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Dr. Meg Ryan

Assistant Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)


Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Dr. Meg Ryan is an Assistant Professor in Global Health, and Director of the MSc in Global Mental Health. Her research interests are broadly focused on reproductive justice, gender based-violence, global mental health, and LGBTQIA+ healthcare, with a particular focus on qualitative methodologies. Meg is TCD PI for a research partnership with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the Moroccan Family Planning Association (AMPF). This project is funded by the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and explores the experience of reproductive violence among Moroccan women and refugee women accessing health care in Morocco. Meg is also PI for an IRC New Foundations funded project in collaboration with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. This project seeks to develop stakeholder informed understandings of the intersections of reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence in an Irish context. Meg received a BA (Hons) in Psychology from TCD, where she also completed the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Her doctoral research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Frédérique Vallieres, and explored the experience of providing crisis pregnancy counselling in Ireland during a period of legislative changes regarding abortion provision. Meg is a practicing Chartered Counselling Psychologist and works from a feminist psychotherapy perspective incorporating both humanistic and psychodynamic principles. Meg is a founding member of the PSI Special Interest Group for Human Rights and Psychology and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for Mental Health Reform. Meg is a member of the Trans* Research Association of Ireland.
  Child/Maternal Health   Clinical psychology   Counselling Psychology   Feminist Psychotherapy   Health attitudes and behaviour   Health Care Reform   Health outcomes   HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH   Health, Clinical and Counselling   Psychology of women and perspectives on personhood   Psychotherapy Research   Psychotraumatology   Public health   Qualitative Methodology   Reproductive Health   sexual health services   Sexuality and sexual health
 An exploratory study using mixed methods to understand Moroccan and refugee women's experiences of reproductive violence
 The Missing Link
 Understanding the relationship between reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence in an Irish context; a stakeholder informed qualitative analysis

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Invited to sit on the Steering Committee for the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) review of HSE SHCPP-funded crisis pregnancy counselling (CPC) services and the My Options abortion information telephone service. 2022
Communications officer for PSI SIG in Human Rights & Psychology (2021- Ongoing)
Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for Mental Health Reform (2022-Ongoing)
Founding member of the PSI Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology
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Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2017
Member of the All Ireland Network on Sexual Violence Research (AINSVR)
Member of the Trans* Research Association of Ireland
Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Reform (MHR) 2022
Founding member of the PSI Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology 2021
Abujaber, N., Ryan,M., McBride K.A., Tingsted Blum, P., Engels, M., Didenko, A ., Greene, H., Peres de Matos, C.S., Whitton, S., & Vallières, F., Implementing Supportive Supervision in Acute Humanitarian Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Afghanistan and Ukraine, PLOS Global Public Health, 4, (4), 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  URL
Ryan, M., Abujaber, N., McBride K.A., Tingsted Blum, P., Engels, M., Alshibi, A., Greene, H., Githaiga, S., Didenko, A., & Vallières, F., The acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility of implementing supportive supervision within humanitarian contexts: A qualitative study, SSM - Mental Health, 2023, Notes: [10.1016/j.ssmmh.2023.100202], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Vallières, F., Ward, M. E., Shields, D., Geary, U., Gardner, C., King, D., McCarthy, G., Conolly, J., Brown, J., Wiedemann, N., Staunton, P., Halpin, R., McGinty, T., Brazil, V., Ali, A., Buckley, A., Dowds, J., Lambert, S., McGarry, S., McLoughlin, P., Murphy, M., Murphy, R., O"Carrol, A., Ryan., M., Slattery, S., Sweeney, E., Swords, M., Zihindula, G. & NíCheallaigh, C. , Co-developing, piloting, and evaluating a translational simulation (TS) delivery model for the promotion of psychological trauma-informed care (TIC) to improve service delivery within acute hospital settings: A Research Protocol, HRB Open Research,, 6, (27), 2023, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth O"Sullivan; Nadeen Abujaber ; Meg Ryan; Kelly A. McBride; Pia Tingsted Blum; Frédérique Vallières, Gender considerations for supportive supervision in humanitarian contexts: A qualitative study, Cambridge Prisms: Global Mental Health, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ryan, M., Nolan, A., & Vallières, F., Lifting the cloak of secrecy: Experiences of providing crisis pregnancy counselling in a changing legislative context in Ireland, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 22, (1), 2021, p22 - 31, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

Ryan, M., Said, N., Maamri., A., Sexual and reproductive health of refugees from West Asia in Morocco, Center for Reproductive Rights Symposium Report, Center for Reproductive Rights Symposium on Reproductive and Sexual Autonomy in Asia, Nepal, October 2023, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED


Award Date
Ray Fuller Prize in Psychology 2016
My research interests include global mental health, LGBTQIA+ health and mental health, reproductive justice, and gender-based violence (GBV). My research focuses on applying consultative, participatory approaches for the development of end-user informed guidelines, frameworks, and resources that will improve access to health, including mental health, care for society's most vulnerable populations. Through my research, my aim is to represent diverse lived experiences across gendered and cultural divides to address issues of inequality and discrimination of marginalised groups, with the goal of empowering individuals and communities to create social change. I am committed to integrating social justice and human rights principles into my research, and I believe that engaged research practices which build collaborative relationships between researchers and communities can enable communities to address local concerns, resulting in research that is applicable, culturally relevant, and that bridges the gaps between research, practice, and community needs. In line with feminist approaches, my research strives to include a `reciprocally educative focus', underpinned by values of intersectionality, positionality, and reflexivity.