Grace has undergone extensive professional development in this role, through completing a range of training courses delivered by (but not limited to) the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, Tusla, the HSE, the Irish Family Planning Association, AMACH, Consent Matters Ireland, Penn State University, University of Twente and NUI Galway.
Grace also created and piloted a Positive Body Image workshop for adolescents, in addition to delivering add-on workshops which compliment the core WISER programme. These workshops have focused on topics such as consent, porn literacy and sex and technology/social media. Grace is an experienced educator, having worked as a tutor and lecturer in areas such as health promotion, body image and sexuality, risky adolescent behaviours, and more.
Grace also has amassed experience as a researcher. She was awarded a scholarship to conduct research on Empathy, Social Values and Young People in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, and has also worked in multiple research assistant roles. She earned an MA (Hons) in Health Promotion from NUI Galway in 2016; her research study examined adolescent body image and how it develops within peer environments and processes (‘An investigation of adolescent perceptions of the Body Image Peer Influence Model’).
Grace left University College Cork in 2015 with her BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, and has worked with individuals with an extensive range of abilities and difficulties within school, university and hospital settings. Her qualitative research study explored the experience of being transgender in Ireland, the healthcare services that transgender people use and may have desired to access during their transition (‘The perspective of transgender individuals on the healthcare services that they have experienced in Ireland’).
Grace can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.