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Dr. Aisling O'Donnell

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 typically lead undergraduate and masters level modules on social psychology. I have also taught and led undergraduate and Masters level modules on the social identity approach, political psychology, professional skills in psychology, and qualitative methods.

In the past I have served my Department as MA Psychology Course Director, EHS sPhD Course Board representative, Ethics Committee Representative and CoOp Officer. I also served on the university-level Marketing and External Relations Committee.

Research Interests

I am interested in social identity processes, including relationships within and between groups, how identity is constructed and understood, and how it relates to well-being. 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, my research centres on social identity and well-being, with a particular focus on the effect of stigmatised identities on people's social, psychological and physical well-being.

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. 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 in Psychology
  • 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

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal
Jay S.;Winterburn M.;Choudhary R.;Jha K.;Sah A.K.;O'Connell B.H.;O'Donnell A.T.;Moynihan A.B.;Muldoon O.T.
(2021) From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal
In Journal Of Community &Amp; Applied Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2510

2020

Stigma of eating disorders and recovery-related outcomes: A systematic review
Foran A.M.;O'Donnell A.T.;Muldoon O.T.
(2020) Stigma of eating disorders and recovery-related outcomes: A systematic review
In European Eating Disorders Review;
DOI: 10.1002/erv.2735
[ULIR]

2019

When and How Video Games Can Be Good: A Review of the Positive Effects of Video Games on Well-Being
Halbrook Y.;O’Donnell A.;Msetfi R.
(2019) When and How Video Games Can Be Good: A Review of the Positive Effects of Video Games on Well-Being
In Perspectives On Psychological Science; pp. 1096-1104
DOI: 10.1177/1745691619863807
[ULIR]

2019

Working hard and playing hard: multiple group membership, exercise and cognitive performance in boys and girls
Beadleston L.;O’Donnell A.;McMahon J.;McMahon G.;Kinsella E.;Kearns M.;Jay S.;Muldoon O.
(2019) Working hard and playing hard: multiple group membership, exercise and cognitive performance in boys and girls
In Social Psychology Of Education;
DOI: 10.1007/s11218-019-09483-9

2018

Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
Msetfi, R,Jay, S,O'Donnell, AT,Kearns, M,Kinsella, EL,McMahon, J,Muldoon, OT,Naughton, C,Creaven, AM
(2018) Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
In Journal of health psychology; pp. 252-262
DOI: 10.1177/1359105317736784
[ULIR]

2018

Internalized Stigma and Stigma-Related Isolation Predict Women's Psychological Distress and Physical Health Symptoms Post-Abortion
O'Donnell, AT;O'Carroll, T;Toole, N
(2018) Internalized Stigma and Stigma-Related Isolation Predict Women's Psychological Distress and Physical Health Symptoms Post-Abortion
In Psychology Of Women Quarterly; LONDON : SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD pp. 220-234
DOI: 10.1177/0361684317748937

2018

Stigma predicts health-related quality of life impairment, psychological distress, and somatic symptoms in acne sufferers
Davern, J;O'Donnell, AT
(2018) Stigma predicts health-related quality of life impairment, psychological distress, and somatic symptoms in acne sufferers
In Plos One; SAN FRANCISCO : PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205009

2018

Young people¿s Constructions of their Experiences of Parental Domestic Violence: A Discursive Analysis¿
Naughton C.;O¿Donnell A.;Muldoon O.
(2018) Young people¿s Constructions of their Experiences of Parental Domestic Violence: A Discursive Analysis¿
In Journal Of Family Violence;
DOI: 10.1007/s10896-018-0013-1

2017

Exposure to Domestic Violence and Abuse: Evidence of Distinct Physical and Psychological Dimensions
Naughton C.;O¿Donnell A.;Muldoon O.
(2017) Exposure to Domestic Violence and Abuse: Evidence of Distinct Physical and Psychological Dimensions
In Journal Of Interpersonal Violence;
DOI: 10.1177/0886260517706763

2017

Parents' and children's understanding of their own and others' national identity: The importance of including the family in the national group
Muldoon, OT,O'Donnell, AT,Minescu, A
(2017) Parents' and children's understanding of their own and others' national identity: The importance of including the family in the national group
In Journal Of Community & Applied Social Psychology; pp. 347-357
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2308

2016

"Something That Unites Us All': Understandings of St. Patrick's Day Parades as Representing the Irish National Group
O'Donnell, AT,Muldoon, OT,Blaylock, DL,Stevenson, C,Bryan, D,Reicher, SD,Pehrson, S
(2016) "Something That Unites Us All': Understandings of St. Patrick's Day Parades as Representing the Irish National Group
In Journal Of Community & Applied Social Psychology; pp. 61-74
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2236
[ULIR]

2015

Family identification: a beneficial process for young adults who grow up in homes affected by parental intimate partner violence
Naughton, CM,O'Donnell, AT,Muldoon, OT
(2015) Family identification: a beneficial process for young adults who grow up in homes affected by parental intimate partner violence
In Frontiers in psychology;
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01249
[ULIR]

2015

'Ordinary decent domestic violence': A discursive analysis of family law judges' interviews
Naughton, CM,O'Donnell, AT,Greenwood, RM,Muldoon, OT
(2015) 'Ordinary decent domestic violence': A discursive analysis of family law judges' interviews
In Discourse & Society; pp. 349-365
DOI: 10.1177/0957926514564738

