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Cliona O'Sullivan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

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

Tel: +353 1 7166513
Email: cliona.osullivan@ucd.ie

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: Chartered Physiotherapists in Manipulative Therapy Research Award
Year: 2007.
Title: HRB Networking grant for Global Health Research Award
Year: 2007.
Title: HRB Summer studentship
Year: 2005.
Title: Trinity College Dublin Start Up Grant

Associations

Association: Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), Function/Role: Member
Association: Chartered Physiotherapists in Manipulative Therapy Clinical Interest Group (CPMT), Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Flynn K, O Sullivan C, Cunningham C (2015) Profile of a Paediatric Physiotherapy Service in a Regional African Hospital. [Poster Presentation], World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Singapore , 08-MAY-15 - 08-MAY-15.
Buggy, E., Gillen, A., Kennedy, D., Madden, R. , Garrett, S., Sheill, G. , Atwongyeire, N, O¿Sullivan, C (2016) The Effect of a Two-week Physiotherapy Camp on Disabled Children and their Main carers in a Low-resource Rural Setting. [Poster Presentation], RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference, Dublin , 14-APR-16 - 15-APR-16.
McGann S, Cusack T, Hurley DA, Garrett S, Waugh A, Spillman I, Atwongyeire N, Batringaya A, O¿Sullivan C (2016) Attitudes and beliefs of parents of disabled children in Uganda. [Poster Presentation], RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference, Dublin , 15-APR-16 - 16-APR-16.
O¿ Rourke C, Griffin E, Ni Dhonnabhain A, Owens M, O¿Sullivan C (2016) The Effectiveness of a Rehabilitation and Educational Intervention on Children with Disabilities and their Guardians in a Primary Health Centre in Urban Uganda- A pilot study. [Oral Presentation], RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference, Dublin , 15-APR-16 - 16-APR-16.
Gilmartin B, McKeever B, Parker R, Garrett S, O¿Reilly C, Burke S, Spillman I, Atwongyeire N, Batringaya A, O¿Sullivan C (2016) Attitudes and beliefs of health professionals towards health literacy in Uganda. [Oral Presentation], RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference, Dublin , 14-APR-16 - 16-APR-16.
Nolan K, O sullivan C, Cunningham C. (2013) A Paediatric Physiotherapy service in a regional African Hospital. [Poster Presentation], Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society, Belfast , 21-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13.
Burke S, Doody C, O'Sullivan C (2014) Parental Health Literacy in Rural Uganda: A qualitative exploratory study¿. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Croke Park, Dublin , 07-NOV-14 - 08-NOV-14.
O'Sullivan, C., O'Dowd, T.; (2004) Physical disability, fatigue and community re-integration post-stroke among a population of community-based patients in Ireland. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Cork , 01-NOV-04.
O'Sullivan, C.; (2004) Assessing students in practical placements: What can we learn from and with each other?. [Other], Association for the Study of Medical Education, London , 01-JUN-04.
O'Sullivan, C., Cassidy, C., Condon, C., Hussey, J., Gormley, J.; (2005) The effects of providing undergraduate physiotherapy clinical placements on service provision. [National Refereed Conference Paper], The Rehabiliation and Therapy Research Society Conference, Dublin , 01-MAY-05.
O'Sullivan, C., Gilchrist, J., Holland, A., Langford, S.; (2006) A survey of patient satisfaction with physiotherapy services provided by student and qualified physiotherapists in an out-patient setting. [National Refereed Conference Paper], 2nd Annual Conference of the Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society, Dublin , 01-MAY-06.
O'Sullivan, C.; (2007) World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress. [N/A], World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, Vancouver , 01-JUN-07.

Committees

Committee : Chartered Physiotherapists in Manipulative Therapy Clinical Interest Group
Committee : Chartered Physiotherapists in Manipulative Therapy Education Committee
Committee : Southampton Shoulder Dysfunction Research Programme
Committee : Disability & Development Research Group, Trinity College Dublin

Employment

Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Employer: School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Science, University of Southampton
Position: Visiting Research Fellow
Employer: South Western Area Health Board (SWAHB), Dublin
Position: Senior Community Physiotherapist
Employer: Mater Hospital, Eccles St., Dublin
Position: Locum Physiotherapist
Employer: Association des Parents et Amis d'Enfants Encephalopathes, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Position: Physiotherapist
Employer: Listowel Community Hospital, Co. Kerry
Position: Acting Senior Physiotherapist
Employer: Tralee General Hospital, Co. Kerry
Position: Basic Grade Physiotherapist
Employer: Private Physiotherapist Clinic, Ross Rd., Killarney, Co. Kerry
Position: Part-time position
Employer: Stobhill NHS Trust, Glasgow, Scotland
Position: Basic Grade Physiotherapist

