P. (2013) 'Prevalence and types of abuse in residential care facilities in Ireland'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 182 (6):S222. [Details]
Lafferty, A., Fealy, G., Teahan, Á., McAuliffe, E., Phelan, A., O¿Sullivan, L. O¿Shea, D. (2016) 'Profiling family carers of people with dementia: Results from a national survey'. Age and Ageing, 45 ((Suppl 2)):ii1-ii2. [DOI] [Details]
Teahan, Á., Lafferty, A., Fealy, G., McAuliffe, E., Phelan, A., O¿Sullivan, L. O¿Shea, D. (2016) 'An evidence synthesis of resilience in dementia caregiving: A systematic review'. Age and Ageing, 45 ((Suppl 2)):ii1-ii12. [DOI] [Details]
Lafferty, A., Fealy, G., Downes, C. and Drennan, J. (2016) 'The prevalence of potentially abusive behaviours in family caregiving: Findings from a national survey of family carers of older people'. Age and Ageing, . [Details]
O'Donnell, D., Treacy, M.P., Fealy, G., Lyons, I., Lafferty, A. (2015) 'The case management approach to elder abuse and mistreatment: Lessons from the Irish experience'. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (5):1451-1468. [Details]
Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Fealy GM (2013) 'The support experiences of older people who have been abused in Ireland'. Journal of Adult Protection, 15 (6):290-300. [DOI] [Details]
Naughton, C., Drennan, J., Lyons, I. and Lafferty, A. (2013) 'The relationship between older people's awareness of the term elder abuse and actual experiences of elder abuse'. International Psychogeriatrics, 25 (8):1257-1266. [DOI] [Details]
Naughton, C., Drennan, J. and Lafferty, A. (2013) 'Older people's perceptions of the term elder abuse and characteristics associated with a lower level of awareness'. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 26 (3):300-318. [DOI] [Details]
Lafferty, A., McConkey, R. & Taggart, L. (2013) 'Beyond friendship: the nature and meaning of close personal relationships as perceived by people with learning disabilities'. Disability and Society, 28 (8):1074-1088. [DOI] [Details]
Lafferty, A., McConkey, R. & Simpson, A. (2012) 'Reducing barriers to relationships and sexuality education for persons with intellectual disabilities'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 16 (1):29-43. [DOI] [Details]
Naughton, C., Drennan, J., Lyons, I., Lafferty, A., Treacy, M., Phelan, A., O'Loughlin, A., Delaney, L.; (2011) 'Elder abuse and neglect in Ireland: results from a national prevalence survey'. Age and Ageing, 41 (1):98-103. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Fealy GM (2013) 'The support experiences of older people who have been abused in Ireland' The Journal of Adult Protection 15 (6) :290-300. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

