I am a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and an Accredited Sport Psychologist (with the Sport Ireland Institute (SII)). I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in UCD, minoring in Pharmacology also.
I then went on to complete an MSc in Sport Psychology by Research (my study was entitled: ‘Cognitive Style and Cognitive Strategies in Track and Field Athletes’), followed by my PhD in Sport Psychology (entitled: Psychological Understanding of, and Responses to Sports Injuries in Elite Athletes’) in University College Dublin (UCD) under the expert supervision of Professor Aidan Moran. I was awarded an Open Postgraduate Scholarship from UCD for Year 1 of my PhD research study and an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Scholarship for Years 2 and 3 of my PhD research study.
I now work as an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Psychology (lecturing in Research Methods and Statistics), and Sport (& Health) Psychology, in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT, Dun Laoghaire). I also am a Guest Assistant Professor in UCD and RCSI in Sport Psychology.
I am a member of Sport Ireland’s panel of Approved Sport Psychology Consultants. In that role I work with top athletes and performers to help them to enhance their performances.
I have published a number of academic papers and book chapters.
My new book on Sport Psychology and the Cyber World will be published by Routledge in Spring 2018. I am also a contributor to various media and mental wellness online enterprises, such as ‘A Lust for Life’, the initiative founded by Niall Breslin (a graduate of my Certificate in Sport Psychology in IADT) and Thrive Global, established by Arianne Huffington in New York, USA. I have also written or contributed to pieces for various print media publications such as the Irish Independent, The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner.
I am a former international sprinter and a long-standing juvenile Irish 60m indoor sprint record holder. I am passionate about all things sport and psychology related!