Chérie Armour, Professor of Psychological Trauma & Mental Health and Dr. Paul Best from Queens University Belfast are joined by Danny Quigley, who lost his father to suicide 10 years ago, Bronagh Burke who lost both her father and husband to sudden death, leaving her to bring her twins up alone and Geraldine Mullen who tragically lost her husband and two children in a horrific car accident, Geraldine the only survivor of the accident has had to adjust to life without her family.
We look at how these three remarkable people have navigated through their grief and trauma and how they've dedicated their lives and the memory of their loved ones to helping others.
Professor Chérie Armour is a Professor of psychological trauma and mental health and also the Director of Research in the School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast. She has an extensive research portfolio in the field of traumatic stress studies and mental health. She has published over 140 academic papers, supervised and mentored many PHD students and research fellows, and has secured millions of pounds of research funding support. She has worked with people from a range of countries who have experienced traumatic life events including occupational traumas, childhood maltreatment, domestic violence, and armed conflict. As a result she has worked with individuals who have experienced psychological distress in the form of depression, anxiety, and PTSD but she has also worked with many individuals who have been resilient to the adversity and trauma that they have experienced. Cherie is a board member of the international society of traumatic stress studies, previously being a board member of the European society for traumatic stress studies, and past President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society. She is also an Associate Editor on Europe’s leading journal in the field of traumatic stress – the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.
Dr Paul Best is a senior lecturer and the current Programme Director for undergraduate social work education at Queen's University, Belfast. Paul is also a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist and provides free CBT therapy through his voluntary work with AWARE NI. His main clinical interests include the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety and Depression.
All proceeds from the event will go to the panellists’ chosen charities.