Disability and Mental Health

Disability and Mental Health Cluster

The Disability and Mental Health Cluster is an interdisciplinary forum which brings together researchers, academics and practitioners from across the UCC community, whose individual interests reflect the complexity and diversity of discourse in disability and mental health research. The cluster is intended not only as a space where individual research interests in these areas can be nurtured in dialogue with fellow researchers, but also as an opportunity for engaging with overarching issues connected to philosophies of research and pedagogical strategies. Among the schools and departments currently represented in the working group are Applied Social Studies, Law, Nursing and Midwifery, Adult and Continuing Education, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Philosophy and the Disability Support Service.


Aims and Objectives of the Cluster:

  • To explore and challenge understandings and meanings of disability and mental health in (Irish) society and internationally, towards developing understanding and building capacity for critically-informed and engaged research practice;
  • To explore the potential of different methodologies/ethical issues in research with people with disabilities and emotional distress;
  • To forge links with advocacy, community activist groups and others in our research/activities;
  • To sustain a space for critical thought and dialogue across and between disciplines on matters related to disability and mental health;
  • To critically reflect on the paradigms that shape and contextualise our research practice, curricula and teaching;
  • To create a network to facilitate information-sharing with respect to funding opportunities and to identify opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and publication projects;
  • To create a forum for sharing current research in the areas of disability and mental health with colleagues, wherein constructive and formative feedback can be exchanged.

 New members welcome - please contact Cluster Leader Dr Gill Harold (g.harold@ucc.ie).

University College Cork

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