Research News

PhD bursary in Road Safety

Are you interested in research in road safety? We invite people who are interested in doing a PhD in road safety to contact the School about a Road Safety Authority PhD Bursary application for the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year.

The School of Applied Psychology has a proven and excellent track record in road safety research, and a full immersive driving simulation laboratory, as well as portable driving simulation equipment. Our researchers have expertise and experience in understanding road safety behaviour in general and specific populations (e.g. older adults, clinical groups, young drivers) and under different conditions ( e.g. emotional states, during stress, in different environments, during arguments with passengers) and will develop the project application with suitable candidates.
If you are interested in discussing the opportunity, please contact Samantha Dockray (s.dockray@ucc.ie) before Friday 15 July.

Details about the bursary and application procedure are here http://www.rsa.ie/…/Road-Saf…/RSA-Statistics/Bursary-Awards/

Details about the bursary and application procedure are here http://www.rsa.ie/…/Road-Saf…/RSA-Statistics/Bursary-Awards/

Read more about our facilities here http://www.ucc.ie/en/apsych/research/researchfacilities/ and here http://patlab.ucc.ie/facilities/driving-simulator/

 

 

 

 

Paper Vaele

Angela Veale and colleagues

Published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (October 2013). The article outlines how participation operated as a central organising concept in an intervention with war-affected young mothers and their children. It may be of interest to those engaged in psychosocial programming, therapeutic groupwork, livelihoods, drama, empowerment, children, gender and human rights. 

Full text is available on  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WzUqgyJuSQa5mTjH46qs/full 

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Emma Hurley, Postgraduate Researcher at the School of Applied Psychology

Congratulations to our postgraduate researcher Emma Hurley, who was awarded an Erasmus Grant to conduct part of her research in the Netherlands. Gefeliciteerd Emma!

http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A011/emmahurley/new 

 

 

Karen O Leary  

Dr. Karen O'Leary

Researcher at the School of Applied Psychology.

Dr. Karen O Leary presented her research at the Annual Conference of the BPS Division of Health Psychology. 

 

Karen’s presentation, entitled ‘Measuring the Positive in Pregnancy’, involved the development of a pregnancy-specific gratitude scale and evaluation of the Mindfulness Awareness Attention Scale during pregnancy. Development and evaluation of such scales facilitates a balanced and rigorous approach to factors influencing positive well-being during pregnancy. It also enables robust evaluation of the efficacy of interventions designed to foster and maintain prenatal well-being. 

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U.C.C. to play a central role in an effort to add two years of life to each citizen by 2020.

COLLAGE (Collaboration on Ageing) was recently awarded a 3-Star rating in Brussels for its bid to become a reference site for others to base best practice on through the groundbreaking European Programme on Active and Healthy Ageing. A shared vision of enhancing the experience of ageing and realising the potential of an ageing population brought together all of the supporting initiatives and institutions to form COLLAGE, which is led by UCC and the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative.

For more information please visit the Collage-Ireland website at http://www.collage-ireland.eu/

Mary Galvin, a postgraduate researcher in Applied Psychology, recently presented her research in a position paper at the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Mary Galvin

Researcher in Applied Psychology, Postgraduate Student

Mary Galvin recently presented her research in a position paper at the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

The paper, ‘So Who Is The Vulnerable One?’ questioned the word vulnerability and to whom it refers to in a research design project. It illustrated that not only can potential users of a design be defined as vulnerable but equally the researchers and designers themselves entering the users’ lived experience can also be considered as vulnerable. It argued that not only should researcher vulnerability be addressed it should also be an integral part of the design process.


The full paper may be accessed via the link: http://di.ncl.ac.uk/vulnerability/files/2013/02/Galvin_DFWVP20131.pdf

 

Picture of Kellie Morrisey (PhD Student) presenting research in a position paper at the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

‌Kellie Morrisey

Researcher in Applied Psychology, Postgraduate Student

Kellie Morrisey recently presented her research in a position paper at the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

The paper, ‘Emerging Values in Participatory Design and Dementia: Explicating, Operationalising and Redefining’ described how the core values of democracy, discussion and dilemmas in participatory design give rise to the emergent values of agency, skillfulness and creativity when used with persons with dementia. This "valued" approach to participatory design looks promising in the dementia context; however, it also represents a number of practical difficulties. This paper lays out these difficulties and suggests a position from which to proceed.


The full paper may be accessed via the link: http://di.ncl.ac.uk/vulnerability/files/2013/02/Morrissey_DFWVP20131.pdf

 

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Dr. Angela Veale

Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology

 Dr. Veale's research interests include; Children and conflict, post-conflict reintegration, psychosocial integration of refugee and asylum seekers, Muslim youth, participatory action research, child psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

During the past decade, the international community has come to recognize that girls participate in armed groups and forces in substantial numbers in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Northern Uganda.  The purpose of this project was to learn about the views of young mothers, two thirds of whom were former CAAFAG (Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups), about reintegration and to enable  the young mothers to plan, implement, and evaluate their own self-designed steps to achieve their reintegration.

The full paper may be accessed via the link: http://www.uwyo.edu/girlmotherspar/_files/pubs-final-report.pdf

Suas Literacy Support Programme UCC Mentor Evaluation Report 2012-2013

 

 Suas Literacy Support Program

Since September 2012, 258 UCC students actively engaged in supporting 117 schoolchildren (8-14 year olds) to improve their literacy skills. 

In September 2012 plans to increase the capacity of Suas UCC Literacy Support Programme were agreed with new partner schools and with the support of the UCC school of Applied Psychology and the UCC  school of English. This initiated a major recruitment drive and the UCC Literacy Support Programme was successful in more than doubling the number of mentors.

To read the full report please follow the link: 

 Open Book

Research by Dr. Raegan Murphy was published in the African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance.

The research examines computerized neuropsychological tests for non-clinicla populations.

Murphy, R. & Cassimjee, N. (2013). Preliminary psychometric validation data for a non-clinical South African sample using a neuroscience-based computerized battery. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance19(2), 360-369.

http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajpherd/article/view/89829

 

 

 

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