Coughlan, Barry, Dr.

Coughlan, Barry, Dr.

Name: 
Dr. Barry Coughlan
Email: 
barry.coughlan@ul.ie
Phone: 
00353 (0) 61 234345
Role: 
Faculty
Address: 
Department of Psychology E1-037 University of Limerick Limerick Ireland
Room: 
E1-037

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.  Since 2007, Barry has been Assistant 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.

 

CLINICAL, TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Barry's clinical practice, teaching and research are primarily focussed on evidence-based practice issues pertaining to the identification, assessment and treatment of mental health issues in young people and adults with intellectual disability and complex need. He has supervised over 40 PhD’s to completion, covering a wide range of applied clinical topics.  In addition to his role on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme, Barry was also chair of the Education & Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee for three years, which involved the management and oversight of all research ethics within the faculty. He is currently external examiner on a number of undergraduate and doctoral clinical programmes in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.

He holds an international publications profile and is in regular demand for international workshops and symposia in his field, most recently in Australia, New Zealand, Romania & the UK.  In September/October 2013, Barry worked with the Australian Ministry of Education, as a consultant on the National Partnership Project – More Support for Students with Disabilities.  Barry was a member of the International Advisory Board for the Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (CLDD) Project in the UK, a member of the Advisory Board for the Development of Training Materials for Special Education in the 21st Century in the UK, and is currently involved in on-going collaborative international research in the UK, USA and Romania, for which he is currently in receipt of three funding awards from the Irish Research Council (IRC).  He is currently working on his third book, due to be published in 2018 on the topic of emotional wellbeing, positive mental health and complex need.

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:SELECTED PEER REVIEWED & OTHER PUBLICATIONS (2010-2017):

 

Books:

Coughlan, B.J., Carpenter, B., & Egerton, J. (in preparation).  Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health in Young People with Complex Need: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Coughlan, B.J. (2012) Applying Lessons Learned from Deinstitutionalisation & Intellectual Disability: A Knowledge Exchange Programme for Frontline Staff in Ireland & Romania. Dublin: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ryan, P., & Coughlan, B.J. (2011) Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health: Issues and Implications for Practice London: Routledge.

 

Book Chapters:

O'Connell-Kehoe, D. & Coughlan, B.J. (2011) Assessment of Mental Health Issues: Approaches & Frameworks. In P. Ryan & B.J. Coughlan (Eds.) Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health: Issues and Implications for Practice (pp.50-65). London: Routledge.

Dempsey, H. & Coughlan, B.J. (2011) Treatment of Mental Health Issues: Reality versus Best Practice. In P. Ryan & B.J. Coughlan (Eds.) Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health: Issues and Implications for Practice (pp.66-88). London: Routledge.

O'Reilly, O., Lavin, D., & Coughlan, B.J. (2011) Ageing & Dementia: Assessment & Intervention. In P. Ryan & B.J. Coughlan (Eds.) Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health: Issues and Implications for Practice (pp.89-108). London: Routledge.

Ryan, P., Coughlan, B.J., Shahid, Z., & Aherne, C. (2011) Older Adults Experience of Loss, Bereavement & Grief. In P. Ryan & B.J. Coughlan (Eds.) Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health: Issues and Implications for Practice (pp.109-126). London: Routledge.

Coughlan, B.J. (2007) Mental Health Difficulties in People with Intellectual Disability: Integrating Theory & Evidence-based Practice. In B. Carpenter & J. Egerton (Eds.) New Horizons in Special Education: Evidence-based Practice in Action (pp.77-88). Birmingham: Sunfield Publications. 

Carpenter, B., Coughlan, B.J., Logan, N., & Whitehurst, T. (2007) Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Students on the Autistic Spectrum with Mental Health Problems. In B. Carpenter & J. Egerton (Eds.) New Horizons in Special Education: Evidence-based Practice in Action (pp.89-110). Birmingham: Sunfield Publications. 

Coughlan, B.J., Doyle, M., & Carr, A. (2002) Prevention of teenage smoking, alcohol use and drug abuse. In A. Carr (Ed.), Prevention: What Works with Children & Adolescents? A critical review of Psychological Programmes for children, adolescents and their families (pp.320-343). London: Brunner-Routledge.

 

Online Training Materials:

Coughlan, B.J. & Rae, T. (2012) Training Resources for Special Education in the 21st Century. Module 3.4: Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health. London: Department of Education. (www.complexneeds.org.uk)

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Aherne, C., Coughlan, B., & Surgenor, P. (under review) The Role of Connectedness on Paths to and from Suicide.  The Counselling Psychologist.

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

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., Pironom, J., Jourdan, D. and Mannix-McNamara, P. (2015) Predictors of health of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students: Findings from a cross-sectional survey. Nurse Education Today, 36, 427-433. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.09.010

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B., Pironom, J., Jourdan, D. & Mannix McNamara, P. (2014) Psychological Distress & Coping amongst Higher Education Students: A Mixed Method Enquiry. PLoS ONE 9(12) e115193 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115193

Deasy, C., Coughlan, B.J. & Mannix-McNamara, P. (2014) “You can’t help Getting into a Heap about it”: Student Stress in Initial Teacher Education. International Journal for cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education,4,(4),1324-1331.

Coughlan, B.J. & Carpenter, B (2013) Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Students with Disabilities: Understanding the Complexities Involved. Special Education Resource Update, 23, (3), 1-4.

Coughlan, B.J. & Carpenter, B (2013) Critical Issues in the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Disabilities. Think-Piece Series for Special Education. South Australia: Department for Education & Child Development.

Baker, P.A., Bricout, J.C., Moon, N.W., Coughlan, B.J. & Pater, J. (2013) Communities of Participation: A comparison of disability and aging identified groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Telematics and Informatics, 30, 22-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2012.03.004

Wroblewska, A., Coughlan, B.J. & Ryan, D. (2012) Irish Service users' experiences of working with culturally diverse mental health professionals: A grounded theory study.  International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17542863.2012.685483

Coughlan, B.J. (2011) Critical Issues in the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Special Educational Needs in the 21st Century. The REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland. 24,(2), 57-75.

Gillan, D & Coughlan, B.J. (2010) Transition from Special Education into Post-School Services for Young Adults with Intellectual Disability. The Parents' Experience. Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 7,(3), 196-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2010.00265.x

Carpenter, B., Coughlan, B.J. & Fotheringham, J. (2010) Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing: The new dimension in the curriculum for children and young people with special educational needs.  Complex Needs Series, Number 4. London: Special Schools and Academies Trust.

Payne, C. & Coughlan, B.J. (2010) Early Intervention: The Experiences of Staff of the Assessment of Need in Early Intervention Services. Frontline of Learning Disability, 79, 24-26.

 

FUNDED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Title:          KA2, Strategic Partnerships – Inclusion Training in Intellectual Disability for Educators in Europe.

Funder:      EU Erasmus+

Funding:    €402,000

Role:          Project Partner

Date:          2014-2017.

 

Title:          Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Interdisciplinary Understanding.

Funder:      Irish Research Council

Funding:    €6,000

Role:          Principal Investigator

Date:          2014-2015.

 

Title:          Development of a Professional Network on Deinstitutionalisation & Community Integration in Eastern Europe.

Funder:      Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

Funding:    €6,000

Role:          Principal Investigator

Date:          2011-2012.

 

Title:          Developing a Knowledge Exchange Programme for Frontline Staff in Ireland & Romania: Applying Lessons Learned from Deinstitutionalisation & Intellectual Disability

Funder:      Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

Funding:    €35,000

Role:          Principal Investigator

Date:          2010-2012.

 

Title:          Training Materials for Special Education in the 21st Century

Funder:      Department of Education (DfE), UK

Funding:    £1 million

Role:          Module Manager & Member of Advisory Board

Date:          2010-2012.

 

Title:          The Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities Project

Funder:      Department of Education (DfE),UK

Funding:    £600,000

Role:          International Researcher & Member of International Advisory Board

Date:          2009-2011.

 

SELECTED KEYNOTE & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ADDRESSES:

 

Emotional Wellbeing, ASD & Complex Need: Current Status & Future Directions: Keynote Address. January 26th 2016. 3rd International Conference on Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities. Auckland, January 26-28th 2016.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Young People with Complex Need & Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding the Complexities Involved. Keynote Address. July 31st, 2014. Aspect Autism in Education Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Identifying & Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students with Complex Need. Keynote Address. August 2nd, 2014. New South Wales Teachers Federation Congress, Sydney, Australia.

Complex Need, Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health: Challenges for 21st Century Education & Practice. Keynote Address. October 1-2, 2013. Australian Association for Special Education National Conference. Adelaide, Australia.

Signs, Symptoms & the Classroom: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Students with Disabilities. Keynote Address. September 17, 2013. National Partnership Conference – More Support for Students with Disabilities. Adelaide, Australia.

Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing – Cornerstones of Positive Mental Health. Keynote Address. April 22nd 2013. Waterford Institute of Technology.

Understanding the Complexity of Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing in Students with Special Educational & Complex Needs. Keynote Address. April 4-6th 2012.  1st International Conference on Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Critical Issues in the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Special Educational Needs: Implications for 21st      Century Education. April 4-7, 2011. Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE)

Transition from Special Education into Postschool Services for Young Adults with Intellectual Disability. Irish Parents’ Experiences.  April 4-7, 2011. Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE)

The Persistence of Participation: Community, Disability, and Social Networks. September 1-4, 2011.  Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, (Baker, P.M.A., Bricout, J.C., Moon, N.W., Coughlan, B.J. & Pater, J.).

Ageing of Participation: Community, Work, and Social Networks.  September 8-10, 2010. International Conference on Ageing, Disability and Independence. Newcastle, UK, (Baker, P.M.A., Bricout, J.C., Moon, N.W., Coughlan, B.J. & Pater, J.)

Telework, Aging, and the Socially Inclusive Workplace.  September 8-10, 2010.  International Conference on Ageing, Disability and Independence. Newcastle, UK, (Baker, P.M.A., Bricout, J.C., Moon, N.W., Coughlan, B.J. & Pater, J.)

 

AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS:

Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID).

Member of the European Association of Mental Health & Intellectual Disability.

 

EXTERNAL & COLLABORATIVE LINKS:

  • International Project Advisor to the Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities Project (CLDD) in the UK.
  • Project advisor to the Training Materials for Special Education in the 21st Century Project.
  • Reviewer - Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (JIDR) & Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (JPPID).
  • External examiner on a range of MA & PhD theses in Ireland & the UK.
  • Ongoing collaborative research:
    • Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
    • Special Schools & Academies Trust (UK)
    • Comber Foundation & Giurgiu County Council (Romania)
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