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Tara Cusack

Associate Professor

School Of Public Hlth, Phys & Sports Sci
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166515
Email: t.cusack@ucd.ie

Biography

Graduated from the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in London in 1991.  She was awarded a Master of Medical Science from University College Dublin 1996 and a PhD in 2004. In 2011 she was awarded a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning. Tara is a Specialist Member Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.


Tara is a Senior Lecturer in UCD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She is currently a UCD Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development examining staff perceptions of teaching research linkages. In 2015 with Professor Brian Caulfield and Professor Susi Geiger, she secured 1,016,223 from Horizon 2020 for a project entitled Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System (CHESS) which will develop an interdisciplinary education programme for primary health care professionals. Tara conducts pedagogical and clinical research, while also supervising undergraduate, MSc and PhD research in both areas. She has international peer reviewed journal publications in the areas of education and chronic disease management. Tara was an external examiner for interprofessional education at Glasgow Caledonian University from 2011 to 2014. Tara completed a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2011. She has previously been a Teaching Fellow of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA), a cross institutional collaboration which examined the First Year Experience, which sought to promote academic engagement and collaboration amongst member institutions of the DRHEA. Tara was awarded the UCD Excellence in Teaching and Learning College Teaching Award in 2010, and was shortlisted by UCD for the National Academy for Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Awards in 2012.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: UCD Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development
Year: 2012.
Title: Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Year: 2012.
Title: DRHEA Teaching Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: College of Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching and Learning award.

Associations

Association: Irish Society Chartered Physiotherapists, Function/Role: Professional Body
     

Conference Contributions

Moriarty S, Cusack T. (2012) Irish physiotherapists¿ attitudes to and knowledge of obesity. [Oral Presentation], Rheumatology Therapy Research Society, University College Dublin , 24-MAY-12 - 25-MAY-12.
Cusack T. Gilmartin M, Roper R, Carr M, Freeney Y (2012) A systematic review of institutional interventions intended to enhance the first year experience. [Oral Presentation], International Conference for Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), Madrid, Spain , 19-NOV-12 - 19-NOV-12.
McMahon S, O¿Donoghue G, Cusack T. (2011) The Impact of Clinical Education on the Development of Professionalism in Entry - Level Physiotherapy Education. [Poster Presentation], UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Congress, Uk, Liverpool , 08-OCT-11 - 09-OCT-11.
Cusack T, McAteer MF, Daly LE, McCarthy C. ; (2007) Patients' Perceptions of Outcome in a RCT Examining the effects of Hydrotherapy and Short-wave Diathermy for relief of Osteoarthritic Symptoms. [Invited Oral Presentation], Proceedings of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, Vancouver , 01-JAN-07.
Galvin R, Stokes EK, Cusack T; (2007) Family Mediated Exercises (FAME) following Stroke ' a survey of the views of 'family members/friends'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Proceedings of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, Vancouver , 01-JAN-07.
Cusack, T., McAteer, M., Daly, L. E.; (2005) Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randonized Controlled Trial Comparing Hydrotherapy and Continuous Short-Wave Diathermy. [Invited Oral Presentation], American College of Rheumatology, San Diego, California, USA , 12-NOV-05 - 17-NOV-05.
Cusack T ; (2004) Osteoarthritis: what can we do about it?. [Invited Lecture], Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and Gerontology, Mater Hospital , 01-JAN-04.

Committees

Committee : Health and Social Care Professions Scientific Committee HSE
Committee : Professional Development Standing Committee of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Committee : Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Professional Procedures Committee
Committee : Arthritis Ireland Scientific Committee
Committee : European Region of World Confederation for Physical Therapists Scientific Committee of the
Committee : Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Fitness to Practice Committee

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin - School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Our Lady¿s Hospice Harold Cross
Position: Physiotherapist
Employer: Scholarstown Family Practice, Scholarstown, Knocklyon, Dublin 16.
Position: Physiotherapist
Employer: Addenbrookes NHS Trust Hospital, Cambridge, UK.
Position: Junior Physiotherapist

Education

Year 2007 Institution:
Qualification: MISCP Subject:
Year 1991 Institution: Middlesex School of Physio
Qualification: Dip Physio Subject:
Year 1996 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MMedSc Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Medicine
       

Other Activities

Scientific Editor of Physiotherapy Ireland the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Journal 1996 - 1998.

Co-ordinated the development of the Manual for Clinical Education.

