Research Profile

Kellie Morrissey


I’m a researcher and PhD candidate in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. I completed my BA in Applied Psychology in 2012 and am currently pursuing my PhD, supervised by Professor John McCarthy and funded by the Irish Research Council. My research focuses on the lived experience of people with dementia living in publically-funded, long-stay units in Ireland, with a view towards how we can understand their experiences and, through effective digital design interventions, begin to enrich their lives. My work is primarily ethnographic and qualitative, using participative and creative methodologies as well as an Experience-Centred Design methodology and drawing from participative HCI and artistic projects.

I am also involved with research projects concerning the user experience of artificial intelligence and cultural practices in online subcultures concerning expressions of sexuality and masculinity. I am also employed in consultation work concerning assessing the usability and user experience of websites. My work has been presented internationally and I have also received grants to work internationally on participative and design-based projects. My main research interests include participatory methodology, ethnography, cultural psychology and sensemaking, design, health and old age psychology, and work with vulnerable or institutionalised populations.

Research Interests

My research interests lie mainly in the field of Human-Computer Interaction - in particular I am interested in design and making processes for and with vulnerable populations, and the potential for digital design to enrich the lives of vulnerable or institutionalised populations. I'm also interested in the evaluation and the experiences of such designs as well as a general interest in user experience. I have a keen interest in the use of ethnography and participatory action research, and have carried out work in these areas exploring researcher-participant relationships and reflexivity.

Research Grants

Start DateEnd DateAward
Creating "home" in dementia care contexts - a psychological approachIrish Research Council01-OCT-1231-OCT-16€48,000.00


Other Journals

(2014)'The experience of ‘home’ in dementia care'
Kellie Morrissey (2014) 'The experience of ‘home’ in dementia care' The Boolean, . [Details]

Conference Publications

(2012)Bolton Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology Conference
Morrissey, K. & Kirakowski, J. (2012) Criteria for assessing 'realness' in chatbots Bolton Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology Conference [Details]
(2013)Human-Computer Interaction International Conference 2013
Morrissey, K. & Kirakowksi, J. (2013) 'Realness' in Chatbots: Establishing Quantifiable Criteria Human-Computer Interaction International Conference 2013 [Details]
(2013)Designing for and With Vulnerable People - Workshop for CHI 2013
Morrissey, K. (2013) Emerging Values in Participatory Design and Dementia: Explicating, Operationalising and Redefining Designing for and With Vulnerable People - Workshop for CHI 2013 [Details]
(2014)Irish Gerontological Society Conference
Kellie Morrissey (2014) Being With and Being Without: An Ethnography of Relating in Dementia Care Irish Gerontological Society Conference [Details]
(2014)SummerPIT Conference
Kellie Morrissey (2014) Designing together: experiences of designing with people with dementia living in care SummerPIT Conference [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011College Scholar in Applied Psychology University College Cork
2012Studentship in Applied Psychology UCC School of Applied Psychology
2012University College Cork PhD EU Scholar University College Cork
2013Utrecht Network Young Researcher's Grant Utrecht Network
2014Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Association of Computing Machinery Member/
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI) Student Member/


2012University College Cork BA - PSYCHOLOGY - UCCBA in Applied Psychology


Enterprise Ireland
Carried out qualitative and quantitative research into the user experience of an online resource for facilitating wellbeing in the workplace.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I lecture in human-computer interaction, old-age psychology, social psychology, research methods (particularly qualitative methods) and organisational psychology, and have created and written modules in the same areas for various institutions. I have particular interest and experience in creating and running blended-learning or e-learning modules. For more information, please see my website (

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