Dr Catherine Maunsell
|Name:||Dr Catherine Maunsell|
|Phone Number:||01 884 2105|
|Room:||SPC M 120|
|Campus:||DCU St Patricks Campus|
Dr. Catherine (Kay) Maunsell is Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development at the School of Human Development, DCU Institute of Education.
Kay lectures primarily in the area of developmental and educational psychology across a range of programmes offered within the Institute of Education, including the BAJH (Human Development) and BEd. She is also the Subject Co-ordinator of Developmental and Educational Psychology on the BSc Psychology and MSc Psychology (Conversion) programmes offered through the DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences .
Dr. Maunsell supervises students' research from undergraduate through to doctoral levels, and welcomes enquiries regarding Masters and Doctoral supervision in areas pertaining to the interface of Psychology, Human Development and Education, with particular interest in supervising research on themes relating to Relationships and Sexuality Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Wellbeing and Teacher Education and Children/Adolescent's Rights. She is fully committed to supporting her students' development and, in turn, learning from them.
Dr. Maunsell maintains an active research profile in the broad fields of developmental psychology, education, social justice, human rights. She is currently pursing her research interests in the rights of children and young people and those most marginalised, and their rights to Relationships and Sexuality Education from a developmental perspective.
She is the Principal Investigator, along with her Co-Investigator and colleague Dr. Ashling Bourke, on a study of Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education, funded through an IRC Coalesce Research Award with the support of the HSE Sexual health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
Previously, she was engaged as Irish Co-ordinator on a range of large-scale EU research projects, in the broad areas of education, lifelong learning and social justice. In this body of research she examined themes, inter alia the role of the education system in social inclusion and broad issues pertaining to the right to education and teachers’ role as enablers of human rights in the education system.
From 2013 to 2016, Kay was the St. Patrick’s College, Director of Quality Promotion and Assurance and following Incorporation is currently a designated representative of the Institute of Education to the DCU Quality Promotion Committee.
She is also a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education in the DCU Institute of Education.
Dr. Maunsell is an active member of national and international organisations devoted to research on child and adolescent development and education namely:
BASPCAN – Ireland Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
EARA – European Association for Research on Adolescence.
SEN - Sex Education Network