Research Profile

Linda Horgan

Biography

Linda Horgan graduated with a diploma in occupational therapy form St. Joseph's College of Occupational Therapy in 1988. She began her career working in long stay mental health institutions with special responsibility for reintegrating long stay residents into community living. She progressed to establishing a service for clients who had intellectual disabilities along with mental health difficulties. During this time, she studied Behaviour Therapy in UCC to support her work with this challenging group of individuals, earning both a post graduate Certificate in Behaviour Therapy and a post graduate Diploma in Professional Studies from the Department of Applied Psychology.

After a stint travelling and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Australia, Linda continued to broaden her clinical experience by establishing a service and working with clients with physical disabilities in the greater Cork area. During this time she was involved in establishing community home, a toy library and integrating Occupational Therapy into the school programme.

In 1995 she was recruited to establish the first community based occupational therapy service in the former Southern Health Board area of Cork City and South Cork for a population of 350,000. During this time work was initiated on the establishment of a Developmental Co-ordination Disorder unit for children with Dyspraxia, a seating clinic, provision of Occupational Therapy to Day Care Centres for the Elderly and Community Hospitals. She was involved in the design and upgrading of Community Hospitals and Day Care Centres. She managed this service until 2001. During this time Linda completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy in a Community Setting and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in Trinity College Dublin on the design of Health Care buildings.

Since 2001, she has run a private practice in the occupational health,  building design for people with disabilities, life time housing design and fitness to drive. Linda joined the staff of UCC in 2003 as support lecturer to the year one co-ordinator prior to the starting of the programme.

Linda's area of interest in the impact of the environment on occupational performance.  She also has an interest in how fitness to drive impacts on occupational performance.

Research Interests


While not working presently on research, my research interest focuses mainly on universal design and in particular design of public spaces. This is expressed mainly via co-education on collaborative research projects between professional groups such as architects and engineers with occupational therapists in general, with particular focus on research projects of professional undergraduate architectural and engineering students. Developing this research capacity in these professional bodies, aims to embed the universal approach in the process of designing for the needs of diverse populations. (See Section7)

I also have an interest in functional perfromance of driving and driving rehabilitation.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2008)'Opinion Piece: an interview with Gail Moutain, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research'
Horgan, L.; (2008) 'Opinion Piece: an interview with Gail Moutain, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36 (4):37-40 [Details]
(1998)'One Students Experience of the Masters of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy, University of Dublin, Trinity'
Horgan, L; (1998) 'One Students Experience of the Masters of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy, University of Dublin, Trinity'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 28 (1):26-28 [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2004)'Innovations in teaching, learning and assessment: task based learning in Occupational Therapy'
Ryan, S., Hunt, E., & Horgan, L. (2004) 'Innovations in teaching, learning and assessment: task based learning in Occupational Therapy' In: University College Cork as a Learning Organisation. Cork: UCC. [Details]

DVD

 YearPublication
(2008)Cork Access Group & Frameworks Films.
Horgan, L.; (2008) Cork Access Group & Frameworks Films. Access & Universal Design in Cork CIty: DVD [Details]

Film or Broadcasts

 YearPublication
(2010)Disability & Social Exclusion.
Cork City Partnership & Frame Works Films; (2010) Disability & Social Exclusion. Film or Broadcasts [Details]

Video recording / TV

 YearPublication
(2003)Animo Productions & RTE.
Lynch A, Horgan L; (2003) Animo Productions & RTE. Video recording / TV [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2009Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland Member01-JAN-88 /
Southern Regional Group of Occupational Therapists (SRGOT Cork and Kerry Founding Member01-JAN-89 /
British Association of Occupational Therapists member01-JAN-90 / 31-DEC-13
Health Professions Council member01-JAN-95 / 31-DEC-05

