Catherine Maunsell

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Biography

Dr. Catherine (Kay) Maunsell is Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development in the School of Human Development, DCU Institute of Education and Principal Investigator, along with her Co-Investigator, Dr. Ashling Bourke, on the TEACH-RSE Research Project on Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education, funded through an IRC Coalesce Research Award (2019/147) with the support of the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme. 

Teaching
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). 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 Psychology. . 
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.

Research
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.
 
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.   

Engagement
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 and current 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

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Endorsement of the Rights to Protection and Participation for Younger and Older Children and the Implications for Reporting Suspected Abuse from a Subsample of Irish Adults'
Bourke, A., Morris, S., & Maunsell, C. (2020) 'Endorsement of the Rights to Protection and Participation for Younger and Older Children and the Implications for Reporting Suspected Abuse from a Subsample of Irish Adults'. International Journal of Children's Rights, [Details]
2018 '‘Tracing Our Roots: Imagining Our Future’: Lessons to Learn from the Life Histories of Adult Educators in the Republic of Ireland (1970–2010)'
Maunsell, C. (2018) '‘Tracing Our Roots: Imagining Our Future’: Lessons to Learn from the Life Histories of Adult Educators in the Republic of Ireland (1970–2010)'. THE ADULT LEARNER: THE JOURNAL OF ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION IN IRELAND, :68-82 [Details]
2016 ''Teachers Matter': The Impact of Mandatory Reporting on Teacher Education in Ireland'
Bourke, A;Maunsell, C (2016) ''Teachers Matter': The Impact of Mandatory Reporting on Teacher Education in Ireland'. Child Abuse Review, 25 :314-324 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Invited presentation at the Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Prison Education (PEN): University of Bergen'
Maunsell, C., (with Carrigan, J.) (2011) 'Invited presentation at the Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Prison Education (PEN): University of Bergen'. [Details]
2014 ''Never really had a good education you know, until I came in here': educational life histories of young adult male prisoner learners'
Carrigan, J;Maunsell, C (2014) ''Never really had a good education you know, until I came in here': educational life histories of young adult male prisoner learners'. Irish Educational Studies, :399-417 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Lifelong learning in Ireland and Lithuania: Some examples of Irish policy and practice for Lithuania to consider ?'
Downes, P., Maunsell, C., McLoughlin, V., Taljunaite, M. (2006) 'Lifelong learning in Ireland and Lithuania: Some examples of Irish policy and practice for Lithuania to consider ?'. Filosofija.Sociologija, 4 :29-36 [Details]
2000 'What happens in court? The development of understanding of the legal system in a sample of Irish children and adults'
Maunsell, C., Smith H.V., & Stevenson, C.  (2000) 'What happens in court? The development of understanding of the legal system in a sample of Irish children and adults'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 21 (3-4):215-5-226 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2000 A National Directory of services for women and their children who have experienced violence or the threat of violence.
Maunsell, C., McLoughlin, L. Gogan, S., Greene, S., & Buckley, N.  (2000) A National Directory of services for women and their children who have experienced violence or the threat of violence. Dublin: Government Stationery Office. [Details]
1998 The Legal Process and Victims of Rape.
Bacik, I., Maunsell, C., & Gogan, S. (1998) The Legal Process and Victims of Rape. Dublin: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'SPHE and Intimate Citizenship Education in 21st Century Irish Post-Primary Schools: Meeting Opportunities and Challenges of Proposed Junior Cycle Reform through Teacher Professional Development'
Maunsell, C & Bourke, A. (2018) 'SPHE and Intimate Citizenship Education in 21st Century Irish Post-Primary Schools: Meeting Opportunities and Challenges of Proposed Junior Cycle Reform through Teacher Professional Development' In: SPHE and Citizenship Education 100 Years On. Ireland: SPHE Network. [Details]
2013 'Rising to the challenge of realizing lifelong learning for one and all: the role of community adult education in widening participation for traditionally marginalized groups in Irish society and beyond'
Maunsell, C;Downes, P (2013) 'Rising to the challenge of realizing lifelong learning for one and all: the role of community adult education in widening participation for traditionally marginalized groups in Irish society and beyond' In: LIFELONG LEARNING IN EUROPE: NATIONAL PATTERNS AND CHALLENGES. CHELTENHAM: EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2011 'Lifelong learning and associated policy objectives: European, national, and institutional perspectives'
Maunsell, C. (2011) 'Lifelong learning and associated policy objectives: European, national, and institutional perspectives' In: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the University Sector: Policies, case studies and issues arising. Dublin: University Framework Implementation Network (FIN) of the National Qualifications Authority of Irelan. [Details]
2010 'Bringing alive the spirit of Human Rights: Irish teachers’ understandings of human rights and human rights education'
Ruane, B., Waldron, F., Maunsell, C. et al. (2010) 'Bringing alive the spirit of Human Rights: Irish teachers’ understandings of human rights and human rights education' In: F. Waldron & B. Ruane (Eds.) (eds). Human Rights Education: Reflections on Theory and Practice. Dublin: The Liffey Press. [Details]
2008 'Relationships in adolescence'
Maunsell, C. (2008) 'Relationships in adolescence' In: M. O’Brien (Ed.) (eds). Well-being and post-primary schooling: A review of the literature and research. Dublin: NCCA. [Details]
2007 'Primary to post-primary school: Perceptions of pupils with special educational needs'
Maunsell, C., Barrett, V., & Candon, M. (2007) 'Primary to post-primary school: Perceptions of pupils with special educational needs' In: P. Downes & A.L. Gilligan (Eds.) (eds). Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA. [Details]
2007 'The ‘jolt in climate’ between primary and post-primary'
Downes, P., Maunsell, C., & Ivers, J. (2007) 'The ‘jolt in climate’ between primary and post-primary' In: P. Downes & A.L. Gilligan (Eds.) (eds). Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain
Bourke, A. & Maunsell, C. (2016) The role of family relationships on sex education provided in the home European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain Cadiz, Spain, [Details]
2016 European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain
Maunsell, C. & Bourke, A. (2016) The Role of the School in Learning about Sex and Relationships in Early Adolescence European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain Cadiz, Spain, [Details]
2016 Social, Personal and Health Education SPHE Network Conference
Maunsell, C & Bourke, A (2016) SPHE/RSE in 21st Century Irish Post-Primary Schools: Meeting Opportunities and Challenges of Proposed Junior Cycle Reform through Teacher Professional Development Social, Personal and Health Education SPHE Network Conference [Details]
2016 European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain
Costello, A., Bourke, A., & Maunsell, C. (2016) An investigation of the relationship between Objectification Theory, Facebook use and Mood European Association for Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, Cadiz, Spain Cadiz, Spain, [Details]
2015 European Symposium on Adolescent Research; Organised by European Association for Research on Adolescence EARA and the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton: London
Maunsell, C. and Bourke, A. (2015) Adolescent Social, Emotional and Sexual Health and Wellbeing: Opportunities for Initial and Continuing Teacher Education European Symposium on Adolescent Research; Organised by European Association for Research on Adolescence EARA and the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton: London [Details]
2015 International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS)
Costello, A., Bourke, A., & Maunsell, C. (2015) An Investigation of Objectification Theory within the Context of the Internet International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biannual Conference
Bourke, A., Hadfield, K., & Maunsell, C. (2015) Spillover Hypothesis: The Influence of Familial Subsystems on the Quality of the Parent-Child Relationship Society for Research in Child Development Biannual Conference Philadelphia, USA, [Details]
2015 10th Biannual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality Culture and Society, IASSCS, DCU, Dublin
Maunsell, C. and Bourke, A. (2015) Sexual literacies among young adolescents in Ireland: To talk (to teacher) or not to talk 10th Biannual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality Culture and Society, IASSCS, DCU, Dublin [Details]
2014 Self, Selves and Sexualities Conference. Dublin City University, Dublin
Maunsell, C. & Bourke, A. (2014) Learning About Sex and Relationships in Early Adolescence: From Here, There and Nowhere Self, Selves and Sexualities Conference. Dublin City University, Dublin Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
2014 Bi-annual Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence EARA, Izmir, Turkey
Maunsell, C. and Bourke, A. (2014) Emergent Sexual Development in Adolescence Bi-annual Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence EARA, Izmir, Turkey [Details]
2013 Child Abuse and Neglect 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference
Bourke, A. & Maunsell, C. (2013) ‘Teachers matter’: the impact of the introduction of mandatory reporting on teacher training and education Child Abuse and Neglect 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
2013 Growing Up in Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin
Bourke, A. & Maunsell, C. (2013) Communication and Closeness: Parent-child relationships Growing Up in Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
2013 European Child Health Conference. Dublin City University, Dublin
Greene, N., Bourke, A., Maunsell, C., & Gallagher, J. (2013) An investigation into the relationship between psychological vulnerabilities and chronic illness in Irish Children European Child Health Conference. Dublin City University, Dublin Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
2013 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin
Maunsell, C. and Bourke, A. (2013) Understanding teachers: Irish teachers’ understanding of human rights and human rights education: Implications for child protection 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin [Details]
2011 Presentation to the LLL2010 Final Conference, Leuven
Maunsell, C., (with Downes, P.) (2011) Lifelong Learning for All? Policies and practices towards underrepresented and socially excluded groups Presentation to the LLL2010 Final Conference, Leuven [Details]
2011 Presentation to the Final Conference on Implementing the Action Plan on Adult Learning, European Commission, Budapest
