Dr. Meg Ryan
Research Fellow, Psychology
Dr. Meg Ryan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, working on the Missing Link Project. This is a global initiative conducted in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross to develop supervision guidelines for use within mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programming within humanitarian emergencies. This project uses action research approaches and involves collaboration with multiple NGOs and stakeholders in the MHPSS community.
Meg is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in TCD where she contributes to the education and supervision of trainee counselling psychologists. Meg currently works in private practice as a Counselling Psychologist where she specialises in trauma-informed care.
Meg received a BA(Hons) in Psychology from TCD, where she also completed the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Her doctoral research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Frédérique Vallieres, and explored the experience of providing crisis pregnancy counselling in Ireland during a period of legislative changes regarding abortion provision. Her research interests include psychotraumatology, feminist informed psychotherapy, global mental health, sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Ryan, M., Abujaber, N., McBride K.A., Tingsted Blum, P., Engels, M., Alshibi, A., Greene, H., Githaiga, S., Didenko, A., & Vallières, F., The acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility of implementing supportive supervision within humanitarian contexts: A qualitative study, SSM - Mental Health, 2023
Ryan, M., Nolan, A., & Vallières, F., Lifting the cloak of secrecy: Experiences of providing crisis pregnancy counselling in a changing legislative context in Ireland, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 22, (1), 2021, p22 - 31
DescriptionMy research interests include sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, global mental health, psychotraumatology and feminist informed psychotherapy.
- An exploratory study using mixed methods to understand Moroccan and refugee women's experiences of reproductive violence
- This project is a partnership between Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin (CGH, TCD). The study aims to elucidate the contexts in which Reproductive Violence is experienced by women and girls when they attempt to practice their Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) rights and choices in Morocco, and to understand the contributing factors. Overall, this project aims to generate increased knowledge which can be integrated into Gender-Based Violence programming and SRH services to enhance capacity to provide more sustainable services to those impacted and to advocate for national policy changes.
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- Sexual Violence Research Initiative
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Awards and Honours
Ray Fuller Prize in Psychology
Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland
Member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Reform (MHR)
Founding member of the PSI Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology