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SASHLab Updates!

With the semester well underway it’s time for an update on SASHLab’s activities!

First, we would like to congratulate our Assistant Dean of Research Dr. Stephen Gallagher who was recently this year’s recipient of the University of Limerick Award for Excellence in Service to Community. This award is presented to a UL member of staff annually in recognition of excellence in the area of voluntary work within the campus community and beyond. Congratulations, Stephen!

SASHLab would like to extend a welcome to Grace McMahon who has recently returned to SASHLab to undertake the EHS PhD with supervisors Ann-Marie and Stephen. Grace graduated in August with her BA in Psychology and Sociology, and is a long-time member of SASHLab, completing both her co-op placement and undergraduate research project with us. Grace’s research will investigate the role of attachment for health and she has already presented on her thesis plans!

More News!

Last month, SASHLab member Brenda O’Connell had the amazing opportunity to present at Leinster House, Houses of the Oireachtas!

The Houses of the Oireachtas Service cross-functional committee are in the process of setting up a staff network for Senior Clerk and Equivalent Technical Grades in the Service and the head of the committee was intrigued by one of Brenda’s (with the help of SASHLab founder Stephen Gallagher, and Deirdre O’Shea) Kemmy Business School Research Bulletin Articles on how positive psychological interventions can be used to enhance relationships and wellbeing.

Subsequently, Brenda was invited to speak at the official inaugural launch of the network on Monday 5th September 2016. Brenda’s speech focused on the application of positive psychology in organizations, placing particular emphasis on the importance of healthy, high quality relationships with colleagues in the work environment to promote the network and foster a culture of working collaboratively.

Although Brenda did not get to meet her fellow Kerry natives Michael and Danny Healy Rae, it was a big success, and SASHLab looks forward to similar research outputs in the future.

Even More News!!

SASHLab research was also profiled on the psypost blog: with SASHLab alumnus Dr. Rachel Sumner of the University of Gloucestershire reporting on our findings from the Irish Research Council project on unemployment and cortisol.

Look out on twitter for more announcements on our updates to keep in the loop!

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