Jennifer McMahon

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick where I lead the i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) research lab. My research interests are primarily in child/youth development and mental health. This includes the development and evaluation of interventions to support young people and those who care for them, especially in school contexts. Research funding to date for my work includes grants from the Irish Research Council, the National Disability Authority, the National Office of Suicide Prevention, Genio as well as UL Seed Funding Schemes. I have previous experience as an evaluator for Jigsaw, the National Youth Mental Health Centre and subsequently as a project manager for the design and implementation of a mental health service for young people aged 12-25. I conduct research in partnership with  schools in assessing and promoting student wellbeing and building school capacity to support students social emotional skills, wellbeing and mental health. Recent collaborations include Rugby Players Ireland, Tackle Your Feelings, a digital school wellbeing programme and Narrative 4, a school empathy programme. I also have a particular interest in the science of evaluation and implementation in translating evidence based practice to applied settings which frames much of my research and I am a co-founder of the Teachers Research Expertise Exchange (T-REX), a nationally funded initiative that aims to support teachers to bridge the evidence to practice gap.

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