McDonough, Suzanne

McDonough, Suzanne
Professor Suzanne McDonough is a Professor and Head of the School of Physiotherapy in RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. She also holds professorial appointments at Ulster University UK, University of Otago NZ, and the University of Southampton UK. Suzanne obtained her undergraduate physiotherapy degree at University College Dublin (UCD,1989); was awarded her PhD in motor control from Newcastle University, UK (1995); and a higher diploma in healthcare (acupuncture) from UCD (2002). Suzanne has supervised 30 PhD students to date, has published widely in her area of expertise (over 100 papers; H-index=43) related to physical activity, exercise and rehabiliation of various movement conditions.

Suzanne has over a decade of experience as Professor of Health and Rehabilitation at Ulster University prior to her appointment at RCSI. During her time there, she played a lead role in developing research capacity amongst physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, both nationally and internationally. RCSI has world-leading simulation facilities which are currently used to teach cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal skills, communications skills, and more recently as part of practice placement hours on the undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum. Suzanne is interested in how simulation can be used to increase capability and capacity for physiotherapy education and clinical practice.