Research Profile

Bríd Dunne

Biography

Dr. Bríd D. Dunne graduated with a first class honours MSc Occupational Therapy from University of Limerick in 2012. Prior to this, she completed a BA Liberal Arts (Psychology and Maths) from Mary Immaculate College, and an MA Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick. Her PhD research was conducted at the University of Limerick and funded by an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Award (the project was initially funded by a Department of Occupational Therapy stipend). Her doctoral research explored the history, knowledge, and practice of occupational therapy in Ireland, and used archival and oral history methods to critically analyse how the profession emerged in the Irish context. 

 In August 2016, she was appointed part time Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University College Cork, where she is Year 1 coordinator and lectures on Year 4 of the undergraduate program. Her teaching interests include critical historical perspectives on occupational science and occupational therapy, potential for occupational science in working with marginalised groups, research methods, mental health, academic writing, and human rights perspectives on occupational science and therapy.

Research Interests

Bríd’s research interests primarily concern the history of occupational therapy, focusing on the history of the therapeutic use of occupation in Ireland from its use in 19th century asylums to the professionalization of occupational therapy in the mid 20th century. She is also interested in critical historical perspectives on occupational science and occupational therapy, research methods, mental health (including the relationship between occupational therapy and the institutions within which it developed), academic writing, and human rights perspectives on occupational therapy. 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Student Summer BursaryOther: Not Listed30-JUN-1130-AUG-11€2,000.00
Department of Clinical Therapies (Occupational Therapy) PhD StipendOther: Not Listed01-SEP-1201-SEP-14€24,000.00
Postgraduate Scholarship (PhD)Irish Research Council01-SEP-1301-SEP-16€68,930.35

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'A case study of the development of occupational therapy at St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin, 1935-1969'
Dunne, B. D., Robinson, K. & Pettigrew J. (2018) 'A case study of the development of occupational therapy at St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin, 1935-1969'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy,   [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'An Oral History of Occupational Therapy Education in the Republic of Ireland'
Dunne, B.D., Pettigrew, J. & Robinson, K. (2018) 'An Oral History of Occupational Therapy Education in the Republic of Ireland'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2017)'Major trends in the use of occupation as therapy in Ireland 1863-1963'
Pettigrew, J., Robinson, K., Dunne, B., & O’Mahoney, J. (2017) 'Major trends in the use of occupation as therapy in Ireland 1863-1963'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45 (1):4-14   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy'
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2015) 'Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (6) [Details]

Professional Activities

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2008Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick Master of ArtsMA Irish Music Performance
2012Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick Master of ScienceOccupational Therapy
2017Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick PHDOccupational Therapy
2017University College Cork Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher EduTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2007Mary Immaculate College Limerick Bachelor of ArtsLiberal Arts - Psychology/Maths