Head of Teaching and Learning for the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science, 2005-2008.

Chairperson of the programme examination board for the BSc Physiotherapy programme, 2005-2007.

Chairperson the programme board for the BSc Physiotherapy programme, 2005-2007.

Member of the School Management Team, 2005-2008.

Member of the University Undergraduate Programme Board (UUPB), 2005-2007.

Member of the College Teaching and Learning Committee 2005-2008.

Oversee timetabling of the BSc Physiotherapy Programme 2005-2008.

Member of the University Group which developed the policy relating to ‘Work Placement / Practice Experience Guidelines & Good Practice', 2006-2007.

University Working Group developing a policy in relation to the 'Module Review and Approvals Process' 2007.

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

G O'Donoghue, C Doody, T Cusack (2014) 'Physical activity and exercise promotion and prescription: Recommendations for contemporary professional entry-level physiotherapy education'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 35 (1):55-63. [DOI] [Details]
Sinead McMahon, Grainne O¿Donoghue, Catherine Doody, Geraldine O¿Neill & Tara Cusack (2016) 'Research article Expert opinion regarding the preparation of entry-level physiotherapists for primary healthcare practice, examined using Biggs 3P¿s model of teaching learning'. Education for Primary Care, 27 (3):169-204. [DOI] [Details]
Blake C, Cusack T, Doody C, Hurley DA ; (2007) 'Entry-level Physiotherapy Educational Systems in Ireland'. The Physical therapy review, 12 :111-116. [Details]
Reid, A,Brady, A,Cusack, T,Blake, C,Mongey, AB,Veale, DJ,FitzGerald, O (2009) 'RCT EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ON ANTI-TNF alpha MEDICATION'. 48 :159-159. [Details]
McMahon S, Cusack T & O'Donoghue G. (2014) 'A Profile of Physiotherapy Practice Education settings 2009-2012'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, . [DOI] [Details]
Monaghan B, Cunningham P, Harrington P, Hing W, Blake C, O'Donoghue D, Smith B, Brennan l, Griffin E, Given J, Rowe C, Cusack T. (2015) 'The effect of a functional exercise programme following total hip replacement on the relaxed posterior gluteus medius thickness as measured by real-time ultrasound: A pilot randomised controlled trial'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 31 (1):19-29. [DOI] [Details]
Monaghan B, Cunningham P;Harrington P;Hing W;Blake C;O' Dohertya D;Cusack T (2016) 'Randomised controlled trial to evaluate a physiotherapy-led functional exercise programme after total hip replacement'. Physiotherapy, . [DOI] [Details]
Smith E, Cusack T;Blake C (2016) 'The effect of a dual task on gait speed in community dwelling older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis'. Gait and Posture, 44 :250-258. [DOI] [Details]
French HP, Galvin R;Cusack T;McCarthy GM (2014) 'Predictors of short-term outcome to exercise and manual therapy for people with hip osteoarthritis'. Physical Therapy, 94 (1):31-39. [DOI] [Details]
McMahon S, Cusack T, O'Donoghue G. (2014) 'McMahon S, Cusack T, O'Donoghue G. Barriers and facilitators to providing undergraduate physiotherapy clinical education in the primary care setting: a three-round Delphi study'. Physiotherapy, 100 (1):14-19. [DOI] [Details]
Monaghan B, Cusack T. (2014) 'Effectiveness of delayed rehabilitation programmes in patients following total hip replacement, a systematic review'. The Physical therapy review, 19 (2):94-104. [DOI] [Details]
Galvin R, Stokes E, Cusack T. (2014) 'Family-mediated exercises (FAME): an exploration of particpant's involvement in a novel form of exercise delivery after stroke'. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 21 (1):63-74. [DOI] [Details]
McMahon S. O'Donoghue G. Cusack T. (2016) 'Standing on the precipice: Evaluating final year physiotherapy students' perspectives of their curricula as preparation for primary healthcare practice'. Physiotherapy Canada. Physiotherapie Canada, 68 (2):188-196. [DOI] [Details]
McGrane, N. and Galvin, R. and Cusack, T. and Stokes, E. (2015) 'Addition of motivational interventions to exercise and traditional Physiotherapy: A review and meta-analysis'. Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 101 (1):1-12. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McGrane N, Cusack T, Stokes E, O'Donoghue G. (2014) 'Motivational strategies for physiotherapists'. The Physical therapy review, :136-142. [DOI] [Details]
French, HP,Cusack, T,Brennan, A,Caffrey, A,Conroy, R,Cuddy, V,FitzGerald, OM,Gilsenan, C,Kane, D,O'Connell, PG,White, B,McCarthy, GM (2013) 'Exercise and Manual. Physiotherapy Arthritis Research Trial (EMPART) for Osteoarthritis of the Hip: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial'. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94 :302-314. [DOI] [Details]
Cusack, T., O'Donoghue, G., Butler, M.L., Blake, C., O'Sullivan, C., Smith, K., Sheridan, A., O'Neill, G.; (2012) 'A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Introduction of an Interprofessional Problem Based Learning Module'. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 6 (2):31-45. [DOI] [Details]
