Dr Katriona O'Sullivan

Psychology, ALL Institute

Digital Skills Lecturer

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Biography

Dr Katriona O’Sullivan is Lecture of Digital Skills in the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute, Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. She holds research grants from the Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland to examine issues relating to digital equality and equity education.  Katriona was research fellow in Trinity College Dublin and with Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where she developed the programme of research which informed the development of the first foundation year in Oxford University. She has been invited speaker at the World Education Forum and the European Gender Action Workshop on Women and Digitalization. Katriona has worked closely with Irish policy makers to develop policies around education and inclusion. She has published research on equality, gender, education, inclusion and STEM. She is a research lead with Microsoft Ireland.  

Research Interests

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
ADDITIONAL FUNDING No 2 - DIGITAL WEALTH PI Microsoft / Collaborative Research Project Wholly funded by Microsoft 13-OCT-21 12-APR-22 72424
ADDITIONAL FUNDING - Digital Wealth PI Microsoft / Collaborative Research Project Wholly funded by Microsoft 12-SEP-21 11-NOV-21 72424
Digital wealth PI Microsoft / Collaborative Research Project Wholly funded by Microsoft 12-MAR-21 11-SEP-21 72424
DRUID LEARNING Innovation Voucher PI Enterprise Ireland / Innovation Vouchers 14-DEC-20 15-JUL-21 6500
Confederation of Student Services PI Confederation of Student Services in Ireland / Seed Funding Call 2018 This project aims to understand the impact that differing student support services have on the transition and retention of students entering two institutions through alternative entry routes. In phase one of the project the Trinity Access Programmes, and Maynooth Access programme, will partner to establish, in a systematic way, the support structures available to students who progress into University through alternative access routes; creating an exhaustive list of what is offered across the academic, social, financial and personal spheres. The access offices, through a facilitated research session, will develop together a report which specifies the suite of supports available and information on what is considered best practice across the institutions. In phase two of the project the student groups in both institutions who have entered through these alternative entry routes will be surveyed about their experiences with the support services and their sense of belonging in the institution, as an indicator of transition, will be established alongside their indicative retention rate. Twenty students will be randomly sampled from both and invited to participate in small focus groups, to explore their 'lived' experiences of the support structures and how these experiences interact with belongingness and retention. In phase three of the project the data from student and staff will be compiled to produce a short report on the lived experiences of these students and their views on how the support services in the HEIs impact upon their transition and retention. It is the aim of the project to establish the processes which support students in differing institutions and to share this information within the CSSI network and nationally. 06-AUG-18 31-JAN-19 2000
Dreamspace PI Microsoft / Collaborative Research Project Wholly funded by Microsoft 01-MAR-19 30-SEP-19 32612
EI Support for ERC Starting Grant PI EU Horizon 2020 National Support Network / Proposal Preparation Support for European Research Council Awards 01-MAY-18 30-JUN-19 10775
Covid19 Rapid Response DreamSpace PI Science Foundation Ireland / COVID-19 Rapid Response 15-AUG-20 14-MAY-21 35170
STEM Passport for inclusion PI Science Foundation Ireland / Discover Science Week 01-JAN-21 31-DEC-22 226489
An international examination of the impact that different access routes to higher education have on student capability to participate PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / Research for Policy and Society Awards A higher education qualification has never been more important. For low socio-economic status students higher education participation is implicated in upward social mobility and the alleviation of poverty (Keane, 2016; HEA, 2015). Over the last 20 years Irish policy makers have taken positive steps to widen the participation rates of these students; including providing extra school provision where needed and supporting the development of national and institutional access routes into higher education. To-date, evaluations of these activities have varied greatly (HEFCE 2013; Keane 2011), which means there is not currently a coherent evidence base to draw on in the development of policy The current research will develop a systematic evaluation of the differing access routes into higher education. It aims to establish the key variables that support students’ capability to participate in higher education. This research will perform an international comparison of the experiences and outcomes of students participating in a Irish and UK Foundation Course for higher education, with students who have entered university through the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). The overarching objective is to strengthen the existing evidence base through systematically evaluating the impact that differing access routes to higher education have on students’ capability to participate in higher education. It is envisioned that this work will contribute to national policy on equity of access, through the identification of practices that support student aspiration, development, performance and retention. 09-JAN-17 09-JUL-19 73434

