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Dr. Barry Coughlan


Dr. Barry Coughlan is the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He joined the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick in 2007, as Assistant Director & Director of Research. Prior to this he was in full time practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, with the Brothers of Charity Services in Limerick. 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 (SEN), Ageing and Disability, and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Barry's clinical practice, teaching and research is primarily focussed on evidence-based practice issues pertaining to the identification, assessment and treatment of mental health issues in persons with intellectual disability and complex need.Barry is also interested in the ageing experiences of adults with intellectual disability, deinstitutionalisation and community integration. He has supervised over 40 PhD's, covering a wide range of clinical topics. He holds an international publications profile and is in regular demand for international workshops and symposia in his field. Barry is a member of a number of International Advisory Boards both in Ireland and the UK and is an external examiner for a number of clinical programmes in the UK.