Peter Dempsey Lecture and Student Award Ceremony

2020 Event

This year's Students Awards and Peter Dempsey Lecture takes place on the 18th of February in room G7&8, Enterprise Centre, UCC.

School Award Ceremony @ 6.30pm

Presentation of the Ann Moloney Bursary sponsored by Enable Ireland

Presentation of the Peter Dempsey Award


Keynote Lecture @ 7.00pm – Prof Richard Hastings

Mental Health Inequality and Children with Intellectual Disability: The Importance of Early Intervention and Support


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.

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 2019 recipient of the Peter Dempsey award, Daisy Beth Gibbons.


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 2019 recipient of the Ann Moloney Bursary, Lorna Bateman.

2019 Event

The Annual Peter Dempsey Lecture and School of Applied Psychology Student Awards Ceremony 2019 took place on the 27th of February in the Enterprise Centre, UCC.

The evening began with a talk by Professor John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, and was followed by the Student Awards.

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Peter Dempsey Award, Daisy Beth Gibbons, and the winner of this year's Ann Moloney Bursary, Lorna Bateman.

Watch the Peter Dempsey Lecture, given by Prof. John Read, here:


School of Applied Psychology

Síceolaíocht Fheidhmeach

Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall, Cork.,