Dr. Sally Whelan
Research Fellow. Coordinator
Dr. Sally Whelan has many years’ experience working as a nurse in hospital and community settings. She has a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science with Health Visiting, an MSC in Social Sciences, an MA in Nurse Education, and a PhD in Nursing. Her doctoral studies focused on how assistive technologies can promote the resilience and well-being of people with dementia. Currently, Sally is a Research Fellow who co-supervises the research of undergraduate and postgraduate students within ICAN and coordinates the Irish branch of the GEMMA project.
Sally has a long-standing professional and personal interest in autism and lived experience through family members who are on the spectrum. Professionally, Sally is committed to research that increases understanding how the gut microbiome impacts the well-being of autistic people. She is also interested in how assistive technologies can be used to promote quality of life. Sally has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.