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Carleen Walsh, (PhD Researcher)

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Carleen Walsh attributes her motivation for positively contributing to society to her role as a parent-caregiver.  Carleen Walsh is a caregiver to her daughter who has complex medical needs, which necessitates a home-care nursing support package to enable her to remain at home full time.

Carleen Walsh continues to be active in advocating for children affected with a disability, promoting issues and challenges to relevant Government agencies. She remains dedicated to working as a parent representative on several committees, to ensure that the rights of children to be assessed for homecare nursing packages upon hospital discharge are adhered to. This has been achieved through her engagement with the Department of Health. Carleen Walsh is actively involved in several DoH committees (ROI) at both local and national level which review and promote health guidelines. Carleen Walsh continues to give both oral and poster presentations at international caregiver conferences (ROI, UK, USA). She has spoken as a guest lecturer at several acclaimed international academic institutions on her role as a caregiver and its implications.  

Carleen Walsh's background includes science, industry. and education.  Carleen Walsh worked as a Quality Control Officer and subsequently as a Microbiologist for the internationally renowned Bristol-Myers Squibb. During this time, she gained a postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Studies. She was awarded a Higher Diploma in Education (first class) in 2004 and now holds 15 years of teaching experience, both in the post-primary and third level sector.  Carleen Walsh held the SEN Co-ordinator role for several years in a post-primary school.  The Department of Education and Science has funded Carleen Walsh to undertake research in the education sector; first awarding her a postgraduate Diploma (2009) and subsequently was awarded a MA in Education (first class) in 2013. Her research explored the experiences of all key stakeholders invovled in post-primary education; students, parents, SNAs, teachers and members of the BOM. Her findings reformed the way SEN is organised and provided at post-primary level. Carleen Walsh is a part-time lecturer with St.Angela's College and NUIG, where she is involved in designing and implementing programmes of continued professional development for education staff.  Carleen Walsh has taught on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Currently, Carleen Walsh has received a a Scholarship from the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing to undertake a PhD in Psychology. Her research aims to develop a E-Needs Assessment tool which will be validated for use with international dermatological caregivers as a subsequent stage of the study.  Carleen Walsh has registered her systematic literature search in PROSPERO. In effect, this would create the first online version of such an assessment tool. Support for facilitating caregiver recruitment has come from internationally renowned medical support forums, including the USA. Carleen Walsh has been invited and has accepted to give both oral and poster presentations at several international dermatological conferences in the UK, ROI and the USA during the course of her research project.  Carleen Walsh has received several awards in recognition for her outstanding academic promise during the course of this research project.

Phd Researcher Profile

The resesarch project has two stages.

Stage 1 involves carrying out a systematic literature review, as registered on PROSPERO, in order to explore what psychosocial need assessments are validated for use among dermatological caregivers. 

The electronic databases Embase, the Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, CINAHL, U Search, and Web of Science will be searched. Several trial registers, including PROQOLID, the Cochrane Skin Group Specialised Register and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN, UK Clinical Trials Gateway, US National Institutes of Health Ongoing Trials Register, Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry platform and the EU Clinical Trials Register will also be searched. In addition, a grey literature search will also be undertaken, and will include the British Library EThOS and the OpenGrey database.

Stage 1 also involves carrying out a combination of interviews and focus groups with international dermatological caregivers. Caregivers will be recruited through internationally renowned medical support forums. These forums have already given their support. Using a hybrid of caregiver feedback and literature, a pre-Delphi questionnaire will be drafted.

Stage 2 involves carrying out several rounds of a Delphi study online, to (a) refine the questionnaire and (b) subsequently to validate the finalised questionnaire for use. The finalised assessment tool will have the potential to be used as an e-tool. In effect, this resesarch would create the first E-Need Assessment tool validated for use with dermatological caregivers. This assessment tool has the potential ability to streamline support services for all dermatological caregivers. 

Research Interests



Mental Health

Special Needs

Needs Assessment


Current and Recent Grants

Scholarship from Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Broadening Horizons Bursary Award

Teaching Interests

Post Primary Education

Third Level Education - Nursing, Education, Psychology

Education/Academic qualification

Master, St Angelas College Sligo

National University of Ireland

National University of Ireland



Sep 2018 → …

External positions

Part Time Lecturer, St Angelas College Sligo

Oct 2016 → …

Part Time Lecturer, National University of Ireland

Apr 2015 → …

Guest Lecturer , Ulster Univresity

2015 → …

Co-ordinator SEN Unit

Sep 2006 → …

Post Primary Teacher 15 years

Oct 2004 → …

Microbiologist , Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jul 2003 → …

Quality Control Lab Technician , Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jun 2002 → …

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PhD Scholarship

Carleen Walsh (Recipient), 1 Sep 2017

Prize: Honorary award

Mental Health

Activities 2016 2020

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

Ichthyosis Support Group Annual Conference

Carleen Walsh (Speaker)
Sep 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

USA FIRST Conference Oral Presentation

Carleen Walsh (Speaker)
28 Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

ISG Annual Conference UK

Carleen Walsh (Participant)
19 Sep 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Parent Perspective of Home-Care Nursing for Children with Complex Medical Needs

Carleen Walsh (Speaker)
18 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

Increasing awareness of Visual Differences and Disability

Carleen Walsh


2 items of media coverage, 1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities