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Our new Strategic Plan for 2023 - 2028 has launched

Our Strategic Plan for 2023 - 2028, "Enabling Succes & Exerting Influence", has been launched!
Scroll down past the links below to read the outline and view the plan.

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The School of Applied Psychology is very active in our community, both in Cork and further afield. Find information about PsychSlam, our TY Event and the Peter Dempsey Lecture and Student Award Ceremony here.

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School of Applied Psychology Research

Our School is engaged in dynamic, high-impact and applied research, with a focus on three areas: People and Technology, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Healthy Development and Aging. See what's happening right now.

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Our Strategic Plan 2023 - 2028 "Enabling Success & Exerting Influence"

The School of Applied Psychology is delighted to announce the launch of our new Strategic Plan for 2023 - 2028, "Enable Success & Exerting Influence".

This new strategy is a critically reflective account of our existing strengths and challenges. Most importantly, however, it is a roadmap to our future. Together, we have formulated plans to amplify our research activities and profile, reimagine our curricula and reinvigorate a connected and inclusive School culture. Impact, influence, relevance and innovation, with respect to national and global challenges, are our touchstone goals for our educational and research endeavours.

The entire plan is available below as a PDF document.

Research, Outreach and Events News

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14 May 2024

Funded PhD: Digital Interventions Against cancer Misinformation (DIAM) Project

SFI Lero and Breakthrough Cancer Research Digital tools such as discussion boards, apps and websites are often noted as leading sources of cancer misinformation. This misinformation might pertain to prevention of cancer, screening outcomes and treatment options. In the  current digital era, many patients unsurprisingly seek out information via the internet. It is unrealistic to expect patients to avoid online information pertaining to a diagnosis they have received, which makes it all the more important to equip patients with the tools to evaluate information they are engaging with.
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24 Jul 2023

Family Processes and the Emotional and Behavioural Well-being of Autistic Children and Youth: A Systematic Review of Prospective Studies

SoAP PhD student, Billy Fitzgerald, and co-authors, Christopher McCusker, Maria Dempsey, and Audrey Dunn Galvin, recently published a research paper in the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Emotional and behavioural difficulties including depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity are elevated in autistic children (AC). Family processes of a psychological nature are associated with these difficulties, but the direction of influence is uncertain. We searched seven bibliographic databases for prospective, quantitative studies on the impact of family processes across the parent, dyad, and family system levels on the later well-being of AC without intellectual disability, across a minimum of six months. Eligible studies were extracted following PRISMA guidelines and narratively synthesised. Sixteen of the 17 studies included for review reported significant associations between at least one family process and later well-being. Parenting stress and aspects of the parent–child relationship yielded most robust associations. Weaker support was found for parent mental health problems. Clinical and research implications are discussed. Read in full here
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27 Feb 2023

Looking Back, Looking Forward Conference: Celebrating 25 Years of Early Years at UCC 10 March 2023

Please join us in celebrating Celebrating 25 Years of Early Years for the 'Looking Back, Looking Forward' Conference:10 March 2023 at the Dora Allman Room, Student Hub Building, UCC. Sign in time: 9.00am Attendance Fee: €10; to register please scan the QR Code below. Keynote Speakers Dr. Ionna Palaiologou, Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education, University of Bristol Geraldine French, Associate Professor School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education, DCU Máire Mhic Mhathúna, Chairperson Qualifications Advisory Board for the Early Learning and Care Sector
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14 Dec 2022

ASpida is about to be launched into the local communities

Researchers from the University College Cork, the School of Applied Psychology hosted a two-day event to present and discuss in person the new training handbook of ASpida. They invited a group of individuals with chronic pain, members of the Chronic Pain Ireland (CPI) who participated in a series of activities that focused on pilot testing the new protocol. ASpida is an innovative community-based program that aims to tackle the effects of stigma in chronic pain.
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Outreach Events


Psych Slam is a science communication competition for Transition Year Students run by the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork.

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Peter Dempsey Lecture and Student Awards Night

The Inaugural Annual Peter Dempsey Lecture and School of Applied Psychology Student Awards Ceremony takes place each year in the School.

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Transition Year Event

Each year, School of Applied Psychology welcomes over 40 transition years students from schools all over Ireland for a three day Transition Year Event

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