October 2021 Monthly Memo


Congratulations to CHiLD member, Dr Niki Nearchou, Assistant Professor with the School of Psychology, for establishing the UCD Resilience & Health Lab.

•The Lab is a nexus of generating research on understanding the complex mechanisms underpinning risk and resilience and the ways these mechanisms influence the mental and physical health of children, adolescents and adults. The Lab comprises faculty, graduate researchers and research staff.The Lab hosts Erasmus+ exchange students and offers placement to national and international students. The Lab maintains a wide collaborative network of national and international researchers, and professionals that reflect the interdisciplinary and translational nature of our work. 


•Congratulations to CHiLD member, Dr. Flavia Santo, UCD School of Psychology, for recently being awarded the IRC COALESCE award with TUD colleague Dr Pierpaolo Dondio for The ARITHMÓS Project: Transforming children’s maths education through digital games.  


•Reichental, ZL, O’Brien, VM, O’Reilly, SL. Interventions to support women with overweight or obesity or gestational diabetes mellitus to initiate and continue breastfeeding: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. 2021;e13371. doi:10.1111/obr.13371

RECORDING OF DISCLOSURE EVENT ·On October 8th  there was  an online one-day seminar exploring the issue of disclosure of sexual abuse and how we, as a society, can facilitate, encourage, and support disclosure. A recording of the event may be found here: https://irishsocialwork.wordpress.com/2021/10/13/disclosure-seminar-october-8th-2021-recordings-resources-and-certificate-of-attendance/


Eilis Hennessy with Keith Gaynor and Niki Nearchou in the School of Psychology are organising a series of talks for parents and a CPD event for professionals working with adolescents as part of a research project funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.  The research is investigating parents’ needs for information about self-harm.

Details of the events:

• Three talks for parents of adolescents (starting on November 1st)  to raise awareness of self-harm and of what parents can do to support adolescents who are self-harming. Full details of the talks and free registration via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talks-for-parents-understanding-self-harm-in-adolescents-tickets-188405053587  

•A half day conference on 12th Nov for professionals working with adolescents to bring them findings of research on self harm in young children, self-harm among young people who identify as LGBTQ and of the role of primary care in supporting young people who self harm.  Full details of the talks and free registration via Eventbrite:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/188353338907


·Submit an abstract to the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) conference, which will take place in person, in Ireland, in the heart of Dublin city (24-26 August 2022). The conference is open to all scholars of adolescence internationally, and to practitioners who work with adolescent populations. For details and link to submission portal, https://www.eara2022.com/. Abstracts due by 10th December 2021.