Sonja Mcilfatrick works in a joint appointment as a Reader in nursing research and development at the University of Ulster and Head of Research for All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Dublin, Ireland. She commenced nursing in 1991 as a graduate of University of Ulster and has extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings, specializing in community nursing in 1996. She began her research career completing her M.S. degree in 1999 and her Ph.D. degree in 2003. She has approximately twenty years of experience in palliative care practice, education, and research. She has extensive experience in undertaking research as well as leading and providing strategic direction for research. As Head of Research, her role is to lead and provide strategic direction to the Structured Research Network, a collaboration involving eight different work projects focusing on a programme of research encompassing two research strands: Social Justice and Measurement and Evaluation. Her own current research interests include palliative and end of life care; palliative care for nonmalignant diseases; carer support and decision making at end of life. She was awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Faculty of Nursing, in 2008; an elected Board member of International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN); Chair of NI Palliative Care Research Forum; Executive Committee Member for Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS); Editorial Member of International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN) and Annals of Palliative Medicine and International Journal of Palliative Care. She is also currently postgraduate Tutor for the Institute of Nursing and Health Research in Ulster, with a responsibility for the doctoral programme with approximately 80 students undertaking Ph.D. degrees.
Biography Updated on 28 January 2013