Bio

If someone asked me to describe myself in three words, I would say that I am pragmatic, motivated, and a hardcore nerd. OK, so that's technically 4 words, but the 'hardcore' was required.

I am one part researcher, one part gamer, and one part developer. I utilise my psychological background not only to discern the most important aspects of video games, but also to apply this knowledge to my own game development. Please see the rest of my site for further details on my profressional experience, education, skills, and blog posts with my video game insights.

Computer Programming

Professional Experience

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Postdoctoral Researcher

January 2021-June 2021

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Dublin City University for two different funded projects regarding behavioural interventions and cancer. My duties include conducting systematic searches for a systematic review, data analysis, and manuscript writing/editing. This position will lead to several publications and has provided me with experience in joining new research teams outside of my primary area.

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Lecturer in Psychology

September 2019-March 2021

I have lectured at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick since the Autumn semester of 2019. My lecturing duties have involved being module coordinator for various undergraduate psychology modules including cognitive psychology as well assisting on abnormal psychology, research methods, and intermediate statistics modules. Further, I have supervised three undergraduate dissertations to completion.

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Research Assistant

March 2018-May 2019; January 2021-March 2021

I assisted the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences on several projects on two different occasions. Specifically, I organised references in Endnote, conducted complex statistical analyses using SPSS and Excel, wrote up the results section of a paper, and helped to edit the other sections. This work has resulted in my co-authorship a paper, which has since been published in PLoS One. The second project is currently in preparation for submission.

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Guest Lecturer in Cyber Psychology and Online Communication

December 2020

I was invited to give a guest lecture at the Academic Institute of Higher Education for an emerging MSc program in Cyber Psychology and Online Communication. I was able to give a presentation on my core area of research—the effects of video games on well-being. I created a lecture to address the points required which will be used in the Spring semester of 2021 for the new MSc online programme.

Education

PhD in Psychology
University of Limerick

September 2016-September 2019

During my PhD, I examined the positive effects of video games on well-being. I used this research opportunity to demonstrate that video games can indeed be beneficial for individuals. My thesis was awarded the "Award for outstanding Student Dissertation in Media Psychology & Technology Dissertation by APA div 46"

Click 'Learn More' for a link to my review on positive effects of video games.

September 2015-September 2016

My master's thesis focused on how childhood abuse can predict non-suicidal self-injury. My findings ultimately demonstrated that the more abuse a child experiences, the higher the likelihood they will engage in self-injurious behaviour. The thesis won an 'Excellence in Research' award from the Irish Association of Suicidology.

BA in Psychology

California State University, Fresno

August 2010-May 2015

My bachelor's degree was my first proper introduction to psychology. I gained invaluable psychological knowledge that I was then able to apply to my postgraduate studies.

MSc in Psychological Science

University of Limerick

Skills

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Data Collection

Creating surveys and collecting ethical data

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GameMaker Studio 2

Programming and game development in GML

Data Analysis

Basic and complex analyses with small and large datasets

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Organisation

Ability to work on multiple projects at once

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"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about Rock-n-Roll."

Shigeru Miyamoto