Current Staff and Postgraduate Students
Dr. Sadhbh Byrne is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, with research expertise in the area of child and youth mental health, and a particular interest in self-harm and suicide. Her research explores how peers, parents, schools, and healthcare providers can best support young people's mental health.
Dr. Joanna McHugh Power is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc in Psychology.Her research area is loneliness and social functioning in later life with a particular interest in formulating definitions of loneliness, understanding its impact on health outcomes such as cognitive ageing and physical health, and evaluating interventions designed to reduce loneliness. She is a member of I-LINK (International Loneliness and Isolation Research Network).
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".
Dr. Sinéad Matson is the Project Manager of the UNITES project. She has extensive research experience in Early Childhood Education and Care, counselling and education and works extensively with stakeholders in the these areas.
Patrice McCormack is a Research Psychologist on the UNITES project.
Sharon McGarr is a graduate of the MU Department of Psychology and a part-time Fieldwork Coordinator on the PRIMERA Research Programme.
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.
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).
Jack Horgan is an MSc student and fieldworker on the SALaM Ireland Study. (Supervisors, Professor Sinead McGillloway and Maria Gialama).
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.