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Dr. Elaine Kinsella


Dr. Elaine Kinsella is a chartered psychologist with experience working in academia and business consultancy. Elaine is passionate about creatively using psychology to understand and tackle organisational, clinical, and social challenges. She currently works as a psychology lecturer and professional researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and has published a number of articles and book chapters on the topics of heroism, leadership, brain injury and concussion.

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Book Chapter


A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives
Elaine L Kinsella, Timothy D Ritchie, Eric R Igou
Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership DOI: 10.4324/9781315690100-8

Other Journal


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


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

Peer Reviewed Journal


Reasons or rationalizations: The role of principles in the moral dumbfounding paradigm
McHugh C.;McGann M.;Igou E.;Kinsella E.
Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making DOI: 10.1002/bdm.2167


Heroism and the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life
Kinsella E.;Igou E.;Ritchie T.
Journal Of Humanistic Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0022167817701002


On Boredom and Perceptions of Heroes: A Meaning-Regulation Approach to Heroism
Coughlan G.;Igou E.;van Tilburg W.;Kinsella E.;Ritchie T.
Journal Of Humanistic Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0022167817705281


Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury
Muldoon O.;Walsh R.;Curtain M.;Crawley L.;Kinsella E.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2564


Heroism Research: A Review of Theories, Methods, Challenges, and Trends
Franco, ZE;Allison, ST;Kinsella, EL;Kohen, A;Langdon, M;Zimbardo, PG
Journal Of Humanistic Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0022167816681232

Published Report


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