Peter Dempsey Lecture and Student Award Ceremony

Student Awards and Peter Dempsey Lecture 2020

The third Annual School of Applied Psychology Student Awards Ceremony and Peter Dempsey Lecture 2020 took place on the 18th of February in the Enterprise Centre, UCC.

Student Award Recipients 2020

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Peter Dempsey Award, Laura Ann Lanigan, and the winner of this year's Ann Moloney Bursary, Aaron Patrick Gorman.

Peter Dempsey Lecture 2020

Our keynote speaker this year was Prof. Richard P. Hastings.

Richard P. Hastings is Professor of Psychology and Education and the Cerebra Chair of Family Research at the University of Warwick. His research team focus on understanding the challenges that face children and adults with intellectual disability and/or autism and their families and carers. Current projects are focused in particular on developing and testing interventions to improve educational and psychological outcomes for children and adults with intellectual disability and their family members. Richard and his colleagues have published more than 350 peer review journal papers and other publications in the field, and he has been awarded with colleagues more than £14million of external research funding. Richard is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

You can watch the Peter Dempsey Lecture given by Prof. Hastings below.


About the School of Applied Psychology Student Awards

The Peter Dempsey Award in Applied Psychology

Rev. Professor Peter Dempsey, OFM, Cap., retired from the Chair of Applied Psychology in 1982 having been a full-time member of the staff of University College Cork for thirty-one years. During that time he successfully brought his chosen subject to a position of eminence not alone in UCC but in Ireland. He was the first Professor of Applied Psychology in UCC and many of his former students and colleagues felt that they wished to mark the work of Professor Dempsey permanently by the institution of an award to enable a student to pursue postgraduate studies in Applied Psychology. The current value of the award is c. €1,000, and is awarded to the student who receives the highest marks in their final year of the BA in Applied Psychology.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient of the Peter Dempsey award, Laura Ann Lanigan.


The Ann Moloney Bursary

The Ann Moloney Bursary, sponsored by Enable Ireland, acknowledges the contribution made by Ann Moloney in linking UCC psychology graduates to the applied work setting. Ann worked for over 30 years as a lecturer in the Applied Psychology Department at UCC and also as Principal Psychologist at Enable Ireland Cork. Enable Ireland is a national organisation that provides a range of services including therapy, intervention and support services for children and adults with a physical disability. The Bursary, to the value of €1,000, will provide an opportunity for a psychology graduate to avail of a part-time work placement in the psychology department at Enable Ireland Cork.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient of the Ann Moloney Bursary, Aaron Patrick Gorman.

School of Applied Psychology

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