Read the latest news and updates from the psychology team at NCI. Here you will find information on our latest events and research, including projects, funding, conferences, and collaborations.
NCI Team Launch New Study
Drs Amanda Kracen and Lynn Farrell have recently launched a new study – Personal and Occupational Experiences of Medical Professionals in Cancer Care in Ireland. They are pleased to be collaborating with three oncologists: Dr Dearbhaile Collins of Cork University Hospital, Dr Lynda Corrigan of Tallaght University Hospital, and Dr Scheryll Alken of Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin and St James’s Hospital.
The study seeks to further our understanding of the personal and occupational experiences of doctors working in oncology and/or palliative care in Ireland. It is hoped that developing an understanding of their experiences can help us develop strategies to support their occupational and personal wellbeing.
The research team is currently collecting data from doctors across Ireland. For more information, please email: Amanda.Kracen@ncirl.ie.
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology in Vienna
Dr Amanda Kracen, Associate Professor of Psychology, took part in an invited symposium at the annual meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology in Vienna, Austria. Dr Kracen’s talk was entitled, Living on fault lines: Psycho-social issues in cancer survivorship.
NCI at the PSI Student Congress
Dr Fearghal O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Psychology gave a keynote address at the All Ireland Student Congress, held in Trinity College Dublin on May 11th & 12th. Dr O’Brien’s talk was on The Meaning and Measurement of Risk.
Final year student, Lucy Graham, won the Undergraduate Poster Presentation Runner Up prize, coming in second place out of 34 posters. Lucy’s poster described her research, titled “The Role of Attentional Bias on the Relationship between Rumination and Anxiety: A Modified Dot Probe Task Investigation.”
Invited Webinar for women+@DCS Seminar Series
Dr Lynn Farrell, Assistant Professor in Psychology, gave an invited webinar on April 27th 2023 to the University of Sheffield as part of their women+@DCS seminar series. The talk focused on promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM fields, in particular how to frame Gender Equality Initiatives to improve support among STEM faculty. Further information can be found on women+@DCS.
Chapter published on The Experiences of Female Scientists in the Global Network
Dr Lynn Farrell, Assistant Professor in Psychology, and her colleague Prof Louise McHugh (School of Psychology, UCD) have published a chapter in the book Women in Behavior Science: Observations on Life Inside and Outside the Academy. The chapter focuses on the experiences of navigating careers as women in science with access to the global network and digital technology which bring both benefits and challenges. Women in Behavior Science Observations on Life Inside and Outside the Academy can be purchased now through the publisher Routledge.
Dr Michelle Kelly & Dr Conor Nolan organise 16th Annual PSI DBA conference
Dr Michelle Kelly & Dr Conor Nolan organised the 16th annual Psychological Society of Ireland, Division of Behaviour Analysis conference. The conference took place in Athlone on April 21st and 22nd. The conference featured Irish and international speakers, made up of experts in the field, researchers, clinicians and advocates. The theme of the conference was Neuroaffirmative Practice and it was attended by over 100 delegates each day.
At the conference, Dr Nolan provided a keynote speech on providing supervision for behavioural psychologists and Dr Kelly chaired a research session on relational learning.