COVID-19 & Mental Health


Weekly webinars by international guest speakers from 22nd May to 30th Sept 2020.

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

The Summer School 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 summer 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

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

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

NOTE: 3:30pm


Neurodiversity & the Impact of COVID-19

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

14th August 2020


To be confirmed

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


Resilience Training and Psychological Supports

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)

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.