Emily McGlinchey

Emily McGlinchey


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Dr Emily McGlinchey is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC) Research Centre, based in the Psychology Department of Queen’s University (QUB). Emily is also a BPS accredited Low-Intensity CBT (LI-CBT) therapist with over 3 years of clinical experience working across a range of both statutory and non-statutory mental health services. At present Emily is currently involved in several high-profile mental health research projects based in QUB such as the Northern Ireland Veteran Health and Wellbeing Study, UK Veteran Family Study, COVID-19 Psychological Wellbeing Study, The Mood Movement and MI-VIDA Project.

Emily completed an MSc in Applied Psychology and Psychological Therapies at Ulster University in 2015 and was awarded her PhD on the 9th of October 2019. This thesis was titled, ‘The role of emotional regulation in anxiety and depression symptom interplay and expression among school-aged females in Northern Ireland’. This project sought to use sophisticated statistical models to explore how symptoms of anxiety and depression are expressed among adolescents within the general population and unpack the complex mechanisms that underlie the frequent co-occurrence of these two phenomena, namely emotional dysregulation. Variable-centred, person-centred, and symptom-based statistical approaches were applied to primary data gathered by Emily as part of the project.

Research Focus

Emily’s research interests are in the area of applied mental health, particularly in the areas of trauma, internalising disorders and emotional dysregulation. Emily’s recent work focuses on exploring both the concept of resilience and the mechanisms underlying resilience, particularly ‘resilience’ post adversity.

Emily is a mixed methods researcher and has expertise employing quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as systematic reviews and meta-analysis-based designs. Within these contexts Emily has experience working with a range of diverse populations including: victims of intimate partner violence, individuals who are bereaved by suicide, health care workers, general population, veteran and military populations, and adolescents.

Emily has presented her work at several national and international conferences (as well as public impact events) and was awarded the Irish Association of Suicidology Award in October 2015 in relation to her work on adolescent self-harm. She has also published work in the area of mental ill-health, particularly internalising disorders such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety across both adult and adolescent populations to understand the mechanisms that explain risk and resilience as it relates these mental ill health outcomes.



Emily has experience teaching a range of topics in psychology, with a particular focus on applied mental health and Psychotraumatology. Emily has experience teaching across a range of contexts, including in the planning and delivery of lectures, facilitating practical seminars, and conducting project supervision at UG, PG, and PhD levels, across a range of psychological modules at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the School of Psychology at QUB and at Ulster University. Emily has also been awarded the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Emily also has experience teaching clinical skills (in relation to low-intensity CBT) at postgraduate level (including assessment, handling risk, and CBT-based interventions) and has completed her B.P.S accredited Case Management Supervision Training.

Emily is an Assistant PhD supervisor for Katie McGaughey within the School of Psychology at QUB. Katie’s project is titled, “Revenge is Sweet: Identifying the social and psychological drivers of the human desire for revenge after criminal victimisation”.

Previous PhD students:

Dr Megan Reynolds, whose project was titled: “Investigating unwanted sexual experiences (USE's) in university students and the impact of such on psychological well-being”.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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