Dr Joanne McVeigh

Psychology, ALL Institute


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Dr. Joanne McVeigh is a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology and the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute, Maynooth University. Previous appointments include a Lectureship at the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork.

Her work is inter-disciplinary, focusing on the interface between psychology, global health, policy and law. Supporting psychosocial well-being, social inclusion, rights, and organisational justice, particularly for marginalised populations and occupational groups at high risk for stress, is a core focus of her work. She has extensive experience of policy analyses, qualitative research, and quantitative research, from a psychosocial, rights-based, and social justice perspective.

She was previously a primary researcher in the area of disability and rehabilitation for research commissioned by the World Health Organisation, and has carried out consultancy for the HSE (Irish Health Service), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), and the Maritime Charities Group UK (MCG). Findings of her research were presented by the IDA at the United Nations Conference of States Parties, New York, in June 2019.  

She has a strong record of peer-reviewed publications, including articles in leading disability, psychology, and healthcare journals. She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Joanne is the recipient of the Antonia O'Callaghan Memorial Prize for the highest grade in Irish Constitutional Law, Diploma in Legal Studies, at King's Inns. 

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2024 McVeigh, J.; Mannan, H.; Ebuenyi, I.D.; MacLachlan, M. (2024) 'Inclusive and equitable policies: EquiFrame and EquIPP as frameworks for the analysis of the inclusiveness of policy content and processes' In: The Routledge International Handbook of Disability and Global Health. [Link] [DOI]
2023 Amin, M., MacLachlan, M., Mannan, H., Elhussein, D. M., Swartz, L., Munthali, A., Van Rooy, G., & McVeigh, J. (2023) 'Human rights and social inclusion in health policies: HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria policies across Namibia, Malawi, South Africa and Sudan' In: Systems thinking for global health: How can systems-thinking contribute to solving key challenges in global health?. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press.
2022 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Cromie, S., Liston, P., Kavanagh, B., & Kay, A. (2022) 'Psychosocial and organisational aspects of work at sea and their implications for health and performance' In: Textbook of maritime health (3rd Ed.). Bergen : Norwegian Centre for Maritime and Diving Medicine.
2021 McVeigh, J., & MacLachlan, M. (2021) 'Psychological governance and COVID-19: A case study in macropsychology' In: Macropsychology – A population science for Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland : Springer.
2021 O’Shea, M., McVeigh, J., & MacLachlan, M. (2021) 'Macropsychology and public persuasion' In: Macropsychology – A population science for Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland : Springer.
2021 MacLachlan, M., & McVeigh, J. (2021) 'Macropsychology: Definition, scope and conceptualization' In: Macropsychology – A population science for Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland : Springer.
2021 McVeigh, J. (2021) 'A macropsychology perspective on food systems' In: Macropsychology – A population science for Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland : Springer.
2019 MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., Huss, T., & Mannan, H. (2019) 'Macropsychology: Challenging and changing social structures and systems to promote social inclusion' In: The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. London : SAGE. [Link]
2017 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Stilz, R., Cox, H., Doyle, N., Fraser, A., & Dyer, M. (2017) 'Positive psychology and wellbeing at sea' In: Maritime psychology: Research in organizational and health behavior at sea. Cham, Switzerland : Springer.
2016 MacLachlan, M., Mannan, H., & McVeigh, J. (2016) 'Disability and inclusive health' In: Disability and human rights: Global perspectives. London, U.K : Palgrave.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2021 MacLachlan, M., & McVeigh, J (Ed.). (2021) Macropsychology – A population science for Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland: Springer,

