Mental Health and Well-being

Research Team

Research Leader:

Dr Aine Horgan

Research Members:

Dr Stephen Bradley

Prof Eileen Savage

Ms Moira O’Donovan

Mr Johnny Goodwin

Mr Rory Doody

Aims & Objectives


To conduct national and international collaborative research that enhances the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and families 

Specific Objectives:

  • To enhance knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • To develop participatory methodologies in mental health and wellbeing research
  • To generate and disseminate research that is relevant to clinical practice and communities
  • To develop expertise in mental health research within the school
  • To promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people

Research Interests

Young people’s mental health, Patient/service user and public involvement in research/co-production of research and education, Families, Recovery processes, Web based interventions, Peer support, Hope 

ENGAGE – Interdisciplinary Clinical Mental Health Research

ENGAGE, Interdisciplinary Clinical Mental Health Research Network aims to promote, generate and disseminates high quality collaborative research to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of people across the lifespan. The network is based on principles of inclusivity and partnership across communities and services, and values diversity in perspectives on mental health and methodological ideologies. The Network is based within the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork. ENGAGE is a collaborative venture between UCC, the HSE and the voluntary sector that aims to forge alliances between clinicians, service users, carers, the public and researchers from across the Southern region. The network’s interdisciplinary nature allows for multiple perspectives in addressing complex challenges in the field of mental health, and as such can inform public policy, academic debates and professional practice in mental health.

The network is chaired by Dr Aine Horgan 





Research Students

This group is currently formulating its terms of reference. It is a collaboration between mental health nursing academics and mental health nursing practitioners in the Southern Region

The group is Chaired by Dr Stephen Bradley 




Mental Health Nursing Research Group

PhD Students

John Goodwin

Peter Kelly


Moira O’Donovan


Michael Anthony Reen

Joan Murphy

Marie O’ Malley

MSc Research

Martina Ryan

Ciaran McClelland

Stephanie Allen



Research Projects

COMMUNE (Co-production of mental health nursing education)

School Bullying – An evaluation of Cyclone Rep theatre intervention

Emotional wellbeing and help-seeking behaviour in young people

National Clinical Leadership Analysis in Nursing

Systematic review of the use of new technologies for mental health by university students

Prometheus (Promotion of mental health and wellbeing amongst European University Students)

Research Publications

Publications (chronologically)

Horgan, A., Sweeney, J., Behan, L. & McCarthy, G. (2016) 'Depressive symptoms, college adjustment and peer support among undergraduate nursing and midwifery students'. Journal of Advanced Nursing

Goodwin, J., Behan, L., Kelly, P., McCarthy, K. & Horgan, A. (2016) 'Help seeking behaviours and mental well-being of first year undergraduate University students'. Journal of Psychiatric Research

Horgan, A (2016) 'Mental Health Concerns Regarding Adolescents' In: Jones, J., Fitzpatrick, J., Rogers, V (eds). Psychiatric-mental Health Nursing. An Interpersonal Approach. New York: Springer.


Montagni, I., Donisi, V., Tedeschi, F., Motrico, E., Parizot, I., Horgan, A. (2016) 'Internet use for mental health information and support among European University students: The eMent H project'. Digital Health by Sage Publication


Horgan, A (2016) 'Review: ‘Keeping my mind strong’: enabling children to discuss and explore issues relating to their perceptions of positive mental health through the arts'. Journal of Research in Nursing


Goodwin, J., Savage, E. & Horgan, A. (2016) 'Adolescents and young adults beliefs about mental health services and care: A systematic review'. Archives Psychiatric Nursing


Gildberg FA, Bradley SK, Paaske KJ, Hounsgaard L (2014) 'The use of humor in forensic mental health staff-patient interactions'. Journal of forensic nursing, 10 (2):98-105


Montagni, I., Horgan, A., Parizot, I. Et al (2014) 'Spanish students' use of he internet for mental health information and support seeking'. Health informatics journal

Horgan, A., McCarthy, G. & Sweeney, J. (2013) 'An evaluation of an online peer support forum for university students with depressive symptoms'. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 27 :84-89


