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Dr. Jacinta Byrne-Doran has been employed at Waterford Institute of Technology since 1999 (now SETU). Her previous  employment history encompassed a focus on both professional practice and academia including lecturing in many other institutions, training and independent consultancy in career guidance and counselling. As a lecturer in Psychology within the School of Humanities in WIT, Dr. Byrne-Doran teaches psychology across a range of academic programmes. In addition Dr. Byrne-Doran has engaged actively in post graduate research supervision for a number of years. Currenly she is a member of four post graduate supervisory teams and is a strong believer in a team approach to supervision at levels 9 and 10. Dr. Byrne-Doran's collaborations with WIT colleagues in the past and currently with both WIT and IT Carlow colleagues have resulted in securing funding for post graduate scholarships. Dr. Byrne-Doran has acted in the role of external examiner for PhD confirmation/transfer examinations in TU, Dublin (2019; 2020) and PhD Viva Voce examination in WIT in 2021.  Dr. Byrne-Doran's doctoral research was titled ' A Narrative Study of Lived Experiences of Working Mothers in Ireland'. 


Dr Byrne-Doran teaches psychology on the BA (Hons) Psychology primarily. In addition she teaches psycholgy modules on the BA (Hons) Social Care Practice, and BA (Hons) Criminal Justice. Dr. Byrne-Doran's teaching specialisms  fall primarily in Developmental and Counselling Psychology. 

Research Interests

Dr. Byrne-Doran's current research interests lie broadly in areas of gender and work and qualitative research frameworks. More specifically, research interests lie in topics on motherhood and families/breastfeeding/women and work. 

Dr. Byrne-Doran is currently collaborating with Dr. Katherine Cagney, Dept of Arts, School of Humanities on a Research Connexions 2022 Funded project on the representations of breastfeeding in children's books.

Dr. Byrne-Doran and Dr. Katherine Cagney, Dept of Arts, School of Humanities are engaged in ongoing collaborating on an evaluation of their ERT (Enriching Reachable Tasks) Document; a tutorial support  resource adopted within their teaching.  

Research Grants awarded (International projects/collaborations on Post Graduate Supervsion for Funded Projects including IOT PG research funding/WIT Scholarship/ South East Regional Development Fund PG scholarships.  

EU Socrates Minerva Project at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. 2003 A transnational project on The Use of ICT/ODL in Promoting Social Inclusion. 2003. 

(Team member for WIT group – group leader Mary Barry, WIT) Value = joint project total of €420,000, with €69,416 to WIT 

IOT Strand 1 funded research project Science and Technology Strand, 2006 The Design of Multimedia-Based Instruction to support the academic and social development of children with Autism Co-supervision with Mary Barry, Department of Computing, Maths and Physics. Value = €37,000. 

IOT Strand 1 funded research project from the Business and Humanities Strand, 2006 An IMS Learning Design Meta-model for Learners with Autism - Masters by research project. Co-supervision with Mary Barry, Department of Computing, Maths and Physics. Value = €35,000.  

IOT Strand 1 funded research project for a Masters by Research, 2008 Changing Irish Childhoods 

Co-authored with Colleague Fergus Hogan WIT.  value = €40,000. 

WIT PhD Research Postgraduate Scholarship, 2015 Performing the Region: Performing Women.  

Co-authored with Colleagues (Dr. Una Kealy and Dr. Richard Hayes) Value = Stipend: €10,000 Research costs: €2,000 - Postgraduate research fees are included in the scholarship

South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund 2020/2021, Wired and Developing: The Role of Digital Interaction in Early Childhood Education and Care. Co-authored with WIT Colleague Dr. K. Cagney and IT Carlow PI Dr. D. McDonnell. Value = Stipend: €16,000 Fees: €4,500 Research costs: €2,000.

South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund 2020/2021, Researching together: Teenage girls co-creating a Social Media Literacy programme. Co-authored with WIT Colleague Dr. I. Loveikaite, PI and IT Carlow Colleague Dr. E. O’Leary. Value = Stipend: €16,000 Fees: €4,500 Research costs: €2,000

South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund 2020/2021, Co-Designing an Inclusive Age Friendly Multi Campus University for the Future. Co-authored with IT Carlow PI Dr. P. J. White and IT Carlow Colleague Dr. Brian Casey. Value = Stipend: €16,000 Fees: €4,500 Research costs: €2,000.  

WIT Research Connexions 2022, Pathway 5 Publication Fund. Collaborative Project with Dr. Katherine Cagney. Value €2920

SETU PhD Scholarship 2023 Play and Creativity in the Primary School Context (Focus on ages 8-12): An exploration of Characteristics, Processes and Implications for Curriculum Development. Co-authored with Dr. C. Maher, SETU Carlow and Dr. K. Cagney, SETU Waterford. Total Value = Euro 105,000.





Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Narrative Study of ‘lived experiences’ of Working Mothers in Ireland., University of Leicester

01 Jan 200507 Jun 2011

Award Date: 27 Jan 2012

Masters Degree, M.Sc Counselling Psychology , Trinity College Dublin

05 Oct 199517 Jun 1996

Award Date: 15 Nov 1996

Postgraduate Diploma, Counselling Psychology , Trinity College Dublin

05 Oct 199217 Jun 1993

Award Date: 18 Nov 1993

Bachelors Degree, B.Sc Occupational Psychology, Ulster University

15 Sep 198810 Jun 1992

Award Date: 03 Jul 1992


  • BF Psychology
  • Qualitative research
  • Research reflexivity
  • Family/Motherhood
  • Home Educatioin
  • Women and work
  • Breastfeeding


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