COVID-19 & Mental Health


Covid-19 Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinars by International Guest Speakers

Embracing the opportunity to increase our understanding of psychological distress presented by this pandemic, the UCD Academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry presents a Mental Health and COVID-19 Weekly Webinars.

The programme takes place via a series of weekly 1 hour webinars on topics relating to the pandemic and its psychological impact.  Aimed at clinicians and interested members of the public, the series continues throughout 2020.

We hope in this way to share learnings and support our colleagues at the front line of service provision with inputs relevant to a variety of clinical areas pertaining to mental health.

Registration is free, webinars are recorded and available to listen to in your own time.

Webinar Schedule




22nd May 2020

Management Approaches for ADHD during the Covid-19 virus pandemic

Prof Samuele Cortese (Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Southampton)

29th May 2020

Psychosocial Response to Epidemics – Lessons from Ebola Applied to COVID-19

Dr Peter Hughes (Consultant Psychiatrist/Hon Senior Lecturer at Springfield University Hospital, London)

5th June 2020

Mental health impact of COVID19 on healthcare staff and what to do about it

Prof Neil Greenberg (Consultant Occupational and Forensic Psychiatrist)

12th June 2020

Digital Parent Training STEPS and “Families Under Pressure”

Prof Edmund Sonuga Barke (Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London)

19th June 2020

Youth Mental Health and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Prof Pat McGorry (Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne)

26th June 2020

Early Intervention for Psychosis and the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Brian O’Donoghue (Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne)

3rd July 2020

Implications of the Pandemic for Children in Residential Institutions

Mr Philip Goldman (Founder and President, Maestral International, Minneapolis, MN.)

10th July 2020

Anxiety and Covid-19

Dr Michael Sweeney (Director, Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, New York)

17th July 2020

Research Priorities for the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call for Action for Mental Health Science

Prof Tamsin Forde (Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK)

24th July 2020

The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease

Prof Steven Taylor (Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

31st July 2020

Suicide and COVID-19

Professor David J Gunnell (Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol)

Dr Patrick Devitt (former Irish Inspector of Mental Health Services)

7th August 2020

Neurodiversity & the Impact of COVID-19

Dr Lawrence Fung (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center, CA.)

14th August 2020

Going Electronic in the time of COVID

Prof Paramala Santosh (Professor of Development Neuropsychiatry & Psychopharmacology, King’s College London)

21st August 2020

The Impact of Covid-19 on Depression in Youth

Prof Argyris Stringaris (Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University)

28th August 2020

Reducing the Harmful Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Professionals
Resilience Coaches in a General Hospital.

Prof Robert Maunder (Chair in Health and Behaviour at Sinai Health, Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief & Head of Psychiatry Research, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto)

4th September 2020

Eating Disorders: The impact of Covid 19

Dr Mima Simic (Joint Head of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley Trust and a consultant psychiatrist with the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service)

11th September 2020

Susceptibility to and Transmission of COVID-19 Amongst Children and Adolescents Compared with Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Prof Russell Viner
Consultant Paediatrician, University College Hospital, London
Professor in Adolescent Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, University College London
President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK

18th September 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Psychosis

Dr Ellie Brown
Research Fellow, Orygen
Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne

25th September 2020

Alcohol Self-Management During COVID-19 and Beyond

Dr Peter Rice
Consultant Psychiatrist
Chair, Tayside Council on Alcohol
Past Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland 

2nd October 2020

When Patients Refuse COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine, and Social Distancing in In-patient Psychiatry: Clinical and Ethical Challenges

Dr Dominic Sisti
Assistant Professor, Dept of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

9th October 2020

COVID-19 on an Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Ward  Dr Mudasir Firdosi
Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London

16th October 2020

Occupation Stress and Burnout among Health Care Workers

Session1, Session2 BW, Session2 JH&SC, Session2 KTSession3

Virtual Conference 9:30 - 1:30

23rd October 2020

Psychiatric and Neuropsychiatric Presentations & Severe Coronavirus Infections 

PPT Webinar 23

Dr Jonathan P Rogers
Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow
Specialty Registrar, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Division of Psychiatry, University College London

23rd October 2020

1:30 - 2:30pm

COVID-19 Perspectives in the Irish Journal of Psychological Health - A reflection & Discussion

Dr John Lyne
Editor-in-Chief, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
with short presentations by contributing authors.