Galvin, R., Lennon, S., Murphy, B.T., Cusack, T., Horgan, F. and Stokes, E.K. (2012) 'Additional exercise therapy for the recovery of function after stroke (Protocol)'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (6):CD009859. [DOI] [Details]
Cusack T, O'Donoghue G. (2012) 'The introduction of an interprofessional education module: students' perceptions'. Quality in Primary Care, 20 (3):231-238. [Details]
Monaghan, B,Grant, T,Hing, W,Cusack, T (2012) 'Functional exercise after total hip replacement (FEATHER) a randomised control trial'. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 13 . [DOI] [Details]
O'Donoghue, G,Cusack, T,Doody, C (2012) 'Contemporary undergraduate physiotherapy education in terms of physical activity and exercise prescription: practice tutors' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs'. Physiotherapy, 98 :167-173. [DOI] [Details]
Mohan N, Collins E, Cusack T, O'Donoghue G. (2012) 'Physical activity and exercise prescription: Senior physiotherapists' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 33 (2):71-80. [Details]
French HP, Brennan A, White B, Cusack T.; (2011) 'Manual therapy for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee -a systematic review'. Manual Therapy, 16 (2):109-117. [Details]
O'Donoghue G, McMahon S, Doody C, Smith K, Cusack T ; (2011) 'Problem Based Learning in professional entry-level therapy education'. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 5 (1):54-73. [Details]
O'Donoghue G, Doody C, Cusack T.; (2011) 'Using student-centred evaluation for curriculum enhancement: An examination of undergraduate physiotherapy education in relation to physical activity and exercise prescription'. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 37 (2-3):170-176. [Details]
Reid A, Brady A, Blake C, Mongey AB, Veale DJ, Filzgerald O, Cusack T.; (2011) 'Randomised controlled trial examining the effect of exercise in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis taking TNFalpha therapy medication'. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 12 (11). Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Donoghue, G,Doody, C,Cusack, T; (2011) 'Physical activity and exercise promotion and prescription in undergraduate physiotherapy education: content analysis of Irish curricula'. Physiotherapy, 97 (2):145-153. [DOI] [Details]
Galvin, R,Cusack, T,O'Grady, E,Murphy, TB,Stokes, E; (2011) 'Family-Mediated Exercise Intervention (FAME) Evaluation of a Novel Form of Exercise Delivery After Stroke'. Stroke, 42 :681-686. [DOI] [Details]
French HP, Dunleavy M, Cusack T.; (2010) 'Activation Levels of Gluteus Medius during Therapeutic Exercise as measured with Electromyography'. Physical Therapy Reviews, . [Details]
Galvin R, Cusack T, Stokes E; (2009) 'Physiotherapy after stroke in Ireland: a qualitative insight into the patient's and physiotherapist's experience'. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, . Available Online [Details]
French HP, Cusack T, Brennan A, White B, Gilsenan C, Fitzpatrick M, O'Connell P, Kane D, Fitzgerald O, McCarthy GM; (2009) 'Exercise and manual physiotherapy arthritis research trial (EMPART): a multicentre randomised controlled trial'. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 10 . [DOI] [Details]
Galvin, R,Cusack, T,Stokes, E; (2009) 'To what extent are family members and friends involved in physiotherapy and the delivery of exercises to people with stroke?'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31 :898-905. [DOI] [Details]
Helen French, Clare Gilsenan, Tara Cusack; (2008) 'Gluteal muscle dysfunction and the role of specific strengthening in hip osteoarthritis: A Review'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 13 (5):333-344. [DOI] [Details]
Delaney E,Cusack T. ; (2008) 'A postal questionnaire surveying the use of electrophysicalagents in outpatient physiotherapy departments in Irish hospitals. '. Physiotherapy Ireland, 29 (1):61-66. [Details]
Galvin R., Murphy T.B., Cusack T. and Stokes E.; (2008) 'The Impact of Increased Duration of Exercise Therapy on Functional Recovery Following Stroke — What Is the Evidence?'. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 15 (4):365-377. [DOI] [Details]
Galvin, R,Cusack, T,Stokes, E; (2008) 'A randomised controlled trial evaluating family mediated exercise (FAME) therapy following stroke'. BMC neurology, 8 . [DOI] [Details]
Blake C, Cusack T, Doody C, Hurley-Osing D ; (2007) 'Entry-level physiotherapy educational systems in Ireland'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 12 :113-116. [Details]
Cusack, T, McAteer, MF, Daly, LE, McCarthy, CJ, ; (2005) 'Knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial comparing hydrotherapy and continuous short-wave diathermy'. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 52 (9):506-506. [Details]
Mahon J, Cusack T ; (2002) 'Physiotherapists' role in integration of children with cerebral palsy into mainstream schools'. Physiotherapy, 88 (10):595-604. [Details]

