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Egan, Dr Arlene

Lecturer (Room 2.20)



General Information

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Psychology lecturer on the BA in Psychology
  • Final year supervisor for psychology dissertations
  • Educational Assessment lecturer on the PGDLT
  • Contextual Studies lecturer on the MALT
  • Programme developer for the Centre of Research in Learning and Teaching


  • BA Psychology UCD (2002)
  • MLitt Sports Psychology UCD (Performance Enhancing Through Strategies) (2002)
  • PhD Cognitive Psychology (Critical Thinking Programme Development and Education) (2006)
  • Dip in Life and Business Coaching, LECI (2008)
  • Dip Project Management, The Independent Colleges (2010)


Academic Experience

  • 2013 - Associate Psychology Lecturer, DCU; Introduction to Psychology and Personality Psychology
  • 2011-2013 - Research Director, TPTI
  • 2012 - Associate Psychology Lecturer, UCD; Sports Psychology
  • 2012 - Associate Psychology Lecturer, DIT Kevin St.; Problem Solving
  • 2012 - Associate Psychology Lecturer, DCU; Creativity and Discovery
  • 2012 - Associate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecturer, DCU; Digital Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • 2012 - Associate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecturer, ITT Dublin; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • 2011 - Associate Psychology Lecturer, TPTI; Research Methods
  • 2009 - Psychology Lecturer, DCU Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland; Social Psychology
  • 2008-2013 - Head Co-Ordinator of the Writing Academy, UCD
  • 2007-2009 - Study Skills Consultant at UCD International Office
  • 2006-2008 - Study Skills Consultant at Smurfit Business School, UCD
  • 2005-2007 - Psychology Lecturer, UCD; Critical Thinking
  • 2003-2005 - Psychology Lecturer, UCD; Introduction to Psychology
  • 2002-2005 - Project Officer at UCD School of Psychology

Industrial Experience

  • 2011-2014 - Managing Director and founder of Building2Think Ltd. This company worked in education and industry to promote innovation and creativity.
  • 2013-2014 - Managing Director and founder of PhathomHQ Training Ltd. This company worked in education and industry to promote creativity and critical thinking self development.
  • 2010-2011 - Education Programme Manager, Innovation Delivery Ltd.
  • 2009-2014 - Psychological Performance Coach - working with a range of sports teams, individual athletes and coaches.
  • 2008-2010 - Director and founder of Rinnovo - This company offered coaching solution to businesses and start-ups.

Research Interests

  • Current - The development of 21st Century Skills
  • Current - The link between Critical Thinking and Executive Function (in collaboration with DCU)
  • Current - Models of Critical Thinking in Higher Education (in collaboration with DCU)
  • Current - Executive Function and Reasoning (in collaboration with DCU)
  • Current - Conceptualising Creativity (in collaboration with IADT)
  • Current - The value of Coaching Psychology in Higher Education (in collaboration with UCC)
  • 2010-2011 - UCD, Access and Lifelong Learning; 'Student Support Services Project'
  • 2010-2011 - UCD, New Era; 'Peer Assisted Learning Project'
  • 2009 - ASPIRE and NeuroSynergy; 'Cognitive changes in children and teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome'
  • 2008-2010 - UCD, School of Applied Social Sciences and the HSE - 'Job satisfaction and burnout in social workers in the HSE'
  • 2008-2009 - UCD, School of Psychology, Social Science and the Centre for Teaching and Learning; 'Problem-Based Learning Project'
  • 2006-2008 - UCD, School of Applied Social Science and the National Council of the Blind in Ireland; 'Mapping the Experiences of Individuals with Visual Impairment in Ireland'
  • 2006-2008 - Queens University Belfast; 'Child Development Initiative'
  • 2002-2006 - UCD, Learning Support Unit; 'Study Skills, Information Literacy Skills and Critical Thinking Skills for Higher Level Education'

Professional Body Membership

  • Member of the Psychology Society of Ireland

Research Publications

Published International Journal Articles

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Conference Papers


Publications in Preparation


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