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Suzanne Cahill

Ireland

Professor Cahill holds a PhD, M.Soc. Science, Dip Soc Studies and B.Soc Science. Following her early career in Ireland in Social Work and Cardiac Rehabiliation she emigrated to Australia where she was awarded a scholarship from the University of Queensland to write her PhD on Alzheimer's disease, Caregiving and Social Policy.  During this period she also taught courses to Social Work and Social Policy under-graduate students at the University of Queensland and was an active campaigner for the rights of people with dementia, serving on the Queensland’s branch of Alzheimer's Australia, first on its Management Committee and later progressing to be appointed as Vice President.

On returning to Ireland in 1999, Prof. Cahill took up the position of Director of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre at St James's Hospital where she quickly established this new national programme of education, research and consultancy services. During the period, 2000- 2013 she also taught under-graduate courses on ageing and dementia to Social Work and Social Policy students at Trinity College Dublin. In 2007, she was awarded a large grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies to develop post-graduate research in the area of  non-pharmacological interventions in dementia care. With the support of this grant, she has supervised and graduated 6 PhD students and 12 Masters students. She has also supervised three post-docs.

Prof. Cahill has published in excess of 50 research articles/book chapters and reports nationally and internationally on ageing and dementia related topics. In 2012, Prof. Cahill was the lead PI on the report titled – “Creating Excellence in dementia Care: A Research Review for Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy”. She serves on the Editorial Board of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice and has been associate editor to several other journals including Ageing and Mental Health and Social Science and Medicine.

 

 
 

Last Updated: Tuesday 17 March 2015

 

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