Psychology Award Winners 2017-2018

Prof Alan Carr hosted an awards ceremony this March to celebrate the recipients of the 2017/2018 UCD Psychology Awards.  These awards, named for prominent figures from across the history of the School of Psychology are given every year to those students who excel across our programmes. The awards hold a special meaning in this the 60th anniversary of the founding of the School.

The oldest of these awards, the Eamonn Fechín O’Doherty Medal, honours Professor O’Donnell who founded the first degree programme in Psychology in Ireland here in UCD.  This award is given to the student with the best performance  in the HDipPsych programme This year’s recipient was Alison Ryan. The Mindfulness Award for best performance on the MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions programme was given to Ann Margaret Nolan.  The MPsychSc Prize for Professional Sensitivity was this year awarded to Maeve Scully.  The medal for best performance in the MSc in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies was awarded to Harriet Doig. 

At undergraduate level these awards acknowledge excellence in a number of areas.  The Deirdre Keegan medal, named for one of our former students, recognises the best performance of a mature student and for 2017/18 was awarded to Adam Gentle. The Ciarán Benson Medal for best 3rd year essay was won by Olivia Flanagan for her essay entitled ‘The public perception of crime is based, not on its actual prevalence, but on its media representation’ for PSY30080 Psychology and Crime. The Essay Writing Award for best 2nd Year Essay was won by Rebecca Foley for her essay entitled ‘The history of Psychology is not just a biography of great men’ for PSY20150 Foundations of Psychology.  Ailsa McGuinness was the recipient of the Michael Nolan Medal for best final year project for her project ‘Relationship between sexual assertiveness, self-esteem, satisfaction and number of partners’The Research Design & Analysis Award recognises excellence in achievement across 6 research methods and statistics modules in the undergraduate programme.  For 2017/18 this award went to Olwyn Mooney.

Part of the mission of the UCD School of Psychology is to improve the well-being of the people of Ireland. To see this high calibre of students bodes well for future successes.  It is particularly heartening as these prizes were awarded on International Women’s Day to see 8 of the 9 recipients are women.   We expect all of these winners will make important contributions to psychology in Ireland as their careers progress.