Dr Katriona O'Sullivan

Psychology, ALL Institute

Digital Skills Lecturer

Education House
1st Floor
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(01) 474 7576

Biography

Katriona worked as coordinator of research and impact in the Trinity Access Programmes, and developed a significant body of work which evaluated the impact of programmes which attempt to raise the educational aspirations of underrepresented students and increase the capacity of teachers to develop teaching practices which match the 21st century workplace. Katriona has published her work in international journals and is currently partnering with Oxford Department of Education to research the impact that alternative access routes to higher education have students’ capability to participate. This project is funded by the Irish Research Council Research for Policy and Society grant, for which Katriona is the principal investigator.

Katriona herself is a graduate from the Trinity Access Programme; she completed a BA in Psychology in TCD in 2008 and a PhD in Psychology in 2012. She has held teaching positions in University City Dublin and Dublin Business School, lecturing in a range of Psychology and research method modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and also taught on the Foundation Course in the Trinity Access Programmes for 8 years.

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
STEM Passport for inclusion PI Science Foundation Ireland / Discover Science Week 01-JAN-21 31-DEC-22 233766.5
DRUID LEARNING Innovation Voucher PI Enterprise Ireland / Innovation Vouchers 14-DEC-20 15-JUL-21 6500
Covid19 Rapid Response DreamSpace PI Science Foundation Ireland / COVID-19 Rapid Response 15-AUG-20 14-MAY-21 35170
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
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 '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'
(2020) '‘You’re a teacher you’re a mother, you’re a worker’: Gender inequality during Covid‐19 in Ireland'. Gender, Work & 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] [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] [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] [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 Neasa Boyle Natasha Joksimovic Lydia Burke Nicole Rock Katriona O’ Sullivan (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]
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] [Details]
2019 'Exploring the Effectiveness of an Integrated Mixed Martial Arts and Psychotherapy Intervention for Young Men’s Mental Health'
(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, [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] [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 'Health, perceived quality of life and health services use among homeless illicit drug users'
O’Brien, KK and Schuttke, A and Alhakeem, A and Donnelly-Swift, E and Keogh, C and O’Carroll, A and O'Sullivan, K and Galvin, R and Fahey, T (2015) 'Health, perceived quality of life and health services use among homeless illicit drug users'. Drug \& Alcohol Dependence, 154 :139-145 [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
2017 Grant for Research for Policy and Society Irish Research Council

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Board Member One Family Vice Chair 2016 / 2018

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Lecturer 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

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