School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Psychotherapy
Academic biographyProfessional Background: Worked for many years in adult and adolescent mental health as an accredited psychotherapist and nurse. Provided clinical supervision to post-graduate psychotherapy students / trainees, pre-accredited therapists and accredited therapists working in a range of clinical settings.
Teaching & Learning: Involved in curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Chaired and delivered a range of psychotherapy and mental health nursing courses, provided research supervision to post-graduate students at M.Sc., Doctorate and PhD level.
Academic: Published in the area of mental health and suicide. Presented at a number of international conferences. Visiting Professor at Webster University, Geneva. Reviewer for a number of international journals in mental health research and practice.
Research: PI on a number of funded projects in the area of suicide prevention, intervention and pos-tvention; psychotherapy; and mental health. Work with academic and clinical research collaborators nationally and internationally.
Qualifications: PhD Suicidology, M.Sc. Psychotherapy. M.Sc. Organisational Consultation & Management.
RMN, Dip. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Research interestsResearch Interests: Suicidology - suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention; Psychotherapy practice, training and supervision; Mental Health - Adult and Adolescent; Qualitative methodologies.
Research projects: Funded Projects
PI Lecturer's Perceptions on Student Academic Writing Skills - DCU funded 2005-2006;
PhD researcher Providing Meaningful Care: Learning from the Experiences of Suicidal young men to inform Mental Health care - HRB funded PhD Study 2006-2009;
PI Evaluation of TeenLine Ireland Helpline - TeenLine funded 2007-2008; PI Evaluation of PISA (Psychosocial/ psychoeducational Intervention for people with Recurrent Suicide Attempts - HRB funded 2009-2013;
PI Identifying and Responding to the needs of people working in the homeless sector in Dublin in relation to sudden death of clients - ESB / Homeless Sector funded 2009-2011;
PI Evaluation of the Eden Programme - Suicide or Survive (SOS funded 2014;
PI Review of the Mayo Suicide Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service - identifying and responding to the needs of those bereaved by suicide (MSLS) - HSE NOSP funded 2015;
PI Evaluation of the Pieta House Suicide Intervention Model (PH-SIM) - St Patrick's Mental Health Service funded 2015-2017;
PI Eden Transferability Project - NOSP funded;
Co-investigator Counselling Demand and Provision in Primary Schools in Ireland - St Patricks Mental Health Service funded 2015-2017; PI Evaluation of SOS Supporters Programme - SOS funded 2017-2018.
Non-funded Community Projects:
PI Clinicians Perspectives on Performance Management - 2003-2004 (M.Sc.);
Psychotherapy Waiting List Interventions 2003-2004;
Clinical Supervision in Nursing 2003-2004;
Identifying Carer needs in Mental Health 2014-2015;PI Integration in Psychotherapy 2015-2019 (DCU);PI Pieta House Key Support Project 2016-2017.
Collaborations: (International and national)
Academic: University of Toronto, Toronto; (PISA project); University College Cork (Pieta House Project). University of Ulster (Meaningful Care Project).
Clinical: St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, St. Vincent's Hospital, Fairview, Mater Hospital, HSE ( PISA project); Mayo Suicide Bereavement Service (MSLS Project); St Vincent's Hospital, Fairview (Carers Project): National Travellers Association (SfSL Project). Pieta House (PH-SIM & KS Projects); St Patrick's Mental Health Services (PH-SIM & Primary School Projects).