Teahan, A; Lafferty, A; Fealy, G; McAuliffe, E; Phelan, A; OSullivan, L; OShea, D (2016) An evidence synthesis of resilience in dementia caregiving: A systematic review The Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting , 30-SEP-16 - 01-OCT-16 Available Online [Details]
Lafferty, A; Fealy, G; McAuliffe, E; Phelan, A; OSullivan, L; OShea, D; Teahan, A (2016) Profiling family carers of people with dementia: Results from a national survey The Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting , 30-SEP-16 - 01-OCT-16 Available Online [Details]
Lafferty A, Fealy GM, Downes C, Drennan J (2015) Potentially harmful behaviours engaged in by family carers of older people The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region 8th Congress , 23-APR-15 - 26-APR-15 [Details]
Lafferty A, Fealy GM, Drennan J, Downes C (2014) Carer burden and potentially harmful behaviours engaged in by carers of older people: Results of a national survey The Irish Gerontological Society Annual and Scientific Meeting Galway, , 10-OCT-14 - 11-SEP-14 [Details]
Lafferty A, Fealy GM, Drennan J, Downes C (2014) Carers¿ experiences of stress, conflict and coping when caring for an older relative: Results of a national survey British Society of Gerontology 43rd Annual Conference Southampton, UK, , 01-SEP-14 - 03-SEP-14 [Details]
Lafferty A, Drennan J, Fealy GM (2013) Abuse and neglect of older people in residential care settings: Results of a national Irish survey of staff-resident interaction British Society of Gerontology 42nd Annual Conference , 11-SEP-13 - 13-OCT-13 [Details]
Lafferty A, Drennan J, Fealy GM, Phelan A, Lyons I, Hall P (2013) Prevalence and types of elder abuse in residential care facilities in Ireland The Irish Gerontological Society Annual and Scientific Meeting , 20-SEP-13 - 21-AUG-13 [Details]
Lafferty A, O'Donnell D, Treacy MP, Fealy G, Lyons I, Phelan A, Drennan J, Quin S, O'Loughlin A. (2012) Managing elder abuse in Ireland: senior case workers' experience Ageing Connects: International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Global Conference Prague, , 28-MAY-12 - 01-JUN-12 Available Online [Details]
Lafferty A, Drennan J, Treacy M, Fealy GM, Lyons I, Hall P (2012 (2012) Survey of staff-resident interactions and conflicts in residential care settings for older people RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference London, , 23-APR-12 - 25-APR-12 Available Online [Details]
Lafferty A, Fealy GM, Treacy M, Lyons I (2012) Experiencing elder abuse: Coping strategies adopted by older people British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference , 11-JUL-12 - 13-JUL-12 Available Online [Details]
Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Fealy GM, Drennan J, Lyons I (2012) Older people's experiences of mistreatment and abuse Ageing Connects: International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Global Conference on Ageing Prague, , 28-MAY-12 - 01-JUN-12 Available Online [Details]
A. Lafferty, M.P. Treacy, I. Lyons, G. Fealy; (2011) Older People's Experiences of Mistreatment and Abuse CARDI 2011 - Ageing Globally Dublin, [Details]
A. Lafferty, J. Drennan, M.P. Treacy, I. Lyons, A. O'Loughlin, GM. Fealy; (2011) Researching Elder Abuse in Irish Residential Care Settings for Older People: Results for a Pilot Study 59th Annual Irish Gerontological Society Dublin, [Details]
Lafferty A, Drennan J, Treacy MP, Lyons I, O'Loughlin, Fealy G; (2011) Researching elder abuse in Irish residential care settings for older people: results from a pilot study 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society Aviva Stadium, Dublin, , 09-SEP-11 - 10-SEP-11 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Lafferty A, Drennan J, Treacy MP, Lyons I, O'Loughlin, Fealy G ; (2011) Researching elder abuse in Irish residential care settings for older people: results from a pilot study 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society Aviva Stadium, Dublin, [Details]
I. Lyons, M.P. Treacy, G. Fealy, A. Lafferty, C. Naughton, A. Phelan; (2011) Managing Elder Abuse in Ireland: the Senior Case Workers' Experience CARDI 2011 - Ageing Globally Dublin, [Details]
Treacy MP, Fealy G, Lafferty A, Phelan A, Naughton C; (2011) Managing elder abuse in Ireland: Senior case worker's experience CARDI Ageing Globally:Ageing Locally [Details]
Lyons I, Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Drennan J, Naughton C, Fealy G; (2010) Research and recent developments in Elder Abuse in Ireland International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Gerontology without Borders - diversity in European and Transnational Research Swansea University, Wales, [Details]
Fealy G, McNamara M, Treacy P, Lyons I, Drennan J, Lafferty A, Naughton C, Phelan A; (2010) Constructing ageing and age identity: A case study of newspaper discourses British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference: Identities, Care and Everyday Life London, [Details]
Fealy G, McNamara M, Treacy P, Lyons, I, Drennan J, Lafferty A, Naughton C, Phelan A (2010) Constructing ageing and age identify: A case study of newspaper discourses British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference: 'Identities, Care and Everyday Life' Brunel University, London, , 05-JUL-10 - 08-JUL-10 Available Online [Details]
Lyons I, Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Drennan J, Naughton C, Fealy G; (2010) Research and recent developments in Elder Abuse in Ireland International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Gerontology without Borders: Diversity in European and Transnational Research Swansea, Wales, , 01-JUL-10 - 02-JUL-10 Available Online [Details]
A. Lafferty, M.P. Treacy, J. Drennan, I. Lyons, G. Fealy, A. Phelan, S. Quin, A. O'Loughlin, M. McNamara, M. Butler, L. Delaney, G. Bury, C. Harmon; (2010) Public perceptions and attitudes towards elder abuse in society Fourth European Nursing Congress: Older Persons: The Future of Care Rotterdam, [Details]

