Helen Cahill

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Research Assistant

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Helen is a Research Assistant at the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) where she is working on the GEMMA Project. Helen Cahill is a graduate of the University of Galway where she obtained a first-class BA Hons in Psychological Studies and Political Science & Sociology in 2021. She also received first-class honours in the Higher Diploma in Psychology. Currently Helen is pursuing an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience. Helen’s research interests lie in autism spectrum disorder and empowering the voice of parents and children. She aims to publish her thesis which was entitled: ‘An Evaluation of Irish Autism Services: parental satisfaction, stress, child behaviour problems and unmet needs. Helen is also systematically reviewing the literature on sleep problems, gastrointestinal symptoms, comorbid psychopathology, and challenging behaviour in individuals with Down Syndrome. In addition to her ICAN work, Helen works as a trained Crisis Volunteer with 50808 Crisis Text Service and volunteers with the charity Children’s Group link which works with marginalised and disadvantaged children, teenagers and adults. Helen is also the current Office Liaison for the PSI Student Affairs Group.

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