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'A Just Digital framework to ensure equitable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals'
Katriona O’Sullivan;Serena Clark;Kevin Marshall;Malcolm MacLachlan; (2021) 'A Just Digital framework to ensure equitable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals'. Nature Communications, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland'
Katriona O’Sullivan;Amy McGrane;Siobhan Long;Kevin Marshall;Malcolm Maclachlan; (2021) 'Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland'. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'A Qualitative Study of Child and Adolescent Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ireland'
Katriona O’Sullivan;Serena Clark;Amy McGrane;Nicole Rock;Lydia Burke;Neasa Boyle;Natasha Joksimovic;Kevin Marshall; (2021) 'A Qualitative Study of Child and Adolescent Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ireland'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'You're a teacher you're a mother, you're a worker: Gender inequality during Covid-19 in Ireland'
Serena Clark, Amy McGrane, Katriona O'Sullivan, Neasa Boyle, Natasha Joksimovic, Lydia Burke and Nicole Rock (2020) 'You're a teacher you're a mother, you're a worker: Gender inequality during Covid-19 in Ireland'. Gender, Work and Organization, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'The DreamSpace STEM-21CLD model as an aid to inclusion of pupils with special education needs'
O’Sullivan K.;Bird N.;Marshall K. (2020) 'The DreamSpace STEM-21CLD model as an aid to inclusion of pupils with special education needs'. European Journal of Special Needs Education, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'Exploring the Impact of Home-Schooling on the Psychological Wellbeing of Irish Families During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: A Qualitative Study Protocol'
O’Sullivan K.;McGrane A.;Clark S.;Marshall K. (2020) 'Exploring the Impact of Home-Schooling on the Psychological Wellbeing of Irish Families During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: A Qualitative Study Protocol'. The International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 '"All My Problems Go Away for 90 Minutes": How Football and Psychotherapy Improves Young Men's Mental Health'
McGrane, A;Bird, N;Arten, C;O'Sullivan, K (2020) '"All My Problems Go Away for 90 Minutes": How Football and Psychotherapy Improves Young Men's Mental Health'. American Journal of Men's Health, 14 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Exploring the Effectiveness of an Integrated Mixed Martial Arts and Psychotherapy Intervention for Young Men’s Mental Health'
Bird N.;McCarthy G.;O’Sullivan K. (2019) 'Exploring the Effectiveness of an Integrated Mixed Martial Arts and Psychotherapy Intervention for Young Men’s Mental Health'. American Journal of Men's Health, 13 (1) [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Academic identity, confidence and belonging: The role of contextualised admissions and foundation years in higher education'
O'Sullivan K.;Bird N.;Robson J.;Winters N. (2019) 'Academic identity, confidence and belonging: The role of contextualised admissions and foundation years in higher education'. British Educational Research Journal, 45 (3):554-575 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Who goes to college via access routes? A comparative study of widening participation admission in selective universities in Ireland and England'
O’Sullivan K.;Byrne D.;Robson J.;Winters N. (2019) 'Who goes to college via access routes? A comparative study of widening participation admission in selective universities in Ireland and England'. Social Inclusion, 7 (1InequalitiesinAccesstoHigher):38-51 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 '‘I feel like I have a disadvantage’: how socio-economically disadvantaged students make the decision to study at a prestigious university'
K O’Sullivan, J Robson, N Winters (2018) '‘I feel like I have a disadvantage’: how socio-economically disadvantaged students make the decision to study at a prestigious university'. Studies in Higher Education, :1-15 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Quantifying patient preferences for symptomatic breast clinic referral: a decision analysis study'
Quinlan A;O'Brien KK;Galvin R;Hardy C;McDonnell R;Joyce D;McDowell RD;Aherne E;Keogh C;O'Sullivan K;Fahey T; (2018) 'Quantifying patient preferences for symptomatic breast clinic referral: a decision analysis study'. BMJ open, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Responding to the Global Access Challenge'
Cliona Hannon;Katriona O’Sullivan; (2018) 'Responding to the Global Access Challenge'. Actionable Research for Educational Equity and Social Justice, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Migrating Innovations Across National Boundaries'
Katriona O’Sullivan;James Robson;Cliona Hannon;Niall Winters; (2018) 'Migrating Innovations Across National Boundaries'. Actionable Research for Educational Equity and Social Justice, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Widening the educational capabilities of socio-economically disadvantaged students through a model of social and cultural capital development'
Cliona Hannon;Daniel Faas;Katriona O'Sullivan; (2017) 'Widening the educational capabilities of socio-economically disadvantaged students through a model of social and cultural capital development'. British Educational Research Journal, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'A college focused mentoring programme for students in socio-economically disadvantaged schools: the impact of mentoring relationship and frequency on college-going confidence, application efficacy and aspirations'
(2017) 'A college focused mentoring programme for students in socio-economically disadvantaged schools: the impact of mentoring relationship and frequency on college-going confidence, application efficacy and aspirations'. Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'An IoT and Wearable Technology Hackathon for Promoting Careers in Computer Science'
