Call for Expressions of Interest: Enhancing the capacity of teachers to identify and support students at risk of suicide.


There is an exciting opportunity for a well-motivated and capable graduate in the Faculty of Education & Health Sciences University of Limerick.  The successful student will work at the cutting edge of applied research that’s makes a key difference in the lives of young people. This research is at the interface of health & school psychology and builds on the work of Dr Jennifer McMahon & Professor Orla Muldoon and aligns with the strategic goals of the National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP).



Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people (WHO, 2016). The prevention of youth suicide is in partly dependent upon ‘gatekeepers’, including teachers, to identify those at risk of suicide and to refer them for appropriate treatment (Reis & Cornell, 2008). However, many studies have identified limitations in teacher knowledge and capacity in dealing with suicidal behaviour. This project is part funded by the National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and seeks to explore the effectiveness of an international training programme SafeTALK in improving the understanding and capacity of pre service teachers to understand and intervene in suicidal behaviour. As such the successful candidate will be at the forefront of preventing suicide in our nation’s young people. We plan to use this work to inform teacher preparation programmes and to expand the research to include allied professionals engaged with young people.


Candidate Requirements


  • Good design and research knowledge. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • A minimum of a 2:1 degree in psychology, education or related discipline and demonstrable research potential. 


  • Master’s level degree in psychology education or related discipline
  • Experience working with young people.
  • Experience of research in mental health
  • Experience in the conduct of randomised controlled trials



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Candidates interested in this position should forward a CV, an example of their written work and a supporting statement to by August 1st @ 5pm. The supporting statement should outline how their skills and experience make them a suitable candidate for this project. Interview of suitable candidates will be held in early May.


The successful candidate will be the recipient of a four-year fee waiver.  There is a stipend of €10,000 (excluding fees) associated with this position for the first year of study. Candidates will apply for the Faculty fee waiver in the first instance (mid-June) and will be expected to apply for Irish Research Council funding (Nov 2017) to establish a continued source of funding.


This project is situated within the i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) lab, School of Education and Centre for Social Issues, Dept. of Psychology.