Our research experts are leaders in their field, with many years of experience as academics, postgraduate supervisors and project managers.
Dr Aiden Carthy (Director)

BIOGRAPHY:

 

I began lecturing eighteen years ago and I have been greatly fulfilled by my career to date.  In order to combine my dual interests in teaching and in research, I have pursued a research agenda focused on the area of applied education.  My doctoral research was in the field of emotional intelligence (EI), which examined barriers to student engagement with EI coaching.  I am currently acting as principal investigator for a number of projects in the field of EI.  However, I am interested in all aspects of educational and psychological theory and research.  I am always interested and willing to hear from researchers, students or organisations who are interested in my work or may wish to collaborate on future research projects.

BOOKS:

Carthy A. with Jameson, A. (2016) The Emotionally Intelligent College, Transforming Third Level Education to help Students and Educators Reach Their Maximum potential Cambridge Scholars Press: UK. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-emotionally-intelligent-college 

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES:

Carthy, A., McCann, C. and McGilloway, S. (2010) Exploring the differences in emotional competency across subject domains for Irish undergraduate students ITB Journal Issue 19: 58-71.

 

Carthy, A., McCann, C., McGilloway, S. and McGuinness, C. (2012) A qualitative study of Irish first year undergraduate students reasons for non-engagement with the provision of emotional competency coaching The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Volume 4(2): 75.1-75.24. Available online at http://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/75/115.

 

Carthy, A., McCann, C., McGilloway, S. and McGuinness, C. (2013) Enhancing the academic and social learning of Irish undergraduates through emotional and social skills development The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Volume 5(3): 1231-12311 Available online at http://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/123/192

 

Carthy, A. and McGilloway, S. (2015) ‘Thinking outside the box’ – Engaging students and promoting learning through emotional and social skills development Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences Volume 191c. 2655-2600 Available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042815029146

 

Gray, G., McGuinness, C., Owende, P. and Carthy, A. (2014) A review of psychometric data analysis and applications in modelling of academic achievement in tertiary education Journal of Learning Analytics Volume 1(1): 75-106.

 

Jameson, A. and Carthy, A. (2012) Diversity and Inclusion – Challenges and issues in an Irish educational setting International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education Volume 1(2): 60-69.

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2016) Emotional Intelligence and Graduates – Employers’ Perspectives Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences Volume 228: 515-522 Available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042816310059

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Carthy, A. (2011) Encouraging engagement with the provision of emotional competency coaching for first year undergraduate students Presentation at the Irish Association of Social Care Educators annual conference, Athlone, Ireland.

 

Carthy, A. (2014) Promoting social and academic attainment through emotional and social skills development Presentation at the World Conference on Educational Science, February 2014, Valetta, Malta.

Carthy, A. (2016) Creating Emotionally Intelligent Colleges Keynote address at the International Conference on Engaging pedagogy, Maynooth, Ireland, December 2016.

 

Carthy, A. (2017) A Whole New Ballgame: Does engagement with a walking football club lead to increased levels of social engagement? Presentation at the Football Association of Ireland National Stakeholders Conference, October 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Carthy, A. (2017) Building Emotionally Intelligent Colleges Presentation at the International Conference on Educational Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, November 2017.

Carthy, A. and Slattery, K. (2015) Peer Mentoring and the First Year Experience Presentation at the European First Year Experience Conference, June 2015, Bergen, Norway.

 

Jameson, A. and Carthy, A. (2012) The quest for inclusion: A study of the impact of cultural inclusion on learning in a primary school in Dublin, Ireland.  Presentation at the Ireland International Conference on Education, April 2012, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2015) The 21st Century Graduate: Delivering a tailored approach to social and emotional competency training for final year students to enhance graduate attributes and increase employability Presentation at the International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy, December 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2016) Emotional Intelligence and Graduates – Employers’ Perspectives Presentation at the International Conference on Higher Education Advances, June 2016, Valencia, Spain.

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2017) Employability and graduate work readiness: Developing a tailored approach to social and emotional competency development in final year undergraduate students Presentation at the University-Industry Interaction Conference, May 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2017) Emotional Intelligence and Graduate Employability: Employer’s perspectives Presentation at the annual conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, May 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Keegan, P. and Carthy, A. (2015) Crime Prevention Strategies: Can children be better served by directing public policy to the real causes of crime?  Presentation at the Social Care and Social Policy in Ireland conference, February 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

                 

Lawless, L. and Carthy, A. (2016) A Survey Of Emotional Wellbeing Among Irish Third Level Educators. Presentation at the Higher Education in Transformation conference, November 2016, Oshawa, Canada.

