Dr Leonor Rodriguez

B.A., M.A., PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

Leonor is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. She has experience in health and clinical psychology working with families, children and young people that experience chronic illness and completed a Maters in Clinical and Health Psychology in her native Costa Rica. Leonor completed her PhD in the School of Psychology, NUI Galway entitled: ‘Understanding adolescent adjustment to maternal cancer: A study of personal experiences and psychological factors that promote adjustment’.

Research Interests

Health psychology, chronic illness, Clinical psychology, family support, research methods, mixed methods

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Exploring the predictors of empathic mentoring relationship: a mixed methods approach’ 01-DEC-17 30-APR-18

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Methodological challenges of sensitive topic research with adolescents'
Rodriguez L (2018) 'Methodological challenges of sensitive topic research with adolescents'. Qualitative Research, 18 (1):22-32 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) 'Adolescent adjustment to maternal cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)'
Leonor Rodriguez, Ann Marie Groarke, Pat Dolan, Padraig MacNeela (2018) 'Adolescent adjustment to maternal cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)'. Qualitative Research Journal, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) 'Selective sharing: The impact of patterns of communication in young people experiencing maternal cancer'
Leonor Rodriguez (2018) 'Selective sharing: The impact of patterns of communication in young people experiencing maternal cancer'. Cancer Reports, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'From cared to carers: Adolescent transition at a time of maternal cancer'
Rodriguez L., Groarke A., Dolan P & MacNeela P. (2017) 'From cared to carers: Adolescent transition at a time of maternal cancer'. Children’s Research Digest, 3 (2):77-82 [Details]
(2011) 'Case studies: Health and Self-Care in Mothers of Children with Haemophilia'
Rodriguez, L. (2011) 'Case studies: Health and Self-Care in Mothers of Children with Haemophilia'. Revista Costarricense de Psicología, 30 :1-16 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2018) Exploring the Impact of Mentoring Relationships in Adolescent Empathy: A Mixed Methods Approach.
Rodriguez L., Dolan P, Brady B. (2018) Exploring the Impact of Mentoring Relationships in Adolescent Empathy: A Mixed Methods Approach. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) Interim report in the Meitheal Process and Outcomes Study.
Rodriguez L. Cassidy A & Devaney C. (2017) Interim report in the Meitheal Process and Outcomes Study. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Improving the lived experiences and needs of children with haemophilia through research'
Rodriguez L. (2017) 'Improving the lived experiences and needs of children with haemophilia through research' Children’s Research Digest, 4 (2) :45-50. [Details]
(2017) 'Secondary data analysis with young people. Some ethical and methodological considerations from practice'
Rodriguez L. (2017) 'Secondary data analysis with young people. Some ethical and methodological considerations from practice' Children’s Research Digest, 4 (3) :47-52. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) SWSD,
Rodriguez L, Devaney C and Cassidy A. (2018) Social Work, Education and Social Development. [Oral Presentation], SWSD, Dublin , 04-JUL-18 - 07-JUL-18. [Details]
Mothering, motherhood and mothers in and through generations: Theory, narrative, representation, practice and experience,
Rodriguez L Impact of maternal cancer on young people. [Keynote Address], Mothering, motherhood and mothers in and through generations: Theory, narrative, representation, practice and experience, Galway . [Details]
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 8th Biennial International Conference. ‘Rediscovering empathy; values, relationships and practice in a changing world,
Rodriguez L Promoting empathy through mindfulness and mediation. A workshop for adults. [Other], UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 8th Biennial International Conference. ‘Rediscovering empathy; values, relationships and practice in a changing world, Galway . [Details]
II International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology on Children and Adolescents,
Rodriguez L Impact of Maternal cancer on adolescents. [Oral Presentation], II International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology on Children and Adolescents, Spain . [Details]
29th Conference of the EHPS: Principles of Behaviour Change in Health and Illness,
Rodriguez L Adolescent Adjustment to Maternal Cancer. [Oral Presentation], 29th Conference of the EHPS: Principles of Behaviour Change in Health and Illness, Cyprus . [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Costa Rican Association of Psychologists Member /
Psychological Society of Ireland Member No. M7292 /
Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland Communications/Membership Officer RoI /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Costa Rican Haemophilia Association Psychologist /
Costa Rican Technology Institute Student Adviser and Educational Researcher /
University College Dublin Research Assistant /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2008 University of Costa Rica BSc Psychology Degree
2016 National University of Ireland Galway PhD The relationship between perceived social support and adolescent adjustment to maternal breast cancer: a mixed methods approach.
2010 University of Costa Rica Msc Clinical and Health Psychology

Languages

  Language
French
Spanish

Other Activities

  Description

2014 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Certified by Yoga Alliance. 2014 Mindfulness Diploma. Certified by IANLPC. 2014 Writing for Children. Certified by Escritores.Org Spain 2015 Art Therapy Certificate. NLP Centre of Excellence. 2015 MiniMeYoga Ambassador 2015 Naturopath Diploma. Certified by International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. 2016 Rainbow Kids Yoga 2016 Committee member of the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Teaching Interests

Psychology, family support, health psychology, research methods, clinical psychology and developmental psychology.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2013 Developmental Psychology PS214
2017 Applied Developmental Psychology PS345 Resilience and Adolescence
2017 MA/Postgraduate Diploma (Family Support Studies) GYA07 Thesis supervisor
2018 MA/Postgraduate Diploma (Family Support Studies) GYA07 Thesis supervisor
2016 Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research GYG00
2017 Nursing/Midwifery NUIG PS345 Adolescence and maternal cancer
2014 Psychology for Nurses and Midwifery NU116 Nursing/ Midwifery
2014 Psychology for Nurses and Midwifery NU334
2012 Developmental Psychology PS214 Tutor
2014 Introduction to Psychology, PS122 Tutor
2012 Research Methods in Psychology PS 219 Tutor
2014 Higher Diploma in Midwifery GYM67