Prof Gerry Leavey
Professor Leavey took up the post of Director of the Bamford Centre in September 2012. Prior to this he lived in London, serving as the Director of Research for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and as a researcher in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London. A social scientist, he has a BSc in Policy Studies (University of North London), an MSc in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Medical Sociology (University College London). His research career has predominantly focussed on mental health services, particularly in the field of illness and help-seeking behaviour. He has published widely on service pathways and access by minority and disadvantaged populations. His work ranges from epidemiological studies on ethnic elders and refugee children to qualitative investigations of community level agencies such as schools and faith based organisations and their role in the recognition and management of mental illness.
Gerry has maintained substantial collaborative research activities with colleagues in UCL and is currently involved in major NIHR funded studies of rehabilitative services in England (REAL) and the effectiveness of housing support for people with mental illness (QuEST). His other significant research activity is in the area of dementia and end of life care and he is presently involved in research programmes with colleagues in Old Age Psychiatry and Marie Curie (UCL) and the £3.4 million study on agitation in dementia. He was a co-applicant on a successful bid for a 10 million Euro grant application to set up the All-Ireland institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) and sits on the research committee of the institute. He is the lead on a EU funded project (Euro 1.75m) on the use of intergenerational exchange to combat social exclusion in rural and isolated regions of Europe.
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Dr Ciaran Mulholland
Ciaran Mulholland has been a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust since 1998, was appointed as an Honorary Professor by the Bamford Centre for Mental Health Research at the Ulster University in 2009 and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012. Since April 2000, he has also held the post of Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education (Lead for Psychiatry) at The Queen’s University of Belfast and continues to work as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Northern Trust. Currently, he is co-lead for an innovative service for young people with “at risk mental states”-that is, those thought to be at risk of developing a psychotic illness. He is the Chair of the Northern Ireland Mental Health, Ageing and Learning Disability Translational Research Group and the Co-Clinical Lead of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network, Mental Health Special Interest Group. He has acted as an advisor to the Victims and Survivors Service on clinical interventions for those who have been impacted by the trauma of the “Troubles”.
Ciaran’s research interests include: First Episode Psychosis and At Risk Mental States; exploring the Impact of the “Troubles” on mental health; Mental Health and Documentary Film; Medical Education Research; Rural Mental Health; Social and Clinical History of Psychiatry. He has published more than 40 research papers and several books and book chapters. He has experience of organising and participating in both local clinical trials and international, multi-centre, randomised, controlled trials.
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