Our Mission

PEEI is based in the School of Humanities on the Blanchardstown Campus of TU Dublin.


Our primary aim is to conduct robust research that advances theory and practise in the fields of psychology, education and emotional intelligence.  We are particularly interested in research that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing to enable individuals and communities to thrive. 


To accomplish this;


  • We partner with organisations, big and small, that support vulnerable and dependant individuals and work with them to build an evidence base to support the vital work that they do to.


  • We work with students and educators to create supports and conduct research to promote teaching and learning.


  • We develop strategies to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles as a means of improving mental and physical health.

Current Research

We are currently involved in a number of exciting and innovative research projects, including:


  • Surveying second level teachers to determine the means by which wellbeing is promoted in Irish classroom settings.


  • Developing and delivering work readiness modules to third level students to prepare them to enter the workforce and boost graduate employability.

  • Analysing the impact of the provision of emotional intelligence coaching to second level students on academic attainment.


  • Helping educators to develop social and emotional competencies to enable them to reach their maximum potential.


For further details pertaing to our current research projects, please click below: 

Connect with Us




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Principal Investigators



  • Dr Aiden Carthy (Director)



  • Dr Colm McGuinness

    (Director of Statistical Support)


Biographies and publication lists for each of our principal investigators can be found by clicking below.

 Recent News & Publications

Good News

Two PEEI researchers awarded research scholarships

There is great cause for celebration as two of PEEI’s postgraduate students have been awarded TU Dublin Research Scholarships.  This is an endorsement of the caliber of work being produced by PEEI researchers and in particular, is testament to the dedication of and ability of the two successful scholars, Angelo Simoes and David Byrne.   


On receiving his scholarship, Angelo had this to say:

'It is with great honour that I accept this TU Dublin Research Scholarship award. This will help me continue my work with secondary school students, delivering an emotional intelligence program that teaches students about the ways we can connect and disconnect from emotions and the consequences of disconnecting from our core emotions and hence, from our authentic selves.  Not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but beyond, giving students the right tools can make the difference between surviving emotions and thriving on them.'   

New Partnership

December 2019 - PEEI are now the official research partner of ASPIRE, The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland

We are delighted to have been chosen to be the official research partner of ASPIRE and look forward to working with them over the coming years.  Our first priority will be to develop a social skills coaching programme for individuals living with autism, in conjunction with the National Learning Network.  Further projects are planned and will be announced in due course.