Mental Health and Wellbeing


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.

Projects related to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Partners Living with Depression

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

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Psychological processes and interventions in children with chronic illness – a family resilience approach

Involving children with congenital heart disease, epilepsy, brain injury and cancer, our work has elucidated behavioural and neurodevelopmental phenotypes associated with such diseases.

Dr Christopher McCusker

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Development and validation of the Food Allergy Coping and Emotions (FACE) questionnaires for parents, children, adolescents and young people.

The primary aim of the study is the development and validation of five age appropriate questionnaires to evaluate emotions and coping in food allergy

Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin, Dr Gabriel Coelho and Lisa Forristal

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School of Applied Psychology

Síceolaíocht Fheidhmeach

Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall, Cork.,

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