Director of Graduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies


Director of Graduate Studies (Lecturer/Researcher)

BA; M.Ed.; PhD


Deirdre is a lecturer and researcher in the Education Department, St. Angela’s College, Sligo since 2009. She teaches and supervises at undergraduate (Psychology of Education, Educational Research Methods, Applied Social Sciences) and postgraduate (Advanced Research and Study Skills, Dissertation) levels. More recently, her role includes Masters Co-ordinator in Education.

A graduate of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Dr. Harvey holds a first-class BA Psychology and PhD in Psychology. She has obtained an MEd Teaching and Learning (St. Patrick’s College, DCU, First Class, Mark Morgan Award Recipient). 

She has publications in international journals such as Behavioural Brain Research, Physiology and Behaviour, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the European Journal of Special Needs Education. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences (e.g. FENS, EBBS, ATEE, ECER, BPS, ESAI). To date, Dr. Harvey has attracted funding from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology, Scotens, TRex and the Teaching Council. Within St. Angela’s College, Dr. Harvey has received funding through the Angela Merici fund.


Dr. Harvey’s research is focused in the general areas of psychology and education, memory and learning. The first area of general interest focuses on student teacher/ teacher wellbeing including stress, sleep and health behaviours. Most recently, research centred on student teacher’s wellbeing during School placement examining their eating, physical activity, and sleep behaviours. Emanating from this work, on-going research is investigating student teacher’s understanding and experiences of wellbeing during their first school placement.

Dr. Harvey’s second area of research explores the school placement experience, encompassing teacher collaboration, learning and wellbeing broadly. Dr. Harvey was part of a research team in St. Angela’s College, funded through the John Coolahan Research Support Framework, Teaching Council, examining Student teachers' collaborative experiences during school placement; barriers and opportunities. In addition, upcoming research by Dr. Harvey and Dr. Maria Campbell, funded through the Teachers’ Research Exchange (T-REX), will investigate student teacher collaboration within small group-based assessments and classes.


Commins, S., Cunningham, L., Harvey, D., & Walsh, D. (2003). Massed but not spaced training impairs spatial memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 139; 215-223.

Mc Gauran, A-M.T., Harvey, D., Cunningham, L., Craig, S., Commins, S. (2004). Retention of cue-based associations in the water maze is time-dependent and sensitive to disruption by rotating the starting position. Behavioural Brain Research 151; 255-266.

Harvey, D., & Commins, S. (2005). Acquisition of spatial relations between the distal cues and the platform’s location occurs during locomotion in the Morris watermaze. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 65, 52.

Mc Gauran, A. T., Harvey, D., & Commins, S. (2005). The cue-platform associations in the watermaze task builds up gradually during acquisition through locomotion, and not whilst on the platform. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 65, 64.

Harvey, D., Smith, R., English, K., Mahon, B. & Commins, S. (2006). Interleukin-10 (IL-10) but not lipopolysaccharide (LPS) produces increased motor activity and abnormal exploratory patterns while impairing spatial learning in Balb/c mice. Physiology and Behaviour, 87(5), 842-847.

Harvey, D., McGauran, A-M., McGonagle, V. & Commins, S. (2006). Removal of cue-associations does not predict the dominance of a procedural strategy in the Morris Watermaze. The Irish Journal of Medical Science, 175(3), 63.

Harvey, D., McGauran, A-M., Murphy, J.S., Burns, L. & McMonagle, E. (2007). Emergence of an egocentric cue guiding and allocentric inferring strategy that mirrors Hippocampal Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) expression in the Morris Watermaze. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 89 (4),462-479.

Harvey, D. & Commins, S (2007). Dissecting exploratory behaviour: Cue-based searching strategies during Morris water maze acquisition. British Neuroscience. Association Abstract, 19: 124.

Kealy, J., Diviney, M., Kehoe, E., McGonagle, V., O'Shea, A. & Harvey, D. & Commins, S. (2008). The effects of overtraining in the Morris water maze on allocentric and egocentric learning strategies in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 192(2), 259-263.

Kerins, P., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. & Lambe, J. (2016) Reconceptualising school placement as part of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland, North and South: the role of specialist school placement. Scotens.

