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Meet the Team

“The lecturers are brilliant, they’re very approachable and they are easily accessible. I find the staff to be very supportive” - Ciara Buggle, BA Hons Psychology student.

At NCI we believe a huge part of your learning experience is the quality of the faculty and support staff on your programme. We have built a fantastic academic team for our psychology courses here at NCI.

Our experienced faculty have expertise and a track record of research in all the major areas of psychology. This is combined with a passion for teaching and a partnership approach with you in your psychology study. If you are considering taking a psychology course at NCI you can meet some of the team at our various information and open evenings throughout the year.

Here are some of the team and you can find out more by clicking through to each faculty member’s full staff profile.

Dr Arlene Egan

Arlene is a lecturer on our psychology programmes and on our learning and teaching programmes reflecting her interest in education and coaching. Current research interests include the development of 21st century skills, critical thinking, creativity and coaching. Arlene also brings a wealth of industry experience having worked with teams in business, sports and other areas to improve performance, innovation and creativity through coaching.

Contact Arlene Egan.

Dr Philip Hyland

Philip is the co-founder and editor of the Journal of Criminal Psychology and the recipient of the Albert Ellis Award for research 2013-2014. His research interests include psychological responses to trauma, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, psychopathy, criminal thinking and criminal social identity. Philip is our module leader on statistics and research methods modules as well as abnormal and criminal psychology modules.

Contact Philip Hyland.

Dr Rebecca Maguire

Rebecca brings her considerable teaching and research expertise to her module leadership at NCI including cognitive psychology modules, research methods and psychology of learning. Her research interests include cognitive psychology/cognitive science, particularly surprise, expectation, creativity, discourse, language, reasoning, decision-making, cognitive modelling, psychology of learning and education, carer burden and quality of life.

Contact Rebecca Maguire.

Dr Sinead McNally

Sinéad is a developmental psychologist and teaches lifespan development and advanced developmental psychology at NCI. She brings both academic and applied expertise in child research and policy to her work at NCI, and her significant number of publications includes work on the “Growing up in Ireland” longitudinal study. Sinead’s research interests include peri-natal and early childhood development, early childhood education, psycholinguistics, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Contact Sinead McNally.

Ms Grace O’Malley

Grace is the Director of our psychology programmes here at NCI. A PSI registered psychologist, ICP registered psychotherapist and fellow of CIPD her main research interests include e-learning, m-learning and u-learning. She brings a wealth of industry experience, both corporate and NGO, having worked with teams in Training & Development, Psychotherapy, HRM and the Voluntary Sector. Grace is our module leader on the Social and Workplace Psychology modules. 

Contact Grace O'Malley.

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