Our Health & Social Care Professionals work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic approach to care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
In LauraLynn our Clinical Psychologist uses clinical judgement to apply knowledge from the scientific discipline of clinical psychology to assess, treat and prevent psychological problems. They have a number of roles including direct work with families (assessing children and parents for psychological difficulties, making sense of those difficulties and providing evidence-based treatments), indirect work (training, consultation and supervision of staff), administration, management and research. Since 2011, LauraLynn has been a training site for Psychologists in Clinical Training attached to programmes in clinical psychology at UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Psychologists in Clinical Training work under the supervision of our Senior Clinical Psychologist.
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Aidan McKiernan, graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD by UCD in 2008; the topic of his thesis focused on coping with serious illness. In 2011 he was awarded a PhD in Clinical Psychology by University of Limerick. He has experience of working in hospital and hospice settings across Ireland. He is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), former Council Member of PSI and former Chair of the PSI Division of Clinical Psychology. He has authored over 30 papers and presentations on topics including paediatric palliative care, psycho-oncology, relationship breakup and research methodology and he lectures on numerous third level academic programmes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Social Worker offers counselling and practical support to reduce family stress and works with other members of the multidisciplinary team in delivering our Bereavement Support Programme for families. Our Social Worker is also the designated liaison person with regard to Child Protection and Welfare.
Rosaleen Maguire, has a B.Soc Science from UCD and completed her post grad training at Exeter and Ulster Universities. Rosaleen has spent most of her professional life working with children and families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, National Maternity Hospital, Coombe Women’s Hospital and Midland Health Board before she joined LauraLynn in 2008. In 1992 she took a leave of absence to work with the International Red Cross as a social worker with the Somalian Relief Operation. Email email@example.com
Our Chaplain offers Pastoral, Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Care to those who request it and is available to families and staff irrespective of religion, faith or none.
Thomas Begley, is a former member of the Irish Dominicans and has worked at LauraLynn since 2000. He was appointed chaplain in 2004 and holds a Baccalaureate in Divinity awarded by the Angelicum University in Rome. He has also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a member of the National Association of Hospital Chaplains. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our physiotherapy team work to provide the best possible care and quality of life for the children, young adults and families using our services. They are particularly concerned with respiratory and posture care. They will assess and treat on an individual basis in consultation with families and other service providers as appropriate and are involved in sharing information and teaching skills in order to promote the goal of excellence in care.
Jo Fagan, graduated from the Mater School of Physiotherapy and U.C.D. in 1976. She has worked in acute hospitals, private clinics and rehabilitation centres in Ireland and Canada. Jo is a Certified People Handling Instructor Fetac/QQI Level 6. She joined the team at LauraLynn in 1997. Email: email@example.com
Ann Mills graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1983 and has worked in a variety of roles and settings over the years, primarily in community care, before coming to work at LauraLynn in 2008. She completed a Masters at UCD in 2000, a Certificate in Essential Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals with Northern Ireland Hospice in 2009 and more recently a module on Pain and Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care at TCD in 2011. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nutrition and Dietetics
Sarah Naughton graduated with a B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics from DIT, Kevin St. and Trinity College Dublin. After initially working in the area of adult dietetics in the acute setting, Sarah became interested in paediatric nutrition and dietetics. She has specialized in recent years in the area of nutrition for the child with a disability and joined the LauraLynn team in 2009 and continues to work as a Senior Paediatric Dietician at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Email: email@example.com
Occupational Therapy supports people to be able to do the things that give their lives meaning. This could be from brushing your teeth, getting dressed to accessing leisure or hobby pursuits. In LauraLynn our Occcupational Therapy Team works with the child in the context of their family or typical daily routine and establishing how this can be enhanced to support the quality of their life or maintained as best as possible where extensive medical /disability needs apply constraints. In order to do this, our Occupational Therapist uses multiple mediums some of which include: sensory stimulation, reminiscence, creative arts (music, art, play), postural management and assistive equipment/ technology.
Anna Brown joined LauraLynn in 2012. She has a First Class Honours BSc Occupational Therapy from Sheffield Hallam University, UK (2006) and has completed additional training in Sensory Integration, Sensory Attachment Intervention and DIR FloorTime Intervention. Anna has worked with a range of different client groups, both adults and children and in varied settings including, brain injury, burn injuries, oncology and mental health disorders. She is an active member of the Irish OT in Palliative care and Oncology Committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our music therapist uses music in a flexible manner to respond to each child at their level and offer a secure, creative space for self expression, communication, empowerment and enjoyment a contained/safe space. A child can access individual/family sessions in LauraLynn house or family sessions at home depending on their individual needs.
Dee Gray joined the multidisciplinary team at LauraLynn in 2012. She graduated from University of Limerick with an M.A. in music therapy. She has experience working as a senior music therapist with children in disability and medical settings. Dee has completed training courses including Development, Individual Differences, and Relationship (DIR) training. She has also completed study days at St Francis Hospice on bereavement support.Email: email@example.com
Play therapy offers children and young adults the chance to explore and express their thoughts and feelings in a non-directive and safe environment. Our Play Therapist is skilled in child development and can assist children and families with palliative care needs.
Michelle Hartnett joined LauraLynn in 2012. She graduated from University College Cork, with a BA in Early Childhood Studies and received a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Bereavement Studies from The Royal College of Surgeons. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with The National University of Ireland. She is a Grief Consultant for bereaved children, awarded by the University of Middlesex. Email firstname.lastname@example.org