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2008)Disability Awareness and Design of the Built Environment,
Horgan, L.,; (2008) One day simulation workshop to undergraduate architectural students. [Oral Presentation], Disability Awareness and Design of the Built Environment, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, UCC/CIT, Cork , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2005)Southern Regional Group of Occupational Therapists Meeting,,
Horgan, L.; (2005) Supporting the Injured Employee in Returning to Work. [N/A], Southern Regional Group of Occupational Therapists Meeting,, Cork University Hospital , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)Occupational Therapy & Occupational Health,
Horgan, L.; (2005) presented to the annual educational meeting of Southern Meeting of Occupational Health Nurses. [N/A], Occupational Therapy & Occupational Health, Ringsakiddy, Cork , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2007)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Horgan L; (2007) Undergraduate occupational therapy students¿ introduction to the role of the environments in supporting occupational performance: Innovative approaches. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Tullamore, Ireland , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07. [Details]
(2005)Annual Educational Seminar of Southern Meeting of Occupational Health Nurses,
Horgan L; (2005) Occupational Therapy and Occupational Health. [Oral Presentation], Annual Educational Seminar of Southern Meeting of Occupational Health Nurses, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork , 01-APR-05 - 01-APR-05. [Details]
(2004)Environmental Research Institute Conference,
Horgan, L., & Hunt, L. ; (2004) The Role of the Environment in Occupational Therapy. [Oral Presentation], Environmental Research Institute Conference, UCC , 01-MAY-04 - 01-MAY-04. [Details]
(2003)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference,
Helen Carthy & Horgan, L. ; (2003) Issues surrounding the provision of a consultancy occupational therapy service in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference, Killarney, Co Kerry , 01-MAY-03 - 01-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)National Health & Safety Authority Annual Seminars,
Horgan L; (2003) National Conference on Musculoskeletal Disorders for professionals involved in occupational health. Functional Capacity Evaluation and their Value in Assessing the Injured Employee. [Oral Presentation], National Health & Safety Authority Annual Seminars, Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-03. [Details]
(2000)National Health & Safety Authority Annual Seminars,
Horgan L; (2000) National Conference on Musculoskeletal Disorders for professional involved in occupational health. Fuctional capacity evaluation and their value in assessing the injured employee. [Oral Presentation], National Health & Safety Authority Annual Seminars, Killarney, Ireland , 01-SEP-00 - 01-SEP-00. [Details]
(1999)Association of Occupational Therapists Conference - biannual attendance,
Horgan, L.; (1999) Cost benefit of providing applicances to clients in community care. [N/A], Association of Occupational Therapists Conference - biannual attendance, Ennis, Cork, Dublin, Galway , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)National Health & Safety Association Annual Seminars,
Horgan, L.; (1999) Functional Capacity Evaluation and the Value in Assessing the Injured Employee. [N/A], National Health & Safety Association Annual Seminars, Cork and Killarney , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Doorway to Life Admissions Committee member of reviwiewing committee assessing applicants for supported living accommodation/
Cork Access Group member of committee which looks at environmental access issues in Cork City/
UCC Equality Committee committee member2011 /
UCC Disability Committee committee member2010 / 2013

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-OCT-03 /
Private Practice Occupational Therapist01-JAN-00 /
HSE - Formely Southern Health Board Occupational Therapy Manager01-JAN-95 / 31-DEC-00
Charleville Association for the Handicapped Occupational Therapist01-JAN-94 / 31-DEC-95

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1988Dublin (St. Joseph¿s) College of Occupational Therapy DIPLOMAOccupational Therapy
1991University College Cork CertificateBehaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Nurses
1992University College Cork HDipProfessional Studies
1996Trinity College Dublin HDipCommunity Occupational Therapy
1998Trinity College Dublin MScOccupational Therapy

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
HEA
Member of Submission Group : Proposal to the Higher Education Authority for the Establishment of an Occupational Therapy Degree Programme at University College Cork"
National Expert Review Group
Member of the National Expert Review Group on Occupational Therapy regarding the future role, structure and development of the profession of occupational therapy.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Linda is currently responsible for implementing a first year module (OT 1002) and contributes to the following modules in the department.

OT 1001
OT 3001
OT 4001

She also supervises year 4 undergraduate research projects. 
 
Outside the department, Linda organises workshops on raising awareness around disability issues for students who study architecture and interior architecture.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Person Environment Occupation II OT1002Person Environment Occupation II

Contact details

  • Linda Horgan
    Yr 1 Lecturer
  • l.horgan@ucc.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-1532

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