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Blánaid Gavin

Consultant/Senior Lecturer

School Of Medicine

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Email: blanaid.gavin@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Blánaid Gavin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, has worked for over 10 years with children who have experienced mental health difficulties. She has extensive training in a number of therapeutic interventions including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Parenting, Motivational Interviewing, Dynamic Psychotherapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

As a Clinical Lecturer in University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine, she is responsible for running CBT courses which train clinicians in this very effective therapy.

Dr. Gavin has instigated a number of very successful service innovations and has chaired/been a member of a range of national committees designed to improve mental health services for children in Ireland.

She is actively involved in research on an ongoing basis and has published widely in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Dr Gavin has led training developments to heighten awareness of children's mental health in a number of different national agencies and and has co-written the national guidelines for the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) on Children's Mental Health in addition to the national ICGP Psychosis guidelines. Her new book Mental Health in Children and Adolescents: A Guide for GPs is being published this year.

Working with the Department of Education, Dr. Gavin developed training for teachers in supporting children with emotional and behavioural challenges in the classroom. She is the co-author of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Teachers.

Dr Gavin has collaborated with a number of child/family support and advocacy groups to enhance public understanding of mental health difficulties in children.

Dr Gavin is committed to improving services for young people with mental health difficulties and co-founded the first national special interest group in Youth Mental Health. This led to the development of the International Declaration of Youth Mental Health which was endorsed by leading mental health services world-wide.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Function/Role: Youth SIG
Association: Royal College of Psychiatrists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish College of Psychiatrists, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : RCPsych ¿ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance System
Committee : Irish College of Psychiatrists ¿ ADHD SIG
         

Journals Edited

Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine: Reviewer.
 

Publications

Books

Buckley, S; Gavin, B; McNicholas, F (2009) Mental Health in Children and Adults: A Guide for Teachers. Drogheda: Mulberry Publications. [Details]
   

