Darragh McCashin - ESR 9,  University College Dublin 

Much of my career has revolved around exploring the question of how and why technology has come to be used for both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ purposes. 

Originally studying sociology and social policy (TCD), I was always fascinated with how to combine psychology with other disciplines to be better able to approach research questions from an interdisciplinary angle. A topic central to my research was the issue of sexual abuse, and the perceptions thereof. This was the focus of my psychology H.Dip (TCD), before I took a detour of sorts with a teaching stint abroad. 

Whilst always intending to return to doctoral research, I resided in Saudi Arabia for just under 3 years. I taught international curricula to civil servants, and of key relevance to TEAM, I also spent much of my time teaching via 1-to-1 iPad technology to primary boys. The sheer technological literacy of these students in a notably conservative and private society remains an enduring memory - both professionally and personally. 

Having returned to do an MSc in applied forensic psychology (York), my research returned to the psychology of sexual offending, with particular focus on online sexual offending. Most recently, I finished a year as a research assistant and associate lecturer at the University of Lincoln, researching case formulation of online sex offenders using mixed methodologies. 

This varied background spanning both academia and ‘real world’ has provided me with key insights and skills for critically evaluating the (un)desired role of technology in our society today and in the future. It is with great honour and excitement that I join TEAM and (once arch rivals!) UCD to develop CBT apps to support adolescent mental health. 

My publications:

McCashin, D. (2018), Social Paper, presented at the 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health, CHI’18, Montreal, Canada

McCashin, D. (2018), The psychology of the online offender – challenge and opportunities,  Understanding 'Bad Actors' Online workshop at CHI, 2018  Link to conference website here

McCashin,D., O'Reilly, G., Coyle, D., A qualitative synthesis of children’s experiences with technology-assisted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018103388 Available from: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018103388

Merdian, H. L., Perkins, D. E., Webster, S. D., & McCashin, D. (2019). Transnational child sexual abuse: outcomes from a roundtable discussion. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(2), 243.  DOI:10.3390/ijerph16020243

van der Meulen H, McCashin D, O'Reilly G, Coyle D. (2019) Using Computer Games to Support Mental Health Interventions: Naturalistic Deployment Study JMIR Ment Health 2019;6(5):e12430
DOI: 10.2196/12430 PMID: 31094346

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