McCormack, A. and Carthy, A. (2015) The Pursuit of Civic Engagement: Youth civic engagement and the role of higher education. Presentation at the Higher Education in Transformation conference, April 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Webb, N., Cox, D. and Carthy, A. (2016) You've Got A Friend In Me - Peer Mentoring and the First Year Experience. Presentation at the Higher Education in Transformation conference, November 2016, Oshawa, Canada

Dr Colm McGuinness
(Director of Statistical Support)

BIOGRAPHY:

I began lecturing during my mathematics PhD studies in DCU, over 15 years ago.  In addition to completing my doctoral thesis, I have completed to “distinction” the Royal Statistical Society’s (RSS) Graduate Diploma in statistics, which is an honours degree equivalent professional programme of examinations;  I have recently begun work with DeafHear.ie, in a civic engagement project.  

 

I am generally interested in providing statistical support across all disciplines and project types.  Statistical analysis is at the heart of any research that hopes to impact on policy through evidential proof. 

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES:

Carthy, A., McCann, C., McGilloway, S. and McGuinness, C. (2012) A qualitative study of Irish first year undergraduate students reasons for non-engagement with the provision of emotional competency coaching The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Volume 4(2): 75.1-75.24. Available online at http://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/75/115.

 

Carthy, A., McCann, C., McGilloway, S. and McGuinness, C. (2013) Enhancing the academic and social learning of Irish undergraduates through emotional and social skills development The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Volume 5(3): 1231-12311 Available online at http://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/123/192

 

Gray, G., McGuinness, C., and Owende, P. (2014) A review of psychometric data analysis and applications in modelling of academic achievement in tertiary education. Journal of Learning Analytics, 1(1). 75-106: 

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2015) The 21st Century Graduate: Delivering a tailored approach to social and emotional competency training for final year students to enhance graduate attributes and increase employability Presentation at the International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy, December 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Jameson, A., Carthy, A, McGuinness, C. and McSweeney, F. (2017) Employability and graduate work readiness: Developing a tailored approach to social and emotional competency development in final year undergraduate students Presentation at the University-Industry Interaction Conference, May 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Gray, G., McGuinness, C. & Owende, P. (2013), An investigation of psychometric measures for modelling academic performance in tertiary education, Sixth International Conference on Educational Data Mining.

 

Gray, G., McGuinness, C., and Owende, P. (2014), An application of classification models to predict learner progression in tertiary education. 4th IEEE International Advanced Computing Conference.

 

Superharmonic Solutions of Non-linear Ordinary Differential Equations, at the second Dublin Differential Equations (International) Conference, 2000.

 

 

 

Professor Sinead McGilloway
Affiliate Member

BIOGRAPHY:

Professor Sinéad McGilloway is Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research (formerly the Mental Health and Social Research Unit) Maynooth University Department of Psychology https://cmhcr.eu/. She is a research innovator/leader, educationalist, public health/community psychologist and health services researcher, with many years’ experience in undertaking applied health and social research, with a particular focus on child and adult mental health and well-being (including families) and service evaluation. She has led/is leading a number of large-scale cross-institutional and interdisciplinary research programmes and she has secured significant research funding from a wide range of prestigious sources. She has also authored (and co-authored) numerous publications to date including: international peer-reviewed papers; systematic reviews; books and volumes; book chapters; research and technical reports; conference proceedings papers; and other scholarly publications.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Bracken-Scally, M., McGilloway, S. and Mitchell, J. (2016) Retirement Policies and Support for Emergency Service Personnel: The Transition to Retirement. Canadian Journal on Ageing, 35(2):161-74. DOI: 10.1017/S0714980816000210

Cochrane A., Furlong M., McGilloway S., Molloy D.W., Stevenson M., Donnelly, M. (2016) Home-care re-ablement services for maintaining and improving the functional independence of older adults. (Full Review Report) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews .DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010825.pub2.

