About Maureen

Dr. Maureen Gaffney is Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Society in University College Dublin. A well known broadcaster, writer and columnist, she worked for many years in Trinity College Dublin as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and as Executive Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum. 

She now works with companies and organisations helping them to develop  programmes on leadership and emotional intelligence; managing change and transitions; managing gender and diversity; flourishing organisational cultures. She has worked with companies in Ireland, the UK, Israel, and the US.

Over her career, she has served on a number of state and other boards,  including  as a Law Reform Commissioner; Chair of the Council of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland; board member of the Health Service Executive; and council member of the Economic and Social Research Centre.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology at University College Cork, her M.A. in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D at Trinity College Dublin. She is a member of Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, and serves on its Executive Committee.

Maureen lives in Dublin with her husband John. They have two grown up children. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, running  (slowly) and taking to the mountains whenever she can with her hill-walking group.


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