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Dr. Meg Ryan
Research Fellow, Psychology

Biography

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

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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 Journal Article, 2021

Research Expertise

Description

My research interests include sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, global mental health, psychotraumatology and feminist informed psychotherapy.

Keywords

Clinical psychology; Counselling Psychology ; Feminist Psychotherapy ; Health, Clinical and Counselling; Psychology of women and perspectives on personhood; Psychotherapy Research ; Psychotraumatology; Qualitative Methodology ; Reproductive Health

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Ray Fuller Prize in Psychology 2016

Memberships

Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2017

Founding member of the PSI Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology 2021

Member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Reform (MHR) – 2022