Cochrane, A, and McGilloway, S. (2017) The role of philanthropic funding in building research evidence to support an aging population: A case-study from Ireland. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 29 (3): 262- 275. DOI:10.1080/08959420.2017.1312207

Comiskey, C. O’Sullivan, K., Quirke, M., Wynne, C. and McGilloway, S. (2015) An analysis of the first implementation and impact of the World Health Organisation Health Promoting School Model within disadvantaged city schools in Ireland. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. DOI 10.1080/17450128.2015.1080394. 

 

Fleming, P., McGilloway, S. and Barry, S. (2016) Day service provision for people with intellectual disabilities: A case study mapping 15-year trends in Ireland. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12249

Furlong, M. and McGilloway, S. (2015) Barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based parenting programs in disadvantaged settings: A qualitative study. Journal of Child and Family Studies 24(6) 1809-1818.  DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9984-6

 

Furlong, M. and McGilloway, S. (2015) The longer term experiences of parent training: A qualitative analysis. Child: Care, Health & Development Child: Care, Health & Development 41(5), 687-696. DOI 10.1111/cch12195.

Furlong, M., McLoughlin, F., Geary, D  and McGilloway, S. (2016)  Interventions to improve mathematical performance for children with mathematical learning difficulties (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 10, DOI:10.1002/14651858.

Hickey, G., McGilloway, S., Furlong, M., Leckey, Y., Bywater, T. and Donnelly, M. (2016) Understanding the implementation and effectiveness of a group-based early parenting intervention: A process evaluation protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 16:490.  DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1737-3

Hickey, G., McGilloway, S., Hyland, L., Leckey, Y., Kelly, P., Bywater, T., Comiskey, C., Lodge, A., Donnelly, M. and O’Neill, D. (2015) Exploring the effects of a universal classroom management training programme on teacher and child behaviour: A group-randomised controlled trial and cost analysis. Journal of Early Childhood Research. DOI: 10.1177/1476718X15579747.

 

Hickey, G., McGilloway, S., O’Brien, M., Leckey,Y. and Devlin, M. (2015) A theory-based evaluation of a community-based social funding scheme in a disadvantaged suburban city area. Evaluation and Program Planning 52, 61-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.03.011

 

O’Toole. C, Furlong, M., McGilloway, S. and Bjorndal, A. (2017) Preschool and school-based mindfulness programmes for improving mental health and cognitive functioning in young people aged 3 to 18 years.  (PROTOCOL) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012518. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012518.

 

Quinn, P., Surgenor, P. and McGilloway, S.  (2017) An exploratory service-based study of Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) in Ireland: ‘A hidden population’? Irish Medical Journal 110(5) (online).

 

Wynne, C., Comiskey, C., and McGilloway, S. (2015) The role of body mass index, weight change desires and depressive symptoms in the health-related quality of life of children living in urban disadvantage: testing mediation models. Psychology and Health. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1082560.

 

 

 

Maria Kenneally
Mindfulness Coordinator

BIOGRAPHY:

Maria is an experienced educator who has taught at all levels of education.  Maria currently lectures Arts Education and Spanish at TU Dublin, Blanchardstown Campus, and previously worked in secondary schools in London as part of a government funded Arts in Languages advisory team.  Maria also has extensive experience working with young learners and has delivered Drama in Education projects in several Dublin primary schools and facilitated an early childhood literacy project in County Kildare libraries.    

 

Maria is a trained mindfulness meditation teacher and has completed a Masters in Political Science, specialising in Agosto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and Paolo Freire's Liberation Theology.  Maria's research interest's are mindfulness in education and contemplative pedagogy.  At present, she is involved with studies that are examining the impact of mindfulness on educational attainment and health and wellbeing for students and staff in Third Level Education.   Maria also continues to practise as a mindfulness coach and offers meditation and mindfulness workshops to staff and students.

 

Maria states 'I believe in the power of education to transform lives, particularly in marginalised and disadvantaged communities'.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Kenneally, M. (2012) ‘The Role and Value of Drama in Education in the Caring Professions’ in Lyons, D. ed. Creative Studies for the Caring Professions, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.


Kenneally, M. (2003) ‘Multiculturalism in Secondary Schools – a Linguistic, Socio-Political & Pedagogical Perspective’, ITB Journal, 4, (2), p. 30-46.

 

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

Kenneally, M. (2018) ‘Can Mindfulness Help Me Be at ITB?’ Poster presentation. Research Seminar. Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, November 2018.


