Research Profile

Cindy O'Shea


I have worked for the Department of Applied Social Studies since 1997. I graduated from UCC in 1987 with a B.Soc. Sc (hons) and completed a Higher Diploma in Counselling in 1995, graduating with first class honours.  In 2002 I completed a M.Sc. in Training & Human Resource Management with the University of Leicester completing a thesis at Distinction level. Further study in 2004 led to a Post graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning in 2010. I am currently working towards a Masters in Teaching and learning in 2011. I have also completed a Diploma in Life and Business Coaching and has trained as an NLP Practitioner.

I am a member of the B.Soc. Sc. (Youth & Community Work) team and work as Placement Supervisor as part of my role in the education of Youth & Community Work professionals. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the School of Applied Social Studies since June 2010.

In addition to my work in Applied Social Studies I also work as a Programme Manager in the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and am responsible for a number of Continuing Professional Development and Adult Education Programmes. I have taught on and developed a number of community programmes through the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and am involved in consultancy work within the Voluntary sector as a facilitator, supervisor, trainer and researcher.    


Research Interests

  • Professionalisation of youth and community work.
    • Reflective Practice and Supervision in the Social professions
    • Group Work Practice
    • Group Work as an educational tool
    • I am also a member of the 'Researching the Professions' and ‘Children & Youth’ research clusters of ISS21.

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School of Applied Social Studies

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William Thompson House, Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland.