Grace is a PhD researcher in the National Suicide Research Foundation and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in University College Cork (UCC). Grace’s PhD is part of a Health Research Board funded 5-year research programme that aims to identify individual and area-level determinants of self-harm and suicide in order to improve self-harm assessment and management by health services in Ireland.
Grace is also currently involved in producing a report of the Irish findings of the ‘Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe’ (SEYLE) study. Grace was recently awarded the Eadbhard O'Callaghan Memorial Prize for best oral presentation by an early career researcher at the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Youth Mental Health Conference.
In 2014, Grace completed a Higher Diploma in Psychology in UCC and commenced working as a Research Officer with the National Suicide Research Foundation. In this role, Grace worked with Professor Ella Arensman on the development of the 5-year research programme and on a number of collaborative projects including the ‘Horizons’ study and the development of the WHO practice manual for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems for suicide attempts and self-harm.