DR SINÉAD HYNES

BSc. PhD

Contact Details


Occupational Therapy
210
Áras Moyola
National University of Ireland, Galway

T: +353 91 495624
E: sinead.hynes@nuigalway.ie
W: @sineadnieidhin
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NUI Galway

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Biography

Sinéad is a lecturer in occupational therapy in NUI, Galway. She started in this role in December 2015 following the completion of a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US). In this position she was involved in a number of projects in the area of multiple sclerosis including interventions for cognitive difficulties and intention tremor and the assessment of hand function.  
Prior to this, she worked for the NHS on a large occupational therapy trial for people with dementia (Valuing Active Life in Dementia; VALID).  She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, based at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in 2013. She is a CORU registered occupational therapist Registration number: 
OT021880.

Is léachtóir í Sinéad i dteiripe shaothair in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Chuir sí fúithi i nGaillimh i mí na Nollag, 2015. Sular tháinig sí go Gaillimh, bhí taighde iardhochtúireachta ar bun aici thall sa University of British Columbia, Ceanada, taighde a bhí maoinithe ag Cumann Náisiúnta na Scléaróise Iolraí (Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá). Bhí sí ag obair ar thionscadal taighde i réimse na scléaróise iolraí, a bhí ag plé le deacrachtaí cognaíocha, le creathanna sa chorp agus leis na bealaí éagsúla le measúnú a dhéanamh ar fheidhm láimhe. Roimhe sin, d’oibrigh sí don NHS i Sasana ar thástáil theiripe shaothair a bhí dírithe ar dhaoine le néaltrú. Bhain sí PhD amach ó Ollscoil Cambridge, Sasana san aonad MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences in 2013. CORU Registration number: OT021880.


Research Interests

Dr Hynes’ research interest lie largely in the area of neurorehabiltation. Her research to date has been with people with multiple sclerosis, older adults, people with brain injury and people with dementia. Dr Hynes has many years of experience working with occupational therapists, people with dementia, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury and older adults- with particular expertise in working and research in the area of cognition with multiple sclerosis.
Her current research focuses on the development and testing of an evidence-based, occupation-based programme for people with multiple sclerosis who experience cognitive difficulties (COB-MS).
She is a member of the Expert Panel for MS Ireland and provide support and advise when needed. She is involved in the development of resources for occupational therapists working with people with MS in vocational rehabilitation. She is also a member of their Research Network.

Dr Hynes has experience of managing large research projects. She has worked as a trial manager for £2million community occupational therapy dementia trial (ISRCTN 10748953). This was a multi-centre large-scale dementia trial in the UK, the largest occupational therapy trial to take place in the UK. She has published in peer-reviewed journals on interventions for older adults, people with brain injury and people with dementia, as well as the translation of a popular memory assessment to Irish.

She has gained valuable experience in research leadership as a postdoctoral researcher and has supervised and mentored students at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. She is a collaborator on an Erasmus-funded international study titled “Making Internationalisation a Reality for Occupational Therapy Students.” This is an international study of professional identity in occupational therapy and involves virtual and physical exchange between students at National University of Ireland Galway, University of Southampton and Lund University. 

ORCID: 0000-0002-3199-7355

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'A Cognitive Occupation-Based Programme for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Study to Test Feasibility and Clinical Outcomes'
Reilly, S;Hynes, SM (2018) 'A Cognitive Occupation-Based Programme for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Study to Test Feasibility and Clinical Outcomes'. Occupational Therapy International, [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study'
Di Bona, L., Wenborn, J., Field, B., Hynes, S. M., Ledgerd, R., Mountain, G., & Swinson, T. (2017) 'Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, Online First :1-9 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Community Occupational Therapy for people with dementia and family carers (COTiD-UK) versus treatment as usual: study protocol for the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) multi-centre, pragmatic randomised trial'
Wenborn, J. Hynes, S.M, Moniz-Cook, E.,Mountain, G., Poland, F. King, M. Omar, R. Morris, S., Vernooij-Dassen, M., Challis, D. Michie, S., Russell, I., Sackley, C. Graff, M., O’Keeffe, A., Crellin, N. & Orrell, M. (2016) 'Community Occupational Therapy for people with dementia and family carers (COTiD-UK) versus treatment as usual: study protocol for the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) multi-centre, pragmatic randomised trial'. Trials, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'Community Occupational Therapy for People with Dementia and their Family Carers: A National Survey of Current Occupational Therapy Practice'
Swinson, T., Wenborn, J., Hynes, S. M., Orrell, M., Rutherford, J., Rooks, S. & Ledgerd, R. (2016) 'Community Occupational Therapy for People with Dementia and their Family Carers: A National Survey of Current Occupational Therapy Practice'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Intensive training but no benefits to everyday life: computerised cognitive training'
Hynes, S.M (2015) 'Intensive training but no benefits to everyday life: computerised cognitive training'. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Is it possible to have both standardised and person-centred care?'
Hynes, S.M (2015) 'Is it possible to have both standardised and person-centred care?'. International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30 (4):431-435 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Internet, home-based cognitive and strategy training with older adults: a study to assess gains to daily life'
Hynes, S.M (2015) 'Internet, home-based cognitive and strategy training with older adults: a study to assess gains to daily life'. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Exploring the need for a new UK occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and family carers: Community Occupational Therapy in Dementia (COTiD). A focus group study'
Hynes, S.M., Field, B., Ledgerd, R., Swinson, T., Wenborn, J., di Bona, L., Moniz-Cook, E., Poland, F. & Orrell, M. (2015) 'Exploring the need for a new UK occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and family carers: Community Occupational Therapy in Dementia (COTiD). A focus group study'. Aging & Mental Health, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Developing a Computerised Multiple Elements Test for Organisational Difficulties'
Hynes, S.M., Fish, J., Evans, J.J & Manly, T. (2015) 'Developing a Computerised Multiple Elements Test for Organisational Difficulties'. International Journal of Developmental Science, 9 :85-94 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Validating an Irish-language version of the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test – Second Edition'
Hynes, S.M. & Shiel, A (2014) 'Validating an Irish-language version of the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test – Second Edition'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 77 (4) [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Using video ratings to assess multitasking performance in a naturalistic paradigm'
Hynes, S.M., Fish, J. & Manly, T. (2014) 'Using video ratings to assess multitasking performance in a naturalistic paradigm'. NeuroRehabilitation, 35 :553-562 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Intensive working memory training: A single case experimental design in a patient following hypoxic brain damage'
Hynes, S.M., Fish, J. & Manly, T. (2014) 'Intensive working memory training: A single case experimental design in a patient following hypoxic brain damage'. Brain Injury, [DOI] [Details]