Prof. Mac MacLachlan is Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion and Co-Director of the Assisting Living & Learning (ALL) Institute, Maynooth University, Ireland. Previous appointments include a Personal Chair in Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi. He has worked as an academic, clinician, organisational consultant and policy advisor in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America; with government, civil society, corporates and United Nations’ agencies. Mac is currently National Clinical Lead for Disability Services for the HSE (Irish Health Service), Research & Innovation Lead for WHO’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme; and was previously the Knowledge Management Lead for the United Nations’ Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD).
Dr. Joanne McVeigh is a Lecturer in Applied Psychology, and Co-Director of the M.A. Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour at University College Cork, Ireland. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Maynooth University, subsequent to completing her PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Her work is inter-disciplinary, focusing on the interface between Psychology and Global Health. Supporting psychosocial well-being, social inclusion, human rights, and organisational justice, particularly for occupational groups at high risk for stress and for marginalised populations, is a core focus of her work. She has been a primary researcher in the area of disability and rehabilitation for research commissioned by the World Health Organisation; and has carried out consultancy work in the area of disability for the International Disability Alliance and the HSE (Irish Health Service).