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Dr. Jennifer Mc Mahon

Biography

Dr McMahon is a psychologist with an interest in the area of social emotional development, mental health and special educational needs. Previous posts included working as an evaluator for Jigsaw, the National Youth Mental Health Centre and as project manager for the design and implementation of a mental health service for young people aged 12-25. She is currently the chair of the Jigsaw Advisory Group (JAG) for Limerick city and county. In addition Dr. McMahon has had a lead role in several projects related to recovery in mental health and was a steering group member of the Advancing Recovery in Ireland (ARI) Mid West committee.

Dr. McMahons research interests also include the provision of evidence based services to children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and she has previously been funded by the National Disability Authority to conduct research in this area. She also has a particular interest in schools as sites of mental health support and the provision of quality support for students with complex learning needs. Jennifer is the founder and co-director of the i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) research lab (www.i-teach.ie) at the School of Education, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences UL.

Topics of Interest
1. Social Emotional learning
2. School/Student Mental Health
3. Special Educational Needs (particularly autism spectrum conditions)
4. Science of Evaluation & Implementation - Teacher as Researcher
5. Recovery in Mental Health

Current research projects include a randomised control trial of an intervention to build capacity in student teachers to support the mental health needs of students and a systematic review of interventions to promote teacher capacity in supporting students with disabilities.

Research Interests

Main areas of interest

  1. Social and emotional learning
  2. Child & Adolescent Mental health
  3. Special educational needs (particularly autism spectrum conditions)
  4. Science of Evaluation & Implementation – Evidence to Practice

Teaching Interests

Dr. McMahon teaches in the area of abnormal and clinical psychology with a focus on school, child and youth mental health.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2016 Jigsaw Limerick Implementation Group ,
  • 2016 ACAMHS Special Interest Group Youth Mental Health,
  • 2016 AERA Social Emotional Learning SIG,
  • 2014 Limerick Mental Health Association,

Employment

  • 2013 University of Limerick - Lecturer in Psychology & Special Education
  • 2012 Headstrong: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - Project Manager
  • 2011 Headstrong: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - Programme Evaluator
  • National University of Ireland, Galway - Lecturer in Psychology

Education

  • 2012 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2006 University of Limerick - Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Award

  • 2010 - Best Overall Speaker
  • 2008 - Highly Commended

Other

  • Director of i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) Research Lab. www.i-Teach.ie

Publications

Book Chapters

2018

Teacher Education in Ireland: Development and Challenges
O' Flaherty J., McMahon J. & Conway P.
(2018) Teacher Education in Ireland: Development and Challenges
In International Handbook on Teacher Education Worldwide; Athens : H & M

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Developing a recovery college: a preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs
Kelly, Joy, Gallagher, Stephen, McMahon, Jennifer
(2017) Developing a recovery college: a preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs
In Journal Of Mental Health; pp. 150-155
DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2016.1207227

2017

Optimism and benefit finding in parents of children with developmental disabilities: The role of positive reappraisal and social support
Slattery, Eadaoin,McMahon, Jennifer,Gallagher, Stephen
(2017) Optimism and benefit finding in parents of children with developmental disabilities: The role of positive reappraisal and social support
In Res Dev Disabilres Dev Disabil; pp. 12-22
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.04.006

Conference Publications

2017

Future Proofing Youth Mental Health: 4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health
McMahon J.
(2017) Future Proofing Youth Mental Health: 4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health

2017

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
McMahon J. & Slattery E.
(2017) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
University College Cork

2016

Annual European Association for Behaviour Analysis conference.
McMahon J. and V. Cullinan.
(2016) Annual European Association for Behaviour Analysis conference.
Enna, Sicily.

2016

Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH),
Slattery E. and J. McMahon
(2016) Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH),
Cork, Ireland

2016

Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).
O' Connell B. & J. McMahon.
(2016) Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).
Cork, Ireland

2016

13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine (PHM) Conference
Slattery E., Ryan L., McMahon J. & Gallagher S
(2016) 13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine (PHM) Conference
Cork, Ireland

2016

13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, (PHM)
Ryan L., Slattery E., McMahon J. & Gallagher S
(2016) 13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, (PHM)
Cork, Ireland

2013

Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis (DBA)
McMahon J., & Cullinan V.
(2013) Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis (DBA)
Salthill, Galway

2011

The National One-Day Research Conference on Youth Mental Health of ACAMHS Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group: Youth Mental Health
Illback B., Galligan K. & McMahon J.
(2011) The National One-Day Research Conference on Youth Mental Health of ACAMHS Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group: Youth Mental Health
Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

2009

34th Annual ABAI Conference
McMahon J. & Cullinan V.
(2009) 34th Annual ABAI Conference
Phoenix, Arizona

2008

The Annual European Applied Behaviour Analysis (EABA) conference
McMahon J. & Cullinan V.
(2008) The Annual European Applied Behaviour Analysis (EABA) conference
Madrid, Spain

Published Reports

2014

Recovery Education College: A Needs Analysis
McMahon J., Wallace N., Kelly J. and Egan E.
(2014) Recovery Education College: A Needs Analysis
Ireland : Health Service Executive