Maunsell, C., (with Downes, P.) (2011) Access to higher education for traditionally marginalised groups in Europe Presentation to the Final Conference on Implementing the Action Plan on Adult Learning, European Commission, Budapest [Details]
2011 Invited Speaker at the Final Conference on Implementing the Action Plan on Adult Learning, European Commission, Budapest
Maunsell, C., (with Downes, P.) (2011) Access to higher education for traditionally marginalised groups in Europe Invited Speaker at the Final Conference on Implementing the Action Plan on Adult Learning, European Commission, Budapest [Details]
2011 Presentation at the Conference on Opportunities and Challenges: Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Queen’s University Belfast: Research Forum for the Child
Maunsell, C., Oberman, R., & Waldron, F. (2011) The Right to Human Rights Education: Teachers’ Understanding and Delivery of Human Rights Education in Irish Primary School Presentation at the Conference on Opportunities and Challenges: Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Queen’s University Belfast: Research Forum for the Child [Details]
2011 Conference on Re-imagining Initial Teacher Education: Perspectives on Transformation, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin
Maunsell, C. (2011) Transforming teaching for lifelong learning: The role of initial teacher education within a lifelong learning framework Conference on Re-imagining Initial Teacher Education: Perspectives on Transformation, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin [Details]
2010 Presentation to the University Framework Implementation Network (FIN)
Maunsell, C. (2010) EU and national lifelong learning policies and practice Presentation to the University Framework Implementation Network (FIN) [Details]
2010 Presentation to SCUTREA Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Warwick
Maunsell, C. (2010) ‘Tracing our roots: imagining our future’:  A life history of adult education in the Republic of Ireland Presentation to SCUTREA Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Warwick [Details]
2009 Presentation to the International Conference on Human Rights and Citizenship Education, Birkbeck College, University of London
Ruane, B., & Maunsell, C. (2009) A vital part of citizenship: Teachers’ understandings of human rights and implications for initial teacher education Presentation to the International Conference on Human Rights and Citizenship Education, Birkbeck College, University of London [Details]
2007 Presentation to the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling
Maunsell, C., (with Downes, P.) (2007) Strategies for the ‘New’Educational Transition: Addressing the lifelong educational needs of young foreign nationals in Ireland Presentation to the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2013 Reintegration into Society through Education and Learning [RiSE].
Maunsell, C., McLoughlin, L., Carrigan, J. and McLoughlin, V. (Eds). (2013) Reintegration into Society through Education and Learning [RiSE]. Grundtvig Learning Partnership, Dublin. [Details]
2011 Teachers, Human Rights and Human Rights Education: Knowledge, perspectives and practices of primary school teachers in Ireland. A report by the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.
Waldron, F., Kavanagh, A.M., Kavanagh, R., Maunsell, C., Oberman, R., O'Reilly, M., Pike, S., Prunty, A., & Ruane, B. (2011) Teachers, Human Rights and Human Rights Education: Knowledge, perspectives and practices of primary school teachers in Ireland. A report by the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin. [Details]
2010 Promoting social inclusion: The access of adults to formal and non-formal education in Ireland. Irish National Report for Subproject 5 of EU Framework Six Project ‘Towards a lifelong learning society: The contribution of the education system’.
Dooley, C., Downes, P., Maunsell, C., & McLoughlin, V. (2010) Promoting social inclusion: The access of adults to formal and non-formal education in Ireland. Irish National Report for Subproject 5 of EU Framework Six Project ‘Towards a lifelong learning society: The contribution of the education system’. Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin. [Details]
2010 Young children's engagement with issues of global justice. A Report by the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.
Ruane, B., Kavanagh, A., Waldron, F., Dillon, S., Casey, M., Maunsell, C., & Prunty, A. (2010) Young children's engagement with issues of global justice. A Report by the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra and Trocaire, Dublin. [Details]
2009 National Report of a Survey of 1000 Adult Learners’ Experiences of Returning to Education.
Maunsell, C., Carrigan, J. Downes, P., McLoughlin, V., & Byrne, I.  (2009) National Report of a Survey of 1000 Adult Learners’ Experiences of Returning to Education. EDC-SPD, Dublin. [Details]
2008 National Report on Lifelong Learning in Ireland.
Maunsell, C., Downes, P., & McLoughlin, V. (2008) National Report on Lifelong Learning in Ireland. Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, European Union Sixth Framework Project, Dublin. [Details]
2007 Count us in: Tackling early school leaving in South West Inner City Dublin, An integrated response.
Downes, P. & Maunsell, C. (2007) Count us in: Tackling early school leaving in South West Inner City Dublin, An integrated response. South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA) & South Inner City Drugs Task Force, Dublin. [Details]
2006 A holistic approach to early school leaving and school retention in Blanchardstown: Current issues and future steps for services and schools.
Downes, P., Maunsell, C., & Ivers, J. (2006) A holistic approach to early school leaving and school retention in Blanchardstown: Current issues and future steps for services and schools. Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Dublin. [Details]

