Elizabeth is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy; to date her career has included leadership and management of academic and clinical staff, research experience especially with service users’ research in mental health, palliative care and in occupational therapy education. Elizabeth has worked in a range of universities nationally and internationally and has extensive experience of curriculum design. In 2015, Elizabeth was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists, the highest honour the College can bestow on one of its professional members. She is active member of RCOT/BAOT and World Federation of Occupational Therapists. In 2009, she was the Barbara Sexton Lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and in 2011 was visiting Professor at University of Newcastle, Australia. She established the MSc Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick, the only pre-registration Masters in Ireland. She was the Health Ministerial appointment for Occupational Therapy on the Health and Social Care Professions Council (now CORU) and served on the Mental Health Commission Research Committee (Ireland)
Currently, she is a member of a European Network examining transition into the workplace for students with seen/unseen disabilities. She presents at national and international conferences and publishes her research in mental health, professional practice and education in national and peer reviewed international journals.
To date she has supervised 10 PhD students to completion; eight of these are occupational therapists with a range of topics including mental health issues, assisstive technology, time use, sustainability and professional education, elder carers' quality of life and experience of caregiving. Four PhD students are currently studying with Elizabeth: one of whom is NIHR Fellow. She has co-edited two books; one on professional reasoning and the other on advanced practice in mental health occupational therapy.