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Dr Lesley O'Hara of Lucena Clinic Services who is the contact for the research project. 

A project which looks at the experience of adolescents affected by eating disorders has been launched as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Researchers from Lucena Clinic Services and UCD are finding out how adolescents look for support and what kinds of services are available to them. The findings will help to greatly improve services for young people.

Dr Lesley O’Hara of Lucena Clinic Services says: “We are particularly interested in talking to 15 – 18 year olds about their experience of living with an eating disorder.
If you would like to be involved, please get in touch. I will explain what taking part involves to you and your family and arrange to meet at a time and date that suits you. Anything you share with us will be completely confidential and anonymous.”

Bodywhys, the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland, is also working on this very important research project.

Professor Fiona McNicholas who is heading the research project says: “There is currently no data available in Ireland outlining the care available to young people with eating disorders. The information we gather will give us a better understanding of the potential barriers to using eating disorder services. The findings will be used to inform young people about eating disorders and encourage them to contact and make use of care and support services.”

Dr Lesley O’Hara
Lucena Clinic Services
59 Orwell Road
Rathgar Dublin 8

Tel: 01 492 3596
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lucena Clinic Services is a service of Saint John of God Community Services clg.

Bodywhys is the National Eating Disorder Association of Ireland.

UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science is involved in a wide variety of research, including eating disorders.

About the Researchers

Professor Fiona McNicholas
Professor McNicholas is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lucena Clinic Services, Rathgar, and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. She is passionate about increasing public, professional and family awareness of mental health problems in children and providing the necessary information regarding treatment and prevention. Her clinical interests are ADHD, Selective Mutism and Eating Disorders. She is currently working in Stanford University in the area of eating disorders. She is also a Lecturer in Child Psychiatry at University College Dublin where she has run a Masters Programme in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children along with a Postgraduate Diploma in child mental health.  She trained in Psychiatry at Guys Hospital and in Child Psychiatry in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She carried out a fellowship in Stanford University, CA and was Assistant Professor
at Columbia University, NY.

Dr Niamh McNamara
Dr McNamara holds a BA and PhD in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and is currently Lecturer in Psychology at University of Bedfordshire. Dr McNamara’s research focus is on the application of psychology to real-world contexts. Her research interests primarily lie in exploring the ways in which group memberships (and the social identities derived from them) contribute to resilience and vulnerability in socially stigmatised groups. Previous work in this area in which she has been involved has examined the ways in which identity dynamics influence help-seeking behaviours and service use and how community identity acts as a coping resource in socially marginalised communities.

Dr Lesley O’Hara
Dr O’Hara holds a BA from National University of Ireland, Galway and a MSc and PhD in Critical Health Psychology from Nottingham Trent University. Dr O’Hara is particularly interested in the lived experience of individuals with illness. Her research to date has focussed on the management of chronic illness, men’s health, and the familial experience of living with illness. She is currently working as a Research Psychologist at Lucena Clinic Services on a national study of eating disorders. This research aims to generate knowledge in relation to service provision and outcome for adolescents with eating disorders.

"Multi Element Behaviour Support"

This one day introduction course supports staff, family members and carers in understanding positive approaches for people who present with challenging behaviours

Dates: 15th July & 14th November 2014

Venue: Conference Centre, Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries HQ, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call us at (01) 281 4139 or visit www.callaninstitute.org

Our  E-learning course is also available.  For information on all our training programmes, see www.callaninstitute.org


Congratulations and best wishes to everyone who took part in Job Shadow Day 9th April and National Supported Employment Week 2014 7th - 14 April 2014.


Lisa McEvoy of Menni Services with Taoiseach Enda Kenny whom she shadowed during Job Shadow Day.  Lisa's Job Coach is Kemi Tunmbi and she was supported on the day by Sylwia Sowa with clothes and accessories advice from Susan Butler of Dress for Success Dublin.


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Victoria Jones of STEP (centre) with CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse Pat Keogh and Marketing Executive Kate O’ Sullivan. Victoria's Job Coach is Anna Marie Walsh.


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Jane Ryan of Kildare Services during  Job Shadow Day at Chill Restaurant in Manor Mills Shopping Centre, Maynooth. Jane's Job Coach is Paula Green.


