Victims and Veterans to shape research and practice in field of trauma

Victims & Veterans to shape research & practice in the field of Trauma


Over recent months the Ely Centre, Enniskillen along with partner groups from Co Fermanagh and Co Armagh delivering services to victims and veterans of the armed forced have been proactively engaging with research leaders across the UK in the field of Conflict Related Trauma to

  • Raise awareness of the excellent standards of work currently being delivered across NI.
  • Develop opportunities for information sharing, research and academic partnerships.
  • Ensure that mental health services supporting victims and veterans are helping to shape theoretical and practical advancements in this field.

The Centre are delighted to announce we are entering into a collaborative research project with the following key personnel from three leading universities in the field of Mental Health. The research team will include Dr Derek Farrell, University of Worcester, a senior lecturer in Psychology and Chartered Psychologist who has helped develop, implement and evaluate trauma interventions across the world. Dr Matthew Kiernan, University of Northumbria, Senior Research Lecturer and a Retired Lt Commander in the HM Forces, and finally Dean Whybrow, University of Cardiff , Lecturer in Mental Health and Psychosocial Care.


This research project will be co-ordinated through the Ely Centre and our partners under the guidance of the Ely Centre Director Mr Lee McDowell and leading traumatologist and EMDR Practitioner Mr David Hutton who stated “ this innovative, much needed and collaborative research project will examine on the ground the direct effects of terrorism, with a focus on Troubles Related Trauma on innocent victims of terrorism and the effectiveness of NICE Treatments and current approaches used in the field to help shape future practice and policy for the betterment of all.


Mr McDowell stated “It is the desire of all partners that the suffering victims in Northern Ireland endure and the services we and fellow groups are providing to help, have and important place in the development of Mental Health and Trauma Focused Practice. Furthermore we believe that research from Northern Ireland has the potential to help lead and shape the way in the development of future mental health interventions for the increasing amount of victims requiring support here and also are easily adaptable and transportable to victims of terrorism across the world.

Preliminary research findings will be presented at a Psychological Trauma Conference in the coming months.


For those interested in collaborating with the project please contact the Ely Centre