AN ENNIS NATIVE has been appointed Chief of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College (MIC).
Professor Niamh Stack joined MIC after a stint of two decades at the Scottish University of Glasgow, most recently as Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. Her arrival coincides with the first intake of students for the new Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Niamh’s research focuses primarily on gifted young people, but also includes a broader interest in all forms of difference and diversity in development and the important role psychology should play at a societal level in issues of development, poverty and social justice.
This interest led to significant research collaborations with the charities Children’s Wood and G20 Youth Group in Glasgow, as well as long-term volunteer positions within the British Psychological Society, where she currently chairs the Education and Training Board. Professor Stack has been published on a wide range of topics, including gifted learners, diverse learning, early childhood education and special education.
Dean of Arts, Professor William Leahy, said Professor Stack joined the faculty at an important and exciting time for the psychology department. “Professor Stack’s professional achievements in higher education and volunteer positions within the British Psychological Society in the UK speak for themselves and I look forward to the expertise and leadership this department will bring in the years to come”.
Professor Stack outlined: “When I was a student, professional placement was a career-defining experience for me, and so to join MIC when the BSc in Psychology is launched – a program that focuses on the application of psychology in society and that substantial placement provides experience – feels like it’s come full circle”.
She continued: “The pandemic has highlighted the vital nature of psychology as a topic, both in terms of informing health behaviors and health information campaigns, but also as an essential support system in addressing the short- and long-term psychological challenges facing us globally. all ages and all aspects of life. In our ever-changing world, which faces enormous challenges in climate change, global health problems, poverty, war, racism and discrimination against minority groups and so many important issues, it is imperative that our future psychology graduates be equipped with the dexterous skills they will have to contribute best to society, regardless of the field of psychology they have chosen”.