Keirns, P., Casserly, A. M., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. & Tiernan, B. (2017). The professional development needs of special needs assistants in Irish post-primary schools. European Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol. 33 (1).

Harvey, D., & Commins, S. (2005). Acquisition of spatial relations between the distal cues and the platform’s location occurs during locomotion in the Morris watermaze. European Brain and Behaviour Society Conference, Dublin, September 2005.

McGauran, A-M., Harvey, D. & Commins, S. (2005). The cue-platform association in the watermaze task builds up gradually during acquisition through locomotion, and not whilst on the platform. European Brain and Behaviour Society Conference, Dublin, September 2005.

Harvey, D. & Commins, S. (2005). Behavioural and electrophysiological examination of cue-based associations acquired during the learning phase of a spatial navigation task. IRCSET National Symposium, Dublin, November 2005.

Harvey, D., Smith, R., English, K., Mahon, B. & Commins, S.  (2006). IL-10 but not LPS produces increased motor activity and abnormal exploratory patterns while impairing spatial learning. NUI Maynooth Postgraduate Colloquium, NUI Maynooth, March 2006. Awarded prize for best Postgraduate poster.

Harvey, D., Commins, S., Smith, R., English, K. & Mahon, B. (2006). Interleukin-10 (IL-10) but not Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) produces increased motor activity and abnormal exploratory patterns while impairing spatial learning in BALB/c mice. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, Vienna, July 2006.

Harvey, D., Mc Gauran, A-M., Mc Gonagle, V. & Commins, S. (2006). Removal of cue-associations does not predict the dominance of a procedural strategy in the Morris Watermaze. Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Cork, September 2006.

Harvey, D & Commins, S (2007). Dissecting exploratory behaviour: Cue-based searching strategies during Morris water maze acquisition. British Neuroscience Association, Harrogate, April 2007.

Keirns, P., Casserly, A. M., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. & Tiernan, B. (2015). Training Needs of Special Needs Assistants: Policy and Practice in a time of Transition. Educational Studies Association of Ireland ESAI, Maynooth, April 2015.

Harvey, D.(2015) Student Teacher Transition to School Placement: The Influence of Sleep On Student Teachers’ Daytime Functioning During School Placement. Educational Studies Association of Ireland ESAI, Maynooth, April 2015 Maynooth: Carton House.

Kerins, P., Casserly, A., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. & Tiernan, B. (2015). Investigating the training needs of special needs assistants in the Border, Midland and Western region. Learner Voice Conference, Trinity College Dublin, June 2015.

Harvey, D. (2016) Trainee teachers’ perceptions during school placement; co-operating teacher support and working relations. The European Conference on Education, Brighton, June 2016.

Harvey, D. (2018) Feeling Left out: Student teacher’s perceptions of co-operating teacher working relations during school placement. 11th International Congress of Education Research (ICER), Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland, September 2018.

Lehane, L. & Harvey, D. (2018)Student Teachers collaborative experiences during School Placement; Barriers and Opportunities, Research Meet, Mary Immaculate College, October 2018.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2019)Student teacher collaboration: Perceptions during school placement. Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, Sligo, April 2019.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2019)Collaborating during School placement: Investigating student teachers’ perspectives. Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) Annual Conference, Bath Spa University, August 2019.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2019)Perceptions from practice, Student teacher collaboration during school placement. European Educational Research Association (EERA) Annual Conference, Universitat Hamburg, September 2019.

Harvey, D. (2019) Trainee teachers’ reflections from teaching practice: perceptions of their wellbeing. British Psychological Society (BPS), Psychology of Education division, Conference, Manchester, September 2019.

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2020) Collaboration during school placement; a realistic endeavour or a flight of fancy? Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, DCU, Dublin, April 2020 (accepted; conference cancelled).

Harvey, D. (2020) Impediments and supports to student teacher’s well-being during school placement. Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference, DCU, Dublin, April 2020 (accepted; conference cancelled).

Campbell, M. & Harvey, D. (2020) Workshop: Technology and pedagogy: empowering learners in hospital schools who are ‘distanced’ from their peers. Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe (HOPE) Congress, Taillinn, Estonia, May 2020 (accepted; conference cancelled).

