Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

DSIDC Team

Associate Professor Suzanne Cahill: Director

Telephone: +353 1 4162035

Suzanne was first appointed as Director of the Centre in 1999.  She has a background in Social Policy, Social Work and Research and did her under-graduate degrees (B.Soc.Science and M.Soc. Science) in UCD and her post-graduate degrees in Stockholm University (Dip Applied Soc Studies) and the University of Queensland, Australia (PhD).  She has served on many different committees both in Ireland and in Australia, campaigning for the rights of older people particularly those with a dementia. She has taught under-graduate courses in Trinity College on Ageing and Dementia and has published nationally and internationally.  She has graduated eleven Masters and three PhD students and is currently supervising four full time PhD students and a Post-Doc.  Her research interests include, quality of life and dementia, design and dementia, gender issues in family caregiving, technology and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in primary care. She was the lead PI and chaired the National Dementia Advisory Committee established to oversee the research review for Ireland’s forthcoming National Dementia Strategy. 

 

 

Cecilia Craig: Education Officer

Telephone: +353 1 4162060

Cecilia Craig

Cecilia was appointed as Education Officer to the DSIDC in September 2004.  She has a background in Psychiatric and General Nursing. Following completing her degree in Nursing Studies, she registered as a Nurse Tutor and taught courses in Dublin city hospitals including St. Patrick's, St. Vincent's, and St. John of God. She completed her M.Sc in Nursing at TCD, focusing on the therapeutic use of self within the nurse/patient/client relationship.

Prior to joining the Centre, she was employed as a lecturer at UCD where she was involved in the management and teaching of a number of nursing modules. She has completed courses at the Dementia Design School, Stirling University and the King’s Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment project: ‘Designing Hospital Environments for People with Dementia’.

 

 

Matthew Gibb: Senior Social Worker/Researcher

Telephone: +353 1 4284335

Matthew Gibb

Matthew was first appointed to the Centre in June 2003.  He has a professional background in Social Work practice and a Masters degree in Social Policy and Social Work Studies, from the London School of Economics. Matthew has much experience working with older people, carers and people with sensory and physical disabilities. His role is both that of Medical Social Worker to patients attending the Memory Clinic (Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing) and Social Researcher at the DSIDC. 

 

 

Lorraine Lovely: Administrator

Telephone: +353 1 4162035

Lorraine Lovely

Lorraine joined the Centre as Administrator in August 2008.  She has an honours degree in Psychology from the Open University and a wide range of administrative experience gained in the health and education sector both in Ireland and the UK.

Prior to joining the Centre, Lorraine worked for over 10 years both in the CEO’s office and in the Emergency Department of St James’s hospital. 

 

 

Dearbhla O’Caheny: Assistant Education Officer

Telephone: +353 1 4162105

Dearbhla took up the position of Assistant Education Officer in September 2008. She has an honours degree in Psychology and English as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion specialising in Mental Health Promotion all from National University of Ireland Galway. She has worked with the HSE in services for those with physical and sensory disabilities and also held positions in Sligo General Hospital.