Saint John of God Research Foundation


At Saint John of God Hospitaller Services Group, we have seen the change that high-quality research can bring about. We know that by investing in research we are helping to enhance the lives and potential of the people who benefit from our services. The Saint John of God Research Foundation clg works to promote and support research in the areas of intellectual disability, mental health, and old age, in line with the mission and values of our organisation and in keeping with national and international health priorities. We provide a research support service, training and access to up-to-date peer-reviewed research. A competitive funding stream enables research projects across all our service areas in Ireland and Malawi.

Dr. Lesley O’Hara
General Manager
Saint John of God Research Foundation
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Tel: ++353 1 533 3300
Fax: ++353 1 283 1258

Saint John of God Research Foundation

‘Understanding Trauma: Pathways to Recognition and Support’ Webinar

Thursday, 26 January 2023 @ 7pm

@ResearchSjog #trauma

Speaker Bios

Dr Eimir McGrath is a consultant psychotherapist who works with both children and adults with and without disabilities, and is also a specialist in attachment, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders. Eimir is a founder member and current Convenor of Disability Psychotherapy Ireland and Secretary of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, UK. As a co-director of the Relate Ability Centre, she provides consultancy, external psychotherapy, and clinical supervision to various agencies and disability services in Ireland.

Eimir is a researcher, writer, lecturer, and trainer in several disciplines including psychotherapy, play therapy, critical disability studies and dance. Her transdisciplinary PhD research focussed on the intersection of critical disability studies, the neurobiology of relationship, contemporary attachment theory and inclusive dance performance.

Presentation Title – Home Safe Home. Belonging, displacement and trauma.

Vicky Everett is Deputy Operations Manager with SJOG North, Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking. Vicky oversee’s the Accommodation and Support and Outreach services within Birmingham and the North of England.

She has worked in the Health and Social Care Industry for 25 years and believes in providing quality services that are person centred for the individuals they support. 

Recently she has trained as a Victim Focus Trainer. Delivering this training to colleagues is the start of our journey in how SJOG adapts their services and support for individuals, with the focus being on a Trauma Informed Care approach to working.

Presentation Title – Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking. Introducing a Trauma Informed Care Approach within our services.

Caroline Dench, BA, MA, C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. Adjunct Associate Professor UCD, Coordinator, Callan Institute, Saint John of God Community Services clg, Ireland. Her work draws upon extensive experience as a psychologist, practitioner, trainer and lecturer both in Ireland and the United States. She joined Callan Institute in 1997 and has assisted in its development as a recognised national and international consultation agency in Positive Behaviour Support and relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual disability.

Presentation Title – Creating Trauma Informed Mindful Environments (TIME) to facilitate well-being for people with intellectual disabilities; their families and circles of support.

Dr. Aoife Twohig is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works in the Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Service at Children’s Health Ireland, Temple Street. Aoife has previously worked in the Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Service and as Clinical Director and Child Psychiatrist at St. Louise’s Unit, at CHI, Crumlin. St. Louise’s Unit is an assessment and therapy service for children who have experienced sexual abuse. Aoife has trained in child psychotherapy and also has an interest in infant mental health and promoting early relationships and social and emotional development of babies and young children. Aoife has conducted research in attachment and infant mental health following preterm birth.