Cliodhna O’Connor

Dr. Cliodhna O’Connor is a social psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin. Her research investigates how people engage with scientific information and the implications this has for social attitudes, self-concept and common-sense beliefs. She is particularly interested in how scientific and clinical classifications influence social identity and intergroup relations, and has explored these links in a range of social contexts including gender stereotypes and psychiatric diagnosis. She currently holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019), which supports a mixed-methods research programme exploring the phenomenon of diagnostic transitions in youth mental healthcare. Prior to joining UCD, she was a Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Psychology. Her postdoctoral research was completed in the Lucena Clinic and University College London, where she was Co-Investigator on the project ‘The Brain in the Public Sphere’, funded by the Faraday Institute at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. She has held visiting positions in Princeton University Department of Psychology and UCD School of Medicine. She holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA [Hons.] in Psychology), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc in Social & Cultural Psychology) and University College London (PhD in Social Psychology).