Dr. Irene Connolly

I am a Psychologist, and lecture + research in the areas of Educational + Developmental Psychology. My main research focuses on bullying and cyberbullying, children and technology and the use of technology in learning. I also am chairperson of the Department of Technology and Psychology's Ethics Committee.


I have published in peer-reviewed journals, written chapters for academic books, published in conference proceedings.

Connolly, I, Palmer, P, Barton, H. + Kirwan, G. An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. 2016
Connolly, I. Prevalence rates of cyberbullying from a cross-national perspective. In Bullying and Cyberbullying: Prevalence, Psychological Impacts and Intervention Strategies. Edited by Conor McGuckin and Lucie Corcoran. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. In Press
Checkley, M., Connolly, I. + Palmer, M. Exploring an effective design for online learning: Potential lessons for mainstream schools from an online alternative educational programme. Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools.In Press
Connolly, I., Hurley, O., Power, A., Kirwan, G + Rooney, B. (March). Social Media + Networking Behaviour. In Cyberpsychology edited by Alison Attrill. Oxford University Press2015
Connolly, I. Cyberbullying in Ireland: Methods, Rates and Outcomes for Cybervictims. The Irish Psychologist, October, Volume 40, Issue 12, p. 304-309.2014

Reseach projects

Research includes bullying, cyberbullying, children and technology, learning and technology, dyslexia, social media, e-learning. Psychological Society, in Queens University, Belfast.


Northern Ireland British Psychological Society (NIBPS). 60th Annual Conference, Dundalk. Symposium on Cyberbully + prevention methods in schools2016
National Anti-Bullying Centre + Sonet Bull's Peer Learning Strategies for Countering Bullying. Bullying + the Role of Bystanders. The Helix, DCU.2015
An exploration of bullying and cyberbullying in both children and adolescents. Irish Learning Support Association Annual conference. 2015
An exploration of traditional and cyberbullying. NIBPS/PSI Annual All Ireland Psychology Undergraduate Careers in Queens University, Belfast. 2015
School climate and willingness to seek help for bullying. Psychological Society of Ireland, Annual Conference. 2014

Awards + Achievements

  • Fellow researcher with the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Dublin City University (DCU). http://www.abc.tcd.ie/staff.html
  • Irish representative of European Federation of Psychologists Associations EFPA Consultation Group ‘Psychology and Internet’: Coalition to make the internet a safer place for children. http://europa.eu/rapid