Katie is originally from Louth now residing in Meath and has joined Resilience as a Clinical Services Manager. Katie has a BSc Hons in Biomedical Science from NUIM and always had an interest in learning about illnesses. It became quickly clear during her education that although she had a passion for medicine, she wanted to learn more about how living with an illness impacted on an individual’s function, wellbeing, and quality of life so it felt like a natural decision to go on and complete a MSc Hons in Occupational Therapy in University of Derby. Katie has almost 10 years’ experience working as an Occupational Therapist across the NHS, HSE and independent settings progressing up to a Clinical Specialist grade during her time in the NHS. Katie has a variety of experience and skill sets from working in acute medicine, rehab, oncology, paediatrics, neuro, intermediate care, stroke and in community settings. Katie has recently commenced training in Healthcare management and has an interest in progressing to a MSc in Leadership in Healthcare.
Clinical Services Manager
Maria is a Registered Nurse for Intellectual Disabilities and she has a degree in Human Resource Management and a masters qualification in CBT & MI skills. Maria has worked in the ID sector for over 30 years with 20 of these managing clinical Teams. Maria has a special interest in person centeredness and in supporting individuals with an ID & ASD to realise their fullest lives possible. She has experience developing and managing several projects such as Home Share, Shared care, After-school clubs, Residential Respite, the move from congregated settings and the roll out of Progressing Disability Services.
Originally from Dublin, Ingrid graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is a state registered dietitian with CORU as well as a member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute. Since graduation Ingrid has completed an MSc in Advanced Dietetic Practice in the University of Nottingham and is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in Healthcare Innovation due to her passion to improve delivery of healthcare. Ingrid worked with Resilience as an associate for a number of years before joining on a permanent basis in 2022.
She is now working at a specialist level in paediatrics and social care. Ingrid has extensive experience working in large adult and paediatric teaching hospitals in Ireland, and has also worked within the disability sector for a number of years. She has also undergone specialised training in feed aversion and enteral feeding tube weaning in children and infants.
Behaviour Support Specialist Consultant
Brian McDonald, M.A., P.Dip.,is a principled nurse, clinician and Behaviour Support Specialist with over 30 years of diverse, practical & applied knowledge in human care services. His strong care ethos is enhanced by his M.A. from University College Cork focusing on Behaviour Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis and Behavioural/Cognitive Psychotherapy. Brian' skills include Behavioural Assessment/Management/Intervention, developing and delivering Training/Workshops, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Service Review, Policy Development, Auditing. Additionally, Brian is Consultant/Patron to Děti Úplňku (based in the Czech Republic) supporting their work towards deinstitutionalisation and systems change in the delivery of care services.
Behavior Support Specialist
Niamh is a BCaBA (board certified assistant behaviour Analyst) with 12 years’ experience working in the behaviour specialist field. Niamh qualified with a degree in social care in 2010 and worked in the residential care field with children with complex behaviour. From there, Niamh trained to become a Behaviour Therapist and spend the first 7 years of her career working in Early intervention with young children with intellectual disabilities. Niamh moved to Australia in 2013 and has gained vast experience working under behaviour analysts guidance in the field of positive behaviour Support. In 2018 Niamh transitioned into adult care, and worked as a behaviour Support specialist , writing positive behaviour Support plans, and providing behaviour Intervention to adults and teens with complex needs. Niamh returned to Ireland in February 2022 , and is now sharing her skills in the areas of PBS, intellectual disability and behaviour interventions with the resilience team.