Professor Mary McCarron


THI Role

TCD nominee

Current Job

Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences TCD

Career History

Professor McCarron as Dean currently provides academic and strategic leadership to the Faculties four schools; Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, Dental Science, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to her appointment as Dean of Health Sciences, Professor McCarron served as Head of School at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College and played a key roles as Director of Research. Professor McCarron teaches across the nursing curriculum providing critical content of intellectual disability nursing, ageing, dementia, palliative care and chronic illness and has led initiatives around the development of an interdisciplinary MSc in Palliative Care, interdisciplinary MSc in dementia. Previous Employers: Trinity College Dublin, Daughters of Charity Service, Dublin, Stewarts Hospital, James Connelly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown.


Professor McCarron research area is in Ageing and Intellectual Disability (ID) fitting closely with Trinity College's research agenda on Ageing and with particular expertise in (a) generic ageing, (b) the presentation and management of dementia and (c) the provision of palliative care.
She is an active member of the Trinity Consortium on Ageing, and the recently established College Ageing Steering Committee. She is a member of the steering committee for The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, works closely Mercers Institute of Ageing at St. James Hospital and is an active with the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) and its special interest group on ageing. She recently hosted and chaired the Annual International Roundtable in Ageing and Intellectual Disabilities held here in Dublin.
Her work is nationally and internationally recognized and has attracted 1.5 million euro in research funding including Health Research Board grants, and support from Atlantic Philanthropies, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences and other funding bodies. In 2010 in conjunction with Professor Heleen Evenhuis Professor McCarron led the Development of a PhD Exchange Programme between the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College and the Department of Intellectual Disability Medicine, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

She holds a research assistant Professorship at the Centre for Excellence in Ageing & Community Wellness at the University at Albany NY.

Advisory /Committees

Professor McCarron is an active member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) and member of the Specialist Interest Group on Ageing; and Down Syndrome Specialist Interest Group. Chair and Host of the 2011 IASSID Roundtable on Ageing held at Trinity College Dublin. National Designated Expert on Ageing, Dementia and Palliative Care in Persons with Intellectual Disability for National Federation of Voluntary Bodies. Irish lead on the task force for the European Association of Palliative in Long-Term Care Settings for Older People. She also serves on numerous National and International Bodies in the Health sector.

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