Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham

Michelle Cowley-Cunningham

Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham

Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham CPsychol AFPsSI is a chartered and professions-led psychologist. As postdoctoral researcher at DCU 2022-24, her research examined how sustainable business values affect creativity, well-being and succession in family business. 

 

Michelle was a principal investigator on the Family Business Succession Project, conducting the first all-island practitioner-led study of Irish family business succession (Clinton et al., 2024). Other projects addressed: how sustainable business values promote child and adolescent mental health, via their health and participation rights, in the climate crisis context (PSI UN submission, 2023; Cowley-Cunningham et al., 2023); and the impact new mental health legislation may have on mental health business models that draw on principles of community-led care (Rogers et al., 2023). Recent collaborative work with Dr Eric Clinton and Dr Catherine Faherty has produced a new model of creative entrepreneurial behaviour founded on the psychological capital that families (or familiness) possess(es). Michelle was the NCFB’s research administrator as Irish delegate for the GUESSS global student entrepreneurship consortium’s global and national reports. Her postdoctoral research featured in The Conversation UK, RTE.ie, Business Post, and The Irish Psychologist as a cover article. Her practitioner-led research with the NCFB on the topic of family business resilience was submitted as part of, and shortlisted for, the Small Business Charter Excellence Awards SBC 2024. 

 

Academic background: An Irish Research Council scholar, Michelle completed her PhD in psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral thesis was subject of a full article in Nature Publications News and published as a book 'Hypothesis testing: how we foresee falsification in competitive games'. After a year-long lectureship in applied psychology at the University of Southampton, she was awarded a Katzenbach Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Law Faculty University of Oxford to develop research on the psychology of foresight and its connection to human rights (with visiting scholarship to Princeton University, USA). Michelle has published in the leading journals Psychology, Crime & Law, the International Journal of Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation, Irish Studies in International Affairs and Clinical Psychology Forum. A Royal Statistical Society RSS Fellow and m-level accredited market researcher CMRS, she employs multidisciplinary insights to better inform psychological research. She is a committee member of Royal Statistical Society Northern Ireland, and presently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Market Research Society's flagship journal International Journal of Market Research. See portfolio here.