Dr HAZEL KILLEEN

B.Sc.OT, Ph.D

 
researcher
 

Biography

Dr. Hazel Killeen, BScOT, PhD, is a full-time Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, in the National University of Ireland, Galway since 2010.
CORU Registration no. OT21317.

In 1998, Hazel completed her primary degree in Occupational Therapy at Trinity College, Dublin. Over the next 12 years, Hazel worked clinically in the public sector, in private practice and on a voluntary capacity in the area of paeditric occupational therapy. During this time she had the privilege of experiencing a diverse range of international healthcare systems and working closely with many wonderful children and families from a broad range of cultural backgrounds through her clinical work and training in paediatrics in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Siberia and The United States.

Hazel's PhD (2011-2015) compared the adaptive behaviour and participation of children, between 2 and 5 years of age, born preterm to those born full-term. In 2016, Hazel completed postdoctoral training in McGill University, Montreal, Canada. With Dr Dana Anaby, McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Hazel studied the use of an environmental-based intervention to improve the participation of former preterm infants.

Ever passionate about what is best for families and children with additional needs, Hazel and the F-Words Ireland Research Team are exploring the use of the F-Words for Child Development for children with additional needs and their families as part of a two-year study (2021-2023). 
 
 

 
 

Research Interests

Dr. Killeen's area of specialty is in Childhood Disability and Child Development Research.

Dr. Killeen welcomes applicants for both Masters and PhD research in this area.
If you are considering postgraduate research that focuses on children, especially those with additional needs or in marginalised groups, please contact hazel.killeen@nuigalway.ie for more information. 


Dr Hazel Killeen is the Principal Investigator on the F-Words Ireland Research Team.
The Irish team includes Co-Investigator Dr Mairead Dempsey, a Summer Student Scholar (Cathal Connolly), and is the process of recruiting a Master's scholar and two parent experts. The study is being done in collaboration with Dr Peter Rosenbaum, Ms. Rachel Teplicky, Dr Andrea Cross and the F-Words Team, CanChild, McMaster University, Canada. 

The 6 `F-Words' (Rosenbaum & Gorter, 2011) stand for: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends and Future, and is an overall philosophy for both childhood disability and child development, firmly grounded in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001).

The 21st century has witnessed a major change in the way that childhood disability and child development are viewed. The aim of the study is to investigate the impact of the F-Words and it's tools on Irish Children with additional needs, their families, and children's services. 

Previously Dr Killeen was co-principal investigator of an intervention study that used an environmental-based approach (PREP) to enhance the participation of former preterm infants in Ireland. Dr. Dana Anaby, McGill University, Canada, was co-investigator of this study.           

Dr. Killeen's PhD study explored the adaptive behaviour and participation of preterm infants (very low birth weight) between 2 years to 5 years 6 months of age, in comparison to their full term peers.            

Other areas of Interest in Paediatrics 
  • Strengths based approaches that emphasise what children can and want to do
  • Participation of children with additional needs
  • Handwriting
  • Goal setting and outcome measure
  • Standardised Testing

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
EXPLORING THE USE OF THE ‘F-WORDS’ FOR CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN IRELAND 26-APR-21 30-APR-23
IMPROVING THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN BORN PRETERM USING THE PREP APPROACH: THE REPLICATION OF A CANADIAN PROTOCOL IN IRELAND 01-JUL-16 30-JUN-19
THE IMPACT ON PRETERM BIRTH ON PARTICIPATION IN CHILD HOOD OCCUPATIONS MILLENIUM AC HAZEL KILLEEN 28-FEB-12 30-JUN-15