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Launch of School of Allied Health and Research Showcase,
Dunne, B., Robinson, K. & Pettigrew, J. (2018) An Oral History of Occupational Therapy in the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Launch of School of Allied Health and Research Showcase, School of Allied Health, University of Limerick, Limerick . [Details]
(2018)Launch of School of Allied Health and Research Showcase,
Dunne, B., Robinson, K. & Pettigrew, J. (2018) A case study of the development of occupational therapy at St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin, 1935-1969. [Poster Presentation], Launch of School of Allied Health and Research Showcase, School of Allied Health, University of Limerick, Limerick . [Details]
(2016)European Writing Centre Association Conference,
Hogan, J., Dunne, B., Curry, N., Wall, P. & Horgan, L. (2016) An auto-ethnographic analysis of tutor responses to feelings of inequality in writing centre peer-tutoring sessions. [Oral Presentation], European Writing Centre Association Conference, Lodz, Poland . [Details]
(2016)1st COTEC ENOTHE joint conference,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2016) “Researching the history of occupational therapy using documentary sources”. [Oral Presentation], 1st COTEC ENOTHE joint conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2014)European Writing Centre Association Conference,
Curry, N., Dunne, B., Hardiman, S., Moynhian, S. & O‘ Halloran, M. (2014) Empathy in the peer-tutoring relationship: Peering across disciplines to deal with emotion. [Oral Presentation], European Writing Centre Association Conference, Frankfurt Oder, Germany . [Details]
(2016)1st COTEC ENOTHE joint conference,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2016) “The history of occupational therapy at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin: 1945-1962”. [Poster Presentation], 1st COTEC ENOTHE joint conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2015)Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2015) “Occupational therapy in the Republic of Ireland: an oral history”. [Poster Presentation], Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference, Winnipeg, Canada . [Details]
(2014)16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists,
Pettigrew, J., Dunne, B., Dunne, L., & Guinan, A. (2014) “The Therapeutic use of Occupation at the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dublin, Ireland (1850-1880)”. [Oral Presentation], 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan . [Details]
(2014)16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2014) “The Development of Occupational Therapy in Ireland: A Case Study of the Killarney Mental Hospital (1931-1961)”. [Oral Presentation], 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan . [Details]
(2013)College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference,
Dunne, B., & Pettigrew, J. (2013) “The Lived Experience of Performance and Pain in Irish Fiddlers”. [Poster Presentation], College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK . [Details]
(2013)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Robinson, K., Faughnan, C., O’Riordan, Y., Pettigrew, J., & Dunne, B. (2013) “Dr. Eamonn O’Sullivan; An Occupational Therapist Before His Time”. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2013) “Researching Occupational Therapy in Ireland”. [Oral Presentation], College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK . [Details]
(2013)Occupation – Awakening to the Everyday,
Pettigrew, J., Dunne, B., & Robinson, K. (2013) “A Hidden History – Uncovering the Legacy of Dr. Eamonn O’Sullivan”. [Oral Presentation], Occupation – Awakening to the Everyday, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)University Hospital’s Limerick Research Symposium,
Dunne, B., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2013) “Researching the history of occupational therapy in Ireland”. [Poster Presentation], University Hospital’s Limerick Research Symposium, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Clinical Therapies Research Day,
Dunne, B. (2013) “Looking back and thinking forward - the history of occupational therapy in Ireland”. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Clinical Therapies Research Day, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Lynch, S., Pettigrew, J., & Dunne, B. (2013) “The Development of Occupational Therapy during World War II”. [Poster Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment, Research Symposium,
Dunne, B., Faughnan, C., Pettigrew, J., & Robinson, K. (2013) “A Hidden History of Occupational Therapy in Ireland. Uncovering the Legacy of Dr. Eamonn O’Sullivan”. [Poster Presentation], Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment, Research Symposium, St. Anne's College Oxford, UK . [Details]
(2013)Occupation – Awakening to the Everyday,
Pettigrew, J., Dunne, B., Dunne, L., & Guinan, A. (2013) “The Therapeutic Use of Occupation at the Central Mental Hospital, 1850-1890”. [Poster Presentation], Occupation – Awakening to the Everyday, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment, Research Symposium,
Pettigrew, J., Dunne, B., Dunne, L., & Guinan, A. (2013) “The Therapeutic use of Occupation at the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dublin, 1850-1890”. [Oral Presentation], Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment, Research Symposium, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, UK . [Details]
(2013)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Pettigrew, J., Guinan, A., Dunne, L., & Dunne, B. (2013) “The therapeutic use of Occupation at the Central Mental Hospital 1850-1900”. [Poster Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference,
Dunne, B., & Pettigrew, J. (2012) “‘It’s not like I can just stop’ - The Lived Experience of Pain in Irish Traditional Fiddle Students”. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Mullingar, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Seminar Series,
Dunne, B. (2012) “No Pain, No Gain?” Practice Makes...? Take Two. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Seminar Series, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Society for Music Education in Ireland, 2nd Annual Conference,
Dunne, B., & Pettigrew, J. (2012) “‘It’s not like I can just stop’ - The Lived Experience of Pain in Irish Traditional Musicians”. [Oral Presentation], Society for Music Education in Ireland, 2nd Annual Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2007)Psychology Society of Ireland Student Conference,
Dunne, B. (2007) “The impact of text and image based media sources on implicit attitudes towards body image”. [Oral Presentation], Psychology Society of Ireland Student Conference, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Brothers of Charity, Bawnmore, Limerick Social Care Worker/
Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick Teaching Assistant in Occupational Therapy/
Brothers of Charity, Bawnmore, Limerick Care Assistant/
Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Part-time)15-AUG-16 / 01-JUN-17
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University College Cork Lecturer in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (Part-time)/
Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick Tutor in Academic Writing/
Irish Research Council, University of Limerick Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar/

Teaching Activities

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Personal Professional Development IV OT4005Personal Professional Development IV
2020Person Environment Occupation I OT1001Person Environment Occupation I

Contact details

  • Bríd Dunne
    Yr 1 Co-ordinator and Lecturer
  • brid.dunne@ucc.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-1604

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