The importance of mental health and well-being for the social and economic health of the nation has grown in prominence in governmental strategic plans. The overarching focus in the School is twofold (a) to elucidate psychological processes underpinning risk and resilience and (b) to formulate and evaluate psychological interventions at both the clinical and community level. These aims find translation in foci related to trauma, family resilience, adverse experiences in childhood, childhood illness and disability, ASD, human sexuality, mental health difficulties, well-being in the workplace, infant and maternal mental health, reproductive issues, migrant populations, stress and coping, addictive behaviours, homelessness and therapeutic and training interventions. Partnerships with external collaborators from the HSE and related organisations, NGOs and community and service user groups, underpins our research and enables relevance and impact.
Dr Maria Dempsey and Dr Raegan Murphy are investigating the lived experiences of individuals whose partners are experiencing depression.
Dr Maria Dempsey and Dr Raegan Murphy are investigating the lived experiences of individuals whose partners are experiencing depression. The study is on-going and commenced with qualitative interviewing of individuals who live with a partner suffering from depression (both clinically and self-diagnosed). The themes highlighted in the qualitative research investigation provided the content for items which are currently being piloted. The aim is to develop a psychometric tool which will serve to identify salient features of the lived experiences of individuals living with depressed partners. A novel feature of this tool is the use of face-based Likert scales. The tool uses two types of response scales and one of the aims to see if there is any impact on response choice between the face-based Likert scale and the more conventional narrative Likert scale. To date, four MA students have and are working with the researchers to pilot test, develop and refine the tool further.
Dr Raegan Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Involving children with congenital heart disease, epilepsy, brain injury and cancer, our work has elucidated behavioural and neurodevelopmental phenotypes associated with such diseases.
Involving children with congenital heart disease, epilepsy, brain injury and cancer, our work has elucidated behavioural and neurodevelopmental phenotypes associated with such diseases. It has highlighted an often greater role for family functioning in determining outcomes for children than disease factors and severity.
We are translating findings regarding protective and risk factors in family focused interventions and testing the efficacy of such in feasibility and controlled trials.
Collaborators include Cork University Hospital, INFANT centre, Epilepsy Ireland, HSE mental health services, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Northern Ireland Children’s Heart Trust and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Dr Christopher McCusker: email@example.com
The primary aim of the study is the development and validation of five age appropriate questionnaires to evaluate emotions and coping in food allergy
Funded by The National Children’s Research Centre, under the aegis of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) This study is based on a novel disease specific developmental model which I first published in 2008 and validated in 2017 across six countries.
The primary aim of the study is the development and validation of five age appropriate questionnaires to evaluate emotions and coping in food allergy (parent all years; parent proxy 0-12 years; children 8-12 years; adolescents 13-17 years; late adolescence 18 –25 years), The Food Allergy Coping and Emotions Scale (FACES). The secondary aim is to determine the associations between coping and emotions and health related quality of life (HRQL).
Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin firstname.lastname@example.org
Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall, Cork.,