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Dr Aoife Lynam (née O'Brien)

Director of Primary Education


01 799 9239

Block B, Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4


  • BEd
  • MA
  • PhD


School of Education


Aoife is Director of Primary Education in the School of Education at Hibernia College. Aoife’s research investigates issues relating to pupil well-being with particular focus on SPHE, bereavement, and separation and divorce. Aoife is a qualified primary school teacher who was awarded the Trinity Gold medal, a Trinity Faculty Scholarship, and a Government of Ireland Research Scholarship. Aoife has worked as a research supervisor with Trinity College Dublin and has facilitated and designed CPD courses for primary school teachers.

Aoife joined the School of Education at Hibernia College in 2015 and has published nationally and internationally on her research and plays an active role in networks relating to well-being.  Aoife is a board member of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) and also sits on their School Committee which provides advice and resources for teachers.

Aoife earned her BEd from Froebel College of Education and her MA and PhD from Trinity College Dublin.


Book Chapters

Lynam, A.M., & Mc Guckin, C. (2018). A case for development normative bereavement support through the SPHE curriculum in Irish primary and post-primary schools. In Voices of Educators in 21st Century Ireland. Ireland: Hibernia College Dublin ISBN: 978-1-9997543-1

O’Brien, A.M. & Mc Guckin, C. (2015). The systematic literature review method: Trials and tribulations of database searching at doctoral level. In SAGE cases in methodology: A unique collection of over 500 case studies for use in the teaching of research methods. London, Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN: 9781446273050 DOI:

National Council for Guidance in Education NCGE (2013) Bereavement: How Guidance Counsellors Can Support the Grieving Student. Available at

Journal Articles

McCoy, S., Lynam, A.M., & Kelly, M. (2018). Using Swivl for Digital Observation in an Online or Blended Learning Environment. International Journal on Innovations in Online Education, DOI: 1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2018028647

O’Brien, A.M. (2014). Grieving students in Ireland: The response and support of Irish schools and services. Journal of Postgraduate Research Volume XIII.

Mc Guckin, C., & O’Brien, A. M. (2013). Lest we forget: Lessons learned from Ireland following Budget 2012. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23(2), 273-279. doi: 10.1017/jgc.2013.22

O’Brien, A. M. & Mc Guckin, C. (2013). Bereavement and grief support for students: The response of Irish schools. Trinity Education Papers. Available at:

O’Brien, A. M., & Mc Guckin, C. (2013). Bereavement and grief support for students: The response of Irish schools. Trinity Education Papers, 2, 2-21. Dublin, Ireland: School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. (ISSN: 2009-6003: Available at: