Dr Dean McDonnell

PhD PGCert MSc BSc

Assistant Lecturer

Department of Humanities

e: dean.mcdonnell@setu.ie      t: 059 9175000

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Dr. Dean McDonnell is an Assistant Lecturer of Psychology within the Department of Humanities; specifically working on the Abnormal, Cognitive, and Social Psychology modules, in addition to supervising final year projects.

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Prior to his appointment at SETU Carlow, Dr. McDonnell was an Associate Lecturer of Cyberpsychology in the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (Dun Laoghaire), and in Educational and Developmental Psychology in Marino Institute of Education. He is heavily engaged in research and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Post in Dublin City University where he utilised eye-tracking and multimedia analysis tools to explore executive function in multimedia contexts. Alongside his academic work, Dr. McDonnell is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), European Federation of Psychology Student Associations (EFPSA), and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Since 2013, Dr McDonnell has been working within the PSI, and was recently elected as a full member of the PSI Council (2019-2023).


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

McDonnell, D., Hunt, E., Griffin, L., & Sasamoto, R. (2019). Evaluating the Relationship between Multimedia Viewing, Sedentary Behavior, and Executive Function: A Systematic Review. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 10.1007/s41347- 019-00097-8

Tzani-Pepelasi, C., Ioannou, M., Synnott, J. & McDonnell, D. (2019). Peer Support at Schools: The Buddy Approach as a Prevention and Intervention strategy for School Bullying. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 1(2). 10.1007/s42380-019- 00011-z

McDonnell, D., Hunt, E., Griffin, L., & Sasamoto, R. (2018). The relationship between sedentary screen viewing behaviour and executive function: a systematic review protocol. 018 CRD42018083640 Available from: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018083 640

McDonnell, D.P., & Griffin, L. (2017). Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts [Book Review]. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1775. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01775

Books and Book Chapters

McDonnell, D.P., Flood, C. & Rooney, B. (2013). Attitudes to artificial intelligence based support for psychotherapy: a survey of psychotherapists in Ireland. In A. Power and G. Kirwin (Eds.) Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. Psychology Press.

Conference Proceedings and Papers

McDonnell, D., Ditze, C., Karalioliou, G.T., Katheus, F., Micic, K., Politi, S., & Späth, A. (2018). A Comparison of Interpersonal Behaviours and Individual Differences between Greek and Irish Primary School Teachers. EFPSA Junior Researcher.

McDonnell, D.P., Griffin, L., Hunt, E., & Ryan, J. (2018). Stepping Towards Student Affairs: Initiatives, Opportunities, and Outreach Led by the Student Affairs Group. 48th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference. Wexford, Ireland. http://bit.do/330259950

McDonnell, D.P. (2017). Restructuring the Research Process: Developing a Framework of Constructivist Grounded Theory. Junior Research Programme Conference. Science Gallery. Dublin, Ireland.

McDonnell, D. P. (2017). Designing Effective Research and Planning Implementation. European Summer School. Pafos, Cyprus.

McDonnell, D.P. (2017). Coffee, Ice Cream, and Theoretical Frameworks. Trinity College Postgratuate Research Conference. Long Room Hub.

McDonnell, D.P. (2016). Research Design and Practice – Grounded Theory Perspective. St Patricks College, Drumcondra.

McDonnell, D. (2015). A Day in the Life: Psychologist within Education. Psychological Society of Ireland, Grantham House.

McDonnell, D. (2014). The Role of Cyber Psychology in Education. Educational Studies Association of Ireland. Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

McDonnell, D. (2014). The Future of Psychology in Education. The 28th European Federation of Psychology Student Associations Congress, Baile Felix, Romania.

McDonnell, D. (2012). Attitudes to Artificial Intelligence based Support for Psychotherapy. Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Other Research Outputs

McDonnell, D. (2017). To Prep, or Not to Prep. The Irish Psychologist, 43 (6): 131.