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2024 Birdy, E., & McVeigh, J. (2024) 'Core Concepts of Human Rights and Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups in the National Mental Health Policies of Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, India, and Liberia'. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 34 (3):30-61. https://doi.org/10.20372/dcidj.vol34iss3
2023 McVeigh, J. (2023) 'Transport for All: Reeves and Lennon v Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal and the Need for Alignment with International Human Rights Law'. Irish Law Times, 41 .
2022 Wolf, J. J., McVeigh, J., Vallières, F., Hyland, P., & MacLachlan, M. (2022) 'Death anxiety, self-worth, and exposure to human donor remains: A longitudinal study of Irish medical students'. Death Studies, 46 (4):875-884. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1783030 [Full-Text]
2021 Holloway C.; Morgado Ramirez D.Z.; Bhatnagar T.; Oldfrey B.; Morjaria P.; Moulic S.G.; Ebuenyi I.D.; Barbareschi G.; Meeks F.; Massie J.; Ramos-Barajas F.; McVeigh J.; Keane K.; Torrens G.; Rao P.V.M.; MacLachlan M.; Austin V.; Kattel R.; Metcalf C.D.; Sujatha S. (2021) 'A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems'. Assistive Technology, 33 (sup1):68-86. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Cox, H., Stilz, I. R., Fraser, A., Galligan, M., & O'Meachair, S. (2021) 'Effects of an on-board psychosocial programme on stress, resilience, and job satisfaction amongst a sample of merchant seafarers'. International maritime health, 72 :268-282. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M. (2021) 'The Macropsychology of COVID-19: Psychological Governance as Pandemic Response'. American Psychologist, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Rodríguez A.M.S.; Maclachlan M.; McVeigh J. (2021) 'Scaling of organisations of persons with disabilities: A case study in the People’s democratic republic of Lao'. Disability, Cbr & Inclusive Development, 32 (1):6-36. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 McVeigh, J.; MacLachlan, M.; Ferri, D.; Mannan, H. (2021) 'Strengthening the Participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in the Decision-Making of National Government and the United Nations: Further Analyses of the International Disability Alliance Global Survey'. Disabilities, 1 . [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Kazanga, I., Munthali, A., McVeigh, J., Mannan, H., & MacLachlan, M. (2019) 'Predictors of utilisation of skilled maternal healthcare in Lilongwe District, Malawi'. International Journal Of Health Policy And Management, 8 (12):700-710. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Vallières, F., Hyland, P., Stilz, R., Cox, H., & Fraser, A. (2019) 'Identifying predictors of stress and job satisfaction in a sample of merchant seafarers using structural equation modeling'. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (FEB):1-13. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 McVeigh, J., & MacLachlan, M. (2019) 'A silver wave? Filipino shipmates’ experience of merchant seafaring'. Marine Policy, 99 :283-297. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., Cooke, M., Ferri, D., Holloway, C., Austin, V., & Javadi, D. (2018) 'Intersections between systems thinking and market shaping for assistive technology: The SMART (Systems-Market for Assistive and Related Technologies) Thinking Matrix'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (12):1-15. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Chinyama, M. J., MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., Huss, T., & Gawamadzi, S. (2018) 'An analysis of the extent of social inclusion and equity consideration in Malawi's national HIV and AIDS policy review process'. International Journal Of Health Policy And Management, 7 (4):297-307. [DOI]
2018 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Coyle, C., & Kavanagh, B. (2018) 'Perceptions of well-being, resilience and stress amongst a sample of merchant seafarers and superintendents'. Maritime Studies, :1-20. [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 O'Donovan, M., Mannan, H., McVeigh, J., Mc Carron, M., McCallion, P., & Byrne, E. (2018) 'Core human rights concepts in Irish health and housing policy documents: In search of equity for people with ID'. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 15 (4):307-313. [DOI]
2017 Power, J., McVeigh, J., Gilmore, B., & MacLachlan, M. (2017) 'Opportunities for human resources for health and rehabilitation: a response to Jesus et al'. Human Resources for Health, 15 (73):1-3. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Gilmore, B., MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., McClean, C., Carr, S., Duttine, A., ... Gupta, N. (2017) 'A study of human resource competencies required to implement community rehabilitation in less resourced settings'. Human Resources for Health, 15 :1-14. [Link]
2017 Abimanyi-Ochom, J., Mannan, H., Groce, N. E., & McVeigh, J. (2017) 'HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of persons with and without disabilities from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2011: Differential access to HIV/AIDS information and services'. PLoS ONE, 12 (4). [DOI]
2016 Doyle, N., MacLachlan, M., Fraser, A., Stilz, R., Lismont, K., Cox, H., & McVeigh, J. (2016) 'Resilience and well-being amongst seafarers: Cross-sectional study of crew across 51 ships'. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89 (2):199-209. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 McVeigh, J.,MacLachlan, M.,Gilmore, B.,McClean, C.,Eide, A. H.,Mannan, H.,Geiser, P.,Duttine, A.,Mji, G.,McAuliffe, E.,Sprunt, B.,Amin, M.,Normand, C. (2016) 'Promoting good policy for leadership and governance of health related rehabilitation: a realist synthesis'. Globalization and Health, 12 (1). [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Nasser, K., Maclachlan, M., & McVeigh, J. (2016) 'Social inclusion and mental health of children with physical disabilities in Gaza, Palestine'. Disability, Cbr & Inclusive Development, 27 (4):5-36. [DOI]
2014 MacLachlan, M., Amin, M., Mji, G., Mannan, H., McVeigh, J., McAuliffe, E., ... Dube, A. K. (2014) 'Learning from doing the EquitAble project: Content, context, process, and impact of a multi-country research project on vulnerable populations in Africa'. African Journal Of Disability, 3 (2):1-12. [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Maalim, M. I., McVeigh, J., & Mannan, H. (2014) 'Kenya’s vision for an equitable, rights-based health system fails to address specific health needs and barriers to accessing health care of vulnerable populations'. Harvard Africa Policy Journal, .
2013 Amadhila, E., Van Rooy G. McVeigh J. Mannan H. MacLachlan M.,Amin M. (2013) 'Equity and core concepts of human rights in Namibian health policies'. Harvard Africa Policy Journal, .
2013 O'Dowd, J., Mannan, H., & McVeigh, J. (2013) 'India's disability policy - Analysis of core concepts of human rights'. Disability, Cbr & Inclusive Development, 24 (4):69-90. [DOI]
2013 Mannan, H., Eltayeb, S., MacLachlan, M., Amin, M., McVeigh, J., Munthali, A., & Van Rooy, G. (2013) 'Core concepts of human rights and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the mental health policies of Malawi, Namibia, and Sudan'. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 7 (1):1-13. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Mannan, H., McVeigh, J., Amin, M., MacLachlan, M., Swartz, L., Munthali, A., & van Rooy, G. (2012) 'Core concepts of human rights and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the disability and rehabilitation policies of Malawi, Namibia, Sudan, and South Africa'. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 23 (2):67-81. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 VanRooy, G., Amadhila, E., Mannan, H., McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., & Amin, M. (2012) 'Core concepts of human rights and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the Namibian policy on orthopaedic technical services'. Disability, Cbr & Inclusive Development, 23 (3):24-47. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Mannan, H., MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., & the EquitAble Consortium (2012) 'Core concepts of human rights and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. Alter - European Journal Of Disability Research, 6 (3):159-177. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 MacLachlan, M., Amin, M., Mannan, H., El Tayeb, S., Bedri, N., Swartz, L., Munthali, A., Van Rooy, G., & McVeigh, J. (2012) 'Inclusion and human rights in health policies: Comparative and benchmarking analysis of 51 policies from Malawi, Sudan, South Africa and Namibia'. PLoS ONE, 7 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Amin, M.,MacLachlan, M.,Mannan, H.,El Tayeb, S.,El Khatim, A.,Swartz, L.,Munthali, A.,Van Rooy, G.,McVeigh, J.,Eide, A.,Schneider, M. (2011) 'EquiFrame: a framework for analysis of the inclusion of human rights and vulnerable groups in health policies'. Health and Human Rights, 13 (2):1-20. [Link]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2016 McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., & Kavanagh, B. (2016) 'The positive psychology of maritime health' Journal of the Institute of Remote Health Care, 7 (2) :20-28.


