Dr. Sinéad Hynes
Dr Hynes is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at NUI Galway and is the primary investigator of the COB-MS research program. She started working in NUI Galway in December 2015 following the completion of a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US). In this position she was involved in a number of projects in the area of multiple sclerosis rehabilitation and assessment. Prior to this, she worked for the NHS on an occupational therapy trial for people with dementia (Valuing Active Life in Dementia; VALID). She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, based at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in 2013. She is a CORU registered occupational therapist Registration number: OT021880.
Dr. Christopher Dwyer
Dr Dwyer is a post-doctoral researcher who coordinates and manages the COB-MS research program; and is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of a suite of research projects. He has over 10 years’ experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of health interventions, clinical decision-making, the psychology of education and critical thinking, having developed expertise in psychological models that underpin learning, education, behaviour change, research development, statistical analysis, project management, and leadership. He is the author of “Critical Thinking: Conceptual Perspectives and Practical Guidelines”, published by Cambridge University Press (2017); over 30 peer-reviewed research journal articles; as well as the blog, “Thoughts on Thinking”, for PsychologyToday.com.
Robert is an embedded patient researcher, bringing his experience to our research of living with Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. Specifically, he has Secondary Progressive MS, as well as sarcoidosis, asthma and persistent post-traumatic headaches. Since starting his blog in 2017 (www.a30minutelife.com), Robert is now a EUPATI Patient Expert Fellow; part of both the HSE Patient Advisory Panel for Research & Development and the User Advisory Group of Gravitate Health; and is active with IPPOSI, helping to ensure the patient has a more active role in research. This knowledge and experience has also been shared with the IMI-PARADIGM & IMI-PREFER consortiums.
Fionnuala is a “blinded” research assistant on the COB-MS research program, responsible for scheduling online meetings with participants and both the administration and scoring of self-report and cognitive assessments with participants. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and completed her BA in Psychology at NUI Galway. She teaches part-time, delivering online lectures to Developmental Psychology students.