Kenneally, M. (2018) ‘Mindfulness Meditation in the Educational System: To Be or Not to Be?’ Presentation at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference. University College Dublin, March 2018.


Kenneally, M. (2012) ‘Exploration of Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed: Image Theatre’. Workshop at the Social Care Ireland Conference, Athlone, March 2012.
 

Kenneally, M. (2012) ‘El teatro y el español’: Learning Spanish through Drama in Dublin Primary Schools.  Poster presentation at the International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, July 2012.

Kenneally, M. (2010) ‘Creativity in the Caring Professions.’ Conference co-organiser. Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, June 2010.
 

 

Dr David Gaul
Physical Activity and Sport Coordinator

BIOGRAPHY:

I have always had a great interest in exploring the use of physical activity to promote wellbeing and academic attainment.  I graduated as a physical education and biology teacher in 2008 and I completed a PhD in 2017 investigating the relationship between obesity and motor coordination with a particular focus on fine motor skill development.  I currently lecture on a BA programme in Sports Management and Coaching which has allowed me to combine my interests in education, sport and health. My current research interests include fine motor skill, the relationship between physical education and wellbeing provision in secondary schools and academic achievement, and emotional intelligence skills development for sports coaches.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Gaul, D,. Fernandez, L & Issartel, J. (2018) “It aint what you do it’s the way that you do it”: The influence of obesity on the speed and accuracy of a discrete aiming task. Experimental Brain Research,In Press doi:10.1007/s00221-018-5330-3

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2018) Getting into the Swing of things: An investigation into rhythmic unimanual coordination in typically developing children. Neuroscience Letters, In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2018.01.005

Gaul, D., Mat, A., O’Shea, D, and Issartel, J. (2016) Impaired Visual Motor Coordination in Obese Adults. Journal of Obesity, 2016, 1-8. doi:10.1155/2016/6178575

 

Gaul, D,. & Issartel, J. (2015) Fine motor skill proficiency in typically developing children: On or Off the maturation track? Human Movement Science, 46, 78-85.doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2015.12.011

 

Other Publications:

Dillon, M., Gaul, D., Hardie, M. and Woods, C. (2014) Youth Sport: Understanding, intervening and prolonging engagement in youth sport, physical education and physical activity. Proceeding of PE-PAYS Research Forum: Ireland, DCU.

 

Abstracts/Communications/Posters:

Issartel, J. & Gaul, D. (2018) Getting into the swing of things during childhood: A hand-eye coordination paradigm. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Denver Colorado, USA, Oral

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2017) The relationship between fine motor skill proficiency and weight status in Irish Primary School Children. Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland (ASOI) Annual Conference. Dublin. Poster.

Gaul, D., Arimin, M., O’Shea, D., & Issartel, J. (2017)  The Effect of Obesity on Motor Control. Neural Control of Movement 2017. Dublin. Poster.

 

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2017) A Fine Line between Skilled and Unskilled: A longintudinal analysis of fine motor skill proficiency in Irish Primary School Children. All Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education. Institute of Technology Carlow. Poster.

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2017) The relationship between fine motor skill proficiency and weight status in Irish Primary School Children. Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland (ASOI) Annual Conference. Dublin. Poster.

Gaul, D., Arimin, M., O’Shea, D. and Issartel, J. (2017)  The Effect of Obesity on Motor Control. Neural Control of Movement 2017. Dublin. Poster.

 

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2017) A Fine Line between Skilled and Unskilled: A longitudinal analysis of fine motor skill proficiency in Irish Primary School Children. All Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education. Institute of Technology Carlow. Poster.​

 

Gaul, D., Arimin, M., O’Shea, D. and Issartel, J. (2016) Altered Visual Motor Coordination in Obese Adults. 14th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology, Groningen, Holland. Oral Presentation.

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2015) The Lost Lego Blocks. PEPAYS Research Forum 2015. University of Limerick. Ireland. Oral Presentation.

Gaul, D. and Issartel, J. (2015) Fine Motor Skill Proficiency in Obese Children. Endocrine Abstracts 37 EP588 DOI:10.1530/endoabs.37.EP588. Poster.

Gaul, D., Cody, D. and Issartel, J. (2014) Perception-Action Deficit in Obese Children. 13th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. UK. Oral Presentation.