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Dr Deirdre O’Shea

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Dr. Deirdre O'Shea, C.Psychol.Ps.S.I., is a Senior Lecturer and Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist, located in the Department of Work and Employment Studies 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, amongst others.  In recent years, she has developed an interest in the synergies between work and sport psychology, and additionally conducts research at the intersection of these two fields.


As a work and organizational psychologist, her broad focus is on the application of psychological principles to various applied settings.  Her research focus lies primarily at the level of the individual, and fundamentally, she is 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


She is currently involved in a number of national and international collaborative research projects investigating these topics and has received research funding from Erasmus+ (2016-2018), the Irish Research Council (2014-2016), Enterprise Ireland (2008, 2009), and European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (2013), among others. She has also received funding for teaching related activities from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (2014).


Deirdre has published her research in outlets such as: the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behaviour  Applied Psychology: An International Review, Personality and Individual Differences, and European Journal of Work & Organisational Psychology, amongst others.  In 2015, she co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology (Vol. 88, Issue 3) on the topic of resource-based interventions in the workplace. Deirdre was a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP) Congress, held in Dublin in May 2017.  She additionally co-organised an EAWOP Small Group Meeting in 2013. 


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, which received a Highly Commended Award (Management and Governance Category) in the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. She has additionally received a Best Paper Award (2012) for her research, and a Distinguished Reviewer Award (Academy of Management, 2012).


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 the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2016, 2018), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2012, 2017), University of Mannheim, Germany (2017), University of Guelph, Canada (2014, 2015), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago (2014), and the University of Heidelberg (2013).


Deirdre is currently supervising 8 PhD research scholars, and has previously supervised 3 to completion.  She has supervised over 80 taught masters dissertations, and additionally supervises a number of undergraduate final year projects on occasion.


Bryan, C., O’Shea, D. & MacIntyre, T. (in press). Stressing the relevance of resilience: A systematic review of resilience across the domains of sport and work. International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2017.1381140


Clauβ, E., Hoppe, A., O’Shea, D., Michel, A., Gonzalez-Morales, M. G. & Steidle, A. (2018).  Promoting personal resources and reducing exhaustion through positive reflection among caregivers, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23(1), 127-140.  doi: ocp0000063


Pogrebstova, E., Craig, J., Chris, A., O’Shea, D. & Gonzalez-Morales, M. G. (2018). Exploring daily affective changes in university students with a mindful positive reappraisal intervention: A daily diary randomized controlled trial. Stress & Health, 34, 46-58. doi: 10.1002/smi.2759


O’Connell, B. H., O’Shea, D. & Gallagher, S. (2017). Feeling thanks and saying thanks: A randomized controlled trial examining if and how socially-oriented gratitude journals work. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(10), 1280-1300, DOI:10.1002/jclp.22469


Steidle, A., González-Morales, M. G., Hoppe, A., Michel, A. & O’Shea, D. (2017).  Energizing respites from work: A randomized controlled study on respite interventions.  European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26(5), 650-662.


Strauss, K., Parker, S. & O’Shea, D. (2017).  When Does Proactivity Have a Cost? Motivation at Work Moderates the Effects of Proactive Work Behavior on Employee Job Strain. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 100, 15-26,