Two workshops are offered on Thursday 26 May,  Participatory Action Research (PAR) for Health Promotion and Evaluation’  andDesigning for Health: User-Centered Design of Mobile Health Technologies‘.

Registration payments will be made via the Psychological Society of Ireland PSI Event registration page..

Each of the workshops have been approved for 2 CPD credits for members of the PSI.

Participatory Action Research (PAR) for health promotion and evaluation.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Angela Veale

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 26 May 2016

This workshop aims to introduce researchers to the key concepts, skills, methodological tools and challenges of conducting participatory action research. The workshop with be of interest to health professionals and researchers interested in activist research that works in collaboration with rather than research on people. A mix of presentation, case examples and hands-on practical exercises will explore the key stages of PAR from problem definition to dissemination of findings. The limits of PAR and some barriers to using this approach will also be explored.

This workshop will be be facilitated by Dr. Angela Veale (School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork). Angela’s research utilises child-centred methods and a participatory action research framework to explore the position of children, adolescents and their families within complex political and cultural milieu. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from developmental psychology, cultural and critical psychology, Angela’s research explores processes of participation, agency and collective resiliency.

Register for the Participatory Action Research (PAR) for health promotion and evaluation. workshop here.


Designing for Health: User-Centered Design of Mobile Health Technologies.
Workshop Facilitator : Dr. Conor Linehan , UCC

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 26 May 2016

User-Centered Design is a set of design processes undertaken in order to understand the capabilities, values and preferences of end-users, and to ensure they are represented in the design of technology. The end-goal of this process is the production of software that is usable and accessible to intended stakeholders, functional in supporting its intended tasks, and appropriate for its intended context. This workshop will first, through a short lecture, introduce participants to the principles and practices of user-centered design. Secondly, participants will engage in a hands-on, paper-based, rapid prototyping exercise, focused on the design of mobile health apps. Rapid prototyping is an essential tool for communicating clearly, both with participants, and with other members of the design and development team.
After participating in this workshop participants will;
· Understand the conceptual underpinnings of user centered design and rapid prototyping
· Be able to quickly evaluate design features of mobile apps through paper prototypes

This workshop will be be facilitated by Dr. Conor Linehan (School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork). Conor’s research expertise lies in the design and evaluation of technology for the purpose of health and wellbeing, education, and behaviour change. Conor has worked on diverse research projects, investigating the design of educational games, pervasive games, vision therapy programmes, sleep monitors, and online mental health interventions.

Register for the Designing for Health: User-Centered Design of Mobile Health Technologies workshop here.

This event is holds CPD credits for members of PSI.