Ms Mairéad Cooney

Research Studentship

Research Institution: 
Dublin City University
Research Location: 
School of Health & Human Performance, Dublin City University
Hometown: 
Navan, Co. Meath
Main Research Focus: 
Survivorship
Bio: 
Mairéad graduated from Dublin City University in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Sport Science and Health. She went on to complete an M.Sc. in Liverpool John Moores University in Clinical Exercise Physiology, where she graduated with distinction.
 
Upon completion of her academic studies, Mairéad began working as a clinical exercise physiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she gained a wealth of experience in hospital-based and community exercise physiology across cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation and ward based exercise with patients with cystic fibrosis.
 
She then moved to Newcastle, Australia where she began working for New South Wales Health as a health promotion and research officer and an exercise physiologist. In these roles, she worked on primary and secondary prevention initiatives for childhood obesity. Mairéad returned to Ireland in 2014, where she began working in community-based rehabilitation.  
 
Mairéad is passionate about the use of exercise to support those living with chronic illnesses to improve their quality of life. Cancer survivors face challenges in adopting regular physical activity and Mairéad is excited to be undertaking a PhD that aims to explore these issues and contribute to the research base in this area.  
 
Read Mairead's article "The Power of Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors" which featured in National Fitness News e-Zine summer 2016 edition.