I am a chartered psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a lecturer, researcher and author in the area of cyberpsychology. My particular areas of interest include cybercrime, online health/support seeking, and the psychological applications of virtual reality.
I work in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (www.iadt.ie), where I lecture on the MSc in Cyberpsychology (to our knowledge - the first one in the world - established in September 2007) and our undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology. I teach on several modules, including Forensic Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Computer Mediated Communication, and the Psychology of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
I am co-chair of the 21st Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy and Social Networking (CYPSY21) conference, which is being held in IADT from 27-29th June 2016. I also sit on the Editorial Board of the Cyberpsychology, Behaviour & Social Networking Journal.
I spent the 2014-2015 academic year living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was delighted to be part of the psychology staff at the Higher Education Learning Philosophy University there.
I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. At postgraduate level, I supervise Masters by Research students and students completing research projects as part of the MSc in Cyberpsychology. I am also co-supervisor of doctoral candidates, who are registered at the University of Wolverhampton.
I have been successful in obtaining over €700,000 in funding from various organisations, including the Irish Research Council, the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) and Enterprise Ireland.
Among my publications are four books.
- Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., and Kirwan, G. (2016). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. Abingdon, England: Routledge.
- Kirwan, G. and Power, A. (2013). Cybercrime: The Psychology of Online Offenders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Power, A. and Kirwan, G. (2013). Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. Hove, England: Psychology Press.
- Kirwan, G. and Power, A. (2011). The Psychology of Cyber Crime: Concepts and Principles. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.