Year Publication
2007 McVeigh, J., Reddin, R., Cunningham, M., Breslin, D., Brady, M., & Armstrong, C. (2007) RFID at the customer interface: The issue of privacy. [Article] [Link]

Newspaper Articles

Year Publication
2021 McVeigh, J., & MacLachlan, M. (2021) Why do so many people believe Covid-19 conspiracy theories?. [Newspaper Articles] [Link]


Year Publication
2023 Kay, A.; McVeigh, J.; Kavanagh, B. (2023) IMHF workshop and conference on “Seafarer mental health — a systems perspective”. [Abstract]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist 02/06/2020 -
Psychological Society of Ireland Chartered Psychologist 30/06/2018 -
British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist 30/06/2018 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/07/2022 Antonia O’Callaghan Memorial Prize King's Inns


Committee Function From / To
Teaching and Learning Committee, Department of Psychology, Maynooth University Member 01/08/2020 - 01/08/2021
International Maritime Health Foundation's Expert Panel Member 24/10/2020 -
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork Member 01/08/2019 - 31/07/2020


Employer Position From / To
School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork Lecturer 01/08/2019 - 31/07/2020
Department of Psychology, Maynooth University Post-Doctoral Researcher 01/08/2017 - 31/07/2019
Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin Researcher 01/08/2010 - 31/07/2014


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
King's Inns, Ireland Diploma in Legal Studies Law
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Ph.D. Psychology
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Postgraduate Certificate Statistics
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Postgraduate Higher Diploma Psychology
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland B.A. Joint Honours Sociology and Business


Client Description
Health Service Executive
International Disability Alliance
Maritime Charities Group UK (MCG)