Research Profile

Eoin Gorman

Biography

Eoin Gorman attained his master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Limerick in 2010. Eoin also holds a master’s in anthropology and a bachelors’ degree in psychology. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring the lived experience of people who self-identify as transgender in Ireland.

Eoin’s educational and career pathway has been heavily influenced by his interest in psychosocial concepts and issues. He is particularly interested in the historical development of “mental illness”, alongside social trends, attitudes and critical perspectives towards mental health and service-user led movements.

Since qualifying as an occupational therapist Eoin has worked both academically and clinically. Eoin worked as a teaching and research assistant within the department of Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick. During this time, Eoin alongside his colleague, designed, developed and implemented an innovative 10-week occupational therapy community mental health programme called “Activate II”. This programme was designed for unemployed people and was based on the concepts of Lifestyle Redesign ©. Activate II was nominated and shortlisted for the Anne Beckett award in 2013.Clinically, Eoin has worked across various psychosocial settings including adult and older adult inpatient and community mental health, as well as youth and young adult community mental health.

Eoin came to UCC in January 2015 to pursue his PhD, exploring an occupational perspective of gender with focus on the occupations of people who identify as transgender. Since then Eoin has lectured across various modules and worked with the practice education team from 2015 to 2016. In 2016 Eoin joined the department as a full-time lecturer assuming the position of year 3 coordinator. 

In June 2017, Eoin was made Professional Programme Director of the undergraduate course. Eoin continues to lecture across years 3 and 4 of the of the occupational science and occupational therapy programme. Eoin’s teaching in Year 3 focuses on the psychosocial aspects of persons, environments and occupations of adults and older adults. Within year 4, Eoin is the module leader for Integrated Professional Practice, whereby students collate their learning from previous years and apply it to new and increasingly complex issues and concepts. Students also explore and critique the value and impact of legislation on therapy and are provided an opportunity to explore non-traditional and emerging areas for occupational therapy. Eoin has provided research supervision to both master’s level and undergraduate level students.

Eoin completed the certificate in teaching and learning with University College Cork in 2017. He completed training with the Centre for Occupational Therapy Education (COTE) in Colorado State University, USA on the Subject-Centred, Integrative Learning Model for Occupational Therapy (SCIL-OT). A model designed to foster students’ understanding of occupational therapy’s distinct value.  

In 2018, Eoin was a successful recipient of the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for his development and delivery of an innovative and multifaceted teaching and learning event, “Death Week”.

Research Interests

Eoin’s research interests centre on adopting an occupational perspective across a variety of areas strongly influenced by counter-culture and service-user perspectives. As an evidence-based lecturer, Eoin's areas of research interest are interconnected with his teaching interests; gender and sexuality, mental health and Madness, death and dying, spirituality, human rights-based healthcare, and social justice with emphasis on psycho-social issues.

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Critical Pedagogy in Occupational Therapy'
Eoin Gorman (2019) 'Critical Pedagogy in Occupational Therapy' In: Harry Gijbels, Lydia Sapouna, Gary Sidley (eds). Inside Out and Outside In: Transforming Mental Health Practices. Manchester: PCCS Books. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2022)'Doing Dating: Experiences of Dating for Transgender Adults in Ireland'
Gillane, K,. Kelliher, A., & Gorman, E. (2022) 'Doing Dating: Experiences of Dating for Transgender Adults in Ireland'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2022)'Transitioning to telehealth in mental-health occupational therapy during COVID-19'
Duffy, A., Hayes, S., Gorman, E., & Boyle, B. (2022) 'Transitioning to telehealth in mental-health occupational therapy during COVID-19'. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2022)'Irish Farmer’s Experience of Facilitating Social Farming'
Kingston, S., Giles, N., & Gorman, E. (2022) 'Irish Farmer’s Experience of Facilitating Social Farming'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2022)'Spirituality in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice in Ireland'
Coombes, L., Coleman, J. & Gorman, E. (2022) 'Spirituality in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice in Ireland'. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2022)'Perspectives & Engagement in Self-Care among Mental Health Occupational Therapists'
Gorman, E., Hoctor, A., & Kiely, M. (2022) 'Perspectives & Engagement in Self-Care among Mental Health Occupational Therapists'. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, [Details]
(2022)'Doing Dying Well’: Positive Narratives of Palliative Care Occupational Therapy in Ireland'
Gorman, E., Daly, C., & Walsh, C. (2022) 'Doing Dying Well’: Positive Narratives of Palliative Care Occupational Therapy in Ireland'. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]

