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Dr. Edward Mc Cann

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Dr Edward McCann is a lecturer in mental health, senior sophister course coordinator and assistant professor. He is the subject academic lead for the Trinity Erasmus Programme and a Trinity College Tutor. He is a registered nurse and nurse lecturer and has had clinical practice experience in Aberdeen, London and Edinburgh. Before coming to Trinity, he was Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at Edinburgh Napier University. He was awarded an MSc (Sex Therapy and Medical Anthropology) from King's College London and PhD (Mental Health) from City, University of London. His speciality is psychosocial interventions for mental health and well-being and he teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He supports students and provides academic supervision to doctoral level. He was awarded a Trinity College Dublin postdoctoral fellowship that addressed issues and concerns regarding sexualities, social inclusion and health inequalities. Clinically, he has worked in Community Mental Health Teams, providing family work and cognitive behavioural approaches for people experiencing psychosis and their families and carers. He has published in high impact journals, has disseminated his work internationally and continues to develop and strengthen international research collaborations. He acts as reviewer for international journals, has been guest editor and sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. He was made a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science for his significant contribution to the advancement of nursing science. He was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and learning.
  Education and training   Family work   Health outcomes   Health status and inequalities   LGBT   Mental Health and Recovery   Mental health nursing   Mental health promotion   Provision and utilisation of health care needs   Psychosis   Psychosocial Interventions   Sexualities
 Impact of COVID - 19 on family carers for profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD): Development of a support programme
 The Development of Best Practice Guidelines on relationships and sexual education for learning disability nurses, school nurses, child health nurses and sexual health nurses to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities in special Schools
 The scoping and mapping of LGBTQ+ health content within undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland: A mixed-methods study
 Mental health nurse experience of service adaptation during a global pandemic
 SOOTHE:First Response to Mental Health Concerns in Mid and Older Aged People With Intellectual Disability

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Guest Editor: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021
Guest Editor: Journal of Nursing Management 2020
Guest Editor: Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2017
Editorial Board of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2012
Sentinel Reader - McMaster University, Canada 2007
Reviewer - Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 2020
Reviewer - British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open 2017
Reviewer - The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports Online Journal 2017
Reviewer - Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2017
Reviewer - Journal of Medical Internet Research 2014
Reviewer - Psychosis 2016
Reviewer - Psychiatry Research 2013
Reviewer - Sexuality Research and Social Policy 2014
Reviewer - Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses 2013
Reviewer - Journal of Homosexuality 2013
Reviewer - Nurse Education Today 2013
Reviewer - Aging and Mental Health 2012
Reviewer - Journal of Mental Health 2007
Reviewer - Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2006
Reviewer - Primary Health Care Research and Development Journal 2005
Reviewer - Journal of Advanced Nursing 2000
Reviewer - Journal of Family Nursing 2015
External Examiner - Middlesex University, MSc Family Therapy 2002
External Examiner - Homerton College, Cambridge. BSc Psychosocial Interventions 2005
External Examiner - University of Manchester, MSc Psychosocial Interventions 2007
External Examiner - University of Galway 2008
External Examiner - University of Cardiff 2012
External Examiner - University of Northampton 2012
External Examiner- University of Hertfordshire, School of Medicine MSc 2015
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GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality 2018 Date
Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Affiliate Centre of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) 2015 Date
European Academy of Nursing Science 2014 Date
The International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) 2013 Date
Irish Federation of University Teachers 2011 Date
All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) 2013 Date
National Service Users Executive 2010 Date
Amnesty Ireland 2009 Date
Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing (Executive Officer) 2009 Date
Mental Health Reform 2009 Date
The Centre for Evidence based Mental Health, Oxford 2006 Date
Fellowship of Higher Education Academy 2004 Date
British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists membership 1997 Date
