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Training in Africa
As part of the RCSI COSECSA
collaboration, Institute staff provided
a "Train the Trainer" programme for
surgeons in Malawi, Burundi, Uganda and
The CyberPsychology Research Centre
was launched on October 3, 2013,
and the event was well attended by
experts from a variety of organisations
including IBM, MIT, Columbia University,
An garda Siochana, INTERPOL and the
Los Angeles Police Department. The
Research Centre has had a number of
international successes including winning
its first funding award, as a participant
in the Middlesex University-led project,
"Developing Research Informed
good Practice Policing and Industry
Collaborative Models in Preventing Online
Child Abuse and Profiling Child victims."
The aim of the project is to understand
the victimology of online grooming and
develop tools for law enforcement and
industry to protect those at most risk
from unwanted advances. Funded by
the European Commission, this study will
result in the Research Centre hiring a post-
doctoral researcher.
Important research on the use of
technology in the detection and
prevention of child abuse was conducted
by Dr Michelle McEvoy who received her
MD for the work. Dr McEvoy, who is now a
Consultant Paediatrician at great Ormond
Street Children's Hospital in London,
conducted pioneering work to develop
and determine the potential effectiveness
of virtual patients in improving clinical
knowledge, professional identity and
reflective skills in the detection of child
abuse in medical students studying
paediatrics. Her findings indicated that
the current curriculum does not provide
adequate exposure to essential infrequent
cases in clinical practice. She found virtual
patients to be an acceptable learning tool,
and a measure developed for evaluating
their impact was found to be practical,
reliable and valid. Compared to the
traditional curriculum alone, the inclusion
of virtual patients significantly improved
short-term learning and long-term
knowledge retention. Providing students
with written feedback during the module
improved their learning about professional
norms and their ability to apply such
norms to clinical scenarios.
Since the launch of the Cyberpsychology
Research Centre, its Director, Mary Aiken,
was appointed to the Internet Content
Advisory group at the Department of
Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources by the then Minister, Mr Pat
Rabbitte, TD. She was also appointed as
an Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the
European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at
Europol. In February 2014, the Research
Centre participated in the establishment
of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience
and Sustainability. The Cyberpsychology
Research Centre will continue to grow and
deliver on its founding vision of global
leadership in producing research and
policy at the intersection of psychology
and technology.
Dr Mary Collins was appointed as Senior
Executive Development Specialist in
January 2014. Formerly Head of Talent
Development & Learning at Deloitte,
her role in the Institute involves working
with senior leaders in the healthcare
sector to develop their management and
leadership capabilities through a range
of executive development approaches,
including executive coaching, 360
feedback and master classes.
Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief
Executive/ Registrar, thanks Mr Jimmy
Sheehan, Co-founder of the Blackrock,
galway and Hermitage Clinics for
delivering the `Leadership Lessons in
Healthcare' lecture.
Pictured at the 3U Leadership Symposium (l-r, 4th row) Sibeal Carolan, Institute of Leadership
(IoL); Hugh Carroll, Irish Institute of Pharmacy, (3rd row) Mary Boyd, School of Physiotherapy;
Dr Pauline Joyce, IoL; Anna Marie McQuillan, IoL graduate; (2nd row) Margaret Culliton,
ger Talty, IoL graduates; Professor Zena Moore, School of Nursing and Midwifery; (1st row)
Professor Hannah Mcgee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Yvonne
Delaney, Natalie Hession IoL graduates; and Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, IoL.
the institute, launched
a national leadership
programme for
directors and assistant
directors of nursing
and midwifery.
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