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) 'Improving the participation of young children born preterm using the PREP approach'
Killeen, H., Anaby, D. (2020) 'Improving the participation of young children born preterm using the PREP approach'. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62 (S4):23-24 [Details]
(2019) 'Supporting the participation of youth with physical disabilities: Parents' strategies'
Killeen, H., Shahin, S., Bedell, G.M., Anaby, D.R. (2019) 'Supporting the participation of youth with physical disabilities: Parents' strategies'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 82 :153-161 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Relationships between Adaptive Behaviours, Personal Factors, and Participation of Young Children'
Killeen, H., Shiel, A., Law, M., O'Donovan, D. J., Segurado, R., & Anaby, D. (2017) 'Relationships between Adaptive Behaviours, Personal Factors, and Participation of Young Children'. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, :1-12 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'The impact of preterm birth on participation in childhood occupation'
Killeen, H., Shiel, A., Law, M., Segurado, R., O'Donovan, D. (2015) 'The impact of preterm birth on participation in childhood occupation'. European Journal Of Pediatrics, 174 :299-306 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Cross-cultural testing–Use of the ABAS-II to measure the adaptive behaviour of Irish VLBW preschoolers'
Killeen H, Shiel A, Law M, O’Donovan D (2014) 'Cross-cultural testing–Use of the ABAS-II to measure the adaptive behaviour of Irish VLBW preschoolers'. Archives Of Disease In Childhood-Fetal And Neonatal Edition, 99 (Suppl 1):A61-A61 [Details]
(2008) 'Handwriting speed: duration of testing period and relation to socio-economic disadvantage and handedness'
O'Mahony, P., Dempsey, M., Killeen, H. (2008) 'Handwriting speed: duration of testing period and relation to socio-economic disadvantage and handedness'. Occupational Therapy International, 15 (3):165-177 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2014) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test - 2nd Edition.
Killeen, H., Dempsey, M. & O'Mahoney (2014) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test - 2nd Edition. Dublin, Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. [Details]
(2007) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test.
Killeen, H., Dempsey, M., O'Mahony, P. (2007) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test. Dublin: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2019) Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist Conference
Shahin, S., Killeen, H, Bedell, G, & Anaby, D. (2019) Parents’ strategies for enhancing participation in youth with physical disabilities Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist Conference [Details]
(2019) 73rd American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and 2nd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability Triennial meeting
Anaby, D., Killeen, H., Burrough, M., Teplicky, R., Golos, A. & Turner, A. (2019) PREP 101: An Innovative Therapy Intervention for Improving Participation of Children and Youth Around the World 73rd American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and 2nd International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability Triennial meeting Anaheim, California, [Details]
(2017) American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 71st Annual Meeting
Killeen, H., Shiel, A., Law, M. & Anaby, D. (2017) Do personal factors and adaptive behaviours effect the participation of young children with and without a history of preterm birth? American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 71st Annual Meeting Montreal, Canada, , 13-SEP-17 - 16-SEP-17 [Details]
(2016) 3rd #CountMeIn! International Scientific Meeting, Supporting Children’s Participation
Killeen, H., O’Donovan, D., Law, M. & Shiel, A. (2016) The challenges of measuring the participation of young children born preterm 3rd #CountMeIn! International Scientific Meeting, Supporting Children’s Participation [Details]
(2016) Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries and the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education Congress
Black, L., Moroney, C., Russell, L. & Killeen, H. (2016) Is Ireland taking advantage of young carers? Same work, same hours, no pay! Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries and the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education Congress [Details]
(2014) 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan
Killeen, H., O'Donovan, D, Law, M, Shiel, A. (2014) The Impact of Preterm Birth on Childhood Occupation 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan [Details]
(2012) 2nd Irish Congress of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Perinatal Medicine
Killeen, H., Shiel, A., Law, M. & O'Donovan, D. (2012) The Impact of Preterm Birth on Participation in Childhood occupation 2nd Irish Congress of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Perinatal Medicine [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2004) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test.
Dempsey, M., Killeen, H. (2004) The Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test. Galway: Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) Irish research in handwriting speed. National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists.
Dempsey, M., Killeen, H. (2004) Irish research in handwriting speed. National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists. Belfast: Conference Paper [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Improving Academic Skills and Occupational Engagement through Structured Physical Education', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
Gilroy, S., O'Connor, E., Connolly, R., Lavery, S., Killeen, H., Ní Loinsigh, C., Ní Riain, C., McNamara, B. & Collins, A. (2012) 'Improving Academic Skills and Occupational Engagement through Structured Physical Education', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Conference Poster [Details]
(2012) 'Establishing a Sustainable Homework Club: Facilitators and Challenges', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
McManus, L., Clarke, J., Frecklington, P. & Killeen, H. (2012) 'Establishing a Sustainable Homework Club: Facilitators and Challenges', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Conference Poster [Details]
(2012) 'Challenges of implementing client centred practice when developing innovative community based programmes', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
Price, O., McCormack, H., McGrath, M. & Killeen, H. (2012) 'Challenges of implementing client centred practice when developing innovative community based programmes', AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar, April 27-28. Ireland: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Conference Poster [Details]
(2011) ‘Roll With It! Developing Wheelchair Skills with Irish Wheelchair Association Service Users’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
McGrath, V., Barry, H., Gavigan, A., McGrath, M. And Killeen, H. (2011) ‘Roll With It! Developing Wheelchair Skills with Irish Wheelchair Association Service Users’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Dundalk Conference Poster [Details]
(2011) ‘Getting The Balance Right- Living With Epilepsy’. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
Crowe, L., Clarke, R., Monson-Kirby, E., McGrath, M. and Killeen, H. (2011) ‘Getting The Balance Right- Living With Epilepsy’. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Dundalk Conference Poster [Details]
(2011) ‘Come Dine With Us - Increasing Social Engagement for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
Healy, M., O'Flaherty, L., O'Callaghan, C., Killeen, H., McGrath, M. and Keane, L (2011) ‘Come Dine With Us - Increasing Social Engagement for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Dundalk Conference Poster [Details]
(2011) ‘Exploring Accessibility Issues at NUI, Galway for Students with Intellectual Disabilities’. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
Lyons, A., Campbell, M., O'Brien, M., Killeen, H. and McGrath, M. (2011) ‘Exploring Accessibility Issues at NUI, Galway for Students with Intellectual Disabilities’. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Dundalk Conference Poster [Details]
(2001) ‘Crossing the Digital Divide with Older Adults’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
Carpenter, M., Ní Ghríofa, O., Killeen, H., McGrath, M. and Jennings, N (2001) ‘Crossing the Digital Divide with Older Adults’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Dundalk Conference Poster [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2011) ‘Review of assessments guiding seating intervention in children with complex disabilities’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference.
Killeen, H. & Chockalingam, M (2011) ‘Review of assessments guiding seating intervention in children with complex disabilities’.. College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference. Workshops [Details]
(2010) The Promotion of Fine Motor Skills in School Aged Children. Irish Learning Support Association.
Killeen, H. (2010) The Promotion of Fine Motor Skills in School Aged Children. Irish Learning Support Association. Galway: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Interventions within the model of Sensory Integration. Paediatric Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group of British Columbia.
Killeen, H. (2007) Interventions within the model of Sensory Integration. Paediatric Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group of British Columbia. Workshops [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 President's Award for Teaching Excellence Nominee NUI Galway
2015 5 year Honorary Membership Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland
2012 Millennium Research Fund National University of Ireland Galway

