Transgenerational Trauma Awareness Day – Speakers and Presentations

Enjoyed the event and looking for those much needed slides? Well below you can  find information about each speaker and the presentations they used at TTADTALK Event.


Professor Siobhan O’Neill – Mental Health Champion for NI

Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, and Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Her research programmes focus on trauma mental illness and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland, and the transgenerational transmission of trauma.

She is now on a mission to improve the mental health of the people of NI by promoting evidence-based services and care for those who suffer from mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

As Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland, she will advise and assist in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing though all policies and services throughout the province. Her role is as a public advocate for mental health, and to be a voice for those otherwise voiceless. Her goal is to communicate the collective voices of people with lived experience and their families and carers, and to advocate for communities impacted by mental health inequalities.

Download Siobhan’s slides here 

Dr Clare Dwyer – Lecturer in Law at Queens University 

Dr Dwyer’s research interests lie in the areas of transitional justice, conflict transformation, and youth, crime and social justice.

Her research has focused on the experiences of children and young people growing up in interface areas and the experiences of young people with community justice/punishment. Her most recent research (undertaken with colleagues Dr Siobhan McAlister and Dr Mary-Louise Corr) examines the impacts of conflict legacy on children and young people.

The research was commissioned by the Commission for Victims and Survivors and was funded by SEUPB Peace IV and explores transgenerational legacies of the conflict on children and young people in NI and the border regions of Ireland.

Download Clare’s slides here  


Dr Ciara Downes – Consultant Clinical Psychologist Regional Trauma Network – NHSC Trust 

Dr Ciara Downes is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Regional Trauma Network, and she in the process of setting up a new service for children and young people who have experienced trauma in the Northern Trust. Ciara has previously worked in Queens University, in CAMHS, as well as in a therapeutic team for young people in care and adoption, who have experienced significant interpersonal and transgenerational trauma.

Ciara was a member of the ‘Legacy of the Troubles Project’ group (2006) and has conducted research on the legacy of the Troubles among adults, as well as in families. Her recent research has included trauma in forensic populations, the impact of trauma on language development and the impact on parents of adopting a traumatised child.

Ciara is passionate about what we can all contribute to addressing transgenerational trauma in our communities and in our families, and to discovering from a therapeutic perspective what works to help families to heal and recover.

Download Ciara’s slides here  

You can find the full event here 

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