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




02 July 2021

NB. 09.00 - 10.00 am

Psychological defence mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case series

Psychological defence mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic- A case series presentation

Dr Graham Walker BSc(Med Sci) MBChB MRCPsych 

Psychiatry Registrar, Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health)

Honorary Clinical Lecturer (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing), University of Glasgow

CHAIR: Barry O’Donnell Ph.D.

UCD Head of Subject of Psychotherapy

Director of Psychotherapy Programmes, UCD School of Medicine

Director of the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Member of the Irish School for Lacanian Psychoanalysis (ISLP)

Chair of the Editorial Board of  The Letter Irish Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis. 

09 July 2021

Self-harm in young people

Dr Dennis Ougrin, MBBS, MRCPsych, PGDip(Oxon), PGCAPHE, PhD

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Seiciatrydd Ymgynghorol Plant a Phobl Ifanc

Reader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Global Mental Health

Course Leader of the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

16 July 2021

Why everything you know about language is wrong 

Elliot M Murphy slides

Elliot M Murphy,

Postdoctoral research fellow, Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and the Texas Institute for Restorative Neurotechnologies 

CHAIR: Dr. Kieran Moore, M.B., MCPsych.I.

Head of Department,

Consultant Paediatric Liason Psychiatrist,

Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin

23 July 2021

The Little Things that Matter Most in Psychiatry: Microbial Regulation of Brain Function and Behaviour

Gerard Clarke Psychiatry Webinar slides

Dr Gerard Clarke,

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science

Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome Ireland at University College Cork

30 July 2021

Neuroscience: The way forward 


Dr. Gareth Cuttle​
Project Manager ‑ Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project
Royal College of Psychiatrists 

06 August 2021

Assessment of coexisting psychosis and substance misuse: complexities, challenges and causality 

BJPsych article Taj Nathan Emily Lewis

Psychosis and substances PPT

Professor Rajan (Taj) Nathan | Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist & Director of Research (CWP)

Visiting Professor (University of Chester) | Adjunct Professor (Liverpool John Moores University) | Hon. Senior Research Fellow (University of Liverpool) | Mental Health Lead CRN NWC (NIHR)

CHAIR: Professor Mary Cannon

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health

Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


13 August 2021

NB. 15.00 - 16.00

Psychosocial Stress and Cancer From Galen to Now 

Anurag K. Singh MD

Professor of Oncology
Director of Radiation Research
Leader, Cell Stress and Biophysical Therapy Program
Associate Dean Graduate Medical Education for Career Development
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center 

20 August 2021

NB. 16.00 - 17.00

“No organic pathology, recommend consulting psych”: Confronting our Legacy of Dualism with Neuroscience

Andrew M Novick MD PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness
Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus


27 August 2021

NB. 14.00 - 15.00

Religion and psychiatry: recent developments in research and clinical applications

Religion and Psychiatry H Koenig

Harold G. Koenig, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Adjunct Professor, Dept of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, P.R. China
Visiting Professor, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

03 September 2021

The importance of psychopathology in psychiatry 

Dr Abdi Sanati

Consultant Psychiatrist 

Former Chair of Philosophy Special Interest Group at Royal College of Psychiatrists 

10 September 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: the Future for Healthcare Staff 

Prof. Blánaid Hayes, MB, MD, FRCPI, FFOM,
Consultant Occupational Physician (Beaumont Hospital),
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (RCSI)


Chair: Dr. Elizabeth BarrettMB BCh BAO, FRCPI,  MRCPsych, MPsychI, MMedSc, PGDiploma, DCH, DCP, 

Assoc. Prof, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Dublin,

Consultant in Child and Adolescent Liaison Psychiatry,

Children's University Hospital

17 September 2021

Young carers: Children as family carers – research, policy and practice 

Presentation - Saul Becker Dublin Sept 2021

Professor Saul Becker,

Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Former Provost, University of Sussex Ambassador, Carers Trust.

UK Principal Investigator for the Horizon 2020 (EU) six-country study of the mental health of adolescent young carers.

Registered Social Worker


24 September 2021



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

01 October 2021


Care pathways and outcomes of young people transitioning from child to adult mental health care services - Results from the European MILESTONE study 

Suzanne Gerritsen

PhD candidate, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

08 October 2021


Understanding the contribution of complex trauma to psychopathology and cognitive deficits  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

15 October 2021




22 October 2021


Using qualitative methods to explore the wellbeing of healthcare professionals 

Dr Johanna Spiers,

University of Birmingham

29 October 2021


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

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.

05 November 2021


Health service utilisation following self-harm in the UK: short and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Sarah Steeg,

Presidential Fellow (Research), Division of Psychology & Mental Health, University of Manchester 

12 November 2021


Harmful Sexual Behaviours by Children and Adolescents: Negotiating 'the New Normal'?

Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden,

Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast


CHAIR: Dr. Kieran Moore, M.B., MCPsych.I.

Head of Department,

Consultant Paediatric Liason Psychiatrist,

Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin

19 November 2021


Applications of relational and affective neuroscience to clinical practice 

Dr C. Susan Mizen MBBS FRCPsych
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
PhD student at the University of Exeter.
Chair of the Talking Therapies Taskforce RCPsych 

26 November 2021


Anorexia Nervosa and Its Impact on Bone Health

Debra K. Katzman, MD FRCPC,

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
Senior Associate Scientist, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

3 December 2021

NB. 12.00 - 13.00


Safety of psychopharmacologic agents in children and adolescents with mental disorders 

Dr Marco Solmi, MD, PhD,

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
University of Ottawa Psychiatry Department Ottawa Ontario Canada
The Ottawa Hospital University of Ottawa Ottawa Ontario Canada
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) Clinical Epidemiology Program University of Ottawa Ottawa Ontario

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.