| Jess Mannion is an Assistant Lecturer of Psychology and Professional Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Programme Chair of the Social Care Practice programme. She is also the Coordinator of a team led module RBSS. Her current modules include Research Based Study Skills (RBSS), Addiction Studies, Key Theories and Concepts in Care (KTCC) and Professional Studies. Jess also supervises dissertation and placement students.
Jess is a recipient of the NAIRTL award (National award for excellence in teaching 2012)
Jess is currently undertaking a PhD in the school of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin on relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual disabilities using participatory action research. She graduated from IT Sligo with both the undergraduate degree in Social Care Practice and an MA by research on the topic of disability and recreation using an emancipatory methodology. Other previous qualifications include addiction studies and community development and leadership from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and training and education from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She regularly participates in training on the area of substance misuse.
Jess worked in practice for 12 years in the sectors of community development, addiction, disability, mental illness, youth and childcare, along with teaching in adult education outside of the third level sector. She currently volunteers in the area of mental illness, substance misuse, eating disorders and suicide on a joint community project that she set up with social care and early years students and graduates. Jess also works very closely with Youthreach in promoting positive outcomes for early school leavers.