Biography

Dr. Elaine Kinsella is a chartered organisational psychologist and lecturer in psychology, with sixteen years of experience in industry and academia. Her work focuses on creating and sharing new insights about the social influences on health and empowerment, particularly in contexts relating to work, organisations, and the community.

Priority Research Projects
  • The CV19 Heroes project: Tracking the psychological welfare of frontline workers in the UK and Ireland since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (www.cv19heroes.com) with particular focus on social and political influences
  • Social predictors of Burnout: Examining social influences of psychological burnout within and beyond the workplace
  • Strength from Others: Exploring the positive and negative effects of drawing psychological resources from external targets (e.g., heroes, leaders, role models) on individuals and groups
  • Group Influences on Adjustment to Hardship and Trauma: Exploring how social groups and bonds influence adjustment to life transitions and trauma by supporting self- and emotion-regulation.

She is passionate about championing others' career development and
fulfilment, particularly those working as early-career academics and researchers. She co-founded the EMerge (early and mid-academic career) network for academic staff at the University of Limerick in 2020 (Twitter: @EMerge_UL) which offers peer-support and career development opportunities for members.

She is a qualified coaching psychologist who uses these skills at work for more effective collaboration, leadership and research supervision.

Orchid ID:
0000-0003-4835-8581
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elainekinsella/
Twitter: @elainekinsella

Research Interests

Social influences on health and empowerment, particularly in contexts relating to work, organisations, and the community.

Professional Activities

Association

  • Chartered member, Psychological Society of Ireland

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

Self-compassion predicts less boredom: The role of meaning in life

Muireann K. O'Dea, Eric R. Igou, Wijnand A.P. van Tilburg, & Elaine L. Kinsella (2022) Self-compassion predicts less boredom: The role of meaning in life. Personality And Individual Differences

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2022

Moral judgment as categorization (MJAC)

Cillian McHugh, Marek McGann, Eric R Igou, & Elaine L Kinsella (2022) Moral judgment as categorization (MJAC). Perspectives On Psychological Science

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2022

Solidarity appraisal, meaning, and markers of welfare in frontline workers in the UK and Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic

Rachel C. Sumner & Elaine L. Kinsella (2022) Solidarity appraisal, meaning, and markers of welfare in frontline workers in the UK and Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Social Science And Medicine

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2022

New group memberships formed after an acquired brain injury and posttraumatic growth: A prospective study

Siobhán M. Griffin, Elaine L. Kinsella, Daragh Bradshaw, Grace McMahon, Alastair Nightingale, Donal G. Fortune, & Orla T. Muldoon (2022) New group memberships formed after an acquired brain injury and posttraumatic growth: A prospective study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2022

'We shouldn't waste a good crisis': the lived experience of working on the frontline through the first surge (and beyond) of COVID-19 in the UK and Ireland

Elaine L. Kinsella, Samantha Hughes, Sarah Lemon, Natasha Stonebridge, & Rachel C. Sumner (2022) 'We shouldn't waste a good crisis': the lived experience of working on the frontline through the first surge (and beyond) of COVID-19 in the UK and Ireland. Psychology & Health

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2022

High ideals: the misappropriation and reappropriation of the heroic label in the midst of a global pandemic

Elaine L. Kinsella & Rachel C. Sumner (2022) High ideals: the misappropriation and reappropriation of the heroic label in the midst of a global pandemic. Journal Of Medical Ethics

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2021

'It's Like a Kick in the Teeth': The Emergence of Novel Predictors of Burnout in Frontline Workers During Covid-19

Rachel C. Sumner & Elaine L. Kinsella (2021) 'It's Like a Kick in the Teeth': The Emergence of Novel Predictors of Burnout in Frontline Workers During Covid-19. Frontiers in psychology

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2021

Grace under pressure: Resilience, burnout, and wellbeing in frontline workers in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Rachel C. Sumner & Elaine L. Kinsella (2021) Grace under pressure: Resilience, burnout, and wellbeing in frontline workers in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Frontiers in psychology

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2021

The breaking bad effect: Priming with an antihero increases sensation seeking

Aulona Ulqinaku, Gülen Sarial‐Abi, Elaine L. Kinsella, & Eric R. Igou (2021) The breaking bad effect: Priming with an antihero increases sensation seeking. British Journal Of Social Psychology

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2021

Vaccination roll-out: a time to develop and maintain trust in science and health care

