2021 Mental Health and COVID-19 Webinar Series

Date Topic Speaker

08th January 2021

13.00 - 14.00

Presidential Priorities and the Pandemic 

08 01 2021 Adrian James PPT08 01 2021 Adrian James PPT

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

05 02 2021 Ostuzzi PPT05 02 2021 Ostuzzi PPT

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

Pandemics in Literature PPT

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 

C19 and Substance Use - Baldacchino PPT

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 (www.complicatedgrief.columbia.edu)

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 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 

21st May 2021

NB. 13.00 - 14.00

Cannabis- the Colorado experience

Kenneth Finn MD SLIDES

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.

Chair: 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

Prof Robert Friedberg slides

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 Illuminating Digital Design in Addiction Medicine: Do we focus on the Tech, the Patient or the Clinician?  Dr Joe Tay, MB BCh BAO DCH MRCGP MSc
ISAM certified

Honorary Research Fellow
St Andrews University
School of Medicine
Population and Behavioural Science Research Division
Project Lead, digitAS Project
Clinical Director, Forward Leeds

11the June 2021

NB. 16.00 - 17.00

Medical Hypnosis for Children and Adolescents  Dr Jeff Lazarus, MD, FAAP
Former Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Case Western Reserve University Medical School
Cleveland, Ohio 

18th June 2021 

NB. 16.00 - 17.00

Understanding Eating Disorder Challenges During Covid 

PPT Understanding Eating Disorder Challenges During Covid

Dr Aileen Whyte

Assistant Clinical Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Director of the Stanford Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic

25th June 2021

The long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of adults in the UK


UCD ACAP Webinar Presentation Ellie Iob


Eleonora Iob, MSc, AFHEA

PhD Researcher in Epidemiology and Psychobiology

Associate Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods 

CHAIR: Professor Mary Cannon

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health

Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

02 July 2021

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  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  “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 

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


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 - Rescheduled 2022 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  Psychological distress among healthcare workers in Ireland post-pandemic: from the resilience of individuals to the resilience of healthcare systems   

Dr Shane O'Donnell,

Research Scientist,

UCD School of Medicine & UCD School of Sociology

22 October 2021  Using qualitative methods to explore the wellbeing of healthcare professionals  

Drs Johanna Spiers and Ruth Riley,

University of Birmingham

29 October 2021 - Rescheduled 2022  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'?

UCD Seminar on HSB - A-M McAlinden

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

12 November 2021 Virtual Journal Club: Childhood adversity and adolescent psychopathology: evidence for mediation in a national longitudinal cohort study

UCD Academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (UCD ACAP), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPI) are excited to be partnering with the British Journal of Psychiatry for our first virtual journal club

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

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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
10 December 2021 Should We Insist on Scale-Based Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder or Do Something Else? A Nationwide Recognition and Referral Model

Onur Burak Dursun MD.,

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, International Medical School, University of Health Sciences,
Head of Autism, Mental Special Needs and Rare Diseases Department, Turkish Ministry of Health, Ankara /Turkey

17 December 2021 Isolation of psychiatric inpatients during the Covid-19 pandemic: an ethical, legal, and practical challenge

Dr Christian Brown,

West London NHS Trust