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 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 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




08th January 2021

13.00 - 14.00

Presidential Priorities and the Pandemic 

Prof Adrian James

Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists


15th January 2021

Rescheduled to 26th Feb 2021 - see below

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 Tracy

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, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation; Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences; Section of Psychiatry, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

12th February 2021

Trauma: The Impact of COVID-19

Dr Joanne Stubley

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

19th February 2021

Art Therapy and Socio Psychological Considerations at the time of COVID-19

Jordan S. Potash (presenter). Speakers: Gretchen M. Miller, Debra Kalmanowitz, Susan Ainlay Anand

Jordan S Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, LPCAT: Licensed art therapist, registered expressive arts therapist. Associate Professor in the Art Therapy Graduate Program at The George Washington University and Editor in Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP:  registered board certified art therapist, advanced certified trauma practitioner, and currently serves on the American Art Therapy Association Board of Directors

Debra Kalmanowitz, PhD, HCPC, BAAT reg. art therapist and artist , Assistant Professor at the School of Society and the Arts Ono Academic College, Israel 

Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT: registered, board certified art therapist, art therapy certified supervisor, licensed art therapist and serves as member on the Board of Directors, the American Art Therapy Association 

26th February 2021

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

Dr Derek Tracy

Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London

Senior Lecturer, King's College London

05th March 2021

COVID and Mental Health across the continents

Dr Mudasir Firdosi, Dr. Ovais Wadoo, Dr Arshad Hussain

Dr Firdosi: Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London, Undergraduate Tutor at St George’s, University of London and Executive member of the General Adult Psychiatry (GAP) Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

Dr Wadoo: Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Director of Fellowship Programme
Chair-elect Middle East Division Royal College of Psychiatrists
Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha, Qatar

Dr Hussain: Professor, Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Kashmir (associated  Hospital of Government Medical College, Srinagar)

12th March 2021


Covid: Couples and Cooking 

Avi Shmueli, PhD

Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Psychoanalyst and Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society 

19th March 2021


Pandemics in Literature

NB. Recommended pre-reading:

1. Camus, La Peste
2. Freud, Thoughts for the Times on War and Death
3. Bion, Experiences in Groups

Prof Neil Vickers

Professor of English Literature and the Health Humanities, King's College London and Co-Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Health

26th March 2021


Life, Death and Psychoanalysis in Shadow of the Pandemic 

Prof Josh Cohen 

Professor of Modern Literary Theory, Goldsmiths University of London and Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society

09th April 2021


COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders 

Prof Alexander Mario Baldacchino, MD, MPhil, PhD, FISAM, FRCPsych, FRCP(E)

Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions, University of St Andrews Consultant in Addiction Medicine, NHS Fife Addiction Services

NHS Fife Research, Development and Innovation Director                      President, International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)


16th April 2021


The Psychopharmacology of COVID-19 

Dr Siobhan Gee, MPharm PGDip MFRPSII Ph.D

Principal Pharmacist, Liaison Psychiatry

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Pharmacy Department | Maudsley Hospital


23rd April 2021

NB. 16.00 - 17.00


Complicated Grief and the pandemic 

M. Katherine Shear M.D.

Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University School of Social Work
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Center for Complicated Grief (

30th April 2021


Living with Dying Online: Building Competence in Dealing with the Digital Side of Death

Elaine Kasket 

Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Wolverhampton
Associate Fellow of
the British Psychological Society
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts

07th May 2021


How Covid damages curiosity and interferes with facing reality, and what we can do about it 

Philip Stokoe

BSc MSc CQSW F.Inst.Psychoanal
Institute of Psychoanalysis
International Psychoanalytical
British Psychoanalytic Council

14th May 2021


Abuse, self-harm, and suicidal ideation 

Eleonora Iob, MSc, AFHEA

PhD Researcher in Epidemiology and Psychobiology

Associate Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods  

21st May 2021

NB. 13.00 - 14.00


Cannabis and the Opioid Epidemic

Kenneth Finn, MD

President (2021) of the American Board of Pain Medicine

Volunteer clinical instructor for the University of Colorado Medical School, Colorado Springs Branch and editor of Cannabis in Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Prof Mary Cannon

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health

Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

28th May 2021


COVID-19, Intolerance of Uncertainty, and young patients: Impact and intervention Robert D. Friedberg, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT (Founding Fellow)
Director, PAU Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology/Palo Alto University 

04th June 2021


Inflammation and Child Mental Health in the Era of COVID

Professor Kiki Chang

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
Former Professor of Psychiatry; Director Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program; Stanford School of Medicine
Co-Founder Stanford PANS Clinic 

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.