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College Photo Name Mac Lachlan, Malcolm
Main Department Psychology
College Title Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 1453
My research paradigm is inter-disciplinary social health science, and my research interests are in disability, international aid and culture. Prior to becoming an academic I worked as a clinical psychologist and as a management consultant. Before moving to Trinity College Dublin, I worked for three years at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College. I have also held visiting positions at the University of Limpopo, University of Cape Town, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, and am currently Extraordinary Professor of Disability & Development at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I have published 13 books and over 150 academic papers and book chapters. I have served on research and capacity development committees for the Irish National Committee for Development Education and Irish Aid; have been Chair of the National Committee for Economic and Social Sciences (NCESS) and a member of the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences. I have experience of a broad range of systematic research practice; including large scale surveys, questionnaire development and evaluation; intervention, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies; multivariate statistical analysis, experimental investigation, and a variety of qualitative methods, from single case to group and textual analysis. I have a strong research supervision record at doctoral level and led the establishment of one of Europe’s first Masters Programmes in Global Health. I have also worked with a broad range of NGOs (including, Concern, Academy for Educational Development, Finnish Refugee Council, American Refugee Committee, Banja La Mtsogolo) and multi-lateral agencies (including WHO, Unicef, UNHCR, OECD, UNESCO) and was a member of an EU specialist group on Psychotrauma and Human Rights. I recently exchanged an MOU with the Secretariat of the African Decade for People with Disabilities and am a Research Advisor to the Southern African Federation of the Disabled.
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Description of Research Interests
Social Inclusion, as it relates to the following areas: Disability, especially psychosocial perspectives, enabling technologies and embodied experience. International aid, especially human dynamics. Culture and health. Global health. Strenghtening health systems, especially in low income countries.
Research Interests
Disability Embodiment Inclusive global health (especially disability and ethnicity International aid
Psychoprosthetics Social Inclusion Strengthening health systems
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Daly, M., Delaney, L., Harmon, C., Doran, P. and MacLachlan, M. , Naturalistic monitoring of daily affect: A Day Reconstruction Study, Health Psychology, 29, (2), 2010, p186 - 195
Carr, S.C., MacLachlan, M. and McWha, I. , Are Development Discrepancies Undermining Performance?, International Journal of Psychology, 45, (5, Special issue), 2010, p321 - 380
Disability and International Development: The Challenges in, editor(s)M. MacLachlan & L. Swartz , Disability & International Development: Towards Inclusive Global Health, New York, Springer, 2009, [MacLachlan, M. & Swartz, L.]
MacLachlan, M., Rethinking global health research: towards integrative expertise, Globalization and Health, 5, (6), 2009
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MacLachlan, M., Carr, Stuart.C., McAuliffe, E. , The Aid Triangle: Recognizing the Human Dynamics of Dominance, Justice and Identity, London & New York, Zed, 2010
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