Ms Rachel Leonard BSc, PGradDip, MHlthSci, MSc.
Rachel graduated from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh in 1998 with a BSc in Speech Pathology and Therapy. She worked in Ireland prior to moving to Australia where she worked with CRS Australia in the area of vocational rehabilitation. It was as a result of this position that Rachel developed an interest in Traumatic Brain Impairment (TBI) and went on to pursue a Masters degree in TBI in 2004 at the University of Sydney. Her studies focused on the role of spontaneous versus pharmacologically induced neuroplastic recovery.
During her time with CRS Australia, Rachel participated in national teams such as The Network of Excellence for ABI and the Research and Evaluation Committee. She was also a national trainer in employment strategies.
Rachel returned to Ireland in 2006 where she worked with the HSE West until
January 2011 in order to establish a Speech and Language Therapy service in
adult acute care. As part of this position she completed a post graduate diploma
in Dysphagia at Trinity College Dublin in 2009. She completed an MSc in
Healthcare Ethics and Law at RCSI in 2011 which focused on young adults with
disorders of consciousness in Ireland. She is currently undertaking further
research in this area.
|Leavy, D., Leonard, R. & McMenamin, R. (2011) The relationship between amateur singers' knowledge of voice care and perceptions of vocal health. [Poster Presentation], Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapy Biennial Conference, Dublin , 25-NOV-11 - 26-NOV-11.|