Professor Aidan Moran RIP

Our School is deeply saddened to share news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Prof. Aidan Moran. Aidan was known, respected and loved by colleagues and students across UCD, the community of Psychology in Ireland and internationally.

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Post-doc opportunity

Dr Keith Gaynor and Professor Eilis Hennessy are working with Pieta House to define a set of policies and procedures to inform the work and support therapists and clinical support staff working with children under the age of 18. We are currently recruiting a post-doctoral researcher. 

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Forthcoming Conference and Roundtable on Supported Decision Making

A two day event on Supported Decision Making of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is being hosted by IASSIDD’s Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research Group in conjunction with the renowned Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, UK

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Appointment to Chair IASSIDD Special Interest Group

Dr Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, has been appointed Chair of one of IASSIDD’s Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs).

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Psychology book chosen as ‘top read’ in sport science for 2020

Pure Sport: Sport Psychology in Action (Kremer, Moran, & Kearney; published by Routledge 2019) - a psychology book co-authored by Aidan Moran (UCD School of Psychology) - has been chosen by BookAuthority as one of its “8 best new sport science books to read in 2020”.


MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience

We are delighted to announce that admissions are OPEN for our new taught MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience, beginning September 2020. More details on the admission page.

Improvement through Partnership: Promoting collaborative research in community intellectual disability services

UCD Centre for Disability Studies and St Michael’s House celebrated our ten-year partnership on International Disability Day, December 3rd, 2019. The partnership, led by Associate Professor Suzanne Guerin, UCD and Professor Philip Dodd, St Michael’s House, is the first such Memorandum of Understanding between an Irish university and disability service provider.

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Helen O’Shea receives Dr Máire de Paor Award for best PhD thesis

Congratulations to Dr Helen O’Shea who received the Dr Máire de Paor Award for best PhD thesis in the College of Social Sciences and Law (CoSSL) in UCD on 12th November. Her thesis was entitled “An Investigation into the Neurocognitive Processes Underlying Motor Imagery” 

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Seminar in Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act

On November 5th 2019, the UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to host an evening seminar on the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act. Speakers included Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Chair of Safeguarding Ireland and Sage Advocacy; Eileen O’Callaghan, Sage Advocacy; and Emer Meighan, Sage Advocacy.

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Dr Flavia Santos presents a keynote address at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

UCD’s Centre for Disability Studies congratulates our colleague Dr Flavia Santos who delivered a keynote address at the prestigious America The cress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s 2019 conference entitled Progress in Rehabilitation Research - Translation to Clinical Practice. The conference took place in Chicago from 5-8 November. Dr Santos’ paper, Attitudes towards Healthy Ageing in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, was included in a special symposium on Aging with and into Disability: State of The Science and Rehabilitation Implications.

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Successful Discussions in Disability Conference hosted in August 2019 – Youth Mental Health: Break the Stigma

The Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to collaborate with YOULEAD, a doctoral training programme in youth mental health, on our 2019 Discussions in Disability Conference ‘Youth Mental Health: Break the Stigma’. 

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Hats off to our recent graduates on the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies – Class of 2019 Graduation

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate the graduation of our Class of 2019.

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GDPR and Capacity to Consent Roundtable

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies hosted a high-level roundtable on July 31st 2019.  Real life cases were discussed across the full spectrum of the research process from the generation of research questions through to dissemination of findings. Proceedings from this event are in preparation. 

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Launch of WHO and ILAE/IBE’s Global Report ‘Epilepsy: A public health imperative’.

In June 2019, the World Health Organisation, in cooperation with the ILAE (International League against Epilepsy) and IBE (International Bureau for Epilepsy) launched a new global report ‘Epilepsy: a public health imperative’.

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Irish Disability Studies Association Summer Seminar

UCD’s Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to promote the Irish Disability Studies Association’s Summer Seminar on the topic of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024

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Apply for fully-funded PhD scholarship to commence Sept 2019

The UCD School of Psychology is pleased to invite applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship, to commence in September 2019. The successful candidate will complete a structured four-year programme of PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Cliódhna O’Connor.

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Poster showing staff seminars in 2020