Education

Year 2010 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: DPhil Subject:
Year 2010 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: The Role of Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging in the Assessment of Trapezius Muscle Dysfunction
Year 2003 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: MSc Subject: COMMUNITY HEALTH
Year 1997 Institution: Robert Gordon Univ Aberdeen
Qualification: BSc Subject: PHYSIOTHERAPY

Languages

French:
     

Other Activities

Journal Referee, British Journal of Sports Medicine

Journal Referee, Manual Therapy

Post Qualification Courses
Level 1 and Level 2 Shoulder Course
Lyn Watson, Dublin, April 2007

Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy,
Toby Hall and Kim Robinson, TCD,
Dublin, September 2005
Journal Referee, Physiotherapy Ireland

Publications

 

Book Chapters

M. MacLachlan, Swartz L; (2009) 'Childhood Disability In Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone: An Exploratory Analysis' In: M. MacLachlan, Swartz L; (eds). Disability and Development: Towards Inclusive Global Health. New York: Springer. , pp.161-181 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

O Mir M, Cooney C;O'Sullivan C;Blake C;Kelly P;Kiely P;Noel J;Moore D (2016) 'The efficacy of an extended scope physiotherapy clinic in paediatric orthopaedics'. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 10 (2):169-175. [DOI] [Details]
Burke S, Doody C, Waugh A, Garret S, O¿Sullivan C, (2015) '¿Parental health literacy in rural Uganda: a qualitative exploratory study¿'. Physiotherapy, 101 (S1):e187-e188. [Details]
Nolan K, O Sullivan C, Cunningham C (2014) 'Paediatric Physiotherapy in a Regional African Hospital'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19 (1):62. [Details]
Clarke C, O'Sullivan C (2014) 'A Study of Lateral Abdominal Muscle Recruitment in Female GAA players assessed using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19 (1):70. [Details]
Crosbie S, O'Sullivan C (2014) 'Attitudes and beliefs of parents/carers of children with physical and intellectual disabilities in Western Ghana'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19 (1):62. [Details]
Sweeney N, , O'Sullivan C, Kelly G (2014) 'Rehabilitative Ultrasound Measures of Lumbar Multifidus Muscle Thickness and Activation among Patients with Unilateral Chronic Low Back Pain and Healthy Controls'. Manual Therapy, . [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]
O'Sullivan, C,Persson, UM,Blake, C,Stokes, M (2012) 'Rehabilitative ultrasound measurement of trapezius muscle contractile states in people with mild shoulder pain'. MANUAL THER, 17 :139-144. [DOI] [Details]
Bentman S, O'Sullivan C, Stokes M; (2010) 'Thickness of the middle trapezius muscle measured by rehabilitative ultrasound imaging: description of the technique and reliability study'. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 30 :426-431. [DOI] [Details]
O'Sullivan, C,Meaney, J,Boyle, G,Gormley, J,Stokes, M; (2009) 'The validity of Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging for measurement of trapezius muscle thickness'. MANUAL THER, 14 :572-578. [DOI] [Details]
Langford S, Gilchrist J, Holland A, O¿Sullivan C; (2008) 'Are patients satisfied with care from physiotherapy students?'. Physiotherapy Ireland, 29 (1):28-35. [Details]
O'Sullivan C, Bentman S, Bennett K, Stokes M.; (2007) 'Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging of the Lower Trapezius Muscle: Technical Description and Reliability'. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 37 (10):620-626. [DOI] [Details]
O'Sullivan C, Cassidy C, Condon C; (2007) 'Does providing clinical placements to undergraduate physiotherapy students affect service provision'. Physiotherapy Ireland, 28 (1):36-40. [Details]
O'Sullivan, C., Gilchrist, J., Holland, A., Langford, S.; (2006) 'A survey of patient satisfaction with physiotherapy services provided by student and qualified physiotherapists in an out-patient setting'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 11 (3):208. [Details]
O'Sullivan, C., Hickey, C. ; (2006) 'An investigation of outcome measures completed by patients following intervention by student physiotherapists in musculoskeletal out-patients'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 11 (3):220. [Details]
Cassidy, C., O'Sullivan, C., Condon, C., Hussey, J., Gormley, J.; (2005) 'A pilot study to examine the effects of providing undergraduate physiotherapy student clinical placements on service provision'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 10 (3):189-190. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

