Report: The Status of Disability Mainstreaming and Disability Inclusion in Development and Humanitarian Practice.

The report was based on Charlotte Thumser master thesis' (Master of Public Administration in Development Practice) under the supervision of Dr Flavia Santos at University College Dublin in collaboration with Dóchas, The Association of Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations. 

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Cover of report on Disability Inclusion & Development


Book Launch: Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process

The UCD Psychology and the UCD Centre for Disability Studies are proud to announce the launch of the book: "Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process [More details

Cover of the book Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process



Psychology Memorial Wall project

We are inviting you to share your memories of the UCD School of Psychology!

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Funder requirements for research data to be made available: managing and sharing research data

Please join us for our next Psychology Seminaron Thursday, October 22nd, at 1:00 PM on zoom, with a talk from Gail Birkbeck and Associate Professor Christine Linehan titled "Funder requirements for research data to be made available: managing and sharing research data". [read more]

The zoom link is:

UCD School of Psychology  -Lunchtime Seminar Series 2020 

All via Zoom @ 1.00pm - more information

PDF of the list of late 2020 lunchtime seminars




Launch of International Survey documenting the Impact of COVID 19 on Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Caregivers

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce the launch of our international survey documenting the impact of COVID 19 on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers

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Professor Aidan Moran RIP

Our School is deeply saddened to share news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Prof. Aidan Moran. Aidan was known, respected and loved by colleagues and students across UCD, the community of Psychology in Ireland and internationally.

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Post-doc opportunity

Dr Keith Gaynor and Professor Eilis Hennessy are working with Pieta House to define a set of policies and procedures to inform the work and support therapists and clinical support staff working with children under the age of 18. We are currently recruiting a post-doctoral researcher. 

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Forthcoming Conference and Roundtable on Supported Decision Making

A two day event on Supported Decision Making of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is being hosted by IASSIDD’s Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research Group in conjunction with the renowned Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, UK

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Appointment to Chair IASSIDD Special Interest Group

Dr Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, has been appointed Chair of one of IASSIDD’s Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs).


Psychology book chosen as ‘top read’ in sport science for 2020

Pure Sport: Sport Psychology in Action (Kremer, Moran, & Kearney; published by Routledge 2019) - a psychology book co-authored by Aidan Moran (UCD School of Psychology) - has been chosen by BookAuthority as one of its “8 best new sport science books to read in 2020”.


MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience

We are delighted to announce that admissions are OPEN for our new taught MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience, beginning September 2020. More details on the admission page.

Improvement through Partnership: Promoting collaborative research in community intellectual disability services

UCD Centre for Disability Studies and St Michael’s House celebrated our ten-year partnership on International Disability Day, December 3rd, 2019. The partnership, led by Associate Professor Suzanne Guerin, UCD and Professor Philip Dodd, St Michael’s House, is the first such Memorandum of Understanding between an Irish university and disability service provider.

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Helen O’Shea receives Dr Máire de Paor Award for best PhD thesis

Congratulations to Dr Helen O’Shea who received the Dr Máire de Paor Award for best PhD thesis in the College of Social Sciences and Law (CoSSL) in UCD on 12th November. Her thesis was entitled “An Investigation into the Neurocognitive Processes Underlying Motor Imagery” 

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Seminar in Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act

On November 5th 2019, the UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to host an evening seminar on the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act. Speakers included Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Chair of Safeguarding Ireland and Sage Advocacy; Eileen O’Callaghan, Sage Advocacy; and Emer Meighan, Sage Advocacy.

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Dr Flavia Santos presents a keynote address at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

UCD’s Centre for Disability Studies congratulates our colleague Dr Flavia Santos who delivered a keynote address at the prestigious America The cress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s 2019 conference entitled Progress in Rehabilitation Research - Translation to Clinical Practice. The conference took place in Chicago from 5-8 November. Dr Santos’ paper, Attitudes towards Healthy Ageing in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, was included in a special symposium on Aging with and into Disability: State of The Science and Rehabilitation Implications.

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Successful Discussions in Disability Conference hosted in August 2019 – Youth Mental Health: Break the Stigma

The Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to collaborate with YOULEAD, a doctoral training programme in youth mental health, on our 2019 Discussions in Disability Conference ‘Youth Mental Health: Break the Stigma’. 

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Hats off to our recent graduates on the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies – Class of 2019 Graduation

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate the graduation of our Class of 2019.

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GDPR and Capacity to Consent Roundtable

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies hosted a high-level roundtable on July 31st 2019.  Real life cases were discussed across the full spectrum of the research process from the generation of research questions through to dissemination of findings. Proceedings from this event are in preparation. 

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Launch of WHO and ILAE/IBE’s Global Report ‘Epilepsy: A public health imperative’.

In June 2019, the World Health Organisation, in cooperation with the ILAE (International League against Epilepsy) and IBE (International Bureau for Epilepsy) launched a new global report ‘Epilepsy: a public health imperative’.

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Irish Disability Studies Association Summer Seminar

UCD’s Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to promote the Irish Disability Studies Association’s Summer Seminar on the topic of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024


Apply for fully-funded PhD scholarship to commence Sept 2019

The UCD School of Psychology is pleased to invite applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship, to commence in September 2019. The successful candidate will complete a structured four-year programme of PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Cliódhna O’Connor.

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UCD School of Psychology 
Lunchtime Seminar Series 2020 
Join Us - All Welcome - More information

PDF of the list of late 2020 lunchtime seminars

Welcome to the UCD School of Psychology


We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the School and to our newly renovated space in F2 in the Newman Building. Planning for the coming academic year remains challenging as the COVID-19 situation continues to impact around the world. Returning students will find that we have introduced new procedures to help us respond to student queries and support your participation as a member of the School.

We encourage all staff and students to be familiar with the most up-to-date information on UCD’s COVID-19 arrangements ( ). We are working to support the containment of the virus and continue to ensure full compliance with public health guidelines in all aspects of our operations. UCD is working with the Irish Universities Association and the new Department of Higher Education to ensure that a safe and consistent approach to face-to-face teaching is taken across the sector and that health risks posed to students returning to UCD are appropriately and effectively mitigated.  The health and safety of our students and staff are our main concerns, and UCD has put appropriate social distancing and cleaning measures in place in advance of the start of term.  The university’s inductions will highlight these measures to you.


Staff Contacts

For detailed information on School staff visit

The majority of faculty, technical and administrative staff will be on campus and available to meet by appointment, in person or remotely as is most appropriate. The School will have limited in-person drop-in opportunities; however, staff can be contacted by email. Our Head of School is Prof. Suzanne Guerin ( and our School Manager is Ms Cathrina Gaffney ( Key staff for our programmes are listed below:

BSc/BSc International in PsychologyHigher Diploma in Psychology

Ms Danielle Smart – Programme Administrator

Ms Danielle Smart – Programme Administrator     

Dr Mick O’Connell – Programme Director

Dr Ciara Greene – Programme Director

Dr Michelle Downes - Year One Coordinator


Dr Kathy Looney - Year Two Coordinator


Dr Cliodhna O'Connor - Year Three Coordinator

Master in Psychological ScienceMSc in Mindfulness-based Interventions

Ms Mary Boyle – Programme Administrator    

Ms Mary Boyle – Programme Administrator    

Dr Patricia Gough – Programme Director

Dr Paul D’Alton – Programme Director


Prof Louise McHugh – Programme Director

MLitt/PhD ProgrammeDoctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology

Ms Muriel Keegan – Programme Administrator    

Ms Muriel Keegan – Programme Administrator

Dr Brendan Rooney – Programme Director

Prof. Alan Carr - Programme Director


Prof. Gary O'Reilly - Programme Director


Information on Teaching and Assessment in Psychology


Your timetable information for the Autumn Trimester will be made available via SISWeb following registration. The aim for the coming trimester is to delivery our programmes in the most effective way, while also protecting staff and students. Face-to-face teaching will be delivered where it is possible and appropriate to the nature of the skills and information being delivered. Many modules will be delivered in a blended format, with a mixture of face-to-face and online elements, to optimise your experience while maintaining a safe learning environment. Be sure to engage with our virtual learning environment Brightspace for the most up-to-date information on modules.


In general, essential practical teaching sessions, small group teaching, tutorials, smaller group seminars and labs will be predominantly face to face. Large lectures will be recorded and made available through Brightspace or delivered live remotely. All face-to-face teaching and live online sessions be available for students with underlying health conditions who cannot attend or those who have difficulties with live access to online material.

Assessment will take the form of continuous assessment and online examinations.  There will be no in-person examinations.  Supervision of research projects will take place regularly via a combination of in-person and online meetings.


Supports in UCD

The transition to blended learning (a combination of online and campus-based classes) can be daunting so the Access and Lifelong Learning unit have developed some resources that are available here.  

One of the most important points of contact for students is your Student Adviser. They offer practical and emotional support for students within the College. Our dedicated Adviser in the College of Social Sciences and Law is Kieran Moloney,  For Graduate Research students, your Student Adviser is Carita Bramhill,

We are also aware that students can face huge financial burdens while attending college. Information on financial supports available to students within UCD can be found here.