Dr. Sinéad McDonough, B.A.,H.Dip,M.A.,PhD, holds an honours qualification in Applied Psychology, a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology and a PhD in Applied Forensic Psychology (specifically in the area of Risk Assessment of sex offenders).
As a PhD researcher, Sinéad was involved in a study that critically evaluated the use of implicit measures on sexual interest. This study examined the potential benefit of implicit association paradigms on the assessment of sexual interest. The ultimate aim of the work was to inform on the forensic assessment of sexual offenders. This research was prison based.
Sinéad has lectured in various Colleges and Universities in Ireland in the area of forensic psychology, mental health and crime, risk assessment and management, personality disorders and sexual and violent offenders.
As the owner of Safe Search Ireland, Sinéad delivers information sessions/training/workshops to students, parents, educators and teachers in national and secondary schools across Ireland regarding issues around Social Media & Cyber-bullying.
Sinéad’s primary research interest is in the area of sexual offenders, specifically focusing on implicit measurement techniques within the Risk Assessment of those who commit sexual offences.
Sinead’s work also includes lecturing on online crime, specifically in the area of Cyber-stalking and how the internet may be used to lure victims. Other research interests include exploring the link between personality disorders and specific offending behaviours.