Orla T. Muldoon, Daragh Bradshaw, Sarah Jay, Elaine L. Kinsella, Paul Maher, Robert Murphy, Carol Taaffe, & Patrick O'Donnell (2021) Vaccination roll-out: a time to develop and maintain trust in science and health care. British Journal Of General Practice

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2020

Benefits of heroes to coping with mortality threats by providing perceptions of personal power and reducing unhealthy compensatory consumption

Aulona Ulqinaku, Gülen Sarial‐Abi, & Elaine L. Kinsella (2020) Benefits of heroes to coping with mortality threats by providing perceptions of personal power and reducing unhealthy compensatory consumption. Psychology & Marketing

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2020

Benefits of heroes to coping with mortality threats by providing perceptions of personal power and reducing unhealthy compensatory consumption

Ulqinaku A.;Sarial-Abi G.;Kinsella E.L. (2020) Benefits of heroes to coping with mortality threats by providing perceptions of personal power and reducing unhealthy compensatory consumption. Psychology & Marketing

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2020

Reasons or rationalizations: The role of principles in the moral dumbfounding paradigm

Cillian McHugh, Marek McGann, Eric R Igou, & Elaine L Kinsella (2020) Reasons or rationalizations: The role of principles in the moral dumbfounding paradigm. Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making

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2020

Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury

Elaine L Kinsella, Orla T Muldoon, Dónal G Fortune, & Catherine Haslam (2020) Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2019

On boredom and perceptions of heroes: a meaning-regulation approach to heroism

Gillian Coughlan, Eric R Igou, Wijnand AP Van Tilburg, Elaine L Kinsella, & Timothy D Ritchie (2019) On boredom and perceptions of heroes: a meaning-regulation approach to heroism. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology

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2019

Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life

Elaine L Kinsella, Eric R Igou, Timothy D Ritchie (2019) Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology

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2019

Heroism and the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life

Kinsella E.;Igou E.;Ritchie T. (2019) Heroism and the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology :474-498

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2019

Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury

Orla T Muldoon, R Stephen Walsh, Mariah Curtain, Lorraine Crawley, Elaine L Kinsella (2019) Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury. European Journal Of Social Psychology

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2019

On Boredom and Perceptions of Heroes: A Meaning-Regulation Approach to Heroism

Coughlan G.;Igou E.;van Tilburg W.;Kinsella E.;Ritchie T. (2019) On Boredom and Perceptions of Heroes: A Meaning-Regulation Approach to Heroism. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology :455-473

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2019

Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury

Muldoon O.;Walsh R.;Curtain M.;Crawley L.;Kinsella E. (2019) Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury. European Journal Of Social Psychology

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2019

Working hard and playing hard: multiple group membership, exercise and cognitive performance in boys and girls

Lauren N Beadleston, Aisling T O'Donnell, Jennifer McMahon, Grace McMahon, Elaine L Kinsella, Michelle Kearns, Sarah Jay, & Orla T Muldoon (2019) Working hard and playing hard: multiple group membership, exercise and cognitive performance in boys and girls. Social Psychology Of Education

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2018

On the existential road from regret to heroism: Searching for meaning in life

Eric R Igou, Wijnand AP Van Tilburg, Elaine L Kinsella, & Laura K Buckley (2018) On the existential road from regret to heroism: Searching for meaning in life. Frontiers in psychology

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2018

Heroism research: A review of theories, methods, challenges, and trends

Zeno E Franco, Scott T Allison, Elaine L Kinsella, Ari Kohen, Matt Langdon, & Philip G Zimbardo (2018) Heroism research: A review of theories, methods, challenges, and trends. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology

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2018

Heroism Research: A Review of Theories, Methods, Challenges, and Trends

Franco, ZE;Allison, ST;Kinsella, EL;Kohen, A;Langdon, M;Zimbardo, PG (2018) Heroism Research: A Review of Theories, Methods, Challenges, and Trends. THOUSAND OAKS : SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC Journal Of Humanistic Psychology :382-396

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2018

Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury

Kinsella E.;Muldoon O.;Fortune D.;Haslam C. (2018) Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2018

Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health

Rachel Msetfi, Sarah Jay, Aisling T O'Donnell, Michelle Kearns, Elaine L Kinsella, Jennifer McMahon, Orla T Muldoon, Catherine Naughton, Ann-Marie Creaven (2018) 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

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2017

Searching for moral dumbfounding: Identifying measurable indicators of moral dumbfounding

Cillian McHugh, Marek McGann, Eric R Igou, Elaine L Kinsella (2017) Searching for moral dumbfounding: Identifying measurable indicators of moral dumbfounding. Collabra: Psychology

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2016

better together: A joined-up psychological approach to health, well-being, and rehabilitation

Donal G Fortune, Elaine L Kinsella, & Orla M Muldoon (2016) better together: A joined-up psychological approach to health, well-being, and rehabilitation. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Grace JJ;Kinsella EL;Muldoon OT;Fortune DG; (2015) Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Grace, JJ,Kinsella, EL,Muldoon, OT,Fortune, DG (2015) Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Zeroing in on heroes: a prototype analysis of hero features.