Podcast - Media

 YearPublication
(2019)OT After Dark: A Little Foreign Relations in Arizona.
Reese, K., Soros, J., McCarthy, K., Gorman, E., & Twinley, R. (2019) OT After Dark: A Little Foreign Relations in Arizona. USA: Podcast - Media   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018UCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
CORU Professional National Registration/
The Society for the Study of Occupation:USA Member/
Critical Voices Network Ireland Member/
International Society for Social Transformation through Occupation member/
The Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Gillane, K,. Kelliher, A., & Gorman, E. (2022) Doing Dating: Experiences of Dating for Transgender Adults in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland , 07-OCT-22 - 08-OCT-22. [Details]
(2021)13th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference,
Gorman, E. (2021) Mad in the Classroom: Brave, Safe, and Critical Spaces in Higher Education. [Keynote Speaker], 13th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference, Online (Cork) , 10-NOV-21. [Details]
(2021)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Coombes, L., Coleman, J. & Gorman, E. (2021) Spirituality in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Online , 08-OCT-21 - 09-OCT-21. [Details]
(2021)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Kingston, S., Giles, N., & Gorman, E. (2021) Irish Farmer’s Experience of Facilitating Social Farming. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Online , 08-OCT-21 - 09-OCT-21. [Details]
(2019)Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference,
Gorman, E. (2019) Death Week: A multifaceted learning event for occupational science and occupational therapy students. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference, Arizona, USA . [Details]
(2019)College of Medicine & Health: Teaching & Learning Showcase (Inaugural),
Gorman, E. (2019) Death Week: A multifaceted learning event for occupational science and occupational therapy students. [Oral Presentation], College of Medicine & Health: Teaching & Learning Showcase (Inaugural), University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2019)Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Annual Conference,,
Gorman, E. & Ballantyne, E. (2019) Embedding Critical Perspectives of Madness within the Curriculum of Health and Social Sciences Students: Challenges and Opportunities within the Neoliberal University. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Annual Conference,, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2019)Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference,
O’Geran, E., Fanning, M., & Gorman, E. (2019) Exploring Irish Occupational Therapy Students’ Perspectives of Death and Dying Before and After Participating in “Death Week”. [Poster Presentation], Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference, Arizona, USA . [Details]
(2017)Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference,
Gorman, E., Moore, A., McCarthy, K., & Jackson, J. (2017) How is Gender Contemplated within Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Literature?. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO:USA) Annual Conference, Seattle, USA . [Details]
(2016)Irish Society Rheumatology & Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society Autumn Meeting,
Brownlee, J., Gorman, E. & Jackson, J. (2016) Lifestyle Management for Arthritis Programmes: Experiences and Implications for Practice. [Poster Presentation], Irish Society Rheumatology & Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society Autumn Meeting, Kildare, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Gorman, E., Higgins, A., Warren, A., O'Leary, D., & Pettigrew, J. (2013) Activate II: An Occupational Therapy Programme for Unemployed People. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland , 19-APR-13 - 20-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Gorman, E., & Pettigrew, J. (2012) Can Artists with Schizophrenia Experience Flow?. [Poster Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland , 27-APR-12 - 28-APR-12. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Athena SWAN - School of Clinical Therapies Chair of Culture, Inclusion and Belonging working group2021 /
School of Clinical Therapies SREC Sub-Committee Review Research Ethics Applications2017 /
SCT Student Academic Affairs Committee Programme Director - Department Representative2016 /
NUI Dr. H.H. Stewart Scholarship Nominations, Competition Reviewer & Organiser2017 /
SCT Unit Operational Response Plan COVID19 Department Representative2020 / 2020

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Malta Invited Lecturer04-JAN-21 /
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University College Cork Undergraduate Programme Director, Lecturer (Yr 3 & Yr 4)01-JUL-16 /
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University College Cork Lecturer, Practice Tutor01-JAN-15 / 30-JUN-16
Headstrong - Jigsaw Kerry (Youth Community Mental Health) Occupational Therapist01-MAY-14 / 31-DEC-14
Jonathon Swift Clinic, St. James' Hospital, Dublin (Adult Psychiatry, Acute-Impatient) Occupational Therapist01-DEC-12 / 30-APR-14
University of Limerick Activate II - Community Occupational Therapist01-MAR-12 / 31-MAY-12
University of Limerick, Education & Health Science Occupational Therapy Research & Teaching Assistant01-SEP-11 / 30-SEP-12

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2017UCC Postgraduate CertificateTeaching & Learning in Higher Education
2010University of Limerick M.Sc Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy
2004Dublin Business School Master of ArtsMaster of Arts in Anthropology
2003Dublin Business School Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Arts in Psychology

Outreach Activities

 Description

Liaising with ID+ Project to create sustainable collaborations between the OSOT programme and the Certificate in Social Citizenship and Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice programmes.

Liaising with IGNITE UCC to develop partnership and collaborations with department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

Global Education Course exploring critical perspectives of mental health in Ireland OT students from Dominican University, California, USA.

Orchestrated two externships to UCC as part of USC Leadership Capstone module. Coordinated networking opportunities for USC students with UCC students and local occupational therapists USC students attended lectures within Year 4 module and presented their Community Program projects from America to UCC students Supported UCC OT student’s successful application to attend the USC Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) Program.