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2020) Exploring student teacher’s collaboration during School placement: uncovering the barriers and opportunities (Phase 2). European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, September 2020 (accepted; conference cancelled).

Harvey, D. (2020) Wellbeing, still the poor relation: Student teacher wellbeing during school placement. Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE), Spring Conference: Teacher Education for Promoting Well-being in School, July 2020.

Harvey, D. (2020)Wellbeing during School placement: Eat, Exercise, Sleep, Repeat? Realities from the cold face. British Psychological Society (BPS), Psychology of Education division, Annual Conference (online), September 2019.                                                                                                                                         

Harvey, D., Lehane, L. & Mohan, K. (2021)Collaboration, we’re better together? Trainee teachers’ understanding of teacher collaboration prior to teaching practice. British Psychological Society (BPS), Psychology of Education division, Annual Conference, (online), September 2021.

Harvey, D. & Campbell, M. (2021) Student teachers’ collaboration in research activities: Present and future implications. Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) Annual conference (online), September 2021.

Harvey, D.Campbell, M. (2021) Garnering the Social in Social Media: An examination of the use of the online T-REX platform in student teachers’ research activities: interactions, collaborations and challenges. Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference (online), March 2021.

Harvey, D. & Campbell, M. (2022) Motivation in Online Collaboration: Examining Student Teacher’s Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness. Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Annual Conference: Reconnecting Education: What Matters? Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, April 2022.

Harvey, D. & Campbell, M. (2022) What lies beneath? An examination of student teachers’ autonomy, competence, and relatedness in online collaboration. Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) Spring Conference: Teaching and Learning for an Inclusive Interconnected World, Sestri Levante, Italy, April 2022.

 


Honours and Awards:

2004-2007: Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).

2005: Award for paper publication in the Proceeding of the N.U.I. Maynooth Colloquium 2005.

2006: Best Postgraduate poster at the N.U.I. Maynooth Postgraduate Colloquium 2006.

2007: EBBS stipend for Federation of European Neuroscience Societies conference in Trieste, Italy.

2014: Mark Morgan Medal for first place in MEd Teaching and Learning, St. Patrick’s College, DCU.

2013-2015: Angela Merici Research Bursary (€5000) Investigating the training needs of Special Needs Assistants in the Border, Midland and Western Region. Dr. Ann Marie Casserly, Dr. Bairbre Tiernan, Dr. Pauline Kerins, Dr. Deirdre Harvey, Ms. Dolores Mc Donagh and Ms. Evelyn Deacy

2014-2016: Scotens funded (€5000) Reconceptualising school placement as part of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland, North and South: the role of specialist school placement. Dr. Pauline Keirns, Dr. Deirdre Harvey, Ms Dolores McDonagh and Dr. Jackie Lambe.

2017-2019: John Coolahan Research Support Framework, Teaching Council (€3500) Student Teacher Collaboration during School Placement. Dr. Deirdre Harvey, Dr. Louise Lehane and Ms. Kate Mohan.

2020-2021: T-REX Module Innovation Framework (€3000) for Educational Research Methods module (Dr. Deirdre Harvey, and Dr. Maria Campbell).

2021-2022         SCoTENS (3000 Sterling) SCHOLAR, Scholarship through the Collaborative Hosting of Online Learning for Aspiring Researchers. Dr Deirdre Harvey, Dr. Maria Campbell (St Angela’s College, Sligo) and Dr. Celia O Hagan (Stranmillis University College, Belfast).

2021-2022         T-REX Module Innovation Framework (€3000) Understanding Education and Sociology of Education modules. (Dr. Maria Campbell and Dr. Deirdre Harvey).

2020-2023         ReSTID: Reconceptualising the role of Student Teachers in the Inclusion of learners who are Distanced from their peers. Dr. Maria Campbell and Dr. Deirdre Harvey, (St. Angela’s College). €500 St Angela’s College, Sligo.

Professional Association Membership

  • ATEE;
  • ESAI;
  • ECER,
  • BPS Psychology of Education division.

Committees

  • BA PME Programme Board;
  • BNSC Course Committee;
  • Research Ethics Advisory Committee (St. Angela’s College);
  • PG/Master Programme Board, Education Department;
  • School Placement tutor.