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Dr Cliódhna O'Connor


Cliódhna O'Connor

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Psychology
01 716 8612
University College Dublin, School of Psychology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Cliódhna O'Connor is a social psychologist and Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Psychology. Her research investigates how people engage with scientific information and the implications this has for social attitudes, self-concept and common-sense beliefs. She is particularly interested in how scientific and clinical classifications influence social identity and intergroup relations, and has explored these links in a range of social contexts including gender stereotypes and psychiatric diagnosis. She recently completed a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019), which supported a mixed-methods research programme exploring the phenomenon of diagnostic transitions in youth mental healthcare. Prior to joining UCD, she was a Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Psychology. Her postdoctoral research was completed in the Lucena Clinic and University College London, where she was Co-Investigator on the project 'The Brain in the Public Sphere', funded by the Faraday Institute at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. She has held visiting positions in Princeton University Department of Psychology, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and UCD School of Medicine. She holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA [Hons.] in Psychology), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc in Social & Cultural Psychology) and University College London (PhD in Social Psychology).


  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Psychology, Ireland1 Sep 2017
  • Lecturer
    Department of Psychology, Maynooth University1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2017
  • Postdoctoral researcher
    Lucena Clinic, Rathgar, Ireland1 Oct 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
  • Postdoctoral researcher
    University College London, Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, United Kingdom1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014
  • Visiting Researcher
    Princeton University, Department of Psychology, United States1 Jun 2014 - 1 Sep 2014


  • MSc
    London School of Economics & Political Science UK
  • PhD
    University College London