RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is leading a network of world-leading psychosis experts on a new training and research programme to improve care for people who are experiencing psychosis.
The Health Research Board-funded PSI-STAR programme aims to address issues such as prediction and prevention of psychosis, reducing stigma related to the experience of psychosis, predicting physical health outcomes and life expectancy in people who experience psychosis and promoting their recovery.
The programme launch to improve care for people experiencing psychosis, which took place at the National Gallery of Ireland, brought together a diverse team with organisational, arts, patient and public involvement (PPI), research, practitioner and academic expertise.
Professor David Cotter, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, RCSI leads the PSI-STAR team which includes co-leads Professor Mary Cannon, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health at RCSI and Professor Agnes Higgins, Professor in Mental Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Cotter commented, “I am delighted to be a part of this consortium which aims to bring about change in how we think about and respond to those experiencing psychosis. We will train future leaders in this field of research. The multidisciplinary approach within the PSI-STAR team, the meaningful inclusion of PPI and support of our collaborators will ensure we achieve this.”
Professor Agnes Higgins, Trinity College Dublin, said, “the launch of PSI-STAR marks an important milestone for psychosis research in Ireland. Crucially, this programme will help amplify the voice of people with lived experience of psychosis throughout all stages of the research. A voice that is often unheard within the research agenda.”