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Board of Directors

Professor Gerard Fealy »

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Gerard M Fealy is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research & Innovation at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. A former Dean and Head of School at UCD, he is a UCD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BNS) and a master's degree in education (MEd) and in 2003 he obtained a PhD from UCD for his doctoral thesis entitled ‘A history of apprenticeship nurse training in Ireland’.

Dr Fealy is a researcher in the field of social gerontology and is the current Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD. He is a writer and researcher on professional and disciplinary issues in nursing and is a member of a several international committees, including the Board of the American Association for the History of Nursing and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He is also Director of the UCD Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History.

Dr. Amanda Phelan »

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Amanda Phelan is a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and programme co-ordinator for the Professional Certificate in the Management of Elder Abuse. Amanda has worked with older people in both long term care and community settings. Dr. Phelan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dublin City University and an MSc from University College Dublin. Her PhD work (UCD) focused on elder abuse in community settings and this work was partially funded by the Health Service Executive. Other research projects have included the implementation of head lice prevention programmes in Irish schoolchildren.

Dr. Phelan has a number of publications on the protection of older people and has presented at national and international conferences on issues surrounding elder abuse in both community and residential settings and is a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Nursing Inquiry and the International Journal of Older People Nursing. Dr Phelan has also been used in the media as an expert in elder abuse and older person care.

Dr. Phelan is the Irish representative for Action on Elder Abuse and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and chaired World Elder Abuse Awareness days’ activities in 2007 & 2008. Within Ireland Dr. Phelan holds a number of positions within National Organisations: She is a member of the educational forum in the Institute of Community Health Nursing and Chair of the sub-group on Adult care; she is the secretary of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses’ Association and a member of the Irish Association of Gerontology. Dr Phelan is currently Co-Director of the Centre for Research into the Protection of Older People funded through the Health Service Executive. 

Professor Denis Cusack »

UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science

Denis Cusack graduated from Medical School at University College Dublin in 1980.  He trained and practised in general internal medicine and diabetes/endocrinology in Ireland and the USA.  He was also called to the Bar of Ireland in 1991 following studies at Kings Inns.  He has practised at the Bar specialising in personal injury and medical negligence actions.  He is Professor of Forensic and Legal Medicine at University College Dublin.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Foundation  Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

He is the Founding Director of the Higher Diploma in Health Care (Risk Management & Quality) at University College Dublin and Founding Editor of the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland. He is Coroner for County Kildare and Immediate Past President of the Coroners Society of Ireland.   He is also a member of the Executive of the European Council of Legal Medicine and of the Presidium of the International Academy of Legal Medicine and serves on a number of expert advisory committees on medico-legal, forensic and coroners issues on which he has also published numerous articles and presented at national and international meetings.

Professor Cecily Kelleher »

UCD School of Public Health and Population Science

Cecily Kelleher qualified in medicine from UCD in 1980. She worked subsequently in clinical medicine, obtaining an MD degree on the relationship between hypertension and diabetes from UCC in 1987 and fellowship of Royal College of Physicians in 1991. Having completed a Master's degree in public health at UCD she took up a post as senior scientist in clinical epidemiology at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit in London, working on the large-scale Thrombosis Prevention Trial.

She was appointed to the foundation chair of Health Promotion at NUI Galway in 1990 and over the next decade developed an inter-disciplinary research programme that included the direction of Ireland's first ever national lifestyle survey, SLAN (Survey of Lifestyles, Attitudes and Nutrition) and numerous intervention programmes to improve health among vulnerable groups and in settings like the workplace and primary care. In 2002 she was appointed to the Chair of Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology at UCD and is now head of the UCD School of Public Health and Population Science.

Dr. Martin McNamara »

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Dr Martin McNamara is currently Head of School and Dean of Nursing at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. He was appointed a Fellow in Teaching & Academic Development in May 2009 for a 2-year period.  He is involved in funded research programmes and projects in the areas of protection of older persons, clinical leadership in nursing and midwifery and the history of nursing and midwifery in Ireland.

He graduated from the Open University in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) degree and from UCD in 2000 with an MSc (Nursing) (Education) and subsequently undertook MEd and MA (SocSci) degrees with The Open University, graduating in 2002 and 2003, respectively.  He also undertook his doctoral work at The Open University Research School and completed his Doctor of Education degree in September 2007. His doctoral thesis was a sociological investigation into the underlying principles structuring academic nursing in Ireland (see here:

Dr. Anne O’Loughlin 

BSocSc, MSocSc (Social Work), H.Dip. Healthcare (Risk Management)

Senior Case Worker for the Protection of Older Persons

Anne O'Loughlin has been involved in raising awareness about Elder Abuse in Ireland since 1985. She is co-author with Dr. Joseph Duggan, Consultant Physican in Geriatric Medicine, of a report entitled Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment of Older People: An Exploratory Study (1998). This report was commissioned by the National Council on Ageing and Older People. Her research interests are institutional abuse, whistle-blowing and organisational culture.

Professor Tony Fahey    

UCD School of Applied Social Science

Professor Fahey has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (1982). He was at the the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, from 1992 to 2007 and has been Professor of Social Policy in University College Dublin since April 2007. His research deals with a range of issues connected to social policy in Ireland and the European Union, including family dynamics, housing, poverty and spatial aspects of disadvantage and of policy responses to disadvantage. Current projects include a detailed analysis of family well-being in Ireland based on the data from the Growing Up in Ireland survey and an international study on the impact of social inequalities on family patterns in European countries.