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The 39th Annual All-Ireland Psychology Student Congress


The 39th Annual All-Ireland Psychology Student Congress will take place at the National University of Ireland, Galway on April 7th & 8th 2017. Every year the Congress provides both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students with a forum to share their research, connect with other students and academics in Psychology and to attend talks from several renowned guest speakers.

Our gala dinner event will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, Galway City Centre.

Call for papers is now open!


Abstract submission will close February 28th 2017


Registration fee is €50 and is available to pay through our registration link.

Please note that the deadline for payment is March 3rd 2017


Registration covers nibbles on Friday night, lunch on Saturday and entry to the gala dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday night.

Please see the links below for more information.

Click here to submit an abstract

Please be sure to view the “Abstract Submission Guidelines” file before submitting your abstract.


Registration here


Abstract Submission Guidelines


There are many hostels and hotels located in Galway City Centre. Check out for rates and availability. In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have some special offers for Congress delegates:


Kinlay Hostel, Eyre Square Centre, Merchants Rd., Eyre Square, Galway


The Kinlay Hostel has a special rack rate for all Student Congress delegates at €29 a head – including continental breakfast!


Kinlay Hostel is located in the heart of Galway’s City Centre and is a ten-minute walk from NUIG. Be sure to quote NUIG Psychology when booking!

Please note that this is one of the more popular hostels in Galway and these rooms will only be available for a limited time!

The Nox Hotel, Headford Rd., Galway

The Nox Hotel has also offered delegates a special rate:

Friday: €80 twin/double or €75 single (bed and breakfast)

Saturday: €109 twin/double or €99 single (bed and breakfast)

Be sure to quote NUIG Psychology when booking!

Please remember that Galway is a popular destination so early booking is essential!


Please follow this link for directions to NUI Galway.



Galway is jam-packed with places to see (for free!) so be sure to take a look here.

Contact details





Keynote Speakers


Prof Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes is a Professor of Psychology, with a specialism in stress psychophysiology.

Professor Brian Hughes received his PhD and BA degrees from NUI Galway, and an Ed.M.

degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research and publications have

focused on psychological stress (particularly its impact on cardiovascular psychophysiology,

immunity, and health) and on psychosocial moderators of stress processes (such as social

support, cognition, and personality). His work on how the human cardiovascular response

habituates across repeated stress exposures has been extensively cited. He also writes widely

on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they

pertain to science, health, and medicine.

Dr Malie Coyne

Malie Coyne is a Clinical Psychologist with 18 years of experience in the assessment,

diagnosis and treatment of clients ranging across the lifespan. She holds a Bachelors’ degree

in Psychology, a Masters by Research in Psychiatry, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Dr Coyne works as a Clinical Psychologist in a Primary Care Child and Family Psychology

Service in Galway City, helping children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural and

developmental difficulties and their families. She also holds a part-time Lecturer post on the

Doctorate in Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology) programme at NUI Galway. Dr

Coyne is passionate about promoting wellbeing and increasing awareness of mental health

issues, and does so through considerable engagement with traditional and social media; in

particular through her consultancy work with A Lust For Life.

Dr Brendan Rooney

Brendan Rooney is a lecturer in the UCD School of Psychology where he studied both at

undergraduate and postgraduate level, completing his PhD in the Psychology of Film in

2011. His research interests include the cognitive and emotional engagement with media, arts

and entertainment. He is particularly interested in how media ‘realism’ interacts with emotion

and social cognition.  Through his research and teaching he has worked as part of a number

of interdisciplinary and international research teams, with creative and entertainment industry

experts. In addition to UCD he has also worked as a graduate researcher and lecturer in

NCAD and IADT. He founded and currently chairs the Psychological Society of Ireland’s

Special Interest Group for Media, the Arts & Cyberpsychology and is a member of the

Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving image (


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