Other Research


Other current and recently completed research projects are investigating/have investigated for the first time in Ireland (and in some cases, also internationally) the following topics.

  • Mental health and well-being in children and young people (e.g. interventions, risk factors, mathematical learning difficulties, social media in relation to aspects of psychological well-being)
  • Individualised funding/personalised budgets for people with disabilities
  • Policies, systems and interventions/supports for the long-term unemployed
  • Online parenting programmes for families
  • Interventions for older people living at home alone
  • Quality of life and supports for retired emergency services personnel

Systematic Reviews

Our Centre staff and affiliates are currently involved in five Cochrane and/or Campbell Collaboration- systematic reviews which are being conducted in collaboration with national and international colleagues. For more information on systematic reviews and systematic review training, please see the PRISM page of the website…

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Communication Skills Training in Health Care Professionals working in end-of- life care

Christine Mulligan is currently a Research Assistant in the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research. Christine completed a BA (Hons) (1.1) degree in Psychology at Maynooth University (2017) and her previous qualifications include a Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate in Applied Social Studies…

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Intervening with primary school children to improve their mental health and well-being

Penny Quinn is a Research Assistant on an Enterprise Ireland-funded pilot project led by Professor Sinéad McGilloway (Centre Director) and being undertaken in collaboration with a company/social enterprise called Life Matters. Penny holds a BA (Hons) degree (1.1) in Psychology from Maynooth University as well as Certificates in both Psychology and Counselling…

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Investigating and challenging social media use in young adolescents

Fiona Flynn holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Social Psychology from the University of Ulster and an MA in Psychology in Human Resource Management from University College Cork. After a successful career as a Human Resource Manager and later as Director of a corporate training and development consultancy, Fiona made a career change in 2005, to work in the area of youth mental health…

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Investigating mental health risk factors in children and supporting their mental health through parenting

Fionnola Kelly is a PhD scholar on the SPHeRE (Structured Population Health Services Research Education) programme and is based at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Her principal supervisor is Professor Kathleen Bennett, TCD and her two co- supervisors are Professor Sinead McGilloway, Maynooth University and Professor Anne Hickey, RCSI…

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Unemployment and mental health and well-being: the ‘EEPIC’ project

Nuala Whelan is an Irish Research Council Employment-based Scholar conducting research on the effectiveness of Ireland’s labour market policy on the well-being and employability of long-term unemployed job seekers. Nuala is the Assistant Manager at Ballymun Job Centre (BJC) and a Registered Work & Organisational Psychologist…

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Individualised funding for people with disabilities: the ‘EMPOWERABILITY’ project

Pádraic Fleming is a PhD scholar on the prestigious HRB-funded SPHeRE (Structured Population Health Services Research Education) doctoral programme. Padraic joined the Centre in 2013 to undertake an evaluation of the development and implementation of ‘individualised funding’ initiatives for people with a disability…

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