Dr Cliódhna O'Connor



Dr Clióndhna O'ConnorDr. Cliódhna O'Connor is a social psychologist and Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Psychology. Her research investigates how people engage with scientific information and the implications this has for social attitudes, self-concept, and common-sense beliefs. She is particularly interested in how scientific and clinical classifications influence social identity and intergroup relations, and has explored these links in a range of social contexts including gender stereotypes and psychiatric diagnosis. She currently holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019), which supports a mixed-methods research programme exploring the phenomenon of diagnostic transitions in youth mental healthcare.

Prior to joining UCD, she was a Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Psychology. Her postdoctoral research was completed in the Lucena Clinic and University College London, where she was Co-Investigator on the project 'The Brain in the Public Sphere', funded by the Faraday Institute at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. She has held visiting positions in Princeton University Department of Psychology and UCD School of Medicine. She holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA [Hons.] in Psychology), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc in Social & Cultural Psychology) and University College London (PhD in Social Psychology).

Rachael McKenna

Rachael is currently an Assistant Psychologist working in Primary Care Services (CH06, Dublin South East). She is a former Research Assistant of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, having worked on both The MILESTONE Study and the Newman ADHD Study of ADHD attitudes in Ireland. She recently presented on aspects of the MILESTONE Study at the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Transitions Conference (November 2018). 

Rachael completed a BA (English and Sociology) and a Masters of Psychological Science at UCD. Her M.Psych.Sc thesis focused on comorbidities and outcomes for clinic-attending adults with ADHD and high IQ, and included a systematic review of existing literature concerning this population. 

Michelle Downes

Michelle Downes is currently collaborating on a project with Fiona McNicholas that is funded by the Waterloo Foundation and aims to look at the relation between sleep and family factors with attention development in young children at a higher risk of developing ADHD. The project invites families into the UCD Babylab and involves eye tracking, behavioural, and actigraphy measures.

For more information on our work please visit:

ADHD Ireland

ADHD Ireland

ADHD Ireland's mission is to make life better for all people affected by ADHD, by raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the condition, providing practical services, and by creating a support network of paid staff and volunteers to underpin these activities.

ADHD Ireland envisages a future where all individuals affected by ADHD are included, supported, and empowered in all contexts of their lives (e.g. school, work, home, and socially) to participate fully within, benefit from, and contribute meaningfully to Irish society. ADHD Ireland is the national organisation that will enable this.

We value our collaboration with Irish research institutes and have worked closely with many research projects around awareness, recruitment, and communication. This has also involved the co-hosting of seminars and conferences aimed both at academics, medical professionals, and the general public alike.

For more information on our work please visit: