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Ciarán Mc Mahon

Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon holds both a B.Sc. (Hons.) and a Ph.D. in Psychology from University College Dublin. Undergraduate studies under Prof. Ciarán Benson and others led to a deep-seated interest in the conceptual and contextual underpinnings of the discipline of psychological science.

His doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr Adrian Brock, entitled ‘The Pre-History of the Concept of ‘Attention’’, perhaps uniquely in the discipline, spanned nearly two millenia of history in producing profound insight into the origins of the Western mind. He was a Government of Ireland Scholar from 2004 to 2007 under the aegis of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences wherein his Masters level research was upgraded to Doctoral status.

Ciarán was awarded the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences Early Career Award in 2006 for his work on the origins of the psychological interior in Imperial Roman literary practices and the development of silent reading – a theoretical perspective which continues to inform his research philosophy.

His recent research – in the areas of social media, political campaigning, and cyberbullying – has attracted national and international media interest. Ciarán brings a unique theoretical and philosophical rigour to cyberpsychological methodology.


  • 2015–present
    Director, Institute of Cyber Security


  • 2008 
    University College Dublin, Ph.D. (Psychology)