Mary is a committed ageing research leader and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability & ageing, dementia, and end of life care. She is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally.
“Family caregiver’s joy”(Family Member).
Words of Strength
Connecting and bringing people together
Mary's work addresses inequities in diagnosis and educate on prevention, focusing on exercise, diet, and being socially and mentally active. Using evidenced based innovative approaches to living well with dignity in the community of one’s choosing, people will be given hope.
In developing Ireland’s first National Memory Clinic for people with an intellectual disability and satellite centres throughout the country, Mary is addressing this population’s inequities in access, and challenges in care, service, and knowledge.
Mary's work addresses one of the most vulnerable populations for dementia, people with Down syndrome and develops tools and approaches that respond to differences in presentation and experiences for this group .
Mary, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. She has had many senior leadership roles with Trinity College including Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery from 2009-2011, and has served on the Senior Management Executive of the University from 2011 - 2019 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Mary is a committed ageing research leader and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability & ageing, dementia, and end of life care. She is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally. She also leads a large longitudinal study on dementia in people with Down syndrome spanning over 25 years. She has extensive clinical experience in the field of Intellectual Disability and is Policy and Services advisor on dementia to the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service. Her award winning approaches on environmental design and technology innovations are improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia. As Executive Director, Mary is leading the establishment of a National Memory Service of people with an Intellectual Disability. She has been recognized internationally for PPI and her translational approaches, and in 2019 was awarded the inaugural HRB impact Award. She holds a visiting Professorship to Duke University and has over 150 publications.
American Academy of Nursing Fellow, 2020 Winner, Inaugural Impact Award, Health Research Board, 2019 Chair, Ageing and Intellectual Disability, 2014 Trinity Fellow, 2011 Clinical Fellowship in Nursing and Midwifery, Health Research Board, 1999 Nurse of the Year, 1993