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Dr. Aisling O'Donnell

MSc PhD

Biography

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2005. From there, I moved to the University of Exeter where I was awarded an MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology in 2007. My PhD was completed in October 2009, also at Exeter, and successfully defended in the December of that year. Immediately after completing my PhD I began a postdoctoral position at the University of Limerick, followed by another at the University of Liverpool, UK. My current position is with the University of Limerick as a Lecturer.

I currently lead an undergraduate module on social psychology and a Masters level module on professional skills. I have also taught and led undergraduate and Masters level modules on the social identity approach, political psychology, and qualitative methods.

I am the current Course Director for the MA in Psychology, a one-year conversion course at Masters level which is unique in Ireland. In the past I have served my Department as both CoOp Officer and Ethics Committee Representative.    

Research Interests

I am interested in social identity processes, including relationships within and between groups, and how identity is constructed and understood. This broad focus on social identities and on how self-categorisation and social structure impact people’s lives is something that underpins all my past and present research.

My PhD research focused upon how social identity relates to surveillance, leadership, power, and social influence. In my first postdoctoral position, I worked on an IRCHSS funded project investigating participation in crowd events in Ireland, and the consequences for Irish national identity. Next I took another postdoc funded by a European Commission grant, where I worked on projects examining the impact of power and status relations on inter- and intra-group relations.

Currently, I am involved in three lines of research. The first, a new line of research on surveillance, is concerned with why people choose to use surveillance over others, and is grounded in existing theory about control and empowerment, but is also applicable to real world issues. For example, it has streams investigating the recent trend for those attending protests to use mobile camera equipment to hold security/police forces accountable to their actions, and also on why supposed power-holders (e.g., employers) choose to use surveillance. My second line of research is on identity, trauma and wellbeing, and includes projects investigating the impact of social identities on HIV/AIDS risk; the effect of stigmatisation on the unemployed; and the impact of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence. My third line of research focuses on national identity. I am currently working on projects related to the representation of Irish national identity at national parades; the socialisation of children into national identity; and the way parents envisage the makeup of national identity for their children’s generation.

                      

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching students at a range of levels, and it is important to me to continue developing my teaching skills throughout my career, which is why I completed the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in 2015. I spend time planning how best to engage students in learning, and particularly like to liven up my lectures with active learning exercises. My favourite topics to teach are anything social psychological, and I love bringing these topics to life for students.          

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2013 Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (EHSREC),
  • 2012 BA Psychology & Sociology Course Board,
  • 2012 MA Psychology Course Board,
  • 2010 Applied Social Issues Internship Award Committee , I served on this committe from 2010-2015, including serving as Chair from 2013-2015. The committee is related to the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) 

Employment

  • 2012 University of Limerick - Lecturer below the bar
  • 2011 University of Liverpool, UK - Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 2009 University of Limerick - Postdoctoral Researcher

Education

  • 2010 University of Exeter - PhD
  • 2007 University of Exeter - MSc
  • 2005 University of Liverpool - BSc (Hons)

Association

  • Full member, European Association of Social Psychology
  • Full member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Full member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Other

  • April 2012 - July 2014: Co-op Officer for Psychology Department, UL

Publications

Conference Contribution

2015
2014

Domestic Abuse Service Providers in the Mid-West
Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.

2014

11th Annual Health, Psychology and Medicine Conference
Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.

2014

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality
Muldoon, O.T., Naughton, C. M., & O’Donnell, A. T.

2014
2014

2nd International Conference on Social Identity and Health
Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.

2013

Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law
Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.

2013

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Muldoon, O. T., O’Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A.

2013

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.

2011

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
O’Donnell, A. T., Stott, C., Ryan M. K., & Jetten, J.

2011

2nd Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland (C-SPI)
O’Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., Blaylock, D. L., Reicher, S. D., Stevenson, C., & Bryan, D.

2011

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 16th General Meeting
O’Donnell, A. T., Blaylock, D. L., Reicher, S. D., Muldoon, O. T., Stevenson, C., & Bryan, D.

2010
2010

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
O’Donnell, A. T., Blaylock, D. L., Stevenson, C., Muldoon, O. T., Reicher, S. D., & Bryan, D.

2009
2008

Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.

2008

School of Psychology Social Seminar Series
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.

2008

Social Psychology Seminar Series
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2015

'Ordinary decent domestic violence': A discursive analysis of family law judges' interviews
Naughton, CM,O'Donnell, AT,Greenwood, RM,Muldoon, OT
Discourse & Society DOI: 10.1177/0957926514564738

2013

The hidden costs of surveillance for performance and helping behaviour
O'Donnell, AT,Ryan, MK,Jetten, J
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations DOI: 10.1177/1368430212453629

2012

'Running' an introductory module.
Muldoon O.T. & O'Donnell, A.T.
Psychologist

2010

Who is watching over you? The role of shared identity in perceptions of surveillance
O'Donnell, Aisling T., Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle K.
European Journal Of Social Psychology

2010

Watching over your own: How surveillance moderates the impact of shared identity on perceptions of leaders and follower behaviour
O'Donnell, Aisling T., Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle K.
European Journal Of Social Psychology

2008

When is it ok to watch over your own? Power, surveillance and social identity
O'Donnell, Aisling, Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle
International Journal Of Psychology