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TRiCC Visiting Researchers

Every year, researchers from all over the world visit Trinity. Some of them for short periods of time, others for longer. One of the challenges we face as an academic community is finding ways of helping them get to know us, and us them. Our Visiting Researchers page is designed to help address this challenge. Some of the researchers will be visiting TRiCC, while others will be arriving to work on existing research projects in particular schools.

TRiCC provides a space for Visiting Researchers to connect with multiple researchers across schools, facilitating interdisciplary collaboration.

If you are a member of TRiCC and have a visiting researcher coming to Trinity, please let us know. We can introduce them to the wider community of researchers in childhood across TCD by highlighting their work and research interests on our website.

If you are a visiting researcher to Trinity, working on child or youth research, and would like to connect with TRiCC, do not hesitate to contact us.

Summer 2019 Visiting Researchers

Deirdre Donohue

Laidlaw Scholar and undergraduate psychology student in Trinity College Dublin

Deirdre is entering the third year of her bachelor’s degree in psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Her primary research interests lie in developmental psychology, particularly in children’s mental health and immigrant children’s wellbeing. She has received funding through the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme to conduct ten weeks of research in her area of interest, under the supervision of Dr Lorraine Swords.

Her research project is entitled: Moving to, and Growing Up in, Ireland: Immigrant children’s experience of early life stress, supportive relationships, and long-term psychological wellbeing. The research contains both quantitative and qualitative elements, with an initial analysis of Growing Up in Ireland data, followed by a structured interview phase.

"Conducting my research in TRiCC is an amazing opportunity to work with some of the leading childhood researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds. The collaborative and energetic environment stimulates the generation of new ideas and an increased awareness of different view points, which in turn, leads to more original and well-developed research. I look forward to being both supported and challenged here in TRiCC, as I conduct the first independent research project of my academic career"

Contact Deirdre at ddonohue@tcd.ie

Dr Heidi Siller

Visiting Researcher from the Medical University of Innsbruck, joining TRiCC as part of the Eurolife Short-Term Research Exchange Program

Heidi Siller is a psychologist, clinical and health psychologist and researcher. She is working at the Gender Medicine Unit, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Her research focuses on violence in different settings:

  • Interpersonal violence: how medical and health professionals deal with women affected by domestic, interpersonal and intimate partner violence, how to best include training on interpersonal violence in medical and health profession education (focus on midwifery students)
  • Mistreatment of medical students: how students perceive mistreatment during medical education, how they can be supported to respond to such mistreatment (e.g. strengthening resilience)
  • Toxic academic workplaces: power constructions, discrimination and inequality in academia

Her second research focus explores career progression, inequality in career pursuit and discrimination in careers, with particular focus on medical careers.

Heidi specializes in qualitative research methods, mostly applying an intersectional framework to deconstruct intersecting aspects (e.g. social characteristics) that contribute to power structures, discrimination and inequality. She also includes gender aspects and influence of gender constructions in her work.

"I am very excited to be here and to work with midwives and leading researchers in midwifery on supporting women affected by domestic violence. TRiCC offers me the unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, to exchange and share ideas and perspectives with colleagues coming from diverse professional backgrounds and experiences. TRiCC provides the space to expand and deepen my research network, consequently promoting our (research) efforts in fighting domestic violence and violence against women."

Contact Heidi at heidi.siller@i-med.ac.at

Link to Heidi's university profile

Previous Visiting Researchers

Sara Serrate Gonzalez

Visiting Research Fellow from University of Salamanca

Sara holds a PhD in Education, is a graduate of Social Education and has a bachelor’s degree in Psycho-pedagogy. She has considerable expertise in the areas of education and prevention of gender-based violence. Currently Sara is an Assistant Professor in the University of Salamanca in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Education. She teaches on the degrees of Social Education and Social Work, as well as the Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Education and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies modules and the specialised Diploma on Vulnerable Children in Society: intervention, inclusion and participation, all in the University of Salamanca. Her core areas of work are socio-educational intervention in childhood and youth, social pedagogy and education for equality in the family and in school.

Sara is a member of a recognised Research Group within the University of Salamanca: "Processes, spaces and educational practices". The focus of much of her research is socio-educational intervention with children, families, women and the elderly. She has participated in research studies with other university research groups and institutions and social and educational organisations such as: child protection centres, youth clubs, family support centres and education settings for older people. Sara is especially interested in the resolution of situations that require preventive or re-education processes with participants who are at risk of social exclusion. Her key current interest is in the practice of socio-educational agents as social educators in schools and the preventive processes or the interventions that they perform in situations of need or problems of integration.

"I arrived on June 14 and I will be until September 14, for 3 months. I choose TRiCC because, at the University of Salamanca, we are starting new projects such as my research group, a new postgraduate degree in vulnerable childhood, and a new social laboratory. We want to learn about other teaching and research methods and how TRiCC is organized in the investigation of children and young people, especially minors in social protection and disadvantage.

I am working directly with Trevor Spratt as well as on new joint projects with Conor McGuckin and Stephen Minton of the School of Education. On the subject of gender equality and prevention of violence, I am working with Sioban O'Brien Green."

Contact Sara at sarasg@usal.es

Read more about Sara's publications and projects