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Dr. Maria McEvoy has been a lecturer in psychology at SETU since 2004 and has taught psychology modules including social psychology, psychological disorder and mental health and lifespan developmental psychology, across a number of undergraduate degree programmes ncluding psychology, arts, social care, early childhood studies and criminal justice. In 2012, she graduated from SETU with a Master of Arts in Adult Teaching & Learning in Further & Higher Education. She has also delivered guest lectures to postgraduate students at Dublin City University on her research areas, vaginismus in the Irish context and grounded theory methodology.

Research Interests


Dr. Maria McEvoy was enrolled in Dublin City University’s part time PhD Programme from 2014-2022 under the supervision of Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney and Dr. Rita Glover in the Department of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health. Her area of research interest is the experience of vaginismus for Irish women and couples. This study is the first known study of vaginismus in Ireland for almost forty years and was the first study to build a theoretical model of vaginismus within an Irish context from the perspective of couples and health care providers. She completed her PhD in 2022 and continues to advocate for greater awareness of vaginismus and for more sensitive and ethical approaches to treatment. Her website and Twitter feed @Irishvaginismus provides information about vaginismus and details of support services for women and couples.


McEvoy, M., McElvaney, R. & Glover, R. (2021). Vaginismus: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/14681994.2021.2007233


The Irish Independent

Dunne, L. (2022) The many myths around vaginismus stop women from seeking help. The Irish Independent (28 Feb)

The Times Online

Tutty, S. (2022). Condition preventing women having intercourse linked to poor sex education. The Times (8 Feb) Article on Vaginismus

Dunne, L. (2021). Overcoming vaginsimus inspired me to become a sexual health educator. Online (5 Jul)

Interview with Irish Country Magazine on the DCU Study of Vaginismus
Moynihan. M. (2019).  No-Go Area.  Irish Country Magazine, March Edition, p.70-73

Newstalk Interview with Sean Moncrieff on the DCU Study of Vaginismus

RTE Brainstorm Article on the DCU Study of Vaginismus
McEvoy, M., McElvaney, R. & Glover, R. (2018) What’s the impact of vaginismus on Irish relationships? RTE Brainstorm Online (4 Sep)

Herald Health Supplement on the DCU Study of Vaginismus
O’Keefe, D. (2018) We Need to Talk About Vaginismus. Herald, Health Supplement (29 Aug): 26-27 Article on the DCU Study of Vaginismus
O’Keefe, D. (2018) Vaginismus: The second most prevalent female sexual difficulty presenting at clinics. Online (29 Aug).

HSE Sexual Health News Article on the DCU Study of Vaginismus
McEvoy, M, McElvaney, R., Glover, R. (2018) Capturing the Experiences of Vaginismus for Irish Couples: A Dublin City University Study. HSE Sexual Health News, Issue 6 (Spring): 9-10


Psychological Society of Ireland Conference Paper
McEvoy, M, McElvaney, R., Glover, R. (2017, November). Living with Uncertainty: The Experience of Vaginismus in the Irish Context.  Individual paper presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Limerick.


In 2000, Dr. Maria McEvoy graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA Honours Degree in Psychology. In the same year, she began her postgraduate research at the psychology department in Trinity College. Her area of interest was the role of persistent primitive reflexes in learning difficulties. She graduated in 2002 with a Masters of Science in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics.


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Vaginismus in the Irish Context: A Grounded Theory Study, Dublin City University

01 Sep 201405 Aug 2021

Award Date: 25 Mar 2022

Masters Degree, Masters in Adult Learning and Teaching

01 Sep 201020 Jun 2012

Award Date: 07 Jan 2013

Masters Degree, The Role of Persistent Primitive Reflexes in Learning Difficulties

01 Sep 200001 Aug 2002

Award Date: 28 Oct 2002

Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics

01 Sep 200029 Oct 2001

Award Date: 29 Oct 2001

Bachelors Degree

01 Sep 199630 Oct 2000

Award Date: 30 Oct 2000


  • BF Psychology
  • Vaginismus
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Sex dysfunction
  • Grounded theory


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