Research Profile

Mary Galvin

Biography

Having completed a BA in Marketing and Languages in WIT and a Certificate in Business Studies at the IAE, Montpellier, France, Mary gained three years industry experience before returning to UCC to complete a Higher Diploma in Psychology. Mary also completed a foundation course in Counselling Skills part time while completing the Higher Diploma. She is now pursuing a PhD in the School of Applied Psychology under the Digital Arts and Humanities Programme, which is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 5. Her research involves an experience centered design inquiry in to the relationship of cared for and family caregiver in the context of dementia.

Research Interests

Mary's PhD explores the potential of digital design to support and understand the patient and family caregiver relationship in the context of dementia. This research was originally ignited by existing work on digital support for personhood in dementia, based on artefact-mediated reminiscence. This was then developed further by a desire to evaluate these experience – centered designs across the dementia trajectory. Also of pertinence was to understand the experience of when parent and child find themselves as patient and caregiver; a topic that has relevance and urgency in the field of psychology. What this research allows is an opportunity for design to be used as both a methodology and an outcome, in turn educating design approaches and practices in HCI and interaction design.

This research adopts an experience-centered design approach, where positivism is replaced with a collaborative inquiry into the lived, felt experience of dementia patients and their caregivers. This methodology gives a voice to participants but also addresses the researcher’s own voice; recognizing that it is an integral part of the overall research project. There are many dialogues at play – participant, researcher and designer and therefore the project lends itself to be studied using a dialogical approach.

A methodology such as this requires a psychological knowledge but also ability for creativity and collaborative practices, something that is facilitated by the Digital Arts and Humanities; where collaboration, digital tools and digital methodologies are at its core.

Publications

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2012)Designing Wellbeing Workshop, DIS
Galvin, Mary (2012) Understanding and Designing Wellbeing in Relation to our Material Environment Designing Wellbeing Workshop, DIS   [Details]
(2013)Designing for and with Vulnerable People Workshop, CHI
Galvin, Mary (2013) So who is the vulnerable one? Designing for and with Vulnerable People Workshop, CHI   [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2012)Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology,
Galvin, Mary and James O'Sullivan (2012) An Exploration of Avatar Attachment in Online Communities. [Oral Presentation], Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology, Bolton, UK , 16-JUL-12 - 17-JUL-12. [Details]
(2012)DHSI Colloquium,
Galvin, Mary (2012) The Relationship of Material and Digital. [Oral Presentation], DHSI Colloquium, University of Victoria, British Columbia , 05-JUN-12 - 12-JUN-12. [Details]
(2013)Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences,
Galvin, Mary and James O’Sullivan (2013) Digital Pedagogy and Therapeutic Technology: Narrative Construction using Digital Story Cubes. [Oral Presentation], Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, British Columbia , 01-JUN-13 - 05-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)DHSI Colloquium,
O’Sullivan, James and Galvin, Mary (2013) Introducing the OpenDAHT Project. [Oral Presentation], DHSI Colloquium, University of Victoria, British Columbia , 05-JUN-13 - 10-JUN-13. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011PhD Scholarship University College Cork
2013Finalist, ‘Making an Impact’ Competition Higher Education Authority of Ireland
2013DHSI Tuition Scholarship Digital Humanities Summer Institute
2012DHSI Tuition Scholarship Digital Humanities Summer Institute
2012Young Scholar Bursary Association for Computers and the Humanities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des sciences humaines numériques (CSDH/SCHN) Member/
Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) Member/
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Member/
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI) Student Member/
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) Member/

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

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Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Perspectives on Psychology (AP1602)
Certificate in Arts (Psychology) Level 6
Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork, 2014

“Identifying and managing vulnerability in the design process: The who, why, when, and how.”
Mary Galvin
DH7010: Digital Arts and Humanities Research Colloquium (Level 10), University College Cork, 2 April 2014.

“Dementia & Experience Centered Design”
Mary Galvin
AP6131: The Psychology of Ageing (Level 8 & Level 9), School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, November 27th, 2013

“HCI and Vulnerability”
Mary Galvin
AP3299: Human Factors (Level 8), School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, October 15th, 2013

“Experience Centered Design”
Mary Galvin
AP3299: Human Factors, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, December 3rd, 2012

“Ageing and Technology”
Mary Galvin and Kellie Morrissey
AP3299: Human Factors, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, November 19th, 2012

Master Classes

Session: “Archives of Self”
Mary Galvin
PG7004: In the Archive, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork, December 6 – 7th, 2012

Research Colloquia

“Technologies of Self: Designing for Memory”.
Mary Galvin
DH7010: Digital Arts and Humanities Research Colloquium, University College Cork, January 22nd, 2013

“Autobiographical narratives: The potential of digital media to enrich the experiences of and explore the relationship between memory and identity.”
Mary Galvin
DAH Institute 2012, NUI Galway, September 20th, 2012.

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