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The following are core members of the DRN across QUB including academic staff and research students - please follow the link to our research portal (PURE) to access further information on their work and contact details.


Professor Berni Kelly


Dr Bronagh Byrne

Professor Michael Brown

Dr Franziska Schroeder

Dr Paul Best

Professor Gavin Davidson

Dr Paula Devine

Dr Declan French

Dr Mark Linden

Dr Alison MacKenzie

Keith McAllister

Dr Patricia McNeilly

Dr Lorna Montgomery

Professor Duncan McVicar

Professor Allen Thurston

Professor Danielle Turney

Dr Ivanka Antova


Name  Research AreaPhD Supervisor(s)
Ingri-Hanne Brænne Bennwik The transition from child welfare to adult life for young people with disabilities (with VID Specialized University, Norway) Dr Berni Kelly
Christine Bower Autism and relationship and sexuality education Dr Alison MacKenzie
John Cowman From awaking from monastic slumber to unprecedented opportunity for Irish mental health services to address housing needs Prof Gavin Davidson
Cormac Coyle Policy and Practice developments in Northern Ireland’s Adult Safeguarding. A qualitative comparative study of United Kingdom and Ireland Prof Gavin Davidson
Gillian Curran Missing Voices: The educational experiences of girls with Asperger syndrome Dr Bronagh Byrne
Anne Devlin Understanding the high levels of work disability in Northern Ireland, including how the Troubles could be affecting contemporary economic inactivity. Dr Declan French
Prof Duncan McVicar
Chandril Ghosh  Mental Health Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood Prof Gavin Davidson 
Soibi Godwin-Clark Legal protection of children with intellectual disabilities from violence: a case study of Nigeria Dr Bronagh Byrne
Kate Hills Resilience in Club level swimmers Prof Gavin Davidson
Clare Howie   Preventing psychosis in young people: a secondary level school-based study  Prof Gavin Davidson 
David Jackson-Perry Autism and Sexuality: Challenging Behaviour? Dr Bronagh Byrne
Rachel Leonard An Exploration of Health Visitors’ practice with families affected by parental mental illness and substance misuse Dr Mark Linden
Emma Loudon  The experience of families living with parental mental illness: An evaluation of Family Focused practice  Prof Gavin Davidson 
Alanna McCrory The relationship between highly visible social media and the mental well-being of school children in NI Dr Paul Best
Aimee Muirhead Behind the Door: A Study of Cell-sharing, Wellbeing and Coping in Prison Prof Gavin Davidson
Wendy Mupaku Transitional Journey of South African Care-Leavers with Intellectual Disabilities (with University of Johannesburg, South Africa) Dr Berni Kelly  
Conall O’Rourke Offending behaviour in young adult survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) Dr Mark Linden
Carmel Quinn Teaching and Disability: An Appreciative Inquiry of Personnel in Education Dr Bronagh Byrne
Colette Ramsey How can learning from Serious Adverse Incident reviews contribute to reducing deaths by suicide of people in the care of Mental Health Services Prof Gavin Davidson
Louise Taylor Conceptualising the mental health benefits of exposure to nature Prof Gavin Davidson
Dr Paul Best
James Todd A study of the social work role with adult vulnerable witnesses Prof Gavin Davidson
Eda Yesilkaya Exploring the home and school learning environments of children with visual impairments: a qualitative study. Dr Bronagh Byrne
Dr Paul Best 
Adele Boyd Collaborative PhD Studentship with School of Nursing and Midwifery and Mae Murray Foundation ‘Social Inclusion for Children and Young People with Complex Disabilities. Claire Kerr, Bronagh Byrne, Karen McConnell and Fiona Lynn