O'Donnell, Aisling, Dr.

O'Donnell, Aisling, Dr.

Name: 
Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Email: 
Aisling.ODonnell@ul.ie
Phone: 
+353 61 202169
Role: 
Course Director M.A.
Address: 
Psychology Department E1-035 University of Limerick
Room: 
E1-035

 

 

Aisling O'Donnell's office hours for the Spring 2017-18 semester are Monday 11am-12pm and Thursday 10:30am-12pm.

 

Biographical Details
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 Organizational 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. From January 2012, I rejoined the University of Limerick as a Lecturer. I am module leader of social psychology modules for both second year undergraduates and Masters students, and also a Masters level module on professional skills. In the past I have also taught modules on the social identity approach, political psychology, and research methods (qualitative methods). I am the Course Director of the MA in Psychology.

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 two lines of research. The first focuses on social identity and well-being, and includes projects investigating the impact of stigmatized identities on psychological and physical health; and links between social identity, exercise and wellbeing. In line with this line of research, I have co-supervised doctoral research on the impact of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence. All my current doctoral supervision relates to either social identity, well-being, or both.

My second 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.

 

Current PhD students

Yemaya Halbrook (supervised with Prof. Rachel Msetfi), 2016-present

Lauren Beadleston (EHS Future Ready funding, supervised with Prof. Orla Muldoon and Prof. Sarah Moore), 2017-present

Madison Gray (supervised with Dr. Ronni Greenwood), 2017-present

 

Past PhD students

Catherine Naughton (UL40 funding, co-supervised with Prof. Orla Muldoon), 2012-2016

 

Publications

O’Donnell, A. T., O’Carroll, T., & Toole, N. (2018). Internalized stigma and stigma-related isolation predict women’s psychological distress and physical health symptoms post-abortion. Psychology of Women Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684317748937

Msetfi, R. M., Jay, S. J., O’Donnell, A. T., Kearns, M., Kinsella, E. L., McMahon, J., Muldoon, O. T., Naughton, C. M., & Creaven, A-M. (2017). Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women’s sense of control, well-being and sexual health. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317736784

Naughton, C. M., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon (2017). Exposure to domestic violence and abuse: Evidence of distinct physical and psychological dimensions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517706763

Muldoon, O. T., O’Donnell, A. T., & 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. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27(5), 347–357. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2308

O'Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., Blaylock, D. L., Stevenson, C., Bryan, D., Reicher, S. D., & Pehrson, S. (2016). “Something that unites us all”: Understandings of St Patrick’s Day parades as representing the Irish national group. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26, 61-74. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2236

O’Donnell, A. T., Corrigan, F., & Gallagher, S. (2015). The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1263. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01263

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. (2015). Family identification: A protective factor for young adults who grew up in homes affected by domestic violence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1249. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01249

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., Greenwood, R. M., & Muldoon, O. T. (2015). “Ordinary decent domestic violence”: A discursive analysis of family law judges’ interviews. Discourse and Society, 26(3), 349-365. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926514564738

Gallagher, S., O’Donnell, A. T., Minescu, A., & Muldoon, O. T. (2013). A commentary on ‘The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis’. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75, 294-295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.07.004 

O'Donnell, A. T., Ryan, M. K., & Jetten, J. (2013). The hidden costs of surveillance for performance and helping behavior. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16(2), 246-256. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430212453629

Muldoon, O. T., & O’Donnell, A. T. (2012). ‘Running’ an introductory module: A novel idea for your classroom. The Psychologist, 25(11), 828-829.

O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K. (2010). Who is watching over you? The role of shared identity in perceptions of surveillance, European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(1), 135-147. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.701

O'Donnell, A. T., Jetten, J., & Ryan, M. K. (2010). Watching over your own: How surveillance moderates the impact of shared identity on perceptions of leaders and follower behaviour, European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(6), 1046-1061. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.615 

 

Conference and Invited Presentations since appointment (2012)

O’Donnell, A. T., & Jay, S. Digital media as resistance within existing collective action movements. Presented in symposium, “When the online and offline worlds collide: Exploring how digital technology and social identity interact to affect collective action” organised by Laura Smith, at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, August 31-September 2, 2016.

O’Donnell, A. T. Watching from below: Sousveillance, power and resistance. Presented in symposium, “Social psychology, sur/sous-veillance, and social justice” organised by Mark Levine, at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research, Canterbury, UK, July 20-23, 2016.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. Evidence of distinct physical and psychological dimensions of child exposure to domestic violence in young adults. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth NH, USA, July 10-12, 2016.

O’Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., & Minescu, A. “We have to pass that heritage on”: Understandings of commemoration, family, and national identity socialisation. Final COST action IS1205 conference, Limerick, Ireland, July 7-9, 2016.

Muldoon, O. T., O’Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A. Parents, Family and Children’s understanding of National identity and Multiculturalism. Final COST action IS1205 conference, Limerick, Ireland, July 7-9, 2016.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A., Muldoon, O. An application of a social psychological perspective to increase our understanding of domestic violence. 1st European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV), Belfast, UK, September 6-9, 2015.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. Family identification: a protective factor for young adults who grew up in homes affected by domestic violence. British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, UK, July 8-10, 2015.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O. Friend or foe: The impact of family bonds on young adults who grow up with domestic violence. Invited presentation to Domestic Abuse Service Providers in the Mid-West, Limerick, November, 2014. 

O’Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., Quayle, M., & Nicholson, T. The psychology of stigma & HIV/AIDS. Invited presentation at the Knowledge Exchange Forum ‘Stigma and its impact on the design and delivery of services in relation to HIV/AIDS’, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, September 24, 2014.

O’Donnell, A. T. Surveillance and Sousveillance: Processes of power and resistance. European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 9-12, 2014.

Minescu, A., O’Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O. Who “makes” national identities? National identification and identity content for individuals and families in Ireland. European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 9-12, 2014.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. Social identity, risk or protective: The paradoxical consequences of various social identities in the context of intimate partner violence. 2nd International Conference on Social Identity and Health, Ottawa, Canada, June 2-4, 2014.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. The mediating role of social identity in young people exposed to intimate partner violence in their family of origin. 11th Annual Health, Psychology and Medicine Conference, Limerick, Ireland, May 28, 2014.

Muldoon, O.T., Naughton, C. M., & O’Donnell, A. T. The prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Invited presentation to The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, Leinster House, Dublin, February 19, 2014.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. The normalisation of domestic violence in the construction of the 'best interest of the child' by Irish district court judges. Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Coventry, UK, September 2-6, 2013.

O’Donnell, A. T. Surveillance and Sousveillance: Processes of power and resistance. British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference, Exeter, UK, August 28-30, 2013.

Muldoon, O. T., O’Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A. National identity in Ireland: a study of parents and children. British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference, Exeter, UK, August 28-30, 2013.

Naughton, C., O’Donnell, A. T., & Muldoon, O. T. ‘Ordinary Decent Domestic Violence’: A Discursive Analysis of Family Law Judges. British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference, Exeter, UK, August 28-30, 2013.

Minescu, A., O’Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O. History in the Making: National Identity within and between National Groups. 15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity’, Oppurg, Germany, July 4-7, 2013.

O’Donnell, A. T., Ryan, M. K., & Jetten, J. Surveillance and social identity: Privacy perceptions and the potential for division. Invited presentation given at the conference ‘Security, ethics and justice: Towards a more inclusive security design’, Tübingen, Germany, June 21-23, 2012.

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