Other Journals

Galvin, R., Murphy, B., Cusack, T. and Stokes, E.; (2008) 'The impact of increased duration of exercise therapy on function recovery following stroke' Irish Journal of Medical Science 177 (Supplement 9) :319-320. [DOI] [Details]
Cusack, T.; (1996) 'Editorials (various)' Physiotherapy Ireland 17, 18, 19 . [Details]

Conference Publications

B Monaghan, P Cunningham, C Blake, W Hing, T Cusack (2015) A pilot RCT examining real-time ultrasound in the measurement of change in posterior gluteus medius thickness post total hip replacement World Conferderation for Physical Therapy Congress , pp.e1025 [DOI] [Details]
A Byrne, T Cusack (2015) Rugby union players¿ perspectives of physiotherapists¿ use of sport psychology in injury rehabilitation World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress , pp.e192-e193 [DOI] [Details]
B Monaghan, C Blake, W Hing, T Cusack (2015) Functional exercise after total hip replacement (FEATHER) World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress , pp.e1024-e1025 [DOI] [Details]
Mc Mahon S, Cusack T & O¿Donoghue G. (2013) A Delphi Survey exploring barriers and facilitators to providing primary care placements Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) Conference Nov 2013 Kilarney [Details]
Mc Mahon S, Cusack T & ODonoghue G (2013) A Profile of Clinical Education sites 2009-2012 Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) Conference Nov 2013. Kilarney [Details]
McMahon S, ODonoghue G, Doody C, ONeill G & Cusack T. (2013) Using structured group feedback sessions (SGFS) to evaluate undergraduate physiotherapy education in terms of newly qualified physiotherapists¿ readiness for primary care employment International Conference for Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) Nov 2013 Seville [Details]
McmHon S, Waters N, O'Donoghue G, Cusack T (2013) A Profile of Physiotherapy Clinical Education Settings 2009-1012 Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting [Details]
McCarthy E. Cusack T. (2012) To investigate the effectiveness of the Wii Balance Board training programme for individuals with chronic ankle instability Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference [Details]
Moriarty S, Cusack T. (2012) Irish physiotherapists attitudes to and knowledge of obesity Rehabilitation Therapy Research Society [Details]
Cusack T. Gilmartin M, Roper R, Carr M, Freeney Y (2012) A systematic review of institutional interventions intended to enhance the first year experience International Conference for Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) [Details]
Carr M, Cusack T, Freeney Y, Gilmartin M, Roper R (2012) What is The Best First Year Experience: Principles for Enhancement and Innovation of Policy and Practice Learning Innovation Network Conference [Details]
Moriarty S, Cusack T (2012) Attitudes and Knowledge of Irish Physiotherapists in terms of obesity Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference [Details]
Galvin R., Stokes E., Cusack T.; (2011) FAMILY MEDIATED EXERCISE INTERVENTION [FAME] AFTER STROKE: A QUALITATIVE EVALUATION OF THIS NOVEL FORM OF EXERCISE DELIVERY World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
Reid A., Brady A., Mongey A., Veale D.J., FitzGerald O., Blake C., Cusack T.; (2011) EFFECT OF DYNAMIC EXERCISE ON FUNCTION IN PEOPLE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS TAKING ANTI-TNF MEDICATION: RESULTS OF A RCT World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
Collins E., Mohan N., O'Donoghue G., Cusack T.; (2011) CONTEMPORARY PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE IN TERMS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION: SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS' KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
O'Donoghue G., Doody C., Cusack T.; (2011) PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION: AN EVALUATION OF EXISTING PRACTICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY ENTRY-LEVEL PHYSIOTHERAPY EDUCATION World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
