Tracey completed her BSc. (Hons) in Psychiatric Nursing at Dundalk Institute of Technology, as a mature student in 2014 with first-class honours. She undertook postgraduate studies at University College Dublin, achieving a Professional Certificate in Acute Mental Health Interventions in 2015 and was confirmed as a PhD Candidate at the University of Dublin Trinity College in 2019. Tracey will complete her part-time doctoral studies in 2023. She further completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion (Workplace Wellness) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, qualifying with first-class honours in 2019.
Having graduated and registered as a mental health nurse Tracey worked initially in the specialist field of forensic mental health, as a staff nurse, until taking up a part-time post as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Health Promotion at Saint John of God Hospital in 2018-2020. In 2019-2020 she also worked part-time as a Clinical Skills Tutor in Mental Health at The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College. In 2021 Tracey contributed casual lecturing hours at Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery in her specialist areas of forensic mental health and working with individuals diagnosed with a personality disorder. Tracey also was a lead contributor with a team at Trinity College School of Nursing & Midwifery on developing an e-learning package for a pan-European STRENCO education project with a focus on complex care in mental health.
Tracey is currently employed as an Assistant Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at NUI Galway in a part-time role and works independently as a part-time tutor on a sessional basis. Her areas of specialist interest in mental health include
- mental health & recovery,
- working with individuals with complex needs,
- mental and physical health promotion, and workplace wellbeing.