Published Reports

Lafferty A., Phelan A. & Fealy G. (2015) Non compliance with residential care standards: Towards a risk management framework for the prevention of maltreatment. NCPOP, Dublin. [Details]
Lafferty A, Fealy G, Downes C, Drennan J (2014) Family Carers of Older People: Results from a National Survey of Stress, Coping and Conflict. UCD and HSE, Dublin. [Details]
Downes C, Fealy GM, Phelan A, Lafferty A (2013) Abuse of Older People with Dementia: A Review. National Centre for the Protection of Older People, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
O'Donnell, D., Treacy M.P., Fealy G., Lyons I., Phelan A., Lafferty A. , Quin S., O'Loughlin A. (2012) Managing elder abuse in Ireland: Senior Case Workers' Experiences. NCPOP, UCD Dublin. [Details]
Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Fealy GM, Drennan J, Lyons I (2012) Older People's Experiences of Mistreatment and Abuse. UCD, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Drennan J, Lafferty A, Treacy MP, Fealy G, Phelan A, Lyons I, Hall P (2012) Older People in Residential Care Settings: Results of a National Survey of Staff-Resident Interactions and Conflicts. UCD, National Centre for the Protection of Older People, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
O'Donnell, D., Treacy, M.P., Fealy, G., Lyons, I., Lafferty A. (2012) Managing Elder Abuse in Ireland: The Senior Case Worker¿s Experience. NCPOP, University College Dublin. [Details]
C.Naughton, J.Drennan, M.P. Treacy, A. Lafferty, I. Lyons, A. Phelan, S. Quin, A. O'Loughlin, L. Delaney; (2010) Abuse and Neglect of Older People in Ireland. National Centre for the Protection of Older People - University College Dublin, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Naughton ,C., Drennan, J., Treacy, M.P., lafferty, A., Lyons, I., Phelan, A., Quin ,S., O'Loughlin, Delaney, L.; (2010) Abuse and Neglect of Older People in Ireland: Report on the National Study of Elder Absue and Neglect. UCD, Dublin. [Details]
Slevin, E., McConkey, R., Fleming, P., Livingston, B., Truesdale-Kennedy, M. & Lafferty, A. (2007) Prevalence, determinants and strategies for countering overweight and obesity in school-aged children and adolescents: A comparison of learning disabled and non-learning disabled pupils. University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. [Details]
Simpson, A, Lafferty, A., McConkey, R. (2006) Out of the Shadows: A survey of the sexual health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. fpa, London. [Details]
                     

Abstract

Lafferty, A,Drennan, J,Treacy, P,Lyons, I,O'Loughlin, A,Fealy, G (2011) Researching elder abuse in Irish residential care settings for older people: results from a pilot study. Abstract [Details]
Naughton, C,Drennan, J,Lyons, I,Lafferty, A (2011) The national prevalence study of elder abuse and neglect in Ireland. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests



Research Interests
Family caregiving
Health and wellbeing
Ageing
Elder abuse
Intellectual disabilities


Current Research Project

Funders: Health Research Board (HRB)
Co-applicant: Towards resilience in family caregiving for people with dementia (Nov 2015 - Oct 2018)

Funders: National Disability Authority (NDA)
Lead investigator: Family carers' experiences of caring for a person with autism and/or intellectual disability (Aug 2015 - May 2016)



                      
                       


 
     

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Professor Gerard Fealy, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Professor Eilish McAulife, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Dr Amanda Phelan, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Dr Hasheem Mannon, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Dr Gillian Paul, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
                 

External Collaborators

Dr Laurence Taggart, School of Nursing and Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster
Mr Diarmaid O'Sullivan, Family Carers Ireland
Mr Liam O'Sullivan, Care Alliance Ireland
Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, St Vincent's University Hospital