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 InterestsMy 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.
|Start Date||End Date||Award|
|Creating "home" in dementia care contexts - a psychological approach||Irish Research Council||01-OCT-12||31-OCT-16||€48,000.00|
|(2014)||'The experience of ‘home’ in dementia care' |
Kellie Morrissey (2014) 'The experience of ‘home’ in dementia care' The Boolean, . [Details]
|(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]
Honours and Awards
|2011||College Scholar in Applied Psychology||University College Cork|
|2012||Studentship in Applied Psychology||UCC School of Applied Psychology|
|2012||University College Cork PhD EU Scholar||University College Cork|
|2013||Utrecht Network Young Researcher's Grant||Utrecht Network|
|2014||Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship||Irish Research Council|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Association of Computing Machinery||Member||/|
|ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI)||Student Member||/|
|2012||University College Cork||BA - PSYCHOLOGY - UCC||BA in Applied Psychology|
Carried out qualitative and quantitative research into the user experience of an online resource for facilitating wellbeing in the workplace.