30th October 2020


 Supporting Children’s Mental Health in context of COVID in School

PPT Webinar 24

Prof Gordon Harold
Professor, Psychology of Education and Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Uni of Cambridge
Director,Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice

6th November 2020


 Immunopsychiatry: Infections, Inflammation and the Link with Mental Health Professor Michael Eriksen Benros
Professor of Immuno-Psychiatry,
Depart of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen
Head of Biological and Precision Psychiatry, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital

13th November 2020


 Exposing the Most Serious Infirmity – Racism’s Impact on Health in the Era of COVID‐19 Dr Wilfred H. Farquharson
Psychiatrist, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioural Health
Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University

20th November 2020

Addressing the Public Mental Health Challenge of COVID-19

JCampion Presentation


Campion Knapp 2017 Economic case for improved coverage of PMH interventions

Dr Jonathan Campion
Director for Public Mental Health & Consultant Psychiatrist
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health, University College London

27th November 2020


COVID-19 and Racism

Rajesh Mohan Presentation Slides

Dr Rajesh Mohan 
RCPsych Race Equality Lead

4th December 2020

 The Neurology and Psychiatry of COVID-19 Dr Tim Nicholson
Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

11th December 2020

Children's Mental Health During COVID-19: A Multilevel Examination of Family Stress

Risk and Resilience in Family Well-Being During the C19 Pandemic

Supporting patient and clinician mental health during C19

Prof Dillon Browne
Chair in Child and Family Clinical Psychology
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

08th January 2021

13.00 - 14.00

Presidential Priorities and the Pandemic

Prof Adrian James

Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists

15th January 2021

EVENT rescheduled to 26th Feb 2021

Novel Psychoactive Substances: what you need to know about 800 drugs in 45 minutes

Novel psychoactive substances: types, mechanisms of action, and effects

Dr Derek Tracey

Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London

Senior Lecturer, King's College London

22nd January 2021


Psychosocial Problems of The COVID-19 Pandemic: A European View 

Italian Prisons during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Management of older people during the COVID-19 outbreak: Recommendations from an Italian experience

Mental Health in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency: The Italian Response

Older People Living in Long-Term Care Facilities and Mortality Rates During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy: Preliminary Epidemiological Data and Lessons to Learn

Psychiatric hospitalization rates in Italy before and during COVID-19: did they change? An analysis of register data

Dr. Giovanni de Girolamo 

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Milan

Former Scientific Director of the St John of God Clinical Research Centre (IRCCS) in Brescia, Italy

Head of the Unit of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Evaluation


29th January 2021


Lessons learned in lockdown – findings from a one‐day remotely delivered training on low‐intensity psychological interventions for common mental health conditions

Dr Matteo Catanzano

Doctoral student and Honorary Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College London, London, UK and Psychological and Mental Health Services, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

05th February 2021


Psychotropic Medication and COVID-19

Giovanni Ostuzzi

Psychiatrist, University of Verona - UNIVR ​Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, Section of Psychiatry

12th February 2021


Trauma: The Impact of COVID-19

Dr Jo Stubley

Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst and Lead Clinician for the Tavistock Trauma Service

19th February 2021 TBA  

26th February 2021


Novel Psychoactive Substances: what you need to know about 800 drugs in 45 minutes

Dr Derek Tracey

Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London

Senior Lecturer, King's College London

Our thanks to the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland for their assistance in publicising this Summer School and for accrediting constituent webinars for CPD purposes.