Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology
Úna graduated from the Bachelor of Education programme in St. Patrick’s College in 2012. She worked as a primary school teacher with the Department of Education for four years before taking a career break and traveling to work as a primary teacher in Doha, Qatar. Úna has taught most class levels and as a member of the Special Education Team was heavily involved in implementation of early intervention programmes. She has engaged with children with additional needs such as Autism and Down Syndrome for several years on the summer provision programme and supplementary provision programme during COVID-19.
She has experience in both mainstream and special education contexts. Upon returning to Ireland in 2019, she obtained a place on the Masters in Psychology (Conversion) programme in DCU and received a First Class Honours degree. During this programme, Úna completed a thesis exploring predictors of cognitive, behavioural and emotional engagement in Irish primary school children. Úna returned to teaching for a year and commenced the Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology in Mary Immaculate College in September 2022. She is currently a trainee Educational and Child Psychologist. Her research interests include engagement of pupils, trauma, inclusive education pertaining to children with Down Syndrome, and maths anxiety.
- Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology: Mary Immaculate College 2022-current
- Masters in Psychology: Dublin City University 2020-2021
- BASM: Dublin City University 2019-2020
- Bachelor of Education: St. Patrick’s College 2009-2012
Continuing Professional Development:
- NEPS Critical Incident Training (November 2022)
- Informing Families of Children with Disabilities (November 2022)
- Children First (September 2022)
- Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia- Barriers to Literacy acquisition (September 2021)
- ASD, ADHD, APD, GAD – Barriers to Literacy acquisition (September 2021)
- Working with children who have experienced Trauma (August 2021)
- BASM Psychology (Psychology Foundation, Introduction to Psychological Research Methods, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Counselling) (September 2019-June 2020)