Catherine O’Connor is a clinical psychologist, and is currently a part-time PhD student with the Neonatal Brain Research Group and the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, UCC, under the supervision of Dr. Deirdre Murray and Prof. Geraldine Boylan. Her research is focused on the long-term follow up of children who experienced hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy in the neonatal period. Her interest developed from working for many years at Enable Ireland services in Cork which provides multidisciplinary services to children and adolescents with a physical/neurological disability and to their families/carers. Her role concentrated on supporting each child’s unique learning and other strengths and needs in home and school settings. She has also worked closely with siblings using the ‘sibshops’ model.