2018 Event

The Inaugural Annual Peter Dempsey Lecture and School of Applied Psychology Student Awards Ceremony 2018 took place on the 20th of February in the Enterprise Centre, UCC.

The evening began with a talk by Professor John Groeger, followed by the Student Awards.

Congratulations to Louise Foley, the 2018 winner of the Peter Dempsey Award, and Jennifer White, thie 2018 winner of the Ann Moloney Bursary.

Thank you for everyone involved and to all those that attended for a fantastic evening.

You can view the lecture given by Prof Groeger and some photographs from the night below:


The Peter Dempsey Lecture 2019

Models of Madness: A research update on the causes of Psychosis

Professor John Read

University of East London, UK



Mental health services and research have been dominated for several decades by a rather simplistic, reductionistic focus on biological phenomena, with minimal consideration of the social context within which genes and brains inevitably operate. This ‘medical model’ ideology, enthusiastically supported by the pharmaceutical industry, has been particularly powerful in the field of psychosis, where it has led to unjustified and damaging pessimism about recovery.

However, the public, in more than 20 countries, including users of mental health services, believe that bad things that happen in our lives are the primary causes of mental health problems.  This lecture will look at the evidence on both sides of the argument.


Speaker Bio

Dr John Read is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. John worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services in the UK and the USA, before joining the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1994, where he worked until 2013.

He has published over 140 papers in research journals, primarily on the relationship between adverse life events (eg child abuse/neglect, poverty etc.) and psychosis. He also researches the negative effects of bio-genetic causal explanations on prejudice, the opinions and experiences of recipients of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in mental health research and practice.

John is on the Boards of the Hearing Voices Network – England, the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and the UK branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (www.isps.org).

He is the Editor of the ISPS’s scientific journal ‘Psychosis’.

His books include:

READ, J., DILLON, J. (eds.). (2013). Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis, 2nd edition. Routledge.

READ, J., SANDERS P. (2010).  A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems.  PCCS Books.

GEEKIE, J., RANDAL, P., LAMPSHIRE, D., READ, J, (eds.). (2012). Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives. Routledge.


Taught Programmes

Interested in pursuing an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course with us? From our core Psychology BA and our new Psychology and Computing BA, to our range of Masters, conversion Higher Diploma and Clinical Doctorate, the School has a range of options that could suit you

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Outreach and Events

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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Thank you to everyone who participated in PsychSlam 2019!

PsychSlam 2019 has ended. Thanks and congratulations to all involved, and to all out fantastic speakers and teachers!

Photos from the event have been made available on the School of Applied Psychology Facebook page and through Google Drive.

Watch this space for information on being involved in PsychSlam in February 2020!

Applying for a PhD

Applications for PhD are welcome throughout the year. However, the University has identified four official starting dates for PhDs: October, January, April and July. You are advised to apply at least two months before your desired start date to allow your application to be officially processed in time for the start date.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD by Research in the School of Applied Psychology, please fill in the online form at this link and we will be in touch with you.

202X 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

Keynote Lecture 2020 - 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.

Feedback from students attending the 2017 Event

"We have a great experience.  We found every aspect really interesting and it opened our eyes to the world of psychology.  On Tuesday we took part in many different tours, such as a tour of the psychology department, the main campus and the Boole library.  We also sat in on an applied psychology lecture.  The group found this lecture very interesting which was about consciousness and sleep.  We also received a talk from the Students Union.  This gave us an insight into what student life was like.  Wednesday morning we did a driving simulator stress test.  We got the opportunity to drive a car and experience the dangers of the road and the importance of road safety.  We also met the PhD students who told us about completing a PhD in psychology.  We learnt about emotions.  We were given a talk on knowing your triggers for stress, we then got a talk on careers and the different types of psychology"

Ciara Milner and Hannah Howard Jones


"Over the last three days, we have gained an excellent insight into the Applied Psychology course available in UCC.  Along with learning about psychology itself we learned about the experience we can get while taking part in the course and what is involved.  We learned about the different parts of psychology, how to apply for it and the different career options there are within the field.  Overall the whole experience was very rewarding and valuable information was provided to us.  I would highly recommend it to other schools as psychology isn’t available in schools."

The Cool Group


"From the beginning to the end we were filled with joy, experience and banter.  From experiments in one lab, to tours of the campus, each one of us had a wonderful time.  We go the real ‘College student’ experience.  Lectures, talks, notes and fun were all a part of it.  Meeting PhD students was great and hearing about psychology in the workplace was fantastic.  One of our favourite parts was meeting new people from all over Ireland.  From this exhilarating course, I think we all have a more clear idea of what we want to do in their level education.  Applied Psychology will remain in our hearts forever, for sure!"

Owen Forde, Wayne Gleeson, Brian Walsh, Conor Doolan


"Our experience in the School of Applied Psychology was very fun and interesting.   There was a diverse group of people, some in fact, had travelled from Clare and Wexford"


"This course was highly enjoyable.  What we learned was quite interesting.  We got talks from many interesting people who were so passionate about what they were talking about.  Getting to explore the facilities was a lot of fun as well.  All in all, we wish we could have stayed longer and we made so many friends."


"It was great.  On day 1 we got a feel for College life as we went to a psychology lecture and got a tour of the campus.  We got to meet the different staff and PhD students who told us about their area of expertise.  We did some ice breakers to get to know the other TY students in our class.  On the second day we watched some TED talks and got a tour of the labs.  We got to participate in a driving simulator which tested stress behind the wheel.  Some people took part in a lie-detector/stress test.  It was interesting to see how people’s heart rate changed when they were put under pressure (lying).  Then we got to broaden our horizons through meditation and mindfulness.  On the last day, we learned about emotions and ethics.  We were shown the different courses and career paths we can go down after we graduate with our psychology degrees."


"I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked to do this course.  I had an idea of what psychology was but I was interested to find out more.  I feel like the experience has been very educational and I hope that in the future I will be able to get the points to do this course after Leaving Cert.  I found the people who supervised and taught us about the psychology course were helpful and nice.  I really enjoyed the experience and work definitely do it again."


Viewing of Examination Scripts

Viewing of Semester 2 examination scripts can be arranged by completing this form.

Students may also make an appointment to meet, online, with academic staff to discuss their results. The purpose of such meetings is to provide feedback, and not to negotiate results that have already been approved.

Consultation dates available are Wednesday, 1 July 2020 and Thursday, 2 July 2020, please indicate your preferred day on the form.

Semester 1 exam scripts cannot be accessed due to the campus closure.

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