Peer Reviewed Journals

Schaffalitzky E, Leahy D;Cullen W;Gavin B;Latham L;O'Connor R;Smyth BP;O'Dea E;Ryan S (2015) 'Youth mental health in deprived urban areas: a Delphi study on the role of the GP in early intervention'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 184 (4):831-843. [DOI] [Details]
Kolshus, EM; Kolshus, EH; Gavin, B; Cullen, W; McNicholas, F (2015) 'General practitioners¿ experience of child and adolescent suicidal ideation and behaviour ¿ a survey'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, . [Details]
McDonald, J; Codrea, A; Gavin, B (2015) 'A pilot music group for young people attending a community Child and Adolescent mental health'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 32 (3):259-264. [Details]
McNicholas, F; Adamson, M; McNamara, N; Gavin, B; Paul, M; Ford, T; Barry, S; Dooley, B; Coyne, I; Cullen, W; Singh, SP (2015) 'Who is in the transition gap? Transition from CAMHS to AMHS in the Republic of Ireland'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 32 (S 01):61-69. [DOI] [Details]
Schaffalitzky, E., Leahy, D., Armstrong, C., Gavin, B., Latham, L., McNicholas, F., Meagher, D., O'Connor, R., O'Toole, T., Smyth, B. P., Cullen, W. (2015) ''Nobody really gets it': a qualitative exploration of youth mental health in deprived urban areas'. Early Interv Psychiatry, 9 (5):406-411. Available Online [Details]
Leahy D, Schaffalitzky E;Armstrong C;Bury G;Cussen-Murphy P;Davis R;Dooley B;Gavin B;Keane R;Keenan E;Latham L;Meagher D;McGorry P;McNicholas F;O'Connor R;O'Dea E;O'Keane V;O'Toole TP;Reilly E;Ryan P;Sanci L;Smyth BP;Cullen W (2014) 'Primary care and youth mental health in Ireland: qualitative study in deprived urban areas'. BMC Family Practice, 14 . [DOI] [Details]
Schaffalitzky, E., Leahy, D., Cullen, W., Gavin, B., Latham, L., O'Connor, R., Smyth, B. P., O'Dea, E., Ryan, S. (2014) 'Youth mental health in deprived urban areas: a Delphi study on the role of the GP in early intervention'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, . Available Online [Details]
McNamara N, McNicholas F;Ford T;Paul M;Gavin B;Coyne I;Cullen W;O'Connor K;Ramperti N;Dooley B;Barry S;Singh SP (2014) 'Transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services in the Republic of Ireland: an investigation of process and operational practice'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 8 (3):291-297. [DOI] [Details]
O'Keeffe N, Gavin B;McNicholas F (2013) 'Survey on critical incident reporting in a child and adolescent mental health service'. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 25 (1):33-38. [DOI] [Details]
Leahy, D., Schaffalitzky, E., Armstrong, C., Bury, G., Cussen-Murphy, P., Davis, R., Dooley, B., Gavin, B., Keane, R., Keenan, E., Latham, L., Meagher, D., McGorry, P., McNicholas, F., O'Connor, R., O'Dea, E., O'Keane, V., O'Toole, T. P., Reilly, E., Ryan, P., Sanci, L., Smyth, B. P., Cullen, W. (2013) 'Primary care and youth mental health in Ireland: qualitative study in deprived urban areas'. BMC Family Practice, 14 :194. Available Online [Details]
Roche E, King R;Mohan HM;Gavin B;McNicholas F (2013) 'Payment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees'. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39 (9):591-593. [DOI] [Details]
Connolly, D, Leahy, D, Bury, Gerard, Gavin, B, McNicholas, F., Meagher, D., O'Kelly, FD, Wiehe, P, Cullen, Walter (2012) 'Can general practice help address youth mental health? A retrospective cross-sectional study in Dublin's south inner city'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 6 (3):332-340. Available Online [Details]
O'Keefe, N; Gavin, B; McNicholas, F (2012) 'Suicide in Children over Two Decades: 1993-2008'. Irish Medical Journal, 106 (10):231-233. [Details]
Gavin B, Cullen W;Foley S;McWilliams S;Turner N;O'Callaghan E;Bury G (2011) 'Integrating primary care and early intervention in psychosis services: a general practitioner perspective'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2 (2):103-107. [DOI] [Details]
Renwick L, Gavin B;McGlade N;Lacey P;Goggins R;Jackson D;Turner N;Foley S;McWilliams S;Behan C;Lawlor E;Cullen W;O'Callaghan E (2011) 'Early intervention service for psychosis: views from primary care'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2 (4):285-290. [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, B,Cullen, W,Foley, S,McWilliams, S,Turner, N,O'Callaghan, E,Bury, G; (2008) 'Integrating primary care and early intervention in psychosis services: a general practitioner perspective'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2 :103-107. [DOI] [Details]
Renwick, L,Gavin, B,McGlade, N,Lacey, P,Goggins, R,Jackson, D,Turner, N,Foley, S,McWilliams, S,Behan, C,Lawlor, E,Cullen, W,O'Callaghan, E; (2008) 'Early intervention service for psychosis: views from primary care'. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2 :285-290. [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, B., Cullen, W., O'Donoghue, B., Ascencio-Lane, J.C., Bury, G. O'Callaghan, E.; (2006) 'Schizophrenia in general practice: a national survey of general practitioners in Ireland'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 174 (3):38-42. [Details]
Gavin, B., Cullen, W., O'Donoghue, B., Ascencio-Lane, J.C., Bury, G., O'Callaghan, E.; (2006) 'First episode schizophrenia in general practice: a national survey'. IRISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE, 23 (1):6-9. Available Online [Details]
Gavin, B., Cullen, W., O'Donoghue, B., Ascencio-Lane, J., Bury, G., O'Callaghan, E.; (2005) 'A national survey of General Practitioners in Ireland'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE, 174 (3):38-42. [Details]