McMahon S, O¿Donoghue G, Cusack T (2011) The Impact of Clinical Education on the Development of Professionalism in Entry - Level Physiotherapy Education UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Congress, Liverpool [Details]
Cusack T; (2011) Evaluation of an inter-professional education module delivered through problem based learning (PBL) students' and facilitators' perspectives Problem Based Learning (PBL) Today and Tomorrow Trinity College Dublin, , 26-MAY-11 - 27-MAY-11 [Details]
A. Reid, A. Brady, C. Blake , A.B. Mongey, D.J. Veale, O. FitzGerald, T. Cusack.; (2011) A Qualitative Study of Exercise Habits of Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis Taking Anti-TNFα Medication Sixteen Weeks Following Participation in a Randomized Controlled Trial American College of Rheumatology Chicago, USA, [Details]
Cusack T., Butler M.L., Smith K., O'Sullivan C., Blake C., Sheridan A., O'Neill G.; (2011) INTRODUCING INTER-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN UNDERGRADUATE HEALTH SCIENCES CURRICULA THROUGH PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING World Confedeartion for Physical Therapy Physiotherapy Volume 97 Supplement S1, [Details]
O'Donoghue G., Mc Mahon S., Doody C., Smith K., Cusack T.; (2011) PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) IN PROFESSIONAL ENTRY-LEVEL THERAPY EDUCATION: A REVIEW OF CONTROLLED EVALUATION STUDIES World Confederation For Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
Galvin R., Cusack T., O'Grady E., Murphy B., Stokes E.; (2011) FAMILY MEDIATED EXERCISE INTERVENTION [FAME]: EVALUATION OF A NOVEL FORM OF EXERCISE DELIVERY AFTER STROKE World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
French H., Cusack T., Brennan A. Caffrey A., Cuddy V., Fitzpatrick M., FitzGerald O., Gilsenan C., Kane D., O'Connell P., White B.6, McCarthy G.; (2011) THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EXERCISE WITH AND WITHOUT MANUAL THERAPY FOR HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS: PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF A MULTI-CENTRE RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL World Confederation for Physical Therapy Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-11 - 23-JUN-11 [Details]
O¿Donoghue G, Cusack T, Doody C ; (2010) Contemporary Undergraduate Physiotherapy Education in terms of Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription: Clinical Tutors¿ Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Congress, Liverpool, UK, October [Details]
O¿Donoghue G, Cusack T, Doody C ; (2010) Physical activity and exercise promotion and prescription in undergraduate physiotherapy education: content analysis of Irish curricula International Conference for Medical Education (AMEE). Glasgow 4-8 Sept [Details]
T Cusack, ML Butler, K Smith, C O¿Sullivan, C Blake, A Sheridan, G O¿Neill; (2010) An Examination of the Value of an Inter-Professional Education Module delivered through Problem-Based Learning Chartered Society of Physiotherapy [Details]
Reid A, Brady A, Cusack T, Blake C, Monget AB, Veale D, FitzGerald O.; (2010) Improvements in Function Following Dynamic Exercise in Patients with RA taking anti-TNFα Therapy Reflected in Lower Limb Function Tests but not the HAQ American College of Rheumatologists Atlanta, USA, , 08-NOV-10 - 13-NOV-10 [Details]
A. Reid, A. Brady, T. Cusack, C. Blake, A.B. Mongey, D.J. Veale, O. FitzGerald; (2010) Improvements in function following dynamic exercise; change demonstrated in lower-limb function tests but not the HAQ results of a RCT European League Against Rheumatism Ann Rheum Dis 2010;69(Suppl3), , pp.723-723 Available Online [Details]
Cusack, T. Butler, ML. Blake, C. Sheridan, A. Smith, K. O¿Sullivan, C. O¿Neill, G.; (2009) A 1st Year problem-based learning module designed to introduce interprofessional education for undergraduate students undertaking professional health care programmes ProBell The 9th Finnish Problem-based Learning Conference: Negotiating Problem-based Learning [Details]
