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

I began lecturing over twenty 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. Publications include the book, The Emotionally Intelligent College, and many peer-reviewed articles. 

Dr Colm McGuinness
Director of Statistical Support

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. 

Professor Sinead McGilloway
Affiliate Member

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.

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'.

Maria Kenneally  Mindfulness Coordinator
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Dr David Gaul
Physical Activity and Sport Coordinator

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.

Dr Isobel O'Reilly
Consumer Behaviour and Marketing
Research Coordinator

Following a PhD in cancer research at DCU, I worked at management level in the private education sector for 5 years, during which I completed an MBA specialising in marketing. I then moved to TU Dublin as a business and marketing lecturer, where in addition to teaching various marketing modules, I have been part of a core team who developed a new digital marketing degree that began on campus in 2016.


I am now working on building my research team and potential students who are interested in completing a research masters/PhD either part-time or full-time in any area of marketing are invited to contact me.

Dr Geraldine Gray
Data science coordinator

Geraldine is a senior lecturer in Informatics at Technological University Dublin, specialising in data science. She is course co-ordinator for TU Dublin’s MSc in Computing in Applied Data Science and Analytics, has supervised over thirty masters dissertations and is currently supervising both PhD and MSc students in data science. Geraldine has been actively engaged in research related to psychometric data analysis for a number of years, with a particular interest in analytics within a learning context. Publications include invited book chapters, journal publications and  conference papers, and she is an active member of  the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). Geraldine has peer reviewed for a number of journals on manuscripts focused on analysis of psychometric and learning data. See Google Scholar for a list of publications.


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Dr Lucia Morales
Behavioural economics and sustainable education

Lucía is a scholar and active researcher in the School of Accounting and Finance at Technological University Dublin. Prior to her academic career, Lucía worked in the private sector holding roles that included Financial Manager and Foreign Department Analyst. Lucía has worked at various higher education institutions in Ireland, the UK and Spain, gaining and in-depth understanding of the main challenges faced by third level institutions in the fields of economics, finance and online education. Lucía’s specialist subject areas include international economics and finance, economic and financial crises, environmental economics, and economic development and sustainability.

Lucia's professional website can be accessed here www.luciamorales.eu

Dr Miriam O'Regan
Postdoctoral Researcher 
(Transform-EDU Study)

Miriam was awarded her doctorate in November 2020 by Technological University Dublin for research into the professionalisation of childminding in Ireland.  She has been a lecturer/tutor in academic writing skills at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands and developed training in technical writing for a wide range of industries over the last 20 years.  She has worked in primary schools as a resource teacher, and as a co-ordinator for the Community Employment Childcare Scheme in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.  Miriam is currently conducting postdoctoral research into employability for undergraduates in Ireland as part of the Transform-EDU study which is funded by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.