Horgan, A & Sweeney, J (2013) 'University students’ online habits and their use of the internet for health information'. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing, 30 (Topical Collection 1):TC19-TC25


Hounsgaard L, Augustussen M, Møller H, Bradley SK, Møller S (2013) 'Women's perspectives on illness when being screened for cervical cancer'. International journal of circumpolar health, 72


Gildberg, F.A., Bradley, S.K. & Hounsgaard, L. (2013) 'Comparing the Obvious: Interactional Characteristics of Staff in Acute Mental Health Nursing and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing'. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12 (3):205-214


Horgan, A. (2013) 'Review: Service user involvement in the evaluation of psycho-social interventions for self-harm: A systematic review'. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (2):131-132


Horgan, A.; (2012) 'Mental Health Concerns Regarding Adolescents' In: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: An Interpersonal Approach to Professional Practice. New York: Springer.


Horgan, A., Sweeney, J. (2012) 'University students' online habits and their use of the internet for health information'. Computers Informatics Nursing, 30 (8):02-408


Gildberg FA, Bradley SK, Fristed P, Hounsgaard L (2012) 'Reconstructing normality: characteristics of staff interactions with forensic mental health inpatients'. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 (2):103-113


Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2012) 'Before and after: reflections in the light of experience on the ethics of Internet newsgroup research'. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (5):625-630


Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2011) 'Deconstructing child and adolescent mental health: in search of the ‘taken for granted’…'. Nursing Inquiry, 18 (4):303-312


Gijbels, H., O Connell, R., Dalton-O Connor, C & O Donovan, M ; (2010) 'A systematic review evaluating the impact of post-registration nursing and midwifery education on practice'. Nurse Education In Practice, 10 :64-69


Horgan, A & Sweeney, J.; (2010) 'Young students' use of the internet for mental health information and support'. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17 (2):117-123


O'Donovan, A,O' Mahony, J; (2009) 'Service users' experiences of a therapeutic group programme in an acute psychiatric inpatient unit'. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16 :523-530


McCarthy, B,O'Donovan, M,Twomey, A; (2008) 'Person-centred communication: Design, implementation and evaluation of a communication skills module for undergraduate nursing students - an Irish context'. Contemporary Nurse, 27 :207-222


O'Donovan, A.; (2007) 'Pragmatism rules: the intervention and prevention strategies used by psychiatric nurses working with non-suicidal self-harming individuals'. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 14 (*):64-71


O'Donovan, A (2007) 'Patient centred care in acute psychiatric admission units: reality or rhetoric?'. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14 :64-67


Carter, B., Bradley, S.K., Richardson, R., Sanders, R.,& Sutton, C.J. (2006) 'Appreciating what works: discovering and dreaming alongside people developing resilient services for young people requiring mental health services'. Current Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 27 (5):575-594 

Lyons, C., Eaton, D. & Bradley, S.K. (2006) 'Workforce, Volume & Access: Graduate Workers’ Contribution To Primary Care Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services'. Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development, 1 (3):16-23


O'Donovan, M.; (2006) 'Implementing reflection: Insights from pre-registration mental health students'. Nurse Education Today, 27 (6):610-616


Bradley, S.K. & Carter, B. (2006) 'Internet newsgroups as a source of data for qualitative healthcare research: issues, challenges and the practicalities of exploring young people’s mental health accounts' In: P. Liamputtong (eds). Health Research in Cyberspace: Methodological, Practical and Personal Experiences of Doing Health and Social Research Online. New York: Nova Science Publishers


O'Donovan, M.; (2006) 'Reflecting during clinical placement-discovering factors that influence pre-registration psychiatric nursing students'. Nurse Education in Practice, 6 (3):134-140


O'Donovan, A, Gijbels, H; (2006) 'Understanding Psychiatric Nursing Care With Nonsuicidal Self-Harming Patients In Acute Psychiatric Admission Units: The Views of Psychiatric Nurses'. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 20 (4):186-192

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