A. Brady, A. Reid, T. Cusack, C. Blake, A. Mongey, D. Veale, O. FitzGerald ; (2009) Dynamic Group Exercie Improves in People with RA Stable on Anti-TNFA Medication: Results of a RCT European League Against Rheumatism Ann Rheum Dis 2009;68(Suppl3):777, Available Online [Details]
Alison E. Buchanan, Helen French, Tara Cusack; (2009) A comparison between direct and indirect measures of physical activity in patients recruited to a randomised controlled trial evaluating the role of physiotherapy in hip osteoarthritis Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society [Details]
Emma Carroll, Tara Cusack, Rose Galvin, Breon White, Anne-Marie Keown, Conor McCarthy; (2009) The Benefits of Intensive Exercise and Education for Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Quantative and Qualitative Analysis British Society of Rheumatology Glasgow, , 28-APR-09 - 01-MAY-09 [Details]
Angela Reid, Audrey Brady, Tara Cusack, Catherine Blake, Ann-Barbara Mongey, Douglas J. Veale, Oliver FitzGerald ; (2009) RCT Examining the Effects of Exercise for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis on Anti-TNFΑ Medication British Society of Rheumatology [Details]
O¿Donoghue G, , Doody C, McMahon s, Cusack T, ; (2009) Using structured group feedback sessions to evaluate undergraduate physiotherapy education in relation to health promotions and exercise prescription International Conference for Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) Madrid, Spain 16-18 Nov [Details]
Audrey Brady, Angela Reid, Prof. Barry Bresnihan, Dr.Ann-Barbara Mongey, Prof. Douglas J. Veale, Prof. Oliver Fitzgerald and Dr. Tara Cusack; (2008) Preliminary Analysis of a Study Examining the Effects of Exercise for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis on Anti-TNF Medication Irish Rheumatology and Health Professionals Society [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer MF, Daly LE, McCarthy C; (2007) Patients' Perceptions of Outcome in a RCT Examining the effects of Hydrotherapy and Short-wave Diathermy for relief of Osteoarthritic Symptoms World Confederation for Physical Therapy [Details]
Galvin R, Stokes EK, Cusack T; (2007) Family Mediated Exercises (FAME) following Stroke ' a survey of the views of 'family members/friends' World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress [Details]
Galvin R, Cusack T, Stokes EK; (2006) Family Mediated Exercises following Stroke (FAME) - A survey of the views of family and friends Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society Second Annual Conference Available Online [Details]
Galvin R, Cusack T, Stokes EK. ; (2006) Family Mediated Exercises following Stroke (FAME) - A survey of the views of family and friends 54th Annual Conference of the Irish Gerontological Society Available Online [Details]
Cusack, T., Mc Ateer, M.F., Daly, L.E., Mc Carthy, C.J.; (2005) Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randonized Controlled Trial Comparing Hydrotherapy and Continuous Short-Wave Diathermy American College of Rheumatology San Diego, California, USA, , 12-NOV-05 - 17-NOV-05 [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer M, Daly L, McCarthy C. ; (2005) Knee Osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial comparing hydrotherapy and continuous short-wave diathermy American College of Rheumatology [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer M, Daly L, McCarthy C. ; (2003) A RCT to examine the effect of continuous shortwave diathermy and hydrotheapy for the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of their knees World Confederation For Physical Therapy [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer MF, Daly LE, McCarthy C. ; (2003) Symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomised controlled trial comparing continuous short-wave diathermy and hydrotherapy Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society [Details]
Cusack, T. Garrett, M and Fleming, H.E. (1999) The temporal and spatial parameters of gait and quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee following attendance at physiotherapy Proceedings of the Annual Congress of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Birmingham, UK, , pp.41 [Details]
                       

