Dr. Kevin Mc Kenna has extensive healthcare experience in Ireland and the US in various clinical settings and roles which have included clinical practice, administration, education, and research. In addition to nursing qualifications he holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in psychology and education.
He has a particular interest in the study of aggression and violence within care settings and has led a number of national and international initiatives in this area including facilitating both the national strategy for managing aggression and violence within the Irish health service, and the national seclusion and restraint reduction strategy for the Irish mental health commission.
He developed the first academically accredited degree programme specifically in the professional management of aggression and violence within health and social care, has chaired and contributed to many national and international conferences, authored a number of papers and book chapters, and continues to be research active in the area of aggression and violence within healthcare.
Kevin is a lecturer in the School of Health Science in Dundalk Institute of Technology, is a member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group, and founding member and deputy chair of the European Network for Training in Management of Aggression. His other major interests are in is the use of humanities in healthcare education