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Dr Jennifer O Mahoney is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the South East Technological University in Waterford, and a Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. As the Co-Director of the Crime and Justice Research Group at South East Technological University (SETU) and a Senior Researcher at INSYTE (The Centre for Information Systems and Techno-culture) at SETU, she actively contributes to a participant-focused research agenda aimed at fostering social change.

Research Interests

Jennifer's research revolves around the narration of victimology and trauma, exploring the interplay between memory, social change, and the digital humanities. She is the primary investigator for the Waterford Memories Project, which examines historical institutional abuse in Ireland. With a background in narrative psychology, Jennifer emphasizes the significance of personal stories during times of trauma.
Additionally, Jennifer actively engages in international collaboration on research projects examining sexual violence and trauma narratives. In her latest publications, Jennifer explores the intersection of social change, digital humanities, and storytelling. She examines how technology serves as a dual force – acting as a catalyst for social change while simultaneously contributing to the exclusion and marginalization of certain groups in society in a dynamic process. Jennifer is dedicated to making academic research accessible and comprehensible to the public, addressing societal issues and platforming marginalized voices.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Psychology, University of East London

Award Date: 10 Aug 2013

Masters Degree, MSc by Research (Psychology), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 01 Oct 2004

Bachelors Degree, Applied Psychology, University College Cork

Award Date: 10 Aug 2003


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