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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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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Interested in pursuing an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course in Psychology? From our core Psychology BA and our new Psychology and Computing BA, to our range of Masters, conversion Higher Diploma, Clinical Doctorate and PhD by research, we have a broad range of options.

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Research, Outreach and Events News

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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Hannah Walsh
14 Nov 2022

BT Young Scientist prizewinner Hannah Walsh on her project and experience

Hannah Walsh (working with Eadaoin Whelan inside the School) won the Intermediate Individual Social and Behavioural Category of BT Young Scientist, and the RTE Best Project in Social & Behavioural Sciences for her project, ‘Towards the development of a program of interventions for the reduction of stress among junior doctors’. Hannah has written this article about the project and her overall experience.
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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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