Abstract

Adamson, E,Cusack, T,Casey, M,Blake, C (2012) An Evaluation of Client Satisfaction Following a Period of Rehabilitation in the Community Reablement Unit. Abstract [Details]
French, H,Cusack, T,Brennan, A,Fitzpatrick, M,Caffrey, A,Gilsenan, C,Cuddy, V,White, B,Kane, D,O'Connell, P,FitzGerald, O,McCarthy, GM (2011) THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EXERCISE THERAPY WITH AND WITHOUT MANUAL THERAPY FOR HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS: A MULTICENTRE RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Abstract [Details]
Carroll, E,Cusack, T,Galvin, R,White, B,Keown, AM,McCarthy, C (2009) THE BENEFITS OF INTENSIVE EXERCISE AND EDUCATION FOR ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS: A QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS. Abstract [Details]
Galvin R, Cusack T, Stokes EK. ; (2006) Family Mediated Exercises following Stroke (FAME) - A survey of the views of family and friends(abstract). Abstract [Details]
Galvin R, Cusack T, Stokes EK. ; (2006) Family Mediated Exercises following Stroke (FAME) - A survey of the views of family and friends (abstract). Abstract [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer M, Daly L, McCarthy C. ; (2005) Knee Osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial comparing hydrotherapy and continuous short-wave diathermy, (abstract). Abstract [Details]
Cusack, T,McAteer, MF,Daly, LE,McCarthy, CJ (2005) Knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial comparing hydrotherapy and continuous short-wave diathermy. Abstract [Details]
Haran H, Cusack T ; (2003) The role of peer support in the management of multiple sclerosis (abstract). Abstract [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer MF, Daly LE, McCarthy C ; (2003) What patients with osteoarthritis value in their physiotherapist (abstract). Abstract [Details]
Cusack T, McAteer MF, Daly LE, McCarthy C. ; (2003) Symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomised controlled trial comparing continuous short-wave diathermy and hydrotherapy (abstract). Abstract [Details]
O' Flynn C, Cusack T ; (2003) Irish rural and urban adolescents need to be more active (abstract). Abstract [Details]
Mahon J, Cusack T ; (2002) Physiotherapists' role in integration of children with cerebral palsy into mainstream schools. Abstract [Details]
       

Reviews

French, HP,Brennan, A,White, B,Cusack, T (2011) Manual therapy for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee - A systematic review. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
       

Research Papers

Cusack T, ; (2001) Randomised controlled trail examining the effect of short-wave diathermy and hydrotherapy on patients with osteoarthritis of their knees: Research updates. Research Papers [Details]
                                           

Research

Research Interests

Clinical Research Interests

Tara's clinical research is in the area of exercise interventions, and their value in the management of chronic diseases.  She been involved in randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) in the area of rheumatology, and stroke evaluating exercise based interventions for the relief of the symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is committed to conducting research in clinical centres, in order that the research is grounded in contemporary clinical practice areas. She is committed to conducting high quality research through rigorously designed randomised controlled trials.  Mixed methods studies, which encompass both quantitative and qualitative data, are of particular interest.

Teaching and Learning Interests

Tara's  teaching and learning scholarship is in the area of interprofessional education, and problem based learning, as facilitators of better education of health care professionals.  She has been involved in research in the area of curriculum design firstly, in terms of Physical Activity and Exercise and its incorporation into the physiotherapy programmes across Ireland, secondly in relation to the development of  Professionalism in the BSc Physiotherapy programme, and finally in examining how best to prepare physiotherapy graduates for employment in the Primary Care sector.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Targeted Education Addressing Connected Health Literacy
Start Date / End Date : 06-NOV-15 / 05-AUG-16
Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System (CHESS)
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-15 / 31-AUG-19
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : A quantitative and qualitative examination of the activity level of obese individuals awaiting treatment at St Columcille's Endocrine Clinic
Start Date / End Date : 02-AUG-10 / 13-SEP-10
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Promotion and Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise in Healthy and Clinical Populations: An Evaluation of Current Practice and Recommendations for Future Physiotherapy Education
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A randomised controlled trial to examine the benefit of a family mediated therapy programme for patients following an acute stroke
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-06 / 01-SEP-07
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Erin Smith, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor
Caoimhe Bennis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Sinead McMahon, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I am committed to a student-centred, active approach to learning. I believe in creating learning opportunities which enable students to develop the skills (critical thinking, problem solving, team working) and attributes (professionalism, competence) which are required in the contemporary work place and which are essential for continued life long learning.

