Current Staff and Postgraduate Students



Prof. Sinéad McGilloway
Prof. Sinéad McGilloway is Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research at Maynooth University.
Dr. Mairead Furlong
Centre Leader and Research Programme Co-ordinator (PRIMERA)
Dr. Mairead Furlong is a postdoctoral researcher with the PRIMERA research programme (and formerly a member of the ENRICH research team).
Yvonne Leckey
Centre Leader and Project Manager (SALaM)

Yvonne Leckey is a Centre Leader and Project Manager on the SALaM Ireland Study.

Dr. Brenda O'Connell
Dr. Brenda O’Connell is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology with research expertise in positive psychology and wellbeing. Her research explores how positive psychological interventions can be used to optimise individual and community health and wellbeing.
Dr. Rebecca Maguire
Dr Rebecca Maguire (CPsychol.) is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology with research experience in the fields of Health Psychology and Cognitive Science. Rebecca is particularly interested in ways of fostering physical and mental health and well-being in those suffering from chronic illness, and their caregivers.
Dr. Philip Hyland

Dr. Philip Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology with research expertise in applying latent variable modelling procedures to study psychological responses to traumatic life events.

Dr. Nuala Whelan

Dr. Nuala Whelan ( a former IRC PhD scholar) is a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist and a part-time post-doctoral researcher in the MU Department of Sociology (working with Dr. Mary Murphy).

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Dr. Catriona O'Toole

Dr Catriona O’Toole is a lecturer in psychology in Maynooth University Department of Education. Her research focuses on childhood adversity and trauma-informed practice in education, school wellbeing and mental health promotion, mindfulness and compassion. Her work also explores how education can contribute to human flourishing and to the creation of peaceful and equitable societies. Click here for more information on Dr. O'Toole's research.

Dr. Melanie Labor

Dr. Melanie Labor is a researcher on the EU funded SHAPES( Supporting Independence and enhanced quality of life for Europe's ageing population) project, which intends to facilitate active and healthy ageing through a large-scale, EU standardised open platform that will enable the integration of a range of technological, organisational, clinical, educational and social solutions. Melanie was involved in the preparation of the funding application, and is now co-leading the work package " Organisational, Structural and Sociotechnical Factors for the SHAPES Ecosystem".

Siobhan O'Connor
Siobhan O'Connor is a PhD student on the ENRICH research programme and the Lead on the Knowledge Translation work package, the focus of her PhD (Principal Supervisor, Prof. Sinéad McGilloway; Co-Supervisors Dr. Grainne Hickey and Dr. Melanie Barwick, University of Toronto, Canada).
Fiona Flynn

Fiona Flynn joined the Centre in September 2017 as an Irish Research Council Employment-based Scholar to undertake research in social media influence in young adolescents (Principal Supervisor, Prof. Sinéad McGilloway; Co-supervisor, Dr Catriona O’Toole, MU Department of Education).

Penny Quinn

Penny Quinn is an Irish Research Council (IRC) PhD scholar (Enterprise-Based Postgraduate Scheme) who is conducting research on a school-based mental health and well-being intervention called 'The Buddy Bench Aware Programme'.

Maria Gialama

Maria Gialama joined the Centre as a Postgraduate Researcher. Maria’s research focuses on non-pharmacological interventions in dementia (Principal Supervisor, Prof. Sinéad McGilloway).



Shane Owen
Shane Owen is a PhD student whose research is exploring non-cognitive and well-being interventions in schools (Principal Supervisor, Prof. Sinéad McGilloway; Co-Supervisor, Dr Jonathan Murphy, Dublin Business School).
Christine Mulligan

Christine Mulligan is a Doctoral Fellow on the HSE-funded PRIMERA project and is investigating family-focused interventions for parents and their children experiencing mental illness (Principal Supervisor, Prof. Sinéad McGilloway; Co-Supervisor, Dr Mairead Furlong).  

Mary Cronin

Mary Cronin joined the Centre in 2018. Her PhD research focuses on how best to support carers’ physical and mental health and well-being within existing community healthcare provision. 

Sharon McGarr

Sharon McGarr is a recent graduate of the MU Department of Psychology and a part-time Fieldwork Coordinator on the PRIMERA Research Programme.

Jamie Howell

Jamie Howell is an MSc student whose research focuses on the expectations and experiences of transition-related health care amongst transgender individuals (Supervisor, Dr. Rebecca Maguire). 

Bernadette Phillips
Bernadette Phillips is a PhD student investigating the past and contemporary practices in Montessori schools that help support children impacted by adversity and trauma. (Supervisors, Dr Catriona O’Toole, MU Department of Education, and Professor Sinead McGilloway). 
Jack Horgan

Jack Horgan is an MSc student and fieldworker on the SALaM Ireland Study. (Supervisors, Professor Sinead McGillloway and Maria Gialama).

Affiliate Members


Dr. Grainne Hickey

Dr. Grainne Hickey was formerly the ENRICH Research Programme Manager. She is now Research Manager with the Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe but continues to collaborate with the CMCHR. 

Dr. Aiden Carthy
Dr. Aiden Carthy is Director of the National Research Centre for Psychology, Education and Emotional Intelligence at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. His primary area of research is applied education with a specific focus on using emotional intelligence to help students and educators reach their maximum potential.
Dr. Andy Cochrane
Dr. Andy Cochrane is an Affiliate Member of the Centre and a research psychologist/independent research consultant who has been involved in health-related research for over ​10 years, with a particular focus on ageing and disability.
Dr. Padraic Fleming

After completing his PhD in the CMHCR, Padraic became a research manager in the Health Service Executive (HSE). He also worked as Data Scientist within the Health Intelligence Unit. In July 2019, Padraic took up the role of Research and Policy Manager with Barnardos and more recently, he joined the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin, to work on the RESTORE project. 

Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin

Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin, CEO of St. Cronan's Association, is an Affiliate Member of the Centre and Principal Investigator of the INSPIRE study.  

Dr. John Weafer

Dr. John A. Weafer is an independent Research Consultant with broad interests in community-focused research, including aspects of mental health and well-being.