A PhD student in the Loyola Institute, Mary’s research interest is in the work of the Dominican theologian, philosopher and psychoanalyst Fr. Victor White O.P. (1902-1960). White’s work is a considered analysis of the need to confront the human condition in a multi-disciplinary way. He argued infavour of the inter-relatedness of soul and psyche by considering the common ground between the theology of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961).
White's thought was deeply influenced by his friendship and professional collaboration with Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology. The Jung-White Letters, published in 2007, were the impetus for Mary's research. The aim of which is to bring to light White's considered analysis of the ethics of psychological treatment. An ethical perspective which, Mary proposes to argue, is as relevant today as when it was first considered over seventy years ago.