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 ProfessorUniversity College Dublin, School of Psychology, Ireland1 Sep 2017
- LecturerDepartment of Psychology, Maynooth University1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2017
- Postdoctoral researcherLucena Clinic, Rathgar, Ireland1 Oct 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
- Postdoctoral researcherUniversity College London, Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, United Kingdom1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014
- Visiting ResearcherPrinceton University, Department of Psychology, United States1 Jun 2014 - 1 Sep 2014
- MScLondon School of Economics & Political Science UK
- PhDUniversity College London