Research Activities

Collaborative research projects

Community connections and conservation

Since January 2022, I am co-PI in a project aimed at exploring the efficacy of UCC as outdoor classroom for promoting biodiversity and climate awareness in local primary school children. The project is in collaboration with UCC School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and was funded by UCC Green Campus Living Lab Programme.

KinShip

In January 2022, I became part of the working group for KinShip Project, funded by the Creative Ireland Climate Action Fund. The aim of this project is to engage the public on climate action through a community creative action programme at Tramore Valley Park, Cork City.

Attitudes and experiences of air quality monitoring in Cork City

Nov 2020 – Ongoing. I am a collaborator in a project led by the Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry (CRAC lab) at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI, UCC) and Cork City Council, which aims to work towards the improvement of air quality in the city. The collaboration comprises of two projects: 1) air quality forecasting; 2) air quality around schools. I am leading the development of surveys to understand people’s attitudes towards air quality and perceived enablers/barriers for promoting more sustainable behaviours with regards to air quality.

Happy Places for All

Feb 2020 – Ongoing. This interdisciplinary cross-national project aims to enhance our understanding of how the built environment contributes to wellbeing, particularly in vulnerable populations. I am co-leading the project with Dr. Sara Biscaya, Lecturer in Architecture University of Salford, and Dr. Sina Shahab, Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy at Cardiff University. We are currently working on a systematic review of the perceived impact of transformations in urban planning and design on wellbeing in vulnerable populations; the protocol is registered in Prospero. Co-editors of Sustainability MDPI special issuePlanning and Design Interventions for Improving the Well-Being of Vulnerable Groups”. The collaboration has received funding support from the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Network Seed Funding.

Agency and Ageing in Rural Ireland

Between 2020 and 2022, I was a Collaborator in an Irish Research Council New Foundations project led by School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, in collaboration with Age Action. The project used a participatory approach to investigate older people’s living circumstances and housing decision-making in rural Ireland.

Douglas Shopping Centre Fire Study

Dec 2019 – Ongoing. Drawing from theories of place attachment and place loss, I am leading this cross-departmental collaborative project investigates the experiences and impact of a major fire that caused the closure of a local shopping centre in Douglas, Cork City (Ireland). The project sees the collaboration from researchers at the School of Applied Psychology and the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC. Data collection of the first wave (after the fire and before re-opening) was completed in June 2020, with data analysis ongoing. The second wave of data collection will take place after the centre reopening (expected November 2020). The project has been partly supported by Seed Funding from the School of Applied Psychology, UCC.

Pedestrian Cork Survey

January-July 2020. As a member of the Pedestrian Cork community group, I have led the co-development of a survey to explore experiences of walkability of outdoor spaces in Cork City and County. The findings inform the group’s advocacy activities and have been adopted by Cork City Council as informing document for the Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028.

OutLET (“Outdoor Lived Environment as Brain Training”)

Apr 2016 – July 2020. As a member of the ACME lab (https://www.acmelab.science/) at UCC, I have co-led a multidisciplinary mixed-methods project exploring how the built environment can support cognitive wellbeing in older age. The project sees the collaboration of researchers from Environmental Psychology, Cognitive Sciences and Social Studies at UCC. Methods include walk-along interviews, focus groups, survey and experimental design to capture the multidimensional nature of the environmental impact on cognition.

Health x Nature

I am a collaborator in an interdisciplinary cross-national project between the School of Applied Psychology, UCC and the School of Natural and Social Science, University of Gloucestershire (UK) to develop a multidisciplinary approach to green spaces and health with the aim to better understand the dynamics driving the health/nature relationship.

ACME Lab

Jun 2017 – Ongoing. I am a Co-PI of the Ageing, Cognition, Multisensory perception and Environments (ACME) research Lab (PIs: Dr. Annalisa Setti and Dr. Jason Chan), School of Applied Psychology, UCC. Ongoing projects: Brain impact of nature (wearable EEG); community impact on cognitive wellbeing.

Research Supervision

Postgraduate supervision

2021-2022

ProgrammeStudentProject
M.A. Applied PsychologyLaura SomersSecondary trauma and wellbeing in nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic
M.A. Applied Psychology Mental HealthPatrick ClancyBurnout in healthcare workers working with intellectual disabilities
M.A. in Work and Organisational BehaviourJennifer CostelloWorkplace online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
M.A. in Work and Organisational BehaviourHope ObediahWork-related stress and contextual performance in employees working remotely
Ph.D. by Research (Co-supervisor)Topaz ShresthaNature-based solutions for wellbeing

2020-2021

ProgrammeStudentProject
M.A. in Work and Organisational PsychologyMaria BulzWorkspace biophilic design, employee productivity, and the mediating role of employee satisfaction
M.A. in Work and Organisational PsychologyJennifer RawleFactors of emotional exhaustion among primary school teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic
M.A. in Work and Organisational BehaviourColm ScullyChanges to commuting and employees experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
M.A. in Work and Organisational BehaviourSarah Jane O’MahoneyThe impact of working from home on communication and social interaction in the workplace
M.Sc. Public Health (co-supervisor)Hannah NashSea swimming and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

2019-2020

ProgrammeStudentProject
M.A. Applied Psychology Mental HealthDarragh LongImpact of Work Environment on Stress Related Health in Irish Homeless Shelter Staff
M.A. Coaching and Positive PsychologyNicole LeeGratitude as a predictor of pro-environmental behaviour? A survey investigation considering the role of environmental values and nature connectedness [published]
M.A. Coaching and Positive PsychologyTopaz ShresthaNatural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study [published]
M.A. Coaching and Positive PsychologySin Yee KerkDiversity and Inclusion in the Workplace – A qualitative research of the experience of international employees in Ireland and reflections on the role of coaching
M.A. Work and Organisational PsychologyPaul MurtaghWorkplace biophilic design and employees’ wellbeing

Undergraduate supervision

2021-2022

ProgrammeStudentProject
B.A. Applied PsychologyAisling TobinEnvironmental optimism, self-efficacy and wellbeing among students
B.A. Applied PsychologyLydia LehaneExperiences with classism, social self-efficacy and wellbeing among student

2020-2021

ProgrammeStudentProject
B.A. Applied PsychologyRachel AtkinsUnderstanding the Experiences of COVID-19 Spatial and Social Restrictions Among Young People with Physical Disabilities [preprint]
B.A. Applied PsychologyAbigale OwensA qualitative exploration of the psychological impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on Irish university students [preprint]
B.A. Applied PsychologySophie CroninOnline learning, self-efficacy and online engagement among university students
B.A. Applied PsychologyCaoimhe TwomeySpatial inequities and mental wellbeing associated with COVID-19 for older people

2019-2020

ProgrammeStudentProject
B.A. Applied Psychology (visiting student)Alina VenjakobMultilingualism and cognitive empathy

Previous years

2018-19M.Sc. in Advanced Healthcare Studies, UL, 1 student, primary supervisor
M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, UL, 1 student, co-supervisor
2015-16M.Sc. in Applied Psychology, UCC, 2 students (Cognitive Psychology), co-supervisor