slide left
slide left Our Programmes are designed to educate
students from diverse disciplines within nursing
and midwifery...
slide left

Intellectual Disability & Mental Health Research Groups

Intellectual Disability & Mental Health Research Groups


The aim is to develop and conduct high quality research in the areas of intellectual disability and mental health.


  • Conduct interagency/interdisciplinary research in person centered/recovery, social inclusion, health promotion and therapeutic interventions.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge which informs mental health and intellectual disability professional practice.
  • Evaluate the role of policy and legislation on mental health and intellectual disability services.


  • Core Themes

Group Members

  1. Mary Pat Butler, Research interests: psychosocial interventions and recovery
  2. Dr Eileen Carey,  Research interests: inclusive research and choice
  3. Dr Christine Deasy, Research interests: mental health and health promotion
  4. Dr Owen Doody, Research interests: specialist practice and community living
  5. Therese Hennessy, Research interests: support groups and dual diagnosis
  6. Rosemary Lyons, Research interests: communication and person centered care
  7. Maureen O'Connor, Research interests: ageing and intellectual disability
  8. Ruth Ryan, Research interests: complex needs, health across the lifespan

Publications 2016

Carey, E. & Griffiths, C. (2016) The impact of Irish policy and legislation on how adults with learning disabilities make choices. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44 (2), 111-121. 

Cleary, J. & Doody, O. (2016) Nurses' experience of caring for people with intellectual disability and dementia. Journal of Clinical Nursing.  doi: 10.1111/jocn.13431.

Cleary, J. & Doody, O. (2016) Professional carers’ experiences of caring for individuals with intellectual disability and dementia A review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, doi:10.1177/1744629516638245.

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., Pironom, J., Jourdan, D., Mannix-McNamara, P (2016) Predictors of health of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students: Findings from a cross-sectional survey. Nurse Education Today. 36, 427-433.

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., .Pironom, J., Jourdan, D. & Mannix Mc Namara, P (2016) Psychological distress and help seeking: Findings from a study of undergraduate nursing/midwifery and teacher education students in Ireland. Irish Educational Studies. 35(2) 175-194.

De Haas, C., Ryan, R (2016) Chapter 4 Family Centered Care. In: Rubin, L., Merrick, J., Greydanus, DE. & Patel, D.R (eds). Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. 3rd Edition. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

   Doody, O. (2016) Individualised approach to health promotion is needed for individuals with mild-to-moderate intellectual disability. Evidence Based Nursing, 19(4), 122.

Doody, O. (2016) VIP care in learning disability nursing: Owen Doody discusses elements of care that are central to learning disability nurses’ work with clients who have recently transferred to community based-care. Learning Disability Practice, 19(4), 29-33.

Doody, O. & Bailey, M.E. (2016) Setting a research question, aim and objective. Nurse Researcher, 23(4), 19-23.

Doody, O. & Noonan, M. (2016) Nursing research ethics, guidance and application in practice. British Journal of Nursing. 25(14):803-807.

Doody, O., Slevin, E. & Taggart, L. (2016) Focus group interviews examining the contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists in Ireland. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi:10.1111/jocn.13636.

Jourdan, D., Simar, C., Deasy, C., Carvalho, GS., Mannix McNamara, P (2016) School health promotion and teacher professional identity. Health Education. 116(2), 106-122. 

Nelson, S. & Carey, E. (2016) Supporting women with learning disabilities during breast cancer diagnosis in Ireland. Learning Disability Practice. 19(10), 18-22.

Nelson, S. & Carey, E. (2016) The role of the nurse in assessing mobility decline in older people with intellectual disabilities. Learning Disability Practice. 19(9), 19-24.

Noonan, M., Galvin, R., Doody, O. & Jomeen, J. (2016) A qualitative meta‐synthesis: Public health nurses role in the identification and management of perinatal mental health problems. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.13155.

Wright, M., Moran, S. & Doody, O. (2016) The Introduction of Patient’s Own Drug Scheme in a Specialist Palliative Care Inpatient Unit. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 18(6), 536-543.


For further Information

Chair: Dr Owen Doody
Department of Nursing & Midwifery
University of Limerick
Tel.+353-61-213367 +353-61-202422