The Headway Research Ethics Committee was established in June 2009, and its first meeting took place on the Manor Street premises on 30 June 2009. The purpose of the committee is to uphold ethical standards in research projects carried out in Headway. These ethical standards are set out by the Irish Council for Bioethics, as well as the governing bodies of the professionals themselves, such as the Psychological Society of Ireland (for psychological research). For this purpose, the committee meets three times each year, to review applications for new research projects, and monitor ongoing research projects. For example, the committee ensures that ethical procedures are in place when participants are recruited for a project, and when a participant wishes to withdraw their participation from a study.

For every piece of research conducted in Headway, an application form must be filled out and submitted to the Research Ethics Committee. Only when this application has been fully approved, may the research begin.

Currently, the following individuals are members of Headway’s Research Ethics Committee:

Chairperson: Fiona Murphy – HR Manager, Headway

Richard Roche – Lecturer in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Jessica Goldrick – McMahon & Goldrick Solicitors (Dublin)

Elaine Kelly – Senior Clinical Psychologist, Headway

Richard Stables – Information and Support Manager, Headway

Research and Ethics Committee meetings are held 3-4 times per year. For further information on meeting dates please contact Fiona Murphy whose contact details are on the application form.

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