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

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

Research Collaborators

  • Dr Kristin Murphy - Funding Award - University of Massachusetts Boston -USA

Books

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Book Chapters

Teacher Education in Ireland: Development and Challenges

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Dr. Joanne O'Flaherty
Dr. Paul Conway
2018
Athens
H & M
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

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

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Dr. Ann Marie Creaven
Dr. Elaine Kinsella
Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
2018
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Working hard and playing hard: multiple group membership, exercise and cognitive performance in boys and girls

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Dr. Elaine Kinsella
Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
2019
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Education programmes for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Evaluation Framework

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2014
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Optimism and benefit finding in parents of children with developmental disabilities: The role of positive reappraisal and social support

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Prof. Stephen Gallagher
2017
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A scoping review of the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of interventions in autism education

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2020
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Life satisfaction, social participation and symptoms of depression in young adult carers: evidence from 21 European countries

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2022
ABINGDON
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Exploring Eclecticism: The impact of educational theory on the development and implementation of comprehensive education programmes (CEP's) for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2016
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T-REX: the Teachers’ Research Exchange. Overcoming the Research-Practice Gap in Education

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2020
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Where next for youth mental health services in Ireland?

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2018
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A fusion of research-informed teaching and teaching-informed research: Designing a scalable online ecosystem for new partnerships in educational research

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Experiences of remote education during COVID-19 and its relationship to the mental health of primary school children

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Teacher Characteristics, Knowledge and Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Autism Education in Ireland

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Developing a recovery college: a preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Prof. Stephen Gallagher
2017
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine (PHM) Conference

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Prof. Stephen Gallagher
2016
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The Annual European Applied Behaviour Analysis (EABA) conference

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2008
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13th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, (PHM)

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Prof. Stephen Gallagher
2016
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34th Annual ABAI Conference

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2009
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2017
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Annual European Association for Behaviour Analysis conference.

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2016
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Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH),

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2016
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Annual Special Interest Group in Youth Mental Health International Research Conference, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2016
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Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis (DBA)

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2013
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Future Proofing Youth Mental Health: 4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2017
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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

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2011
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Conference Contributions

Nursing Subcommittee of the Disability Advisory Group (DAG) to the National Clinical Programme for People with Disability (NCPPD)

Ms. Mairead Moloney
Ms. Therese Hennessy
Ms. Rosemary Lyons
Dr. Ruth Ryan
Dr. Owen Doody
Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland Implementation Steering Group

Ms. Mairead Moloney
Ms. Therese Hennessy
Dr. Ruth Ryan
Dr. Owen Doody
Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Wexford Services Launch of the HSE Health Passport for People with an Intellectual Disability

Ms. Mairead Moloney
Ms. Therese Hennessy
Ms. Rosemary Lyons
Dr. Ruth Ryan
Dr. Owen Doody
Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
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Published Reports

Co-SPACE Ireland Report 03: Changes in children and young people's emotional and behavioural difficulties through one month of COVID-19 restrictions

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2020
Limerick, Ireland
University of Limerick
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Co-SPACE Ireland Report 02: COVID-19 worries, parent/carer stress and support needs, by child special educational needs and parent/carer work status

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2020
Limerick, Ireland
University of Limerick
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Co-SPACE Ireland Report 01: Findings from the first 500 participants on parent/carer stress and reported child activity

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2020
Limerick, Ireland
University of Limerick
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Recovery Education College: A Needs Analysis

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2014
Ireland
Health Service Executive
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Presenting problem/conditions that result in people with an intellectual disability being admitted to acute hospitals in Ireland: An analysis of NQAIS data from 2016-2020

Ms. Mairead Moloney
Ms. Therese Hennessy
Dr. Ruth Ryan
Dr. Owen Doody
Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
Limerick: University of Limerick and Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Service Director, HSE.
Limerick: University of Limerick and Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Service Director, HSE.
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Loneliness in young adulthood: A protocol for a scoping review of the Quantitative and Qualitative Literature

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
Dr. Paraic O'Suilleabhain
2021
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The Relationship Between Cognitive Reappraisal and Psychological Well-Being during Early Adolescence: A Scoping Review Protocol

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
2021
PsyArXIV
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