Understanding People within their Context
Understanding People within their Context
Understanding People within their Context

Dr Brenda O'Connell

Dr Brenda O'Connell

Name: 
Dr. Brenda O'Connell
Email: 
brenda.oconnell@ul.ie
Phone: 
+353 61 214657
Role: 
Faculty
Address: 
Department of Psychology, E1-036, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Room: 
E1-036

Dr. Brenda O’Connell received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2017 and is currently employed as a Lecturer at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her expertise is in the field of positive psychology and health. The purpose of positive psychology is to explore the factors that allow individuals, schools, and communities to thrive and experience positive mental health and wellbeing. Her doctoral research examined how interventions fostering gratitude and prosocial behaviour improved social relationships and strengthened psychological health. She now conducts research as part of the Centre for Social Issues Research Group and the Anxiety, Stress and Health Lab in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick. She has authored several scientific papers and has presented her work both nationally and internationally, most recently in the Houses of the Oireachtas. She has achieved many research accolades, and most recently was shortlisted for the Eadbhard O'Callaghan Youth Mental Health Award.

 

PUBLICATIONS

O'Connell, B. H., O'Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2016). Mediating effects of loneliness on the gratitude health link. Personality and Individual Differences,98, 179-183. (Impact Factor: 1.946).

O’ Shea, D., O’Connell, B.H., & Gallagher, S. (2015). Randomised controlled trials in WOHP interventions: A review and guidelines for use. Applied Psychology: An   International Review, 65 (2), 190–222. (Impact Factor: 2.098).

O’Connell, B.H., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2015).  Enhancing social relationships through positive psychology activities: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(2), 149-162. (Impact Factor: 1.911).

Brand. C., O’Connell, B.H., & Gallagher, S (2015). A randomised controlled trial of benefit finding in caregivers: the building resources in caregivers (BRiC) study protocol. Health Psychology Open (peer-reviewed, open access).

O’Connell, B.H., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2015).  Featured research in Kemmy Business School research bulletin, Issue 37.

O’Connell, B.H. (2015). “Not Satisfied with your Relationships? Be more grateful and kind”. Research and Innovation, UL Links Magazine, Issue 15.

O’ Connell, B., & Sesker, A. (2014). Division of Health Psychology Event Report: The 11th Annual PHM Conference 2014. The Irish Psychologist.

O’Connell, B., Gallagher, S., Ritchie, T. (2012). Doctor, Doctor what’s Right with me?: The role of optimism in reduced depressive symptomology following a positive psychological intervention. Student Psychology Journal: Trinity College Dublin (peer-reviewed).

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS/PRESENTATIONS

Gallagher, S., O’ Connell, B.H., & Brand, C. (2015). A Randomised Controlled Trial of Benefit Finding in Caregivers: Building Resources in Caregivers. Poster presentation at Psychology      Society of Ireland and Northern Ireland Branch of British Psychology Society Public Event “What doesn’t kill us: New perspectives on psychological trauma and posttraumatic growth”, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, October 8th.

O’ Connell, B. H., O’ Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2015). Gratitude Journals foster Social Relationships and Improve Life Satisfaction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Oral  Presentation at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 25th -28th.

O’ Connell, B. H., O’ Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2015). Enhancing Social Relationships through Positive Psychology Activities: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Poster Presentation at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 25th 28th

O’ Connell, B., O’ Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2014). The Role of Positive Social Interactions in  Improving Wellbeing: A Randomised Controlled Pilot Trial. Oral Presentation at the 28th European Health Psychology Society Conference, University of Innsbruck, Austria, August 26th-30th. Abstract published online as a supplement in The European Health Psychologist. URL:  http://openhealthpsychology.net/

O’ Connell, B., O’ Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2014). Feasibility Study Investigating the use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for Online Positive Psychology Intervention     Trials. Poster Presentation at the 28th European Health Psychology Society Conference, University of Innsbruck, Austria, August 26th-30th.  Abstract published            online as a supplement in The European Health Psychologist. URL: http://openhealthpsychology.net/

O’ Connell, B., O’ Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (2014). The Role of Healthy Relationships in Well-Being Promoting Interventions: A Randomised Controlled Pilot Trial. Oral Presentation at the 11th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, May 28th.

O’ Connell, B., Gallagher, S., & Ritchie, T. (2012). Writing about Positive Past Events Reduces  Depressive Symptomology and Boosts Optimism in Young Adults. Poster Presentation for the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Youth Mental Health Conference, Castletroy, Limerick, September 28th.

 

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