Research Output per year
Dr Noreen Giffney is Lecturer in Counselling in the Counselling & Health Communication Team in the School of Communication & Media and a member of the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University. She joined the University in January 2017, having previously worked at a number of third-level institutions in Ireland and the UK: University College Dublin; Birkbeck, University of London; the University of Limerick; Trinity College Dublin; and Independent College Dublin. She has worked in the third-level sector since 1997, specialising in the areas of psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies and critical theory. She has a significant number of publications; has developed and organised many academic, clinical and public events; and has given a large number of research and clinical presentations, many of them as an invited speaker, in academic and clinical institutions in Ireland, Europe, the USA and Canada. She was awarded BA (Hons) and PhD degrees by University College Dublin, and completed her clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin (MSc) and in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Clin Dip). She undertook further basic training in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre in London, which was offered in collaboration with University College London.
Clinical Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Noreen is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice, and a fully-accredited clinical member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations (NIIHR), the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP), and the College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) in the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She has served on a number of clinical psychoanalytic committees: (as convener) the Education Sub-committee, the Trauma Working Group, and (as chair) the Accreditation Review Working Group in the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP); and the Clinical Training Committee (including Co-Director of Clinical Training) in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP).
Noreen's current research has three broad strands: psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, and visual culture. Her work is concerned with clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis. She integrates her earlier specialisation in critical theory and sexuality and gender studies with her clinical training and knowledge of psychoanalysis. Her work can thus be described as psychosocial or psycho-cultural studies, because of the focus on the interplay between the internal world and the environmental context. Research in psychosocial studies focuses on how our subjectivity, sense of self and identity are formed through the interaction of internal (psychical, unconscious) and external (social, environmental) factors. The field of psychosocial studies is informed by psychoanalytic thinking, with an emphasis on facilitating the development of observation and analytical skills, self-reflectivity, and insight. She is a member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, which is an international, multidisciplinary scholarly organisation that brings together clinical/theoretical work, which interacts in different ways with the psychosocial and psychocultural. Many members are dual trained as academic researchers and clinicians.
Noreen is currently working on a monograph entitled 'The Culture-Breast: Cultural Experiences and the Psychoanalytic Clinic', which is contracted to be published in Routledge’s ‘Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture’ book series, edited by Professors Caroline Bainbridge and Candida Yates.
Noreen was invited to become a founding scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) in 2019, in recognition of the contribution of her research to the study of psychoanalysis. The BPC is a leading international organisation for psychoanalytic clinicians and researchers.
She is currently Contributing Editor for Studies in Gender & Sexuality, an international, peer-reviewed, clinical/theoretical psychoanalytic journal, published by Routlege.
Originally trained in textual analysis, critical theory and historiography, Noreen did a lot of work in the fields of critical theory and gender and sexuality studies at an earlier stage of her career, primarily in queer theory and feminist theory. She published extensively in these fields, including six state-of-the-field edited books: Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice & Queer Theory (Punctum Books 2017); Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference (‘Breaking Feminist Waves’ book series, Palgrave Macmillan 2013); The Lesbian Premodern (‘The New Middle Ages’ book series, Palgrave Macmillan 2011); The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (‘Queer Interventions’ book series, Ashgate 2009; re-pub. Routledge 2018); Queering the Non/Human (‘Queer Interventions’ book series 2008; re-pub. Routledge 2016); and Twenty-First Century Lesbian Studies (Taylor & Francis 2007). She also held various academic editing positions with international publishers, including Series Editor of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate (now Routledge) and the Humanities Book Review Editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies (Duke Univerity Press). She was the convener (with Michael O’Rourke) of The(e)ories: Critical Theory & Sexuality Studies from 2002 to 2013, which brought many of the world’s most eminent theorists on sexuality and gender to Ireland: Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam, Lee Edelman, Lauren Berlant, David Halperin and many others.
Noreen is the Director of Psychoanalysis +, an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, academic and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. She has convened, solely and in collaboration with colleagues, a number of high-profile clinical, academic and public events as part of this inititiave and in cultural institutions, including the Freud Museum in London, Dublin Science Gallery, Filmbase, the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, and IMMA – The Irish Museum of Modern Art. She developed, at the invitation of Lisa Moran (Curator: Engagement and Learning), ‘Unconscious Objects’, a series of conversations around art and psychoanalysis, which took place in IMMA – The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin from October 2018 to March 2019.
Mental Health & the Arts
Noreen is developing (with colleagues Dr Maggie Long and Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer) Mental Health & the Arts, a new interdisciplinary, cross-border initiative. The first event on The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Mental & Physical Health took place in the Strand Arts Centre Cinema in Belfast in October 2018.
Noreen is interested in hearing from people who are considering pursuing PhD research in one of the following fields: psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychosocial studies, critical theory, visual culture.
Psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; psychosocial studies; visual culture; critical theory
Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Master, Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor, University College Dublin
PhD, University College Dublin
Chair, Clinical Accreditation Review Working Group, Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP)2017 → 2018
Member, Trauma Working Group, Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy2016 → 2017
Member, Education Sub-Committee, Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP)2010 → 2013
Founding Scholar, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist: fully-accredited clinical member, College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) in the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) in the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist: fully-accredited clinical member, Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist: fully-accredited clinical member, Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations (NIIHR), Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations (NIIHR)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist: fully-accredited clinical member, Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP), Psychoanalytic Section, Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Book/Report › Anthology
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Prize: Honorary award
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organising a conference, workshop, ...
Why Might Ruptures Occur in the Therapeutic Relationship? The Impact of Splitting and Projection on the Transference-Countertransference DynamicNoreen Giffney (Invited speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk