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Jamie Davern


Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, University of Limerick

PhD Progression: 1st Year

Project Title: The effects of stigma on the health and behaviour of workplace bullying targets

Project Supervisors: Dr. Aisling O’Donnell and Professor Orla Muldoon

Project Description:

It has been widely demonstrated that workplace bullying targets experience deficits in a range of outcomes including depression, anxiety, physical health and job satisfaction. While it makes sense that workplace bullying would result in these negative well-being consequences, the potential role of stigma has not received sufficient attention to date. The current project will examine the effects of stigma on the health and behaviour of workplace bullying targets longitudinally. The results will provide further insight into the consequences of workplace bullying and could have implications for the counselling and management of targeted individuals.

Current Funding Source:

PhD Studentship Award, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick (valued at approximately €15,000 per annum; July 2018)

Awards and Honours:

  • Earned President’s Letters for exceptional academic performance in three semesters at the University of Limerick (Spring 2013/14, Autumn and Spring 2016/17)
  • Awarded Best BA Final Year Project 2017 by the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
  • Earned an award for excellence in course performance for graduating with the highest overall QCA in my course from the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
  • Future Ready EU Fee Waiver, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick (February 2018)


  • Davern, J., & O’Donnell, A. T. (2018). Stigma predicts health-related quality of life impairment, psychological distress, and somatic symptoms in acne sufferers. PLoS ONE13(9), e0205009.


  • Presenter, Davern, J. (2018, April). The impact of perceived stigma, psychological distress and somatic symptoms on the health-related quality of life of acne sufferers. Oral session presented at the Psychology Student Congress 2018, Iontas Building, Maynooth University, Kildare.
  • Presenter, Davern, J. (2018, April). Psychological distress mediates the impact of perceived stigma on the health of acne sufferers. Oral session presented at the All-Ireland Conference of Undergraduate Research, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
  • Presenter, Davern, J. (2017, September). The effects of stigmatisation on the psychological and physical health of acne sufferers. Poster session presented at IAYMH 2017, Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.


  • PS4031 – Psychology and Everyday Life (Autumn 2018)


  • Centre for Social Issues Research:
  • International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Media Coverage:


Course: Structured Ph.D.

Role: PhD Student