Local Organising Committee

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Chérie Armour (Conference Chair)
President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health, School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast

Biography to follow

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Dominic Murphy (Conference Co-Chair)

Dr Dominic Murphy is the Head of Research at Combat Stress and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London University. Dr Murphy has specialised within the field of psycho-trauma, is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR, Narrative Exposure Therapy and Compassionate-Focused Therapy.  He is the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS), board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ETSSS) and is widely published within this with over 100 publications.  He continues to be a member of the KCMHR department at KCL. 

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David Babington
BA (Hons), MA, FCIPD; Chief Executive Action Mental Health

CEO since 2010, David leads AMH in supporting 2,000 recovery clients and reaching 30,000 people pa through early intervention and suicide prevention programmes. AMH also delivers Learning Disability, ASD, Eating Disorder, Men’s Sheds and has an Employer Consultancy. Recently AMH merged with New Life Counselling and 12,000 counselling sessions are delivered to service users pa. He is passionate about the mental health sector and raised the issue at Stormont and Westminster campaigning for parity of esteem with physical health.  


David has previous experience with the banking, property, consumer and retail sectors and has worked in Europe, Africa and the Middle East delivering leadership programmes. 

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Donncha Hanna
BSc (Hons), PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Donncha Hanna is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and former Research Director of Clinical Psychology at Queens University Belfast. He is a fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation and has authored best-selling statistics and research methods books. He has published widely on the measurement and modelling of psychological trauma, adversity and related constructs.


Susan Lagdon

Dr Susan Lagdon is a Lecturer in Mental Health at Ulster University based within the School of Psychology and Institute of Mental Health Sciences.  Susan’s research interests include domestic and sexual violence and abuse, particularly the mental health implications of such interpersonal trauma for victims as well as impacts on children and wider family members.  Susan is currently leading research which will address public perceptions of coercive and controlling behaviour within intimate relationships.  This work is in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Institute of Mental Health Sciences and Queen’s University Belfast.

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Emily McGlinchey

Dr Emily McGlinchey is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC) Research Lab, based in the Psychology Department of Queen’s University (QUB). Emily is also a BPS accredited Low-Intensity CBT (LI-CBT) therapist with over 3 years of clinical experience working across a range of both statutory and non-statuary mental health services. Emily has a research interest in the area of applied mental health, particularly in the areas of internalising disorders (such as anxiety or depression) and emotional dysregulation. Emily is currently involved in a number of high profile mental health research projects based in QUB.

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Ciaran Shannon

Dr Ciaran Shannon is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.  He manages specialist mental health psychology services, including a psychosis prevention team and the Trust’s Mental Health Research Centre – IMPACT.   His area of specialism is in psychological intervention and service provision to those diagnosed with severe mental health problems – in particular, on the application of CBT to psychosis.  His particular research interest over the past 20 years has been on the effect that trauma (including "Troubles-related" trauma) has on the presentation of these disorders. 

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Jonathan Smyth

Jonny is the Communications & Fundraising Manager at Action Mental Health. He has a wide range of experience in organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. In his role, Jonny leads AMH’s media relations, campaigning, public affairs and fundraising work to help raise awareness and change perceptions of mental health issues in Northern Ireland, as well as raising funds to support Action Mental Health’s services. He is also the Secretariat for the All Party Group on Suicide Prevention at the Northern Ireland Assembly. Jonny is passionate about mental health supporting Action Mental Health’s work at both Stormont and Westminster as well as working with colleagues across the voluntary, community, academic and statutory sectors.