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Dr. Katie Mcquillan
Research Fellow, Psychology


Dr. Katie McQuillan works as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Trinity Centre for Global Health. REFUGE-ED is funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, and is being conducted across seven European countries. The goal of the project is identify, implement, and evaluate existing evidence-based interventions for children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, or separated minors. In particular, we are interested in practices that can be implemented in formal and non-formal educational settings to promote inclusion, mental health, sense of belonging, and academic achievement. Further, a key feature of the project is it's co-design with children, families, teachers, practitioners, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.

She is also a chartered psychologist and both works in the Irish Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy and in the National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture.

Her doctorate was completed under the supervision of Dr. Frédérique Vallières - Director of the Trinity Centre for Global Health and Associate Professor - and focused on trauma and its sequelae in homeless adults. Working with King's College, London, she also collaborated on research to strengthen the patient-perspective in routine HIV-healthcare. Her research interests centre on psychotraumatology, refugee and asylum seeker mental healthcare, inclusion health, and psychological therapies.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McQuillan, Katie; Hyland, Philip; Vallières, Frédérique, Prevalence, correlates, and the mitigation of ICD-11 CPTSD among homeless adults: The role of self-compassion, Child Abuse & Neglect , 127, (105569), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL DOI

Research Expertise


Asylum Seekers & Refugees; complex post-traumatic stress disorder; Inclusion Health ; PSYCHOSOCIAL; Psychotraumatology



Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland's Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology

Member of the United Kingdom Psychological Trauma Society

Affiliate Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress