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Impact of our trauma research and expertise

The expertise of the University’s network looking at trauma research, located within our Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, has been in demand over the summer. 

SSESW academic Michael Duffy, who leads the network of experts, was invited to deliver a keynote and join a round table panel with other international experts on psycho-trauma at the prestigious Complutense University Summer school in Madrid in June, entitled ‘Psychological care of victims of terrorism: challenges and good practices in Europe’. 

The Complutense University Summer Courses in El Escorial are among the most prestigious cultural events in Spain and bring together distinguished figures in national and international academic life.  Writers, scientists, politicians, artists, Nobel Prize winners and personalities from many different fields come to this attractive cultural forum to take part in an exchange of research and knowledge.

Michael was also invited to provide consultancy and training for mental health staff and first responders who are providing therapy for victims of the Manchester terrorist attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in May this year.  He provided a key note in Manchester on 1 August on ‘predictors of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and evidence-based responses’ for 150 therapists in the region, with a live video link for other clinicians involved in responding to the tragedy.  He also presented a paper to senior clinicians, supervisors, managers and commissioners involved in developing the care pathways following the bombing. 

Michael Duffy has extensive research and expertise in PTSD and Complex Grief and was team leader of the trauma team responding to the victims of the Omagh Bombing in 1998.  He is also an Associate Fellow of the University’s Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice (see 

Speaking of Michael’s input to trauma response, Head of School Professor Tony Gallagher said: ‘Post-conflict priorities often focus on large-scale political or constitutional issues, but for many, the real priority lies in dealing with the trauma of violence.

Michael Duffy, a senior lecturer in our School, is one of the leading experts in this field. His work leading trauma teams after the Omagh bomb in 1998 was ground-breaking. Following this he has been invited to work in a similar way after atrocities in New York, London, Norway and Manchester.

Michael exemplifies the commitment of Queen’s University, and our School, to prioritize research and teaching which has a positive impact on society and is underpinned by a commitment to social justice.’