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Dr Barry Coughlan

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Dr. Barry Coughlan is a Clinical Psychologist, with a special interest in the emotional wellbeing & mental health of young people and adults with intellectual disability and complex need.  Barry is the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  Prior to this he was in full time practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, with the Brothers of Charity Services in Limerick, Ireland.

Barry holds an honours degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork, a PhD from University College Cork and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, from University College Dublin.   His clinical and research focus includes mental health & emotional wellbeing in intellectual disability, Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities, Special Educational Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Ageing and Disability, Deinstitutionalisation & Community integration.


Aherne, C., Coughlan, B. & Paul Surgenor (2018) Therapists’ perspectives on suicide: A conceptual model of connectedness, Psychotherapy Research, 28:5, 803-819. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2017.1359428.

Aherne, C., & Coughlan, B. (2016, Online First) A Preliminary Investigation of the Suitability of Aquatics for People with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities.  Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 20:3, 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/1744629516646513.

Collins, T., & Coughlan, B. (2016) Experiences of Mothers in Romania upon Disclosure from Medical Professionals That Their Child Has a Disability. Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disability, 13:1, 4-14. DOI: 10.1111/jppi.12141.

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., Pironom, J., Jourdan, D. & Mannix McNamara, P. (2016, Online First) Psychological distress and help seeking amongst higher education students: findings from a mixed method study of undergraduate nursing/midwifery and teacher education students in Ireland. Irish Education Studies. DOI:10.1080/03323315.2016.1146157.

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., Pironom, J., Jourdan, D. & Mannix McNamara, P. (2015) Psychological Distress & Lifestyle of Students: Implications for Health Promotion. Health Promotion International, 30: 1,77-87. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dau086.