Michelle Kearns

Assistant Programme Manager / Researcher, Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue Project


Michelle joined the PEACE IV, ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue’ project at Glencree as Project Researcher in January 2021. She subsequently assumed the dual role as Assistant Programme Manager / Researcher in May 2021. Prior to joining Glencree, Michelle worked in Sierra Leone with both the International Rescue Committee leading on Research, Evaluation and Learning, and with Concern Worldwide/University College Dublin. With extensive research experience internationally and in post-conflict settings including West Africa, Nepal, South Africa, Australia and Europe, Michelle’s work has covered a broad range of topics from trauma, mental health, and gender-based violence, to identity, group dynamics, and community dialogue. Michelle has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Limerick, where she collaborated with Pieta House (Centre for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm) on an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership. She also holds an MSc in Social and Health Psychology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and a BA in Psychology and Geography from NUI, Galway.