The School of Applied Psychology has set itself four challenges to inspire research:

  • Advances in Assessment: developing new methods of assessment and analysis including assessment of sexual offenders. Recent research includes complex analysis of reaction time data evidencing a decadal decrease of genetic intelligence.
  • Healthy Ageing: improving quality of life for older people including people living with dementia. Recent work includes (i) research on multisensory processing in the context of aging and age-related falls (ii) design to enhance sense of belonging among people with dementia and their carers.
  • People and Technology: designing for meaningful technology experiences and services together with the people who are likely to use them. This includes the participatory design to improve quality of life in ageing, energy sustainability, and to support community initiatives.
  • Resilience & Transition: understanding and developing pathways of resilience at the biological, individual and socio-cultural and ecological systems levels.  This includes work on (i) psychosocial interventions in crisis situations (ii) biology, emotions, and health (iii) childhood and ageing (iv) health and resilience and (v) living with depression.

External Research Quality Reviews have rated research activity overall and submitted published output of staff in the School as work of very good standard internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour that has had or is likely to have a significant impact on research and/or policy agendas. The most recent Review rated our Postgraduate Research Education as internationally excellent, reflecting a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers, excellent facilities and completion rates, and a very good funding track record.

Research funding comes from Science Foundation Ireland, the Road Safety Authority, the Irish Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences and the European Union, as well as from research activities with community partners. The School has had significant success in Irish Research Council PhD Scholarships.   

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