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2015) Zeroing in on heroes: a prototype analysis of hero features.. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology

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2015

Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2015) Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Jenny J Grace, Elaine L Kinsella, Orla T Muldoon, Dónal G Fortune (2015) Post-traumatic growth following acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in psychology

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Books

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Book Chapters

2016

A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2016) A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives. New York : Routledge Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership :19-35

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2016

A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2016) A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives. USA : Taylor & Francis Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

2020

Zeroing in on Heroes: Adolescents' Perceptions of Hero Features and Functions

Elaine L Kinsella, Alison English, Jennifer McMahon (2020) Zeroing in on Heroes: Adolescents' Perceptions of Hero Features and Functions. Heroism Science

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2020

Zeroing in on heroes: Adolescents' perceptions of hero features and functions

Elaine L. Kinsella, Alison English, & Jennifer McMahon (2020) Zeroing in on heroes: Adolescents' perceptions of hero features and functions. Heroism Science

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2019

The state of the art (and science) of heroism: growth, paradigms, and future directions in an emerging field

Scott T Allison, Elaine Louise Kinsella (2019) The state of the art (and science) of heroism: growth, paradigms, and future directions in an emerging field. Heroism Science

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2019

The state of the art (and science) of heroism: growth, paradigms, and future directions in an emerging field

Scott T. Allison & Elaine L. Kinsella (2019) The state of the art (and science) of heroism: growth, paradigms, and future directions in an emerging field. Heroism Science

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2017

On the bravery and courage of heroes: considering gender

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2017) On the bravery and courage of heroes: considering gender. Heroism Science

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2017

On the bravery and courage of heroes: Considering gender

Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou (2017) On the bravery and courage of heroes: Considering gender. Heroism Science

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2015

What doesn't kill us: New Perspectives on Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth: Short Report

Elaine L. Kinsella (2015) What doesn't kill us: New Perspectives on Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth: Short Report. Irish Psychologist

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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

2021

White noise, white heat: A call to action from the frontline

Rachel C. Sumner & Elaine L. Kinsella (2021) White noise, white heat: A call to action from the frontline. UK : University of Gloucestershire

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2017

Getting my life reset: Living with an acquired brain injury: The Irish experience

Orla T Muldoon, Stephen R Walsh, Mariah Curtin, Elaine Louise Kinsella (2017) Getting my life reset: Living with an acquired brain injury: The Irish experience. Ireland : Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

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Editorials

2016

Editorial: Better Together: A Joined-Up Psychological Approach to Health, Well-Being, and Rehabilitation

Fortune, DG,Kinsella, EL,Muldoon, OM (2016) Editorial: Better Together: A Joined-Up Psychological Approach to Health, Well-Being, and Rehabilitation. Frontiers in psychology

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

2020

What does "hero" mean in modern life?

Elaine L. Kinsella (2020) What does "hero" mean in modern life? .

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2017

Getting my life reset: Living with an acquired brain injury: The Irish experience

Orla T Muldoon, Stephen R Walsh, Mariah Curtin, Elaine .Kinsella (2017) Getting my life reset: Living with an acquired brain injury: The Irish experience.

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2016

Editorial: Better Together: A Joined-Up Psychological Approach to Health, Well-Being, and Rehabilitation

Fortune, DG,Kinsella, EL,Muldoon, OM (2016) Editorial: Better Together: A Joined-Up Psychological Approach to Health, Well-Being, and Rehabilitation. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Viewpoints: `I felt let down by psychology'

Kinsella, E. L., Walsh, R. S., Lowe, N., Fortune, D. G., & Muldoon, O. T. (2015) Viewpoints: `I felt let down by psychology'.

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2012

A psychological perspective on the features and functions of heroes

Elaine L. Kinsella (2012) A psychological perspective on the features and functions of heroes.

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