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1998 Trinity College Dublin Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) 4-year honours degree programme
2011 National University of Ireland, Galway Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning In Higher Education
2015 National University of Ireland, Galway/McMaster University, Canada PhD (Occupational Therapy) The Impact of Preterm Birth on Childhood Occupation

Other Activities

  Description

2020 Green Badge in Universal Design for Learning

2005 Postgraduate Certificate in Neuro-Developmental Therapy

2009 -2010 Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

2000 - 2003 Certificate in Sensory Integration (SIPT Certified)

2008 -2009 Diploma in Holistic Massage

Teaching Interests



Paediatrics

Article on Telehealth and Children on RTÉ Brainstorm

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0112/1189152-telehealth-telemedicine-digital-health-children-irel...



Community Engaged Learning (CEL)
Overview

http://www.nuigalway.ie/cki/servicelearning/collegeofmedicinenursingandhealthsciences/communityengag... 

Examples of student projects completed during Community Engaged Learning:

Build-A-Box Campaign to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on some of the most vulnerable people in our community

https://www.nuigalway.ie/cki/servicelearning/professionaldevelopment/resources/ilaswebinarseries/ 
https://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/news-and-events/news-archive/2021/march/nui-galway-students-build-...
https://www.donegaldaily.com/2021/04/05/donegal-students-help-combat-loneliness-through-build-a-box-...
https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/westmeath-student-helps-older-people-through-build-a-...

Field Trip: Exploring a community project developed through service-learning in the University of Vic, Spain.
3rd year occupational therapy students from NUI Galway went to Spain to discuss their experiences of community engaged learning with their Spanish peers. 

https://sin.ie/2013/03/18/occupational-therapy-students-visit-vic/ 


  • Intellectual Disability