Christine Mulligan is a PhD fellow with the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research. Her current area of research on the PRIMERA research project which includes a process evaluation of the implementation of a family focused intervention for families impacted by parental mental illness. The PRIMERA research project was featured in the Irish Time (18/9/2018), the Ray Darcy Show (25/9/2018), St Patricks Walk in my Shoes radio programme (4/10/2018) and The Bridge Maynooth University alumni magazine (December 2018).

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. Before returning to full-time education, Christine accumulated over 20 years’ experience in a number of sectors including management, administration and the voluntary sector.

Current Research

Christine was awarded a prestigious Health Research Board Summer Scholarship ( in June 2016, during which time she worked under the supervision of Dr Kathleen McLoughlin and Professor Sinead McGilloway. Her research investigated the effectiveness of an Advanced Communication and Skills Training Course (ACST) designed to support health care professionals working in palliative and life-limiting care settings. This work was conducted in collaboration with Milford Care Centre, a key provider of end-of- life care in Ireland ( For her final year undergraduate project, Christine carried out further research on ACST with a sample of senior health care professionals in Northern Ireland. An article entitled ‘Let’s talk about sex’ which sets out one of the main findings of this research is due for publication in the Hospital professional News in March 2019. Preparation is also underway for distribution and publication of the findings of this research in two palliative care journals in collaboration with Dr Kathleen McLoughlin (UCC and Affiliate Member of the Centre) and Professor Sinead McGilloway (Centre Director).