Byrne, J.R.;O'Sullivan, K.;Sullivan, K.; (2017) 'An IoT and Wearable Technology Hackathon for Promoting Careers in Computer Science'. IEEE Transactions on Education, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Health, perceived quality of life and health services use among homeless illicit drug users'
O'Brien KK;Schuttke A;Alhakeem A;Donnelly-Swift E;Keogh C;O'Carroll A;O'Sullivan K;Galvin R;Fahey T; (2015) 'Health, perceived quality of life and health services use among homeless illicit drug users'. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland'
O'Sullivan K;Reulbach U;Boland F;Motterlini N;Kelly D;Bennett K;Fahey T; (2015) 'Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland'. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Antidepressant prescribing in Irish children: secular trends and international comparison in the context of a safety warning'
O'Sullivan K;Boland F;Reulbach U;Motterlini N;Kelly D;Bennett K;Fahey T; (2015) 'Antidepressant prescribing in Irish children: secular trends and international comparison in the context of a safety warning'. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'An IoT and Wearable Technology Hackathon for Promoting Careers in Computer Science'
Byrne, Jake Rowan and O’Sullivan, Katriona and Sullivan, Kevin (2017) 'An IoT and Wearable Technology Hackathon for Promoting Careers in Computer Science'. IEEE Transactions on Education, 60 (1):50-58 [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Widening the educational capabilities of socio-economically disadvantaged students through a model of social and cultural capital development'
Hannon, Cliona and Faas, Daniel and O'Sullivan, Katriona (2017) 'Widening the educational capabilities of socio-economically disadvantaged students through a model of social and cultural capital development'. British Educational Research Journal, 43 (6):1225-1245 [full-text] [Details]
2017 'A college focused mentoring programme for students in socio-economically disadvantaged schools: the impact of mentoring relationship and frequency on college-going confidence, application efficacy and aspirations'
O'Sullivan, Katriona and Mulligan, Robyn and Kuster, Megan and Smith, Ronan and Hannon, Cliona (2017) 'A college focused mentoring programme for students in socio-economically disadvantaged schools: the impact of mentoring relationship and frequency on college-going confidence, application efficacy and aspirations'. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 19 (2):113-141 [Details]
2015 'The Future of Motion Design as a 21st Century Skill in Irish Classrooms'
Roche, Joseph and O’Sullivan, Katriona and Tangney, Brendan (2015) 'The Future of Motion Design as a 21st Century Skill in Irish Classrooms'. Proceedings of the 2nd Motion Design Education Summit, [Details]
2015 'Antidepressant prescribing in Irish children: secular trends and international comparison in the context of a safety warning'
O’Sullivan, Katriona and Boland, Fiona and Reulbach, Udo and Motterlini, Nicola and Kelly, Dervla and Bennett, Kathleen and Fahey, Tom (2015) 'Antidepressant prescribing in Irish children: secular trends and international comparison in the context of a safety warning'. BMC pediatrics, 15 (1) [Details]
2015 'Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, K and Reulbach, U and Boland, F and Motterlini, N and Kelly, D and Bennett, K and Fahey, T (2015) 'Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland'. BMJ open, 5 (6) [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 Teacher Experiences of Learning Computing using a 21st Century Model of Computer Science Continuing Professional Development
Fisher, Lorraine and Byrne, Jake Rowan and Tangney, Brendan (2016) Teacher Experiences of Learning Computing using a 21st Century Model of Computer Science Continuing Professional Development Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education , pp.273-280 [Details]
2015 CodePlus—Designing an after school computing programme for girls
Sullivan, Kevin and Byrne, Jake Rowan and Bresnihan, Nina and O'Sullivan, Katriona and Tangney, Brendan (2015) CodePlus—Designing an after school computing programme for girls Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2015 IEEE , pp.1-5 [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 PhD Trinity College Dublin
2021 Early Career Research Achievement Award Maynooth University
2021 Faculty of Science and Engineering Early Career Research Achievement Award Maynooth University
2017 Grant for Research for Policy and Society Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Board Member One Family Vice Chair 2016 / 2018
Creating our Future: Data Analysis Team Meeting Member 2021 / 2022

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Lecturer 06-NOV-17 /
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 01-MAY-13 / 30-APR-14
University of Dublin Trinity College 01-MAY-14 / 01-NOV-18
National University of Ireland Maynooth 06-NOV-17 /
Royal College of Surgeons Post doctoral Research Fellow 02-SEP-13 / 05-MAY-14
Trinity College Dublin Coordinator of Research and Impact, Trinity Access Programmes 01-MAY-14 / 06-NOV-17
School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin Lecturer 02-SEP-13 / 06-NOV-17
Trinity Access Programmes Course Tutor 01-SEP-08 / 06-NOV-17
Dublin Business School Lecturer 03-SEP-12 / 02-SEP-13

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2012 University of Dublin Trinity College
2008 University of Dublin Trinity College

Consultancy

  Client Description
Committee for Education and Skills
Invited to contribute on the committees discussion for educational inequality
Senator Lynn Ruane
Research education and work related problems to support polocy development

Teaching Interests

Module Co-Ordinator of Developmental Psychology module PS253 
Research Methods