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Aidan Fingleton of STEP (on guitar) with Big September band members Cillian Duane, Dave Butler and Graham O' Neill at Leopardstown Racecourse.  Aidan's Job Coach is Bill Cruikshanks.


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Conor Coffey of Carmona Services who shadowed Deputy Simon Harris (right) at Dail Eireann was also welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Conor's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and he was supported on the day by volunteer Anne Marie Walsh.


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Ed Robinson of STEP and City Gate (left) shadows sports presenter and commentator Darragh Maloney in the RTE Radio Studios. Ed's Job Coach is Anna Ruth-Duane and he was supported on the day by Derek McNamara.


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Linda Dunphy of Carmona Services (right) shadowing at Byrne Wallace Solicitors in Dublin. Linda's Job Coach is Amy McPartland who also supported her on the day.


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Clodagh Collins of STEP (left) with mentor Marie Reilly who is editor of Irishjobs.ie. Clodagh's Job Coach is Bill Cruikshanks and she was supported on the day by Rachel Clarke.


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Keith Roche (left) of Menni Services with mentor Gerry Donoghue of the Office of Public Works Parks Department. Keith was supported on the day by Angela Cunningham.


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Brian Malone of Carmona Services with mentor Bryan O'Kane at the Porterhouse in Dublin city centre. Brian's Job Coach is Mark Keirns and he was supported on the day by Sinead Kennedy.


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Patricia MacNaeidhe (centre) at Kanchi with mentor Nikki Hegarty (left) and volunteer Carmel Healy.  Patricia’s Job Coach is Brian O' Toole and she had a session with Dress for Success Dublin.


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David Michie  of STEP who shadowed Senator Mary Moran (left) with volunteer Cathy Smith and Teresa Mallon (right) Director of Menni Services and Vice-Chairperson  of IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment).


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David Dean of Menni Services (centre) with mentor Deputy Dara Caleery (left) and Minister Michael Ring outside Dail Eireann.


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Orla Daly of Carmona Services who shadowed at Frangos Restaurant in Dundrum Town Centre with general manager Ian Downes. Orla’s Job Coach is Amy McPartland and she was supported on the day by Aoife McGovern.


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Damien McLoughlin of STEP with Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes footballer  Kevin Nolan. Damien's Job Coach is Anna Ruth-Duane and he was supported on the day by Derek McNamara. 


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Corrine Lindhar of Carmona Services shadowing with staff at O’ Brien’s Coffee Shop, Dundrum Town Centre. Corinne’s Job Coach is Amy McPartland and she was supported on the day by Aoife McGovern.


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David Johnstone of Carmona Services shadowing with staff at Dublin South Radio. David's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and he was supported on the day by Ray Harrison.


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Maeve McLoughlin of Carmona Services at the Department of Social Protection in Pearse Street, Dublin. Maeve's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and she was supported on the dav by volunteer Emily Keegan.


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Ruth Howard of Carmona Services and staff at the Department of Social Protection in Dun Laoghaire. Ruth's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and she was supported on the dav by Fiona Eivers.


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Aisling O'Brien of Carmona Services shadowing with staff at McCabe's Pharmacy in Dundrum Town Centre. Aisling's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and she was supported on the day by Aoife McGovern.


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Rory Rainey of Carmona Services shadowing with staff at DID Stillorgan. Rory's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and he was supported on the day by Peter Flynn.


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Eric Comerford of Carmona Services shadowing at the Bagel Factory in Dundrum Town Centre. Eric's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and he was supported on the day by Aoife McGovern.


About Job Shadow Day

" "Job Shadow Day, sponsored by Irishjobs.ie, is a national project bringing people with  disabilities and local employers together for one day to promote equal  employment opportunities and highlight the valuable contribution people with  disabilities can and do make at work.

Participants explore the world of work by ‘shadowing’  someone in the workplace as they go about their normal working routine.

For updates, log onto www.iase.ie


Congratulations to Kevin Madigan and Noel Kehoe whose project, "Improving the pathway to mental health care through the use of digital mental health applications”, was shortlisted for the 2014 Crystal Clear Awards. Their work was entered in the Best Project in the Community or in a Social Setting category. The project was commended for showing a real application of Plain English and practical guidance to support a wider understanding of Mental Health. The apps contain information on topics including early intervention and are being added to all the time. 

more about the Crystal Clear Awards

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