Provision of 2-day workshop to occupational therapists facilitating practice education placements for UCC students

Advising mature applicants to the OSOT programme. Apprising Leaving Cert. students at the Rochestown Park Hotel Recruitment Event. Information provision to Transition Year students.

Other Activities

 Description

Since 2021 - External Examiner for MSc in Mad Studies (International Programme)

2018 - Invited Lecture (workshop) foe the Mad People’s History & Identity Course, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Module undertaken as part of PhD.
Module covered a range of themes including representations of women in history, literature and popular culture (music and film); gender and sexuality; women and politics; women, work and family, and gender violence.

Module completed as part of PhD
Facilitated by Karolinksa Institute, Sweden.
The history of occupational science and its associated concepts are explored.
Develop an occupational perspective to embed in teaching and research. 

Further Training • Trained in Recovery’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP; 2013) • Attended in-service training on Individual Care Planning (2013) • Lifestyle Design Workshop (2012) • Completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) with “LivingWorks” (2011) • “Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice” colloquium on professionalism (2011)

Awards/Achievements • Commended by and endorsement of Sleep Hygiene Posters for replication by the Mental Health Commission (2014) • Nominated and shortlisted for the AOTI Anne Beckett award (2013) • Presented research for “Activate II” at the AOTI conference (2013) • Developed an innovative community OT programme, “Activate II” in Limerick (2012) • Exhibited my M.Sc. research poster at the AOTI conference (2012) • Presented my research “Can Artists with Schizophrenia Experience Flow?” at the AOTI Mental Health Advisory Group Study Day (2011)

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Eoin’s teaching interests build on emphasising occupation as the core within the disciplines of occupational science and occupational therapy. Eoin is heavily influenced by his interest in psycho-social concepts and issues. Drawing upon his qualifications in psychology, anthropology and occupational therapy Eoin is particularly interested in the intersectional dynamics between people as occupational beings, socio-historically constructed concepts and the environments in which they are performed.  Eoin's teaching philosophy aims to foster critical and reflective thinking among his students as future occupational practitioners.
Key areas of teaching and research interest to Eoin are gender and sexuality, mental health and Madness, death and dying, spirituality, human rights-based healthcare, and social justice with emphasis on psycho-social issues.
 
  1. PhD Research Projects
    2020 (ongoing)
    Exploring the Occupations of Individuals living in Ireland who Hear Voices

  2. Masters' Research Projects
    2021 (ongoing)
    Investigating perceptions of technology use to support wellbeing in individuals with a history of mental health difficulties
    2015-2016
    Participants Perspectives of a "Lifestyle Management for Arthritis Programme": Experiences and Implications for Practice.

  3. Undergraduate Research - Final Year Projects
    2021 - 2022
    (a) Doing Dating: Experiences of Dating for Transgender Adults in Ireland.
    (b) Immigrant Women's Experience of Dating as an Occupation in Ireland
    2020-2021
    (a) Irish Farmer’s Experience of Facilitating Social Farming
    (b) Spirituality in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice in Ireland
    (c) Occupational therapists’ experiences of facilitating physical activity in mental health settings
    2019-2020
    (a) Community Mental Health Occupational Therapists Perspectives and Engagement in Self-Care to Combat Burnout in the Workplace: A Qualitative Study
    (b) Celebrating Hanukkah from an Occupational Perspective
    (c) Recruiting from Minority Populations in Ireland
    2018-2019
    (a) Doing ‘Dying Well’: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Narratives of Palliative Care Occupational Therapists in Ireland
    (b) Exploring how gender is understood in children through the form, function and meaning of play occupations within the Irish context.
    2017-2018
    (a) Exploring Occupational Perspectives on Death and Dying Among Undergraduate Occupational Science and Therapy Students
    (b) Exploring Occupational Therapy Lecturers’ Understanding of Gender & How Gender is considered in Occupational Therapy Curricula in Ireland.
    2016-2017
    (a) Exploring the influence of spirituality on the lived experience of transgender people.
    (b) Looking back: a Transgender person reflects on their experience of play in childhood.
    (c) The Transgender Community: Identifying the Challenges of Recruitment with this Hard-to-Reach Population
    2015-2016
    (a) Life after care: experiences of caregivers when their loved ones with dementia move into long term care

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2025Joy Kelleher (PhD Student) NUI (UCC)Exploring the Occupations of Individuals who Hear Voices, living in Ireland.
2023Aislinn Duffy NUI (UCC)Investigating Perceptions of Technology Use to support Wellbeing in Individuals with a History of Mental Health Difficulties.
2015Jane Brownlee NUI (UCC)Participants’ perspectives of a ‘Lifestyle Management for Arthritis Programme’: experiences and implications for practice.

Contact details

  • Eoin Gorman
    Undergraduate Programme Director and Lecturer
  • eoin.gorman@ucc.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-1584

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