Other Journals

Cullen, W; Schaffalitzky, E; Leahy, D; Armstrong, C; O'Keane, V; Bury, G; O'Connor, R; Meagher, D; Latham, L; Gavin, B; Dooley, B; Keenan, E; McGorry, P; McNicholas, F; O'Dea, E; O'Toole, T; Reilly, E; Ryan, P; Sanci, L; Smyth, B; Keane, R; Cussen-Murphy, P; Davis, R (2012) 'Developing the Role of Primary Care in Addressing Youth Mental Health Issues (Phase 1) ¿ Initial Findings from the Healthcare Provider Perspective' NIHS Research Bulletin . [Details]
Cullen, W, Gavin, B, O'Callaghan E, Bury G.; (2006) 'Detecting psychosis early on' Forum (Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners) 23 (6) :49-50. [Details]

Conference Publications

Tatlow-Golden, M., Gavin, B. & Dunne, C. (2016) School-based interventions for adolescents with ADHD: Systematic review and analysis of resource load with recommendations for resource-limited settings 38th Annual Conference of the International School Psychology Association, Amsterdam, the Netherlands [Details]
McNicholas, F; Adamson, M; McNamara, N; Singh, SP; Gavin, B; Paul, M; Ford, T; Barry, S; Dooley, B; Coyne, I; Cullen, W; (2014) Itrack: Transition From CAMHS to AMHS in the Republic of Ireland: A Process Evaluation American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 61st Annual Meeting San Diego, CA, USA, , 20-OCT-14 - 25-OCT-14 [Details]
McNamara, N; McNicholas, F; Coyne,I; Gavin, B; Barry,S; Dooley, B; Cullen, W; Singh, S; Paul, M & Ford, T (2013) Service providers' accounts of transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services in Ireland . In: Jan K. Buitelaar eds. 15th International Congress of ESCAP - European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Dublin, Ireland, , 06-JUL-13 - 10-JUL-13 , pp.S92-S92 [Details]

Published Reports

O'Keefe, N; Gavin, B; McNicholas, F; Cullen, W (2013) Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Diagnosis and Management. ICGP, Dublin. [Details]
Buckley, S; Gavin, B; Noctor, C; Devitt, C; Guerin, S (2012) Mental Health services: The Way Forward. Perspectives of Young People and Parents. ESB Electric Aid Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
Gavin, B; Turner, N; O'Callaghan, E (2009) Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Primary Care. ICGP and HSE. ICGP and HSE, Dublin. [Details]
 

Editorial

O'Keeffe N, Gavin BE;McNicholas F (2013) Portrayal of youth mental health in the media. Editorial [Details]
Coughlan H, Cannon M;Shiers D;Power P;Barry C;Bates T;Birchwood M;Buckley S;Chambers D;Davidson S;Duffy M;Gavin B;Healy C;Healy C;Keeley H;Maher M;Tanti C;McGorry P (2013) Towards a new paradigm of care: the International Declaration on Youth Mental Health. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
Gavin BE, Kelly BD;Lane A;O'Callaghan E (2001) The mental health of migrants. Editorial [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

Dr Gavin¿s research focus is on children and adolescent mental health and she is involved in a variety of research projects focusing on how to optimise outcomes for young people with these difficulties.

 

Recent Postgraduates

Co-Supervising PhDs
 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Dr Gavin is committed to developing understanding and awareness of children¿s mental health difficulties in her teaching.

Modules Coordinated

201500   MDCS41480     Medicine Clinical Science: Mental Health: Fam.school,comm
201500   MDCS40090     Medicine Clinical Science: Thesis Dissertation CBT
201500   MDCS41540     Medicine Clinical Science: Research Methodologies
201500   MDCS40080     Medicine Clinical Science: Evidenced based practice
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Gavin together with her colleagues in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has set up an Interdisciplinary collaborative group to enhance interdisciplinary working including psychology, education, nursing, social work, nutrition, computer science and economics.