April 2021 Monthly Memo

Congratulations to the following CHiLD members on their recent achievements!


1. Three CHiLD members have been awared IRC Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme awards:

  • Jennifer Symonds (UCD School of Education): €24,000 from Irish Research Council for project entitled An Irish National Study of the Impact of Social Innovation Education on Student Teacher and Community Wellbeing,
  • Amanda Fitzgerald (UCD School of Psychology): €32,000 from Irish Research Council for project entitled Examining the Effectiveness of Online Therapy for Young People Aged 12-25 and the Role of Therapeutic Alliance
  • Eilis Hennessy (UCD School of Psychology): €24,000 from Irish Research Council for project entitled Mental health literacy in secondary schools: A study of teacher involvement in the One Good School initiative

2. Four CHiLD members have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant:

  • Jennifer Symonds, Orla Doyle, Seaneen Sloan and Laura Taylor: €364,293 from HORIZON 2020 for project entitled COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe (COORDINATE)


1.Eilis Hennessy and Zahra Farahani i(UCD School of Psychology) have hired Liliana Mbeve to work on an IRC New Foundations funded project looking at the engagement of Muslim children in creative activities.  The project is in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and will run until the end of 2021.


1. CHiLD member, Joseph Mooney (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice) has published a new paper on “How Adults Tell: A Study of Adults’ Experiences of Disclosure to Child Protection Social Work Services” in Child Abuse Review. Details here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/car.26774

2. Child member, Rachel Howe (UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems) has published two new papers:

  • Howe R, Nicholson S, Lafferty A et al. Animal assisted activities in the children’s hospital: protocol for a scoping review [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. HRB Open Res 2020, 3:74. Available at: https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13143.1


1. Daráine Murphy and Eilis Hennessy (UCD School of Psychology) have organised a series of webinars for parents that run during April/May.  The first took place on April 26th at which Eilis Hennessy spoke about Promoting Well Being in Young People. Three more webinars are planned which will include a talk on stress in school, and a panel discussion on talking to young people among others.


1. The Mood Movement is a new IRC-ESRC funded research network, led by CHilD member Amanda Fitzgerald (UCD School of Psychology) and Prof. Cherie Armour (Queen’s University Belfast) which aims to explore existing and emerging technologies to facilitate help-seeking, stigma reduction and support of young people’s mental health. They are hosting a series of networking events over the year and the next event is 24th May. She here for details: https://moodmovement.org/  and follow on Twitter: @Mood_Movement

2. Launch of SHINE (Smoke-Free Homes Innovation NEwork): A virtual workshop was held on 27th April 2021 to launch SHINE led by Co-PI and CHiLD member.  Kate Frazer and Rachel O’Donnell (University of Stirling).  Network funded by Irish Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.  A multidisciplinary team seeks to understand how best to support people in creating a smoke-free home, given the health risks, particularly to pregnant women, babies, and children.

UCD Co-Investigators: Cecily Kelleher, Patricia Fitzpatrick, Thilo Kroll, Therese O’Donnell, Deirdre McGillicuddy.  Co-investigatorsr Kate Hunt and Sean Semple (University of Stirling); Graham Moore (Cardiff University); Kamran Siddiqi (University of York); Laurence Moore (University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor, UCD); Maria Duaso (Kings College London); Jamie Pearce (University of Edinburgh); and Miriam Byrne (National University of Ireland Galway). Collaborators: Government, policy and practice representatives from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 3. Launch of Launch on COVISION: On 22nd April 2021, the Health Research Board funded COVISION project was launched as part of a coordinated COVID-19 Rapid Response Research, Development and Innovation programme. This project focuses on the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on children and young people across the globe. This project will explore the creative and innovative ways children have responded to the pandemic changes and how their initiatives may help other children, particularly addressing their sense of safety, calm, hope, self-efficacy and connectedness. The project is being coordinated by CHiLD member Suja Somanadhan. Details available here: https://www.ucd.ie/research/covid19response/news/sujasomanadhanco-vision/