Nuala Whelan is a Lecturer in Adult Guidance Counselling and Reflective Practice in the Department of Adult and Community Education. Nuala lectures in Career Development Theory and Behaviour, Careers and Well-being, the Psychology of Unemployment and Re-employment, and provides employment and career related inputs on selected modules.
She is a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist who has worked for 20+ years as a practitioner in community based employment services with clients disadvantaged in the labour market.
Her main research interests centre on employability, employment service effectiveness, career guidance models and practice, capability informed practice, collaborative working, policy implementation, and the potential value of enhancing human capacity for personal, organisational and societal impact.
Her current research involves further development of the MEEG (Model of Enabling Employment Guidance) employment guidance tool-kit and metric for practitioners working with those most distant from the labour market.
Development of online tools to support the development of capabilities, transversal skills; identification of natural aptitudes, Psychometrics
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2021||Whelan N.;Murphy M.P.;McGann M. (2021) 'The enabling role of employment guidance in contemporary public employment services: A work-first to life-first typology'. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 49 (2):200-212. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2021||Furlong M;McGilloway S;Mulligan C;McGuinness C;Whelan N; (2021) 'Family Talk versus usual services in improving child and family psychosocial functioning in families with parental mental illness (PRIMERA-Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies and children): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'. Trials, 22 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2021||Whelan N. (2021) 'Opening the black box of implementing activation in Ireland'. Administration, 69 (2):87-106. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2020||McGann M.;Murphy M.P.;Whelan N. (2020) 'Workfare redux? Pandemic unemployment, labour activation and the lessons of post-crisis welfare reform in Ireland'. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 40 (9/10):963-978. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2018||Whelan N;McGilloway S;Murphy MP;McGuinness C; (2018) 'EEPIC - Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential: the impact of a high support career guidance intervention on the wellbeing, hopefulness, self-efficacy and employability of the long-term unemployed - a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'. Trials, 19 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]|
Guidelines for Practice
|2021||Whelan, N (2021) The MEEG (Model of Enabling Employment Guidance) Practitioner Toolkit. GFP [Link]|
|2018||Nuala Whelan (2018) Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential (EEPIC). MGZN [Link]|
|2020||Nuala Whelan (2020) What's the psychological impact of pandemic-related unemployment?. NEWSA [Link]|