Who we are
Who we are
The Department of Psychology was established in 2007 and is one of six academic Departments in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. Now, with 16 full-time academic staff, 1.5 clinical coordinators, 1 full-time technical staff and 2.5 administrative staff, we are a Department with a strong research focus.
Since its inception, the Department has had an overarching research focus on exploring and understanding the key social issues of our times, through a social psychological lense. Indeed, in its first years, the Department recruited leading social psychologists with expertise in social identity, social cognition, social inclusion and marginalisation, becoming one of the leading contributors to the social psychological literature in Ireland and abroad. As the Department has grown, clinical and health psychology, and experimental psychology, have also emerged as developing areas of research strength within the social issues research agenda. We have a number of active groups associated with these areas, including the Centre for Social Issues Research (CSI-R), the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety and Health (SASH Lab), the Social Cognition (SOCO-UL) Lab and the Cognition Lab. Most staff and our postgraduate research students are associated with one of these groups, which, along with our termly research colloquia series, form an important part of the community.
Our research strengths are very much reflected in the content of academic programmes. We offer two accredited undergraduate psychology degrees (BA Psychology and Sociology, from 2007; BSc Psychology, from 2008). Embedded in these programmes is the importance of studying 'people in their context' and the application of psychology to 'everyday life' and 'social issues'. We offer two Masters programmes. The first Master’s degree (MSc Psychological Science, from 2010) allows students to conduct advanced study in their area of special interest and includes streams in Applied and Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Research Methods. The second Masters programme allows students, who have completed a non-accredited undergraduate degree, to complete their psychology education and confers the graduate basis for registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland (MA Psychology from 2011). Many of the graduates of our Masters programmes have gone on to be successful in completing PhDs and obtaining training places in professional Clinical Psychology programmes in Ireland and abroad. Indeed, the Department is now home to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training Programme (from 2014), which is funded by the Irish Health Services Executive and allows postgraduate students to complete a three-year professional training programme to qualify as PSI accredited Clinical Psychologists.
Our Department has a strong international flavour. Academics and researchers originate from Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America, and beyond. Our student body is similarly international. Our BSc Psychology programme is also taught in Greece in partnership with IST College in Athens, and we have large numbers of students who visiting on Erasmus or international exchanges and internships. This global outlook supports our goal to encourage internationalisation in our academic programmes and our research impact.