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 2020-2022.

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




07 January 2022

NB. 04.00 - 05.00 PM

Sex differences in Neurobiology of Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project
Director, Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic
Co-Director, Grand Rounds

Principal Investigator, Fung Lab
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford Neurodiversity Project  Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic Fung Lab

14 January 2022

NB. 04.00 - 05.00 PM

New Perspectives On Subtypes For Youth With ADHD John Leikauf, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine

21 January 2022

Understanding the contribution of complex trauma to psychopathology and cognitive deficits 

Link to paper

Dr Stephanie Lewis,

Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and
MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

28 January 2022


Exercise and lifestyle for the prevention and management of mental illness: evidence, mechanisms and implementation 

Dr Brendon Stubbs,

Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust

Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London 

04 February 2022


Understanding Adjustment Disorder 

Prof Patricia Casey, FRCPI, FRCPsych, MD
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, UCD, Ireland
Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Editor, BJPsych Advances, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK 

11 February 2022


Brain and body mechanisms of mental health treatment 

Dr Camila Nord,

Group Leader, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
University of Cambridge
Fellow and Director of Studies, Christ’s College Cambridge 

18 February 2022 


What Twin Studies Have Taught Us About Child Temperament 

Kimberly Saudino, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Director of the Boston University Twin Project

Boston University


25 February 2022


Breath-Body-Mind Supports Children and Families during Stress, Trauma, Disasters, and the COVID-19 Crisis 

Dr Patricia Gerbarg,

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
New York Medical College 

04 March 2022


Introduction to Breath-Body-Mind Methods - Experiential Practices for Stress Resilience and Personal Transformation 

Dr Richard Brown

Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry

Columbia University

11 March 2022


The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990–2019: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 

Dr Giulio Castelpietra,

MD, Ph.D
Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
Central Health Directorate
Outpatient and Inpatient Care Service

18 March 2022


Mental health of children in care, interventions and outcome 

Majumder Pallab, MBBS; FRCPsych; MD; PhD
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary (Clinical) Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
Training Programme Director, CAP, Health Education England – East Midlands
Medical Governor, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

25 March 2022

NB. 03.00 - 04.00 PM


Cultural Research deconstructs the psychosocial construct ‘expressed emotion' 

Prof Alison M. Heru MD

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Colorado 

01 April 2022     

08 April 2022


Nature and course of psychological symptoms in the general population during the pandemic 
Sam Chamberlain MB/BChir PhD MRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Southampton
Wellcome Clinical Fellow,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Southampton;
& Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist,
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust;
University of Cambridge;
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS
Foundation Trust.
Vice Chair, Academic Faculty, RCPsych;
Member, Psychopharmacology Committee,
15 April 2022 

Easter Friday 


22 April 2022


Telling Tales, The Importance of Narrative in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 

Dr Sabina Dosani, MBBS MSc MRCPsych
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
CHASE Funded Doctoral Researcher 

29 April 2022


Adolescent depression: dissecting heterogeneity 

Professor Frances Rice | Yr Athro Frances Rice

Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health | Division of Psychological Medicine & Clinical Neurosciences | Cardiff University


06 May 2022


Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose? Why computer-assisted psychiatric assessment may be a good thing for our relationships with our patients  David Foreman, Culture editor, BJPsych Bulletin; Research Consultant, NIHR; Affiliate Senior lecturer,King's College, London; Medical Director, Central London private practice; Medical member of the Isle of Man mental health and social services  

13 May 2022

NB. 02.00 - 03.00 PM


The etiology of youth resilience to neighborhood disadvantage  S. Alexandra Burt, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
Co-Director of the Michigan State University Twin Registry 

20 May 2022


The promise of self-monitoring for precision-psychiatry  Harriëtte Riese, PhD
University of Groningen | Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen |
Department of Psychiatry 

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.