About Áine O'Dea

Dr. Áine O'Dea brings a distinctive background of clinical expertise, leadership, and research experience, having worked in various clinical and academic settings in Ireland and the UK. Having trained as an Occupational Therapist, Áine went on to work in various clinical areas such as mental health, child and adolescent health and adult neurology in the NHS (UK), as well as the voluntary, public and private sectors in Ireland for over twenty years.

Áine was the first occupational therapist in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) PhD scholarship from the HRB (Health Research Board), during which she completed her doctoral studies in the area of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), examining both the most effective interventions to treat this disorder, and how to combat the negative impacts it has on inclusion and participation for young people.

As part of this PhD programme, Áine completed a post-graduate diploma in population health and health services research, which gave her an excellent understanding of population health issues across the life span, national health policies, health economics, health informatics, and research methodologies.


Áine is passionate about translating research knowledge into practice and loves her work as a professional and clinical supervisor in the private and public sector, supporting Continuous Professional Development and evidence-based clinical practice. Having an extensive clinical background and being widely read across research literature, Áine uses her extensive experience to provide high-quality supervision for professionals.

Áine is a published author in the area of DCD and best-practice interventions to support health and well-being in this population and contributed to the book "Occupational Performance Coaching – A manual for practitioners and researchers". She is a published author of several papers in high-impact journals and a contributor to other publications in occupational therapy, clinical supervision, and parent/educator coaching.