The presentations from our 2019 Conference are available below (please click on the person's name). The Conference 2019 Book of Abstracts is also available.‌‌

Conference 2019 photoKeynote Presentations

How can we effectively promote health, wellbeing and attainment for all? 

Dr Eileen Scott, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and Public Health Development, National Health Service, Health Scotland

Applying Health Promotion in schools: International differences and perspectives

Anette Schulz, Manager and International Coordinator, Schools for Health in Europe Network

Future direction for wellbeing in schools

Orla McGowan, Programme Manager for Education, Health Service Executive and Deirdre McHugh, Regional Director, National Educational Psychological Service

Contribution to the WHO European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2020-30

Dr Colette Kelly, Director of Health Promotion Research Centre


Parallel Oral Presentations
1. Innovative Practice

Communication is the root issue: Informing the development of an intervention to address cyberbullying (Will not be available please contact the presenter directly)
Mary Cronin, University College Cork

Engaging students in practical solutions to improve connectivity and wellbeing-practice examples
Dr J O'Connor, Waterford Institute of Technology

LGBTI+ Safe and Supportive Schools and Services Project: An Introduction on how to use the SASS Toolkit to combat bullying, exclusion, and isolation of LGBTI+ young people in schools and services
M Kennedy, BeLonG To Youth Services

Everyday Matters
Dr E Hunt, University College Cork

Empowering schools to promote mental health and resilience in schools using the iMHARS framework (Islington Mental Health and Resilience in Schools)
L Fahy, Islington Council, UK

2. Working with Stakeholders

Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing- Information sessions for parents in primary schools
A Lynch, National Parents Council

Evaluation of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IYTCM) programme (Not available)
Eadaoin O’Brien and Dr Yvonne Kennedy, National Educational Psychological Service

Psychosocial working conditions and wellbeing of primary school teachers in Ireland
D Scarry, Workplace Health and Wellbeing Ltd

Building the capacity of teachers to promote and support youth mental health through Jigsaw’s interactive e-learning platform
M Lowry, Jigsaw

Promoting community learning through a WWETB Wellness & Gardening Program (Not available)
Margaret Howard, Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board

3. Mental Health and Well-being

Moving to a settings-based approach to mental health promotion in post-primary schools: Attitudes and experiences of school communities operating in a neoliberal capitalist context (Will not be available please contact the presenter directly)
Maryanne Lowney Slattery, Mary Immaculate College and Kerry Education and Training Board

Filling the GAP programme
M Atkins, National Educational Psychological Service

Evaluating the implementation quality of the MindOut programme in Irish post-primary schools
K Dowling, National University of Ireland Galway

Summary of findings of the pilot stage of the Weaving Well-Being Programme
F Foreman, Department of Education

The Initiative Project
D Duly, Action Mental Health

Promoting healthy drinking practices and attitudes in Irish secondary school children: Evaluating the early implementation and impact of a new Alcohol Education Programme (Not available)
Prof. Sinead McGilloway, Maynooth University

4. Health Literacy

The impact of a media literacy intervention on children’s wellbeing: Findings from a pilot RCT (Not available)
Vicky O’Rourke, Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Development of a media literacy resource for primary schools in Ireland
Dr C McGowan, Safefood

An exploratory study of promoting food literacy in Irish schoolchildren through a whole-school-approach (Not available)
Michelle Darmody, Technological University Dublin

Development of a health literacy intervention for Irish DEIS Schools - a co-designed approach (Not available)
Clare McDermott, Dublin City University

Introducing health literacy to the medical undergraduate curriculum: IMPACCT (Not available)
Dr Jane Sixsmith, National University of Ireland Galway

5. Physical Activity Promotion

Active students are healthier and happier than their inactive peers
Dr N Murphy, Waterford Institute of Technology

The Made2Move club: A physical activity intervention programme for university students
Dr F Chambers, University College Cork

A praxis model of digital wellbeing for physical education
Dr F Chambers, University College Cork

Moving Well-Being Well: Getting Ireland’s children moving through improving their physical literacy
S Behan, Dublin City University & Insight

Engagement with the Active School Flag: A schools perspective
Dr J McGann, Dublin City University

What makes programmes work: the importance of teachers in the implementation of physical activity programmes in educational settings
C Duff, Dublin City University

6. Building the Evidence Base

“You wouldn’t wear a skirt to school”. An exploration of male midadolescents’ interpretation and management of their wellbeing
P Meredith, Waterford Institute of Technology

What factors influence the development of subjective well-being in adolescence: gender, socio-economic status, intelligence, personality or grades? (Will not be available please contact the presenter directly)
Prof. Ricarda Steinmayr, Technical University Dortmund

Hearing the silent voices of children impacted by parental alcohol misuse
Dr S Gilheany, Alcohol Action Ireland

Building a healthy nation: food education on the curriculum – an international review (Will not be available please contact the presenter directly)
Amanda McCloat, St Angela’s College, Sligo

The negative side of defending behaviour: Examining the association between defending and psychosocial difficulties
Dr A Mazzone, Dublin City University


1: Home school partnerships (Not yet available)

Karen Heavey, Health Promotion and Improvement, Health Service Executive

2: Bullying, cyberbullying and the sharing of youth-produced sexual imagery

Dr M Foody, Anti-bullying Research and Resource Centre, Dublin City University

3: Wellbeing in schools (Not available)

Dr Fionnuala Tynan and Dr Margaret Nohilly, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

4: Promoting sexual consent (Not available)

Dr Padraig McNeela and Dr Siobhan O’Higgins, Discipline of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway

5: The promotion of physical activity within the school setting (Not available)

Professor Catherine Woods and Dr Enrique Garcia Bengoechea, University of Limerick

6: Why implementation matters in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in educational settings

Professor M Barry, Dr Tuuli Kuosmanen and Ms Katherine Dowling, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, National University of Ireland Galway

7: Cultivating resilience among staff in the educational setting: A personal development approach

Dr P Carroll & Mairead Barry, Waterford Institute of Technology

8: School influences on health behaviours

Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute

9: Sense of belonging of students with Special Educational Needs

Dr M Cullinane, National Educational Psychological Service.