Institute of Mental Health Sciences

Institute of Mental Health Sciences

Delivering socially and clinically relevant research that transforms lives.

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Research Themes

Epigenetic profiling of young adults with depression

Mental health in the student population is of particular concern, with over 25% meeting clinical criteria.

Public Understanding of Coercive Control in Northern Ireland

Coercive control has been cited as among one of the worst types of abuse to experience within an intimate relationship.

The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study

Providing care for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents, either through their actions or inactions, is a major challenge for societies at a global level, and raises significant issues within the UK context.

SITLESS Study: Exercise referral schemes enhanced by self-management

Ageing is associated with an increased risk of frailty, disability and adverse health outcomes.

Exploring the social environment, group dynamics, and social support for the mental health and well-being amongst sport officials

The recent awareness and subsequent action points around mental health and well being amongst athletes in sport has increased research attention and interventions focusing on athletes.

Talent Identification or Elimination: the prevalence of the Relative Age Effect in Gaelic Games and Association Football on the Island of Ireland: A longitudinal Study

During the developmental years of an athletes, participants may be deselected as they progress through the ranks due to a number of factors.


We are focusing on the study of mental illness and well-being in special occupational groups with high rates of trauma exposure.

Mental Health in Later-life and Cognitive Decline

Examining ways in which the care of older people can be managed and carers can be supported.

Suicidal Behaviour

We are working with policy makers and health care providers who look after individuals in crisis.

Care and Recovery

Our researchers have conducted outstanding studies of service users’ perceptions of care and recovery.

Mental Illness

Our work in the Psychology Research Institute has influenced the classification systems used for psychiatric diagnosis worldwide.

Resilience and Well-being in the Young

We have a number of research studies on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on mental health outcomes.

Big Data and Population Sciences

Using of novel analytic methods such as machine learning to better understand behaviour and service use.