School Of Education
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As a qualified primary teacher, I taught for several years in a school designed for co-operative teaching in Dublin. Following a B.A. degree, I completed the Higher Diploma in Education course in University College Dublin. This is a recognised teaching qualification for post-primary teachers. My professional training as an educational psychologist was undertaken in University College London.
- Fellow of The Psychological Society of Ireland
- Registered Educational Psychologist
Professional Activities: Indicative Activities
- Former President of The Psychological Society of Ireland, the professional body for psychologists in Ireland;
- Invited by the State Department of Education and Science to serve on a technical working party to advise on the establishment of the National Educational Psychological Service;
- Appointed by a number of Irish and British universities as an external examiner for courses in initial teacher education at early years, primary and post-primary level. In some cases, this entailed the observation of students' professional practice in schools;
- Served as the Course Director of the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology at University College Dublin. This is a professional training course for educational psychologists. I was involved in securing accreditation of the course by the British Psychological Society and by the Psychological Society of Ireland;
- Appointed as the Course Director of the Ph.D. degree programme in Educational Psychology;
- Served as the first Chief Examiner of the Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Educational Psychology organized by The Psychological Society of Ireland. Graduates of this programme are recognized educational psychologists;
- Member of the Division of Educational Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland;
- I have been involved in the accreditation of courses both in initial teacher education and in educational psychology in both the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere.
Description of My Research Interests
I have a particular interest in children and young people who encounter obstacles to their full participation in the education system. My research interests include children and young people with social, emotional, behavioural difficulties and mental health issues as well as those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. So a young child being bullied, a teenager who is not attending school, a college student struggling to cope with assignments, parents trying to secure appropriate educational provision for their child with special educational needs and teachers grappling with work-related stress are all of interest to me. The focus of my research is on bringing about systemic change so that the barriers encountered by children, young people, parents, teachers and other professionals in the education system may be overcome.
I am actively involved in a number of ongoing research projects.
Research Interests: Indicative Interests
- Educational Psychology and Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Inclusive Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder - Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Mental Health Issues
- Teacher Education
- The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
- Professional and Ethical Issues
- Higher Education
- Time Management
- Systemic and Consultative Methods of Intervention in Schools and Colleges
Research Related Activities: Indicative Activities
- I am passionate about research and am involved in research in the fields of both education and educational psychology;
-I am a member of the International Editorial Board for the journal CAISE Review;
- I enjoy reviewing research articles and have served as a reviewer of research articles for journals in Education, Inclusive and Special Education, Nursing and Psychology;
- Appointed by universities in Britain and in Ireland as an external examiner of doctoral research in educational psychology and in education;
- I present research papers at international and national conferences in both education and educational psychology;
-Served as external examiner of both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in both Education and Educational Psychology in both Ireland and Britain;
- I supervise the research of Ph.D. students in respect of the Ph.D. degrees in Education, Children and Youth Studies and in Educational Psychology.
- Am a supervisor of doctoral research undertaken by students for the degree of Doctor of Educational Psychology.
- I am actively involved in various professional activities both in Ireland and internationally.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching and am working at present on the following courses:
EDUC 40310 Psychology in the Schools Role: Module Coordinator and Sole Responsibility for Course Delivery
EDUC 41510 Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology Role: Module Coordinator and Sole Responsibility for Course Delivery
EDUC 42700 Educational Psychology Practice Role: Contributor to Course Delivery
EDUC 40140 Professional Practice Role: Contributor to Course Delivery
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1977.
Title: Irish Government Scholarship (Department of Education)
| Year: 1989.
Title: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship
| Year: 1992.
Title: University College Dublin Open Postgraduate Scholarship
| Year: 2015.
