Lecturer and Work Placement Coordinator
Health Sciences - Sport And Exercise Science
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I am a lecturer and work placement coordinator in the Department of Sport & Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology. I completed my PhD in 2018/2019 entitled: An Exercise Intervention for Cancer Fatigue under the supervision of Prof Michael Harrison (WIT), Dr Suzanne Denieffe (WIT), and Prof Niamh Murphy (WIT). This work has been presented at conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in the USA and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, 14th Annual Scientific Conference, in addition to publications. The work has also been transferred into practice in the form of the Exwell MoveOn Programme which is run at WIT Arena and is benefiting copious cancer patients in the South East.
In my current role, I take great pride in teaching and inspiring students to believe in themselves and support them in whatever way I can to ensure they reach their full potential. At the end of the day, I want students to succeed and I will support them and do everything I possibly can to make this happen.
With regard to assisting in the development and delivery of department outreach programmes, I have helped in the development and implementation of the MedEx at WIT programme (now known as the ExWell at WIT Programme) and I am a member of its steering committee. I have also helped with the delivery of outreach programmes at Mount Sion School, and other outreach programmes ran in conjunction with WIT and numerous primary and secondary schools.
I am heavily involved in various research projects, and am part of the: Biomedical Research Team, Health Behaviour Research Group at the School of Health Sciences Waterford Institute of Technology, CRF-C HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork and UHW, and American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Oncology Specific Interest Group I have created strong links with key individuals and institutions at both national and international levels. I have a good record of research collaborations with key stakeholders within the wider community such University Hospital Waterford, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, Irish Men’s Shed Association, HSE, the Irish Heart Foundation, Solas Cancer Support Centre, and the Irish Cancer Society.
I have lectured across various courses in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science in modules relating to: Introduction to Sport & Exercise Science (Year 1), Health Promotion in Key Settings (Year 2), Activity Leadership including Exercise to Music (Year2), Data & Measurement (Year 1), Group Fitness (Year 2- sole responsibility), Exercise Leadership (Year 3), Strength and conditioning (Year 1 & 2), Resistance & Conditioning (Year 1 & 2), Fitness & Movement (Year 1), Dissertation (Year 4), Adapted Physical Activity (Year 3), Work placement (Year 3 & 4), Practical Media Skills (Year 3-sole responsibility), Promoting Physical Activity & Lifestyle Development (Year 4 – sole responsibility).