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Assist. Prof Ashling Bourke

Human Development

Name: Assist. Prof Ashling Bourke
Department: Human Development
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2309
Email Address: ashling.bourke@dcu.ie
Room: SPC M 305
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Ashling Bourke is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Human Development at the Institute of Education. Her research interests include Children's Rights, Wellbeing, Adversity, Sexual Violence and Abuse, Family Relationships, Implicit Attitudes, and Relationships and Sexuality Education. She delivers modules on Child Development, Wellbeing, Educational Psychology, Adolescence, Lifespan Psychology, and Social Psychology. 

Ashling completed her BA (hons) in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2003 and a Masters in Forensic Psychology at University College Cork in 2004. She competed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2011 in the area of Developmental Forensic Psychology, specifically Implicit Theories of Sex Offenders. Following this she worked in support and advocacy roles with vulnerable populations, including homeless adults and vulnerable children and adolescents.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education and Co-Investigator on TEACH-RSE Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE): Realising Optimal Sexual Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan 

She is currently involved with a number of different research projects, including;

TEACH-RSE Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE): Realising Optimal Sexual Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan

An Examination of Family Relationships and Adversity in Childhood

Perceptions and Representations of Children's Rights





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