The Research Department in St. Michael’s House represents the organisation’s established commitment to research and service evaluation. The Department is committed to the development and support of high quality applied research projects in intellectual disabilities, which are positioned to inform the development of high quality evidence based services and therapeutic interventions for individuals with ID and their families. Within St. Michael’s House the Department works in partnership with the St. Michael’s House Research Ethics Committee.

The Department conducts and supports research by staff, in addition to linking with external agencies and supporting research of national significance. Support for these projects is available via consultation with key members of St. Michael’s House staff who are part of the research function in St. Michael’s House.

In addition the Department runs regular research seminars to promote projects completed by St. Michael’s House staff. Recent research themes have included mental health, physical health, positive behaviour support, organisation of services within St. Michael’s House, as well as child and family research.

The Research Department has developed significant links with academic centres in Ireland, including University College Dublin and the UCD Centre for Disability studies. It is also an affiliated research centre of IASSID (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities).

SMH Scholarship 2023

St. Michael's House are delighted to launch their SMH Scholarship 2023.  This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD candidate to study in the area of disability services.

The aim of this scholarship is to support a suitably qualified PhD candidate pursue full-time reserach in the area of Child and/or Adult Disability service provision while aligning closly with SMH Vision, Mission and Values.

The closing date for applications will be 31 May 2023.

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Further information can be found by downloading information flyer and brochure by clicking on the images below.  Full terms & conditions are available here.  Application Form is also available here.


SMH Scholarship Flyer 2023          SMH Scholarship 2023 Brochure Email


All queries in relation to the SMH Scholarship should be directed to 

Relevant Policy

The fundamental core values of St. Michael’s House applies to all aspects of its work, including research.

St. Michael’s House is committed to encouraging and developing research by its service users, families, staff and appropriate external researchers.

St. Michael’s House is also committed to the development of high standards of research governance, including ethics.


You can view a full list of our research publications here.