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

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.

Work With Us

Postdoctoral Researcher - HEA Funded Study

July 2019 - We are recruiting for a postdoctoral researcher to join our team for one year to work on a study pertaining to graduate employability.  

PEEI are collaborating on the Transform-EDU project which has received €1.4m in funding from the HEA. 


The principal aim of the project is to increase graduate work readiness by ensuring graduates possess the specific skills that are required in the contemporary workplace.  The contemporary graduate is expected to join multi-professional teams and may work across a number of time zones and with a diverse range of clients and co-corkers. Therefore, skills such as adaptability, stress management and having a positive outlook are highly valued, yet employers report such skills are often lacking amongst new entrants.   The postdoctoral researcher who will join our team will work on one specific strand of this study which will involve the design, delivery and assessment of work-readiness workshops for final year students.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly expanding research team and make a real contribution to enhancing graduate employability.


Further details can be found here:



Join Our Team!

Two new FUNDED PhD opportunities

April 2019 - PEEI are currently recruiting for two PhD researchers to complete studies related to social media influence.


  • The first study relates to young people and susceptibility to social media influence.


  • The second study relates to using social media influence to increase the reach of an Irish charity.

Initial funding is available for the first two years of study or the successful candidates, as follows:

  • Full fees will be paid.

  • €2k per annum will be provided for materials and expenses.

  • A research stipend of €10k per year will be offered.  


There is the possibility that further funding could be sought for the final two years of study for both PhDs.

Further details can be found here:


PEEI Official Launch - 22nd November 2018

Exciting News - we are delighted to announce that PEEI will be officially launched at the Learning and Innovation Centre, ITB from 11am-1PM on Thursday 22nd November.  A keynote address will be delivered by Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw.  Come along to hear about why our research matters and how our research has already begun making a difference in people's lives. https://researchinnovationday.eventbrite.ie