Mental Health IrelandChristine 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.  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. She is currently preparing this and her earlier work for distribution and publication in collaboration with Dr Kathleen McLoughlin (UCC and Affiliate Member of the Centre) and Professor Sinead McGilloway (Centre Director).