Modules Coordinated

201600   PHTY10130     Physiotherapy: Collaborative Learning
201600   PHTY10040     Physiotherapy: Funct Anatomy & Kinesiology
201600   PHTY20140     Physiotherapy: Physio Pract II(Clinic Ed II)
201600   PHTY30070     Physiotherapy: Dissertation II
201600   PHTY40680     Physiotherapy: Physio Practice IV
201600   PHTY10100     Physiotherapy: Physio Practice I(Clinic Ed I)

Enhancement of Teaching

In keeping with my teaching philosophy I have designed modules which encourage students to become independent, self-directed learners. Through problem-based learning, field trips, reflective writing workshops, lectures, practical skills sessions, clinical education, and reflective writing I seek to challenge students to construct a new understanding for themselves. I have undertaken the following: Peer observation of my teaching as a lecturer (Dr Tim McMahon, February 10), resulting in improved planning of student activities during lectures while also ensuring variety in the lecture tempo. I experienced peer observation as a problem based learning facilitator (David Jennings, November 09) resulting in a better awareness of the teaching environment and of the need to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning. Interactive structured group feedback sessions with students in Professional Practice 1&2 modules resulting in the inclusion of more case-based small group problem solving and improved alignment in relation to manual handling education. Discussions with the External Examiner in relation to, developing professional reflection through the examination of reflective portfolios, and in relation to the development of Professional Practice 4. Development of an interprofessional education module for students in the health professions (Collaborative Learning for Health Professionals) which I have evaluated through validated questionnaires and presented and published the results. I have attended national and international teaching and learning conferences which have informed the way in which I deliver teaching and which led me to understand the importance of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

In 2009 I Chaired the Physiotherapy Curriculum Review Committee (PCRC) which undertook a review of the entire physiotherapy curriculum. The review was undertaken against the backdrop of the changes that had occurred with the introduction of UCD Horizons programme and the report from the ISCP accreditation board following reaccreditation of the BSc Physiotherapy programme (2008). The committee undertook extensive consultations with key stakeholders (module co-ordinators, students, academic staff, clinical staff, physiotherapy managers, librarians). We consulted international literature regarding best practice in physiotherapy education while also reviewing accreditation guidelines in international jurisdictions (Australian, Canada, USA, UK). The report of the PCRC led to an improved alignment in the delivery of core areas of physiotherapy education (musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, neurology) which are now evident in each stage of the programme, thereby improving the programmes vertical alignment. The PCRC report also identified the need to improve the horizontal alignment within the programme while also providing a clear indication of the progression towards becoming a professional. This led me to developing a series of problem based learning professional practice modules (Professional Practice 1,2,4 (PP1,2,4)). The module learning outcomes progressively build on learning year on year. The problems which are intended to encourage active-learning, were designed with a team of individuals (academic and clinical physiotherapists, students, librarians, education developer). PP1 and 2 have clinical placement elements, as early exposure to the working environment facilitates the development of professionalism. Professionalism is best learned in the practice community offering students the opportunity to integrate theory and practice (Schön 1991), while also developing social and cognitive learning. (Goldie 2008) Assessment is by means of portfolios which include reflective writing and clinical practice assessment. PP4 is a level 4 capstone module that brings together key elements of professional learning from complex clinical cases to

Developing as a Teacher

In 2011 I was awarded the UCD Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning. In November 2011 I was appointed to the Accreditation Working Group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). I have since been appointed to the Accreditation Board for the University of Limerick BSc Physiotherapy programme (October 2012). I was a member of the curriculum development team for the UCD MSc Physiotherapy Graduate Entry programme and assisted in gaining ISCP accreditation. I have worked with colleagues within and outside UCD designing curricula and in particular problem based learning teaching. I am a peer observer of teaching practice and observed four individuals undertaking the UCD Peer Review of Teaching module in 2011. For three years I have been invited by the Royal College of Surgeons to deliver lectures relating to interprofessional education and problem based learning as part of the MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education programme. I am an external examiner for interprofessional education in Glasgow Caledonian University (2010-2013). I have presented research related to teaching and learning at national (Facilitate Conference, Dublin 2011) and international conferences (World Confederation of Physical Therapy Conference, Amsterdam 2011; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Conference, Liverpool 2010).

Innovation & Leadership

I was awarded the UCD Excellence in Teaching and Learning College Teaching Award (2010). I was awarded the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA) Teaching Fellowship (2012) for a cross institutional (UCD, DIT, NUIM, IADT, TCD, DCU, ITT, ITB) study of the First Year Experience. I was one of three individuals shortlisted by UCD for the National Awards for Excellence in Teaching (NAIRTL) 2012. I was awarded Specialist Membership (in Education) by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2012.