2015

The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group
O'Donnell, AT,Corrigan, F,Gallagher, S
(2015) The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group
In Frontiers in psychology;
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01263
[ULIR]

2013

A commentary on 'The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis'
Gallagher, S,O'Donnell, AT,Minescu, A,Muldoon, OT
(2013) A commentary on 'The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis'
In Journal Of Psychosomatic Research; pp. 294-294
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.07.004

2013

The hidden costs of surveillance for performance and helping behaviour
O'Donnell, AT,Ryan, MK,Jetten, J
(2013) The hidden costs of surveillance for performance and helping behaviour
In Group Processes & Intergroup Relations; pp. 246-256
DOI: 10.1177/1368430212453629

2012

'Running' an introductory module.
Muldoon O.T. & O'Donnell, A.T.
(2012) 'Running' an introductory module.
In Psychologist;

2012

'Running' an introductory module
Muldoon O.;O'Donnell A.
(2012) 'Running' an introductory module
In Psychologist; pp. 828-829

2010

Who is watching over you? The role of shared identity in perceptions of surveillance
O'Donnell, Aisling T., Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle K.
(2010) Who is watching over you? The role of shared identity in perceptions of surveillance
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; pp. 135-147

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.
(2010) Watching over your own: How surveillance moderates the impact of shared identity on perceptions of leaders and follower behaviour
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; pp. 1046-1061

2008

When is it ok to watch over your own? Power, surveillance and social identity
O'Donnell, Aisling, Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle
(2008) When is it ok to watch over your own? Power, surveillance and social identity
In International Journal Of Psychology; pp. 439-439

Conference Contributions

2018

International Conference on Social Identity and Health
O'Donnell, A. T., O'Carroll, T., & Toole, N.
(2018) International Conference on Social Identity and Health
Lausanne, Switzerland

2016

Final COST action IS1205 conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., & Minescu, A.
(2016) Final COST action IS1205 conference
Limerick

2016

Final COST action IS1205 conference
Muldoon, O. T., O'Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A.
(2016) Final COST action IS1205 conference
Limerick

2016

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T., & Jay, S.
(2016) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Cardiff, UK

2016

Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research
O'Donnell, A. T.
(2016) Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research
Canterbury, UK

2016

International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2016) International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference
Portsmouth NH, USA

2015

1st European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV)
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A., Muldoon, O.
(2015) 1st European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV)
Belfast

2015

British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2015) British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference
Windsor, UK

2014

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
O'Donnell, A. T.
(2014) European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2014

Knowledge Exchange Forum ‘Stigma and its impact on the design and delivery of services in relation to HIV/AIDS'
O'Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., Quayle, M., & Nicholson, T.
(2014) Knowledge Exchange Forum ‘Stigma and its impact on the design and delivery of services in relation to HIV/AIDS'
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2014

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
Minescu, A., O'Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.
(2014) European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2014

2nd International Conference on Social Identity and Health
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2014) 2nd International Conference on Social Identity and Health
Ottawa, Canada

2014

11th Annual Health, Psychology and Medicine Conference
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2014) 11th Annual Health, Psychology and Medicine Conference
Limerick, Ireland

2014

Domestic Abuse Service Providers in the Mid-West
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.
(2014) Domestic Abuse Service Providers in the Mid-West
Limerick, Ireland

2014

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality
Muldoon, O.T., Naughton, C. M., & O'Donnell, A. T.
(2014) The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality
Leinster House, Dublin

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
Exeter, UK

2013

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T.
(2013) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
University of Exeter, UK

2013

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2013) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Exeter, UK

2013

15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity'
Minescu, A., O'Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.
(2013) 15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity'
Oppurg, Germany

2013

Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law
Naughton, C., O'Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T.
(2013) Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law
Coventry, UK

2012

'Security, ethics and justice: Towards a more inclusive security design'
O'Donnell, A. T.
(2012) 'Security, ethics and justice: Towards a more inclusive security design'
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), Tübingen, Germany

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) 2nd Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland (C-SPI)
University of Limerick, Ireland

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.
(2011) European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 16th General Meeting
Stockholm, Sweden

2011

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Stott, C., Ryan M. K., & Jetten, J.
(2011) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
University of Cambridge, UK

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.
(2010) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
University of Winchester, UK

2010

Centre for Social Issues Research
O'Donnell, A. T.
(2010) Centre for Social Issues Research
University of Limerick, Ireland

2009

Social, Economic and Organizational Research Group (SEORG) Seminar Series
O'Donnell, A. T., Ryan, M. K., & Jetten, J.
(2009) Social, Economic and Organizational Research Group (SEORG) Seminar Series
University of Exeter, UK

2009

International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting
O'Donnell, A. T,. Ryan, M. K., & Jetten, J.
(2009) International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2008

School of Psychology Social Seminar Series
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.
(2008) School of Psychology Social Seminar Series
University of Queensland, Australia

2008

European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP) 15th General Meeting
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.
(2008) European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP) 15th General Meeting
Opatija, Croatia

2008

Social Psychology Seminar Series
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.
(2008) Social Psychology Seminar Series
Cardiff University, UK

2008

Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.
(2008) Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Annual Conference
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

2007

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K.
(2007) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section Annual Conference
University of Kent, UK