Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

Rebecca Maguire

Rebecca is chair of the Department of Psychology's Athena SWAN SAT. She jointed the department as Assistant Professor in 2017. She is married with two children and, outside of her academic career is an experienced patient, having lived with multiple sclerosis for a number of years. Rebecca is particularly interested in research exploring the wellbeing of people affected by chronic illness and their caregivers, and has a long-standing interest in gender equality and diversity. 

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Andrew Coogan

Andrew is a full-time husband and father of two teenage sons, and during the working week is a Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University. His research work revolves around sleep and circadian rhythms, topics he has spent the last twenty years working on. 

Anne Dooley

Anne Dooley

Anne Dooley works in the office providing administrative support to the department and has been in this role since 1999. Anne works on a part-time basis and strives to maintain a good work-life balance. She has two grown up children and two grandchildren.



Laura Coffey

Laura joined the Department as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in 2015. Her research focuses on the psychosocial impacts of illness, disability and ageing. Currently on maternity leave, she is the mother of two young children and will be returning to work on a full-time basis in 2021.

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Beth McKeague

Beth is a final year BSc Psychology student in Maynooth University. Throughout her undergraduate, she has been fortunate enough to have had several opportunities to engage in active research. Examples of this include spending two summers undertaking Maynooth University Summer Programme for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) projects, achieving funding to conduct a study as an Irish Cancer Society Summer Research Student, and joining the Psychology Athena Swan SAT as part of her research internship with Dr Rebecca Maguire. In her downtime, she enjoys videogames, fantasy media, and her pets.


Bryan Roche

Bryan Roche is Associate Professor in Psychology and has a long-held research interest in discrimination and stereotyping, particularly in the context of gender.  He has a particular research interest in implicit cognition around race and gender stereotyping.  Bryan was unusual among his male peers as a teenager for, among other things, having read the Female Eunuch, and works by Betty Friedman and Andrea Dworkin.  He is married with two children, a dog, two cats, and some chickens; all female. 

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Emma Smith

Emma Smith is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute at Maynooth University. Her research is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and systems to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. Emma’s current work is distributed throughout Africa with the Assistive Technology 2030 program, and she serves on the Board of several civil society organizations which promote participation and inclusion through assistive technology. Outside of work, Emma enjoys exploring through hiking, paddling, and skiing, does classical ballet, and plays the fiddle (not well, but enthusiastically)!

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Philip Hyland 

Philip Hyland is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Maynooth University. His research focuses on the psychosocial effects of stressful and traumatic life events. Philip has conducted research with numerous civil society organisations who provide support and advocacy for people affected by trauma. In his life outside of academia, he spends a ludicrous amount of time playing golf and supporting Liverpool FC; both of which cause him a great deal of stress.

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Joanna McHugh Power

Joanna joined Maynooth University as an Assistant Professor in 2019. Her research focuses on social isolation and loneliness in later life. Joanna lives in Dublin with her husband and young daughter. 

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Jamie Howell

Jamie is a postgraduate student at Maynooth University. His current research explores expectations and experiences of gender-affirming healthcare. He lives in Dublin with his partner and their cat.



Sinéad McGilloway

Sinead is a Professor of Mental Health Care and Wellbeing Research, and Founder Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research ( She has a long-established interest in researching vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.  Originally from N. Ireland, Sinead now lives in Dublin with her husband and teenage son (and cat called ‘Sparky’).  In her (unfortunately limited) spare time, she enjoys foreign travel, cinema, e-biking, music/concerts/singing (as a mezzo-soprano in a ‘former life’) and, on occasion, ‘exploring’ craft gins.