Current Staff and Postgraduate Students



Dr. Grainne Hickey
Centre Leader and Research Programme Manager (ENRICH)
Dr. Grainne Hickey is a post-doctoral researcher with the ENRICH research programme.
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).
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. Carol Murphy
Dr. Carol Murphy is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology with research interests and expertise in working with children with learning disabilities and in conducting experimental work in socially sensitive domains, including mental health and stigma in schoolchildren.
Yvonne Leckey
Yvonne Leckey is a Researcher and Fieldwork Coordinator on the ENRICH research programme.
Dr. Ann Stokes
Dr. Ann Stokes is a postdoctoral researcher with the ENRICH research programme and is Lead on the evaluation of the ChARM service model.
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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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).
Fionnola Kelly
Fionnola Kelly is a PhD scholar on the SPHeRE (Structured Population Health Services Research Education) programme and her research focuses on aspects of children’s mental health, including risk factors and an online parenting intervention (Co-supervisor Professor Sinéad McGilloway, Professors Kathleen Bennett and Ann Hickey, RCSI)
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) 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. 


Affiliate Members


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
Shane Leavy
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.