Dublin City University (DCU) and the Health Services Executive (HSE) have developed the Elevator programme with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies.
The Dementia Elevator Team
Left to Right: Ann-Marie Coen, Sophia Kilcullen, Paulina Piasek, Kate Irving, Kirsty Rickard
Dr. Kate Irving
The team is lead by Dr Kate Irving of the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University.
Kate has been involved in clinical practice, teaching and research in the dementia field for over 15 years. Kate is the Principal Investigator in a European dementia project, In-MINDD (innovative midlife intervention for dementia deterrence.) She is a partner on a further two European consortiums, Dem@care and Actif-Care (Joint Programme on Neuro Degeneration). Kate is the developer and co-ordinator of the joint HSE/DCU Dementia Champion Programme, the Dublin Northside Alzheimer Café and the Memory Works screening/remediation Clinic in DCU.
Ann-Marie Coen is the Practice Development Officer with the Elevator team. She registered as a nurse in 1998 in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
Ann-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts from University College Dublin and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion from National College of Ireland, Galway. Her previous roles include staffing on wards in aged care, health promotion roles with the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society, Information and Helpline Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and as a dementia care tutor with Dementia Training Ireland.
Sophia Kilcullen is a research assistant on the Dementia Elevator project. Sophia graduated from NUI Galway with a BA (Hons) Psychology and has completed a MSc. Applied Psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Sophia has worked as a research assistant on studies of memory and attention in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, and enhancing care in Alzheimer’s Disease in the Mercer Institute for Research on Aging. These roles involved her working with older people with dementia and their caregivers as well as with healthy older people. She has also assisted with studies on medical education and quality improvement in healthcare in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.