Patricia Sheehan
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Dr Patricia Sheehan is a lecturer and work placement coordinator in the Department of Sport & Exercise Science at South East Technological University. She completed her PhD in 2018/2019 entitled: An Exercise Intervention for Cancer Fatigue under the supervision of Prof Michael Harrison (SETU), Dr Suzanne Denieffe (SETU), and Prof Niamh Murphy (SETU). This work has been presented at conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in the USA and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, 14th Annual Scientific Conference, in addition to publications. The work has also been transferred into practice in the form of the ExWell Medical MoveOn Programme which is run at SETU Arena and is benefiting copious cancer patients in the South East.

In her current role, she takes great pride in teaching and inspiring students to believe in themselves and support them in whatever way she can to ensure they reach their full potential. At the end of the day, she wants students to succeed and she will support them and do everything she possibly can to make this happen.

With regard to assisting in the development and delivery of department outreach programmes, she has helped in the development and implementation of the MedEx at SETU programme (now known as the ExWell at SETU Programme) and she is a member of its steering committee. she has also helped with the delivery of outreach programmes at Mount Sion School, and other outreach programmes ran in conjunction with SETU and numerous primary and secondary schools. 

She is heavily involved in various research projects, and is part of the: Biomedical Research Team, Health Behaviour Research Group at the School of Health Sciences South East Technological University, CRF-C HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork and UHW, and American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Oncology Specific Interest Group she has created strong links with key individuals and institutions at both national and international levels. She has a good record of research collaborations with key stakeholders within the wider community such as University Hospital Waterford, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, Irish Men’s Shed Association, HSE, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Solas Cancer Support Centre, and the Irish Cancer Society.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, An Exercise Intervention for Cancer Fatigue

30 Sep 200131 Jul 2031

Award Date: 14 Oct 2019

External positions

Evaluation of Level 9 Programme, Carolow IT

Champion , Irish Sport and Exercise Science Association

Reviewer, Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

Reviewer, Pilot and Feasibility Studies

Quality Reviewer, Racing Academy & Centre of Education.

Board of Directors , Waterford Local Sports Partnership


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