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Damien Brennan

Assistant Professor,
School of Nursing & Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin


Dr Damien Brennan is Subject Leader for Sociology at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, where his teaching and research are focused on the Sociology of Health and Illness. Dr Brennan has developed a significant agenda of research which examines 'Contexts of Care Provision in Ireland'. He has made a major contribution to understanding Ireland's problematic institutional past, while also examining the potential for care provision within contemporary Irish communities and families, with particular reference to Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness. This research agenda has attracted funding from bodies such as the Irish Research Council, the National Disability Authority, the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Department of Health and Children. Dr Brennan held roles of PI, Co-Researcher and project manager to these funded research initiatives, which has resulted in quality outputs in academic journals, book chapters and a sole authored book. Dr Brennan also acts as a 'public intellectual', disseminating research through TV Documentaries, National Radio, Print Media, Key Note Addresses and Public Lectures. His work is an established point of reference wBrennan, D., Murphy, R., McCallion, P., & McCarron, M, Family Strategies for Care Giving for Older People with Intellectual Disability (ID), within 'post-institutional' Ireland, 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens, Greece, 29 Aug - 1 Sept, 2017Conference Paper, 2017hich both informs and shapes national discourse concerning 'Contexts of Care Provision in Ireland'

Research Interest

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness; Health Promotion, Particularly Mental Health Promotion and Environmental Health Promotion; Sociology of Health and Illness; Economics of Social Policy; Education Theory and Practice; Development Studies and Equality Issues; Nursing Theory; Research Theory and Utilisation


  • Brennan, D., McCarron, M, Family Care Giving, 2017 International Summit on Ageing with an Intellectual Disability, TBSI Dublin, 20th September, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

  • McCausland D., McCallion, P., Brennan, D., McCarron, M, Interpersonal relationships of older adults with an intellectual disability in Ireland, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2017, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

  • Brennan, D., Murphy, R., McCallion, P., & McCarron, M, Family Strategies for Care Giving for Older People with Intellectual Disability (ID), within 'post-institutional' Ireland, 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens, Greece, 29 Aug - 1 Sept, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

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