Luke graduated from IADT Dun Laoghaire with a first class honours in Applied Psychology in 2021. Luke’s undergraduate thesis investigated the impact of different social media platforms on the self-esteem of emerging adults. During this time, Luke did voluntary work with the ISPCC as a ChildLine call facilitator. In this role, Luke empowered young people by validating their feelings, advising them of their rights, and exploring their situation whilst always remaining non-judgemental, empathetic and non-directive.
Luke also volunteered with SpunOut.ie, a youth information website, where he worked as brand ambassador facilitating workshops with transition year student on the subject of mental health and well-being. Following his undergraduate degree, Luke worked as a support worker assisting individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Acquired Brain Injury to live independently.
Luke then went on to complete his Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) at University College Cork in 2022 where he received a first class honours. His Masters thesis examined the challenges faced by Irish models and the strategies they used when interacting with their online fanbases. The findings of this research are currently in the process of being submitted for publication in academic journals.
As part of his Masters degree in Applied Psychology (Mental Health), Luke completed a six month clinical placement within the Irish Prison Service at Mountjoy Prison. Here Luke gained experience working within a secure forensic setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Luke assisted in assessment and intervention for a wide variety of presentations including post-traumatic stress, personality difficulties and emotional regulation. During this time Luke also contributed to research which was being conducted in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross on the impact of COVID-19 on individuals in custody.
- Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Mental Health): University College Cork (2021-2022).
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology: IADT Dun Laoghaire (2017-2021).
- Introduction to Children’s First: Safeguarding Children – Tusla (2021).
Tynan, L. (2021, September 18). The Relationship Between Image-Based and Text-Based Social Media Usage and Self-Esteem [Conference presentation]. PSI Early Graduate Group Conference 2021 [Online]. https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/event/Early-Graduate-Group-Annual-Conference