Commissioned Report

  Year Publication
2001 Report on the Feasibility of a National Helpline for Victims of Violence. Report Commissioned by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women.
Maunsell, C., McLoughlin, L., Gogan, S., Greene, S., & Buckley, N.  (2001) Report on the Feasibility of a National Helpline for Victims of Violence. Report Commissioned by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women. Commissioned Report [Details]
1999 Children in the Irish Juvenile System: Report Commissioned by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the National Working Group on Juvenile Justice.
McLoughlin, L., Maunsell, C., & O’Connell, M. (1999) Children in the Irish Juvenile System: Report Commissioned by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the National Working Group on Juvenile Justice. Commissioned Report [Details]

Research Interests

Children’s Rights and Child Protection; Relationships and Sexuality Education; Teacher Professional Development

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education RSE: Realising Optimal Sexual Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan IRC 01-APR-19 - 30-SEP-20 Principal Investigator 99,458.00
Teacher Education and Wellbeing DCU IoE Shared Research Fund 01-MAR-17 - 30-SEP-18 Principal Investigator 2,950.00
DStep Developing Staff to Enhance Programme (Psychology) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 09-JAN-17 - 21-DEC-18 Member of Project Team 140,000.00
OED: Outreach Empowerment and Diversity. EU Grundtvig Network Research Project on Adult Education 01-DEC-11 - 31-DEC-14 Irish Research Co-ordinator; Network Co-ordinator: European Association for the Education of Adults EAEA, Brussels.
RISE: Reintegration into Society through Education and Learning. EU Grundtvig Learning Partnership on Prison Education 01-SEP-11 - 31-AUG-14 Irish Research Co-ordinator; Learning Partnership Co-ordinator: FCZB, Berlin
LLL2010 'Towards a lifelong learning society: The contribution of the education system' European Union 6th Framework Project 01-SEP-05 - 31-AUG-11 Irish Coordinator, with Dr. Paul Downes 207,000.00

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Glynn , Mary PhD Supervisor
King , Paul PhD Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Psychology of Adolescence; Social Psychology; Relationships and Sexual Development; Child Protection and Children’s Rights; Human Rights and Citizenship Education; Adult and Community Education; Lifelong Learning

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Psychology 1: Learning and Motivation HD211Psychology 1: Learning and Motivation
2020 Psychology II: Psychology of Adolescence HD212Psychology II: Psychology of Adolescence