Sonja McIlfatrick

All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster, Ulster, Northern Ireland

Dr. Sonja McIlfatrick is currently a Reader in Nursing Research and Development. Within her university role, Dr. McIlfatrick is Postgraduate Tutor as well as the lead for the Palliative Care Strand within the Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre. Sonja is also currently working as Head of Research, for a newly established All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. As Head of Research, Dr. McIlfatrick’s role is to lead and provide strategic direction for a Palliative Care Research Network in Ireland.

Dr. McIlfatrick is a registered nurse with approximately twenty years’ 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. Having qualified as a registered nurse and graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Ulster in 1991, Dr. McIlfatrick began her research career completing her MSc in 1999 and her PhD from University of Ulster in 2003.

Dr. McIlfatrick’s research interests include: decision making at end of life; palliative care and chronic illness; public awareness of palliative care and psychosocial support for carers/families affected by advanced disease.