While working in the area of Vocational Rehabilitation, Elva completed a Diploma in Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland. In order to gain a better understanding of work from the employer’s perspective, she completed IBEC’s graduate trainee programme and worked in the area of industrial relations.
Elva has a keen interest in chronic pain and its impact on everyday function. She has an MSc in Neurorehabilitation from Brunel University, London. As part of this MSc she carried out research on the impact chronic neuropathic pain has on individuals living with a spinal cord injury.
Throughout her career as a Senior Occupational Therapist, she has supervised staff grade Occupational Therapists and has completed numerous professional courses. She holds a certificate in Functional Capacity Evaluation. Elva lectures on the area of vocational rehabilitation to final year occupational therapy students and has written numerous articles for Ireland’s Spinal Cord Injury Magazine.