Research Supervision

  • Acs, R., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Early childhood practitioners understanding and perspectives on young children’s self-regulation and challenging behaviours. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Browne, C., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Examining the perception of the impact engaging in outdoor environments has on educational experience and student development, in relation to the Aistear framework. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Byrne, A., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). An investigation into the relationship between teacher self-efficacy and student academic achievement. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Carrick, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Teacher’s Perspectives on Multiple Intelligence Theory. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Egan, A. & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Character Strengths, Playfulness Types, and Social Settings on the Type of Play Used by Adults. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Flood, D., McDonnell, D.P., & Haals Brosnan. (2018-19). An Exploration of Practitioners’ Uses of Technology within Early Childhood Education and Care Practice. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Gomez, A., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). An examination of burnout amongst teachers and its implications for student achievement. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Kennedy, J. & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Executive Function Ability versus Individual’s Perceived Confidence of Social Perspective-Taking Skills. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Knowles, P., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). An examination into the factors that affect self-efficacy in the classroom and the impact it can have in schools. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Leonard, R., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). The role of socioeconomic background in influencing child behaviour? [Marino Institute of Education].
  • McMenamin, S., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Student-Teacher Relationships and Wellbeing: Exploring the influence of mindfulness in Irish Education. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Burns, T., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). The Effect of Need for Cognition on User Effort with Voicebot and Chatbot Interactions. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Cassidy, A., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). An Investigation into Teacher Perceptions of Smartphone Usage in the Primary School Classroom. [Hibernia College].
  • Curtin, A., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19).  Social Media or Anti-Social Media: An Educator Perception of the Impact of Social Media Usage by children on Teaching and Learning in the Primary School Classroom. [Hibernia College].
  • Dunne, D., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). The Moderating Factors that Influence Trusting Intentions towards Online Doctors. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Fitzgerald, N. & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Investigating the impact of physical activity on the academic performance of primary school children. [Hibernia College].
  • Kavanagh, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). An Investigation into the impact of Aistear on teaching practice and its influence on the middle and senior years – A Teacher’s Perspective. [Hibernia College].
  • Murphy, N., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). A conscious and compulsive connection: Exploring perceptions of overuse and impulsivity levels as predictors of nomophobia among Irish smartphone users. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Narley, P., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). The Influence of Personality Traits on Impulsive Online Shopping Behaviours. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • O’Carroll, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Primary School Teachers’ Perspective on the TEACCH approach for children with autism in mainstream classrooms. [Hibernia College].
  • O’Hanlon, C., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Impacts of Sensationalised Media Articles on Internet-Specific Parental Self-Efficacy. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Ryan, S., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Always thank the Bus Driver: A longitudinal observational study of the effects of prosocial behaviour in an online gaming community. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Walsh, S., & McDonnell, D.P. (2018-19). Exploring ways Educators can Support Students with Mental Health Difficulties. [Marino Institute of Education].
  • Kennedy, M. & McDonnell, D.P. (2017-18). An Exploration of the Impact of Additional Reading Opportunities on Second Class Irish Primary School Children. [Hibernia College].
  • McCarthy, S. & McDonnell, D.P. (2017-18). An investigation into the impact of mainstream education on the socialisation of a pupil with Down Syndrome. [Hibernia College].
  • Murphy, J., & McDonnell, D.P. (2017-18). Left on ‘Read’: Expectations and Perceptions of Response Time in Mobile Instant Messaging. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Sharon, S. & McDonnell, D.P. (2017-18). Terrorism 2.0: How ISIS Uses Twitter to Spread Violence. [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Sturley, D., & McDonnell, D.P. (2017-18). Can Wearable Technologies and Social Media Group Inclusion be used as Predictors of Grit, Well-Being and Self-Efficacy? [IADT Dun Laoghaire].
  • Doyle, K., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). The advantages and disadvantages modern educational technologies have in the primary school classroom. [Hibernia College].
  • Mullins, P., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). An Investigation on the positives and negatives of using Web 2.0 Tools in Irish primary School Classrooms. [Hibernia College].
  • O’Callaghan, L., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). An exploration of the Impact of Digital Media Technologies on the Irish Primary School Classroom. [Hibernia College].
  • Mullane, E., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). The Influence of Perceived Parental Involvement on Academic Achievement. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • O’Neill, E., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). Student’s Perceived Influences on Academic Achievement. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Philbin, K., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17). Exploring the way(s) that Urban or Rural Settings Influence Student Teacher’s Perspective of Academic Performance in Teaching Practice. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Stafford, E., & McDonnell, D.P. (2016-17).  Exploring Predictors of Academic Performance within Irish Education. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Burke, C., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). An Investigation into the Development of Social Emotional Competence and Well-Being in Primary School Children Examining the Approaches and Resources used in Irish Schools. [Hibernia College].
  • Dunne, C., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). Gender and Mathematics: A Case Study in Rural Ireland. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Flemming, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16).  Investigating the Perceptions of the Role of the Guidance Counsellor, as Held by Practicing Guidance Counsellors in Two Comparative Schools and Past-pupils. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Glennon, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). Examining the Effectiveness of Mandala Colouring in Enhancing the Psychological Well-Being of Children. [Hibernia College].
  • Kelly, E., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). The Effect of Interpersonal Teacher Behaviour on Student’s Attitudes towards Geography as a Specific Taught-Subject in Ireland. Trinity College Dublin].
  • Kelly, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). An Exploration of the Psychosocial Effects of Poverty on a Students’ Holistic Development: the Effects of Community based Service Learning for Re-engagement. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Kelly, M., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). An Exploratory Study of the Influence of Cultural Diversity on Geographical Attitudes and Awareness: The Importance of Classroom Composition in Post-Primary School. [Trinity College Dublin].
  • Keyes, A., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16). An Investigation into the Effective Teaching, Inclusion, Differentiation and Assessment of a Child Suffering with Selective Mutism in the Mainstream, Primary School Classroom. [Hibernia College].
  • Rothwell, C., & McDonnell, D.P. (2015-16).  The Emotional Intelligence of Teachers and how it Affects Students’ Progress through Secondary School in Ireland. [Trinity College Dublin].
Areas of Interest for future supervision
  • Educational Psychology: Academic Achievement and Evaluation; Bullying and Aggression; Interpersonal Interaction; Educational Relationships; Occupational Burnout and Fatigue; Peer mentoring.
  • Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood; Socioeconomic Influences; Peer Interaction; Practitioner influences in Early Childhood; Parental Self-Efficacy.
  • CyberPsychology: Influence of Technology on Human Behaviour: Eye-tracking and Digital Media; Cognitive testing and Executive Function; Media viewing and Sedentary behaviour; Video gaming and Exessive video game use.

Engagement and Collaboration

  • BizWorld [Innovation Voucher - €5,000]. “Lions and Tigers and Budding Entrepreneurs”. Programme for 5th class primary school students.
  • EFPSA Junior Research Programme. [Teaching Council of Ireland - €2,500]. “A Cross-Cultural Study exploring Individual Differences and Systemic Factors that Influence the ‘Ideal Teacher’”.