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Building Resilience – What We Know from the Research and How This Can Help

Course Details

Category: Researcher Skills
Run by: Human Resources
For Whom: Researchers
Dates: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location: T3-13 - 14 Tierney Building
Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Presenter: Deirdre O'Shea
Duration: 2 Hours

Presenter Bio

Dr. Deirdre O'Shea, Reg. Psychol Ps.S.I., is a Lecturer (Above the Bar)  and is a Registered Work and Organisational Psychologist, located in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

Deirdre's research interests include: psychological resource-based interventions, self-regulation, work motivation, emotions and emotion regulation, proactive behaviour, occupational health psychology, the psychology of entrepreneurship, and voice and silence in the workplace, among others.

She is currently involved in a number of national and international collaborative research projects investigating these topics and has received research funding from the Irish Research Council (2014), Enterprise Ireland (2008, 2009), and European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (2013), among others. She was also recently successful in receiving funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (2014).

Deirdre completed her PhD and M.Sc. in Work & Organisational Psychology from Dublin City University in 2011 and 2005 respectively, and her B.Sc. in Psychology from University College Dublin in 2002. She received a DCUBS research scholarship to complete her PhD research.

Deirdre has lectured at the University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Oscail (National Distance Education Centre) and the Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland (CTYI). She has been an international visitor at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2013), University of Guelph, Canada (2014), and Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago (2014).

Deirdre is currently supervising 5 PhD research scholars.  She has supervised over 50 taught masters dissertations since 2008, and additionally supervises a number of undergraduate final year projects each year

Research Interests

For more information on publications and research, please see the following:
ResearchGate profile

Google Scholar profile

Current Research Interests and Projects:
 As a work and organizational psychologist, my broad focus is on the application of psychological principles to various applied settings.  My research focus lies primarily at the level of the individual, and fundamentally, I am interested in topics that promote the self-management skills of individuals, and contribute to their achievement, well-being and/or optimal functioning, including:

  • Work motivation, self-regulation and proactive and adaptive behaviours
  • Psychological resource based interventions to enhance motivation, well-being and performance behaviours
  • Occupational health psychology and positive psychology
  • Emotions and emotion-regulation
  • Self-regulated learning
  • The psychology of entrepreneurship
  • Silence and voice in the workplace


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