Sinéad Lydon is a behavioural psychologist and a lecturer in Quality, Patient Safety and Simulation at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Sinéad also acts as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD in Psychology (funded by the Irish Research Council), an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis, a BA in Psychology, and postgraduate qualifications in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2019, Sinéad was recognized as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.
Sinéad teaches on the School of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in relation to quality of care, patient safety, behaviour change and research methods. Sinéad has a passionate interest in research relating to patient safety and medical education, developed through her work with the West Northwest Intern Training Network and the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation. She is involved with a number of ongoing projects which share the common aim of identifying factors that contribute to deficient patient safety and medical errors, improving the delivery and efficacy of medical education, and developing strategies and interventions to improve the quality of patient care delivered in healthcare settings.
With a clinical career in general practice, Ann entered full time academia in 2006, designing and delivering postgraduate courses/modules for a range of clinical professional groups. After becoming involved in the design of the University’s £1.2 million clinical skills and simulation suite and gaining a distinction in her MMedSci in medical education, her interest shifted to designing and delivering bespoke training, including clinical skills using differing modes of simulation and generating income via enterprise initiatives. In 2018, Ann left full time employment to concentrate on her own consultancy business focusing on supporting clinical skills and simulation education and research. She is currently a member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Executive and Accreditation Committees and the Yorkshire and Humber clinical Skills and Simulation Network Operational Group.
Graham Whiteside is the Founder and owner of Anatomic Excellence, LLC and has dedicated his career to assisting in the development of resources for health care education. As a General & Psychiatric Nurse he developed an interest in education and education theory. This led to a professional medical sales focus and since 2006 he has worked in the UK, Canada, America and Caribbean within the simulation and anatomic education spheres. Graham is currently the exclusive full range Sales Agent for von Hagens Plastination and is working on projects related to ATLS Courses, Imaging Technology for Cadavers and a Companion App for anatomic education.
Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright award recipient who entered the video game industry in 1981. As a designer, she has worked on 47 games and contributed to many seminal titles, including the Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series and titles in the Ghost Recon, Dungeons & Dragons and Def Jam franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of six games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim, particularly Train and Siochán Leat, a game about her family’s history, which is presently housed in the National Museum of Play. Most recently, in 2018, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award (the Bizkaia award) at the Fun and Serious Games Festival in Bilbao, Spain, and the inaugural Grace Hopper Award presented by Science Foundation Ireland at the Women in Tech conference in Dublin, Ireland. In 2017, she received the 2017 Development Legend award at the Develop: Brighton. That same year, she won a BAFTA Special Award for her contributions to the industry. In 2015, she won the coveted Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland’s game industry, academic and government policies.
Bronwyn Reid-McDermott is a Senior Simulation Operations Specialist at the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation at NUI Galway and Saolta University Health Care Group. She has a first class honours Masters Degree in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is involved in simulation-based research and education and training with undergraduate and postgraduate students. Bronwyn has also trained as a professional makeup artist and has an interest in innovation. She has been awarded first place at the Inaugural NUI Galway Explore Innovation Awards and received the ‘One to Watch’ award at Spark Ignite 2018 for her innovations. She has published in BMJ STEL and BMC Medical Education.
Paul has been involved in healthcare simulation for over 15 years. He currently provides Business Development expertise at Enduvo, a Virtual Reality startup company, and was recently the Principal Investigator for a Small Business Innovation and Research grant with the US Air Force. Paul was previously the Vice President of Simulation Administration for Jump Simulation, one of the largest healthcare simulation and innovation center in the country, and implemented an internationally recognized Value Attribution methodology to assess the financial impact of its educational programs. He had oversight of Jump’s budget (>$6M) and operations (>50 employees), and facilitated the collaboration of clinicians and engineers to develop next generation educational technologies. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Center for Education in Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He currently serves as Chair of the Technology Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and teaches a course on Simulation Program Administration at Drexel University’s Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program. He has a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Administration with honors from Boston College.