O'Mir, Blake C, Cooney C, Kelly P, Noel J, Kiely P, Moore D, O'Sullivan C (2014) The effectiveness of physiotheray triage clinic and paediatric orthopaedics World Confederation of Physical Therapy [Details]
O¿ Rourke C, Griffin E, Ni Dhonnabhain A, Owens M, O¿Sullivan C (2016) The Effectiveness of a Rehabilitation and Educational Intervention on Children with Disabilities and their Guardians in a Primary Health Centre in Urban Uganda- A pilot study RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference Dublin, [Details]
Gilmartin B, McKeever B, Parker R, Garrett S, O¿Reilly C, Burke S, Spillman I, Atwongyeire N, Batringaya A, O¿Sullivan C (2016) Attitudes and beliefs of health professionals towards health literacy in Uganda RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference Dublin, [Details]
Buggy, E., Gillen, A., Kennedy, D., Madden, R. , Garrett, S., Sheill, G. , Atwongyeire, N, O¿Sullivan, C (2016) The Effect of a Two-week Physiotherapy Camp on Disabled Children and their Main carers in a Low-resource Rural Setting RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference Dublin, [Details]
McGann S, Cusack T, Hurley DA, Garrett S, Waugh A, Spillman I, Atwongyeire N, Batringaya A, O¿Sullivan C (2016) Attitudes and beliefs of parents of disabled children in Uganda RCSI GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS: Innovations in Surgery, Education & Research conference [Details]
Flynn K, O Sullivan C, Cunningham C (2013) Profile of Physiotherapy Service at a Rural African Hospital Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists [Details]
Nolan K, O Sullivan C, Cunningham C (2013) A Paediatric Physiotherapy Service in a Regional African Hospital Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society [Details]
Ryan A, O'Sullivan C (2012) The Effect of Low Back Pain on Lumbar Multifidus Muscle Size and Activity Using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging and Their Correlation with Functional Outcomes International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy Montreal, [Details]
Mannix S, O'Sullivan C, Kelly G (2012) Acupuncture in the Management of Phantom Limb Syndrome - A Systematic Review Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Dublin, [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]
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 16th World Confederation for Physical Therapy Physiotherapy Volume 97 Supplement S1, [Details]
O¿Sullivan, C, McCarthy Persson , U., Blake, C., Stokes, M. (2011) The effect of pain on resting and contracted trapezius muscle thickness Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society 7th Annual Conference [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]
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 Conference [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]
O¿Sullivan C, Meaney J, Boyle G, Gormley G, Stokes M; (2008) The Validity of Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging to Measure Trapezius Muscle Thickness Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists [Details]
O Sullivan C, MacLachlan M; (2008) A Snapshot of Childhood Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa Irish Forum for Global Health [Details]
O¿Sullivan C, Bentman S, Stokes M. ; (2008) Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging of the Middle Trapezius: An investigation of the reliability of measurement and technique 9th Congress of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists [Details]
Donoghue D, Varley H, O¿Sullivan C; (2007) Interrater and intrarater reliability of measuring glenohumeral rotational range of motion using a bubble inclinometer British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Congress [Details]
Bailey M, O¿Sullivan C; (2007) Intra-examiner and inter-examiner reliability of motion and palpation tests of the sacroiliac joints \i British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Congress0 [Details]
O Sullivan C, Hickey C.; (2006) An investigation of outcome measures completed by patients following intervention by student physiotherapists in musculoskeletal outpatients Rehabilitation and Therapies Research Society Dublin, , pp.220 [Details]
O'Sullivan C, Gilchrist J, Hollan A, Landford S; (2006) A survey of patients satisfaction with physiotherapy services provided by students and qualified physiotherapists in an out-patient setting Rehabilitation Therapies Research Society Dublin, , pp.208 [Details]
Cassidy C, O¿Sullivan C, Condon C, Hussey J, Gormley J; (2005) A pilot study to examine the effects of providing undergraduate physiotherapy student clinical placements on service provision Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society Conference [Details]
O¿Sullivan C, O¿Dowd T; (2004) Physical Disability, Fatigue and Community Reintegration Post-Stroke among a Population of Community Based Patients in Ireland Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists [Details]
                                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

 
 

Current research areas of interest are: biomechanics of the scapula, assessment and rehabilitation of scapular muscle dysfunction, the role of rehabilitative ultrasound  imaging (RUSI) in the assessment and rehabilitation of muscle dysfunction, childhood disability, physical activity and participation  in children with disability, measurement of physical activity, and disability in developing countries. Previous areas of research activities include clinical education.

 

     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to facilitate student learning using a stimulating and collaborative approach which builds on existing student knowledge, skills and attributes. Student learning is facilitated through a student centred approach so that students have the opportunity to develop as competent autonomous physiotherapists, critical thinkers and life-long learners.

Modules Coordinated

201600   PHTY40710     Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal
201600   PHTY30330     Physiotherapy: Physio Prof Practice A
201600   PHTY40690     Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy Clinical Special
201600   PHTY40870     Physiotherapy: Advanced Musculoskeletal
201600   PHTY40880     Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal
201600   PHTY40910     Physiotherapy: Advanced Musculoskeletal
201600   PHTY40780     Physiotherapy: Specialist Physiotherapy Pract

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Madeleine Lowery, UCD School of Engineering

External Collaborators

Professor Maria Stokes, Dircetor of Research, School of Health Professions, University of Southampton, UK

Professor Mac MacLachlan, Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin
 
Dr Dylan Morrisey, Queen Mary University of London