Promoting Collaboration in Primary Mental Health Care, in, editor(s)Patrick Callaghan & Catherine Gamble , Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing (3rd Edition), Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press,, 2021, [McCann, Edward], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Homelessness among people with intellectual disabilities in, editor(s)Castaldelli-Maia, J.M., Ventriglio, A., Bhugra, D. (Eds). , Homelessness and Mental Health, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Michael Brown & Edward McCann], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Homelessness and people who identify as LGBTQ+ in, editor(s)Castaldelli-Maia, J.M., Ventriglio, A., Bhugra, D. (Eds). , Homelessness and Mental Health, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Edward McCann & Michael Brown], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Alvarez, P., O'Reilly, F., Sheerin, F., Fleming, S., ,McCann, E., Foden, E. and Mulryan, N., Transforming technology to improve the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 6th IASSID Europe Congress Value Diversity, Amsterdam/Online, 6-8 July 2021, 34, IASSID, 2021, pp1273 - 1273, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCann, E. & Donohue, G., LGBTQ+ Special Edition Editorial Journal of Nursing Management, Journal of Nursing Management, 29, (1), 2021, p1 - 2, Notes: [Special Edition Editor The Journal of Nursing Management is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal covering advances in the discipline of nursing management and leadership. Published by John Wiley & Sons. Impact Factor 2.243], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
McCann, E. Donohue, G. Brown, M., Experiences and Perceptions of Trans and Gender Non-Binary People Regarding Their Psychosocial Support Needs: A Systematic Review of the Qualitative Research Evidence, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 2021, Notes: [Special Edition Editor The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal. Impact Factor 3.36 ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Brown, M. Marsh, L. McCann, E., Experiences of fathers regarding the diagnosis of their child with autism spectrum disorder: A narrative review of the international research, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 30, (19-20), 2021, p2758 - 2768, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Higgins, A. Downes, C., Murphy, R., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., DeVries, J. & Doyle, L., LGBT+ young people's perceptions of barriers to accessing mental health services in Ireland., Journal of Nursing Management, 29, (1), 2021, p59 - 67, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sharek, D. McCann, E. & Huntley-Moore, S., The design and development of an online education program for families of trans young people, Journal of LGBT Youth, 18, (2), 2021, p188 - 210, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Higgins, A., Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., de Vries, J., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., and Smyth, S, The LGBTIreland Report: The National Study of the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex People in Ireland, Dublin, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services, 2016, p1 - 308, Report, PUBLISHED
McCann, E. & Sharek, D., Capacity Building Impact of Sexual Health Promotion Programmes, Showcasing Health Promotions, City Hall, Cork, 11 March, 2014, Health Service Executive, 1 - 20pp, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Edward McCann, Exploring Mental Health Issues for People who are LGBT, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: Mental Health Strategy Launch, Jonathan Swift Theatre: Trinity College Dublin, 26th June , 2013, GLEN, 1 - 16pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Edward McCann, Mental Health Services in Ireland and the experiences of LGBT People, University of York Mental Health Seminar Series, University of York, 9th August , 2013, Mental Health and Addictions Research Unit, 1 - 14pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Higgins A., Daly L., de Vries J., Keogh B., McCann E., and Sharek D. , Evaluation of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP). , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery, 2013, Report, PUBLISHED
Edward McCann, LGBT Minds: Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Mental Health, Mental Health Seminar Series, University of South Queensland, Australia, 29 June, 2012, Professor Brenda Happell, 1 - 14pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
McCann, E, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Mental Health, University of South Queensland, Australia, 30th June, 2012, Professor Brenda Happell, 1 - 12pp, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
McCann, E., Sexuality issues: Hearing the consumer's voice, University of South Queensland, Australia, 30th June, 2012, Professor Brenda Happell, 1 - 18pp, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A., Sharek, D., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Glacken, M., Breen, M. & McCarron, M. , Older and being LGBT in Ireland in the 21st Century, 6th European Gay Police Association Conference, Dublin Castle, 28-29th June, 2012, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
McCann, E., Researching sensitive topics, Research Forum, University of York, July 14th, 2011, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) 2019
Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (FEANS) 2018
Trinity Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2010
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2004
Master in Arts (Jure Officii), Trinity College Dublin 2013
I undertake research that is innovative, evidence based, and user-led. My research has resulted in enhanced outcomes for clients/users and their families and has been influential in informing national policy, professional practice, and service delivery. I actively collaborate with colleagues in practice and care agencies to strengthen the links between teaching and research in relation to mental health and evidence based practice through committee work and with external national and international networks. I have built a national and international reputation as a leader and expert in mental health and member of several national committees and working groups. I act as a critical reviewer for research grants in my area from the UK, Canada and Australia, for example the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UK. I serve on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and act as a reviewer for 12 quality international peer reviewed journals. I have authored and co-authored several reports that have informed public policy and service developments. I have authored a book and published book chapters in my field of expertise and have published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in renowned journals. I have an h-index rating of 22; i10 index 33.