Dr Elizabeth Barrett Awarded the Richard Steevens Scholarship 2012

Wed, 13 June 12 09:00

Dr Elizabeth BarrettThe fellowship will be supervised by Dr. Dasha Nicholls, Consultant Child and Adult Psychiatrist and joint head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Clinic.

Dr. Barrett currently works as a Clinical Lecturer at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, and as a clinical trainee in liaison child and adolescent psychiatry at Our Lady’s Children's Hospital, Dublin- where she is supervised by Professor Fiona McNicholas.

Mental Health and Early Intervention

Following completion of basic specialist training schemes, and membership examinations in both paediatric medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Barrett gained clinical and research experience across a broad range of community, hospital-based and academic environments. During this period, she developed a range of skills in the area of consultation-liaison psychiatry, particularly with respect to how paediatric medical problems are linked with psychological wellbeing and psychiatric co-morbidity.

Dr. Barrett recognises the importance of achieving improved health outcomes from a mental health perspective, and sees educational initiatives as crucial to the early detection and intervention in mental health disorders. In 2011, she gained a Masters Degree in Medical Education (in which she achieved a distinction) from Queens University Belfast.  

Research to Date

Her research to date has focussed on developing and evaluating interdisciplinary medical education initiatives in child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly in the areas of psychopharmacology teaching and in liaison psychiatry. She has developed several national postgraduate training initiatives in conjunction with the College of Psychiatry of Ireland and with the Lucena Clinic. Dr. Barrett has completed clinical research that examines quality of life issues experienced individuals with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy, and is involved with ongoing research to investigate facial emotional processing in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

During training, Dr. Barrett received several awards, including a travel award from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2012); a Donald J. Cohen Fellowship (2010) from the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; the Trinity College Dublin Gold Medal Scholarship in Psychiatry (2010); SOPSI/ Fondazione Child award (2010) for European researchers in training; and was the Winner of the Dublin Region Learning Disability Research prize in 2009. Additionally, Dr. Barrett achieved several academic distinctions as an undergraduate, including the Gold Medal in Psychiatry (First place, University College Cork) and the Henry Stuart Hutchinson Award in Psychiatry (Second place in Ireland).


Dr. Barrett is involved with several national and international volunteerism programmes. She currently chairs the National Child and Adolescent Senior Registrar Committee in Ireland and is a past chair of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry group, representing trainees in more than 27 countries. Additionally she is a national co-ordinator for an international exchange programme, which offers observer opportunities for international trainees wishing to come to Ireland for several weeks during their training.

Eating Disorders (source: Bodywhys)

The term ‘eating disorder’ refers to a complex, potentially life-threatening condition, characterised by severe disturbances in eating behaviours. Although the term ‘eating disorder’ is applied to a wide range of disordered eating behaviours, there are three main classifications: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

Eating disorders can be seen as a way of coping with emotional distress, or as a symptom of underlying issues.

  • Eating disorders are not primarily about food
  • People can and do recover
  • Eating disorders can affect anyone
For more information about eating disorders, and for advice on help and support, visit the Bodywhys website.