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Dr Deirdre O’Shea

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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


Garvey, J., Sirr, G., O'Shea, D. & O'Brien, F. (2018 – online). Risk and Planning in Agriculture: How Planning on Dairy Farms in Ireland Is Affected by Farmers’ Regulatory Focus. Risk Analysis.

O'Connell, B.H., O'Shea, D., Gallagher, S. (2018). 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.

Clauss, E., Hoppe, A., O'Shea, D., Gonzalez-Morales, M.G., Steidle, A. & Michael, A. (2018). Promoting Personal Resources and Reducing Exhaustion through Positive Work Reflection among Caregivers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 23 (1): 127-140.

Pogrebtsova, 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 and Health. 34: 46-58.

Setti, I., Van der Velden, P.G., Sommovigo, V., Ferretti, M.S., Giorgi, G., O'Shea, D., & Argentero, P. (2018 – online). Well-being and functioning at work following thefts and robberies: A comparative study. Frontiers in Psychology. 9.