Title: Fellowship of the Psychological Society of Ireland
|Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland, Function/Role: Fellow|
|Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland , Function/Role: Registered Educational Psychologist|
|Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland , Function/Role: Former President|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2010) 'Absent From School: The Psychology of Non- Attendance'. [Oral Presentation], 40th Annual Conference of The Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone , 13-NOV-10 - 13-NOV-10.|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2012) 'The Exercise of Professional Responsibility by the Trainers of School Psychologists'. [Oral Presentation], Helping the World's Children Realise Their Dreams, Colloquium of the International School Psychology Associaion, McGill University, Montreal, Canada , 09-JUL-12 - 13-JUL-12.|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2012) 'Teaching in a Time of Transformation: Self-Care as an Ethical Imperative'. [Oral Presentation], Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, Influences and Impacts, Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Cork , 29-MAR-12 - 31-MAR-12.|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2014) 'The Rights and Needs of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in School'. [Oral Presentation], Children's Rights and Needs: Challenges to School, Family and Society, Colloquium of The International School Psychology Association, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania , 15-JUL-14 - 18-JUL-14.|
|Committee : Advisory Board for the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology|
|Committee : Professional Programme Board|
|Committee : School of Psychology Undergraduate Research Ethics Review Committee (UREC-SPsy)|
|Committee : Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland|
|Committee : Undergraduate Ethics Committee, School of Psychology|
|Committee : Membership, Qualifications and Registration Committee|
| Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H Dip in Education Subject:
| Year 1997 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MEd Subject:
| Year 1983 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
| Year 1992 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
| Year 1990 Institution: University College London
Qualification: MSc Subject:
| Year 1980 Institution: St Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra
Qualification: BEd Subject:
|O'Donnell, Grainne M. ; Gersch, Irvine S. (2015) 'Professional and Ethical Issues When Working with Children and Adolescents: An Educational Psychology Perspective' In: Tribe, Rachel and Morrissey, Jean (eds). Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists. London and New York: Routledge. , pp.184-196 [Details]|
|Gersch, Irvine S. ; Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2005) 'Professional and Ethical Considerations When Working with Children and Adolescents- An Educational Psychology Perspective' In: Tribe Rachel and Jean Morrissey (eds). Handbook of Professional Practice and Ethical Issues for Psychologists, Therapists and Counsellors. London: Brunner- Routledge. , pp.185-196 [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|McGillicuddy, Sarah; O'Donnell, Grainne M. (2014) 'Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mainstream Post-Primary Schools in the Republic of Ireland'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18 (4):323-344. [DOI] [Details]|
|Tansey, Anne ; Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2003) 'The Perceptions and Practices of Primary School Teachers with regard to Dyslexia' Learn 24 :13-20. [Details]|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (1997) Perceptions and Preferred Prospects of School Psychological Services: Teachers' Views International School Psychology Association/ Guidance and Counselling Association, Australia In: School Psychology- Making Links: Making the Difference, Melbourne: International School Psychology Association/ Guidance and Counselling Association, Australia, , pp.211-213 [Details]|
|The Psychological Society of Ireland (2003) A Psycholgical Service to Irish Education. The Psychological Society of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]|
|Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (1996) International Developments in Educational Psychology. Dublin: Articles [Details]|
| Description of My Research Interests
I have a particular interest in children and young people who encounter
obstacles to their full participation in the education system. My
research interests include children and young people with social,
emotional, behavioural difficulties and mental
health issues as well as those with learning difficulties and physical
Serving as a Reviewer of Research Articles: Indicative Activities
External Examining of Doctoral Research: Indicative Activities
Internal Examination of Ph.D. Theses: Indicative Activities
Current Ph.D. Supervision
Current Supervision of Doctoral Research for the Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree
Supervision of M.Ed., M.A. degree in Education, M.Ed. (SEN) Theses: Indicative Activities
Title of Dissertation: Reading Motivation in Second Year Students: A Comparison of Two Class Groups
From Different School Environments, 2016.
Title of Dissertation: Using Differentiation to Support the More Able Learner in the Irish Language Classroom, 2016.
Title of Dissertation: Changes in the Teaching of Irish History in Junior Cycle from 1922 to the Present Day in Ireland, 2016.
Title of Dissertation: The Perceived Effects and Inequality of Ability Grouping Practices in the Classroom,
Title of Dissertation: Beyond Academics: Socially Including Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in
the English Classroom, 2016.
Title of Dissertation: What are the Approaches and Methodologies That Can Be Implemented to Best Facilitate the Academic Development of Learners for Whom English is a Second Language in the
Context of CSPE? 2016.
Title of Dissertation: Social Class and Educational Attainment in Ireland, 2016.
Title of Dissertation: The Inclusive Education of Students with Down Syndrome in Mainstream
Post-Primary Education, 2016.
Ph.D. Research Supervision
I have supervised the research of students to completion for the Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology.
Supervision of Postgraduate Students' Research
I have extensive experience of supervising the research of postgraduate students for the degrees of:
M.A. Degree in Education
M.Ed. Degree in Special Educational Needs.
Professor Irvine Gersch