Youth Mental Health Laboratory

The Youth Mental Health lab (YMH lab) was established in 2013 by Dr. Barbara Dooley, Dr. Eilis Hennessy and Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald to promote research in youth mental health, and to translate research findings into having a positive impact on the lives of young people. The lab comprises a group of 13 faculty and graduate students engaged on research relating to youth mental health. Our research has received funding from the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council, One Foundation, Royal Irish Academy and the Association of Teachers' Education Centres in Ireland. Our studies explore topics such as understanding risk and resilience factors related to mental health, stigma and mental health, and developing technologies to promote positive mental health.

• Our mission is to build critical mass in research in youth mental health, specifically the areas of risk and resilience in adolescent mental health, stigma and use of technology to promote positive mental health.
• Our YMH lab aims to be a forum for discussion for our researchers and graduate students, with the aim of promoting excellence in youth mental health.
• Our lab aims to have translational value so as to have an impact on the lives of young people.
• We aim to establish a young person’s forum- where young people can talk to us about the mental health issues that are important to them.
• We aim to establish a community of people interested in youth mental health to facilitate collaboration between our lab and school and community organizations.
• We also aim to use our research and evidence to influence policy at a national level.
• Our ongoing projects include an evaluation of a mental health awareness training workshop in schools; the My World Survey national study on youth mental health, the Mental Health Awareness Initiative, and an investigation of self stigma in young people with mental health problems.
• Please email us at for summer opportunities for interns.

Contact Details

Phone: 01-716-8734

Further information

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Niamh Clarke awarded best student poster presentation at the International Appearance Matters Conference

Mon, 25 June 18 10:40

Niamh Clarke, currently completing her MPsychSc with Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald on body image and dietary patterns in adolescence was awarded best student poster presentation at the International Appearance Matters Conference held in Bath in June hosted by the Centre for Appearance Research, UWE Bristol

YMHLab to take part in HRB funded YOULEAD consortium

Wed, 25 April 18 10:51

YMHlab is delighted to announce its participation in the newly established HRB funded YOULEAD consortium together with NUI Galway and RCSI. As part of this consortium two fully funded four year doctoral research fellowships in the area of Youth Mental Health will be based in UCD working with Professor Barbara Dooley (and Dr Aileen O’Reilly from Jigsaw) and Professor Eilis Hennessy (and Dr Caroline Heary from NUIG). Full details of these and two other doctoral fellowships can be found at

Panel - Would you share your mental health story online?

Thu, 8 March 18 14:01

The UCD School of Psychology Youth Mental Health lab, in collaboration with PleaseTalk is hosting a student-focused, panel discussion on UCD campus to promote conversations about mental health.

Key findings of GP's knowledge of and attitudes towards young people who engage in deliberate self harm survey

Mon, 5 February 18 12:16

Dr Amy Moriarty carried out a survey of GPs in Ireland to explore their knowledge of and attitudes towards young people who engage in deliberate self harm.   Here are some of our key findings

#YMHmattersUCD competition

Thu, 23 February 17 12:11

The aim of this competition is to make the students and staff of UCD more aware of ways to promote positive mental health, of what it means to have a mental health disorder and of the supports that are available