Dr. Sinéad McDonough is a graduate of University College Cork. She holds an honours qualification in Applied Psychology, a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology and a PhD in Applied Forensic Psychology. Sinéad specialized in the risk assessment of sex offenders and holds extensive experience of working within prison based settings.
Her work investigated the potential benefit of implicit association paradigms on the assessment of sexual interest. The ultimate aim of her work was to inform on the forensic assessment of sexual offenders. Sinéad has been involved in the area of child safeguarding for many years and has worked at community level as a safeguarding representative. She has also worked on Garda Youth Diversion Programs. Sinéad has lectured in various colleges and Universities in Ireland in the field of mental health and crime, risk assessment of sexual and violent offenders, the application of psychology to the criminal justice system and the link between personality and offending behaviors.
Sinéad is the founder of Safe Search Ireland which was established to educate young people against risks in the online world. Sinéad delivers presentations across Ireland to students/parents/teachers/principals in the area of online safety and cyberbullying in both national and secondary schools.
Sinéad also delivers presentations to various organizations. Past attendees have included personnel from the Irish Prison Service, HSE, An Garda Síochána, Irish Defence Forces, Tusla-Child and Family Agency, GAA, Youth Support Services, Children’s Residential Services, Disability Support Services and Wellness Centers.