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Rebecca O’Shaughnessy

Lecturer in Addiction & Mental Health

Rebecca has a background in Psychology and Social Work. She has gained experience in a variety of voluntary and statutory settings including: community youth work, family support, substance misuse, mental health, homeless, minority ethnic groups, and child protection social work.

Rebecca has a wide range of experience in both the voluntary and statutory organisations in the area of youth work.

While employed with Youth Work Ireland and the youth advocate programme she continued her studies to complete a Masters in social work. During the Masters her placement was undertaken with the Support Project for Adolescent Refugee Kids (SPARK) leading to her completing a minor research dissertation on the service provision experiences of reunified refugee families in the West of Ireland.

Her work as a social worker for children and families in the community has provided Rebecca with a thorough knowledge of issues affecting young people and their families from a wide range of ethnicities.

Rebecca is currently in the first year of her doctorate with the UNESCO child and family research centre NUI, Galway. Her research will focus on the well-being of children living with a parent with a mental illness.