Lorna is a Research Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin.
Dementia commonly increases the need for medical and social care where functional limitations are experienced. However, people living with dementia often have difficulties accessing healthcare and social care, and informal carers often provide the bulk of initial care.
Lorna has investigated how older people with complex needs access health care and the implications for the design of an integrated healthcare system.
Lorna believes there is limited evidence on how older people living with dementia use the ‘whole’ system of healthcare in Ireland. She believes that it is essential that this knowledge gap is filled so that the needs of older people with dementia are visible to, and understood by, policy makers and service planners.
Lorna Roe started out studying social science at the University College Dublin, graduating with a first class honours degree. She then studied for a Masters in Social Policy Research with the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lorna then worked as a Social Policy Officer for Age Action Ireland, an Irish charity which advocates for the rights of older people in Ireland. In 2011 she joined the HRB PhD Scholars program to undertake a PhD in population health and health services research, becoming a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2016. More recently she was the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning on the SPHeRE PhD program in a part research/part academic management role at TCD. In a voluntary capacity, Lorna is on the Executive Committee of the Irish Gerontological Society and the Irish Social Policy Association and contributes to the development of events and submissions with these organizations.