Dr Leonor Rodriguez Estrada

Lecturer in Psychological Research Methods


Leonor has a background in Clinical and Health Psychology. She graduated from the University of Costa Rica in 2008. She completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2010.  Her PhD was awarded in 2015 and it was focused on Understanding adolescent adjustment to maternal cancer: A study of personal experiences and Psychosocial factors that promote adjustment. She worked as a research assistant in the Preparing for Life Evaluation project at UCD and in different projects as a post-doctoral researcher in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, University of Galway. Leonor completed a Higher Diploma in Data Analytics and Visualisation in 2021. In 2023 she worked as a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast with the project “Education Outcomes Linkage Dataset (EOL)” which is a longitudinal education dataset of post primary pupils aged 14+ in Northern Ireland. Leonor is currently Lecturer in Psychological Research Methods. Leonor completed a Fellowship with Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Campbell UK and Ireland. Her research interests are focused on children and families, chronic illness, bereavement and family support. She is also interested in research methods and research ethics.


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Research summary

Children and adolescents.

Family support.

Research methods.

Research ethics.

Current research interests

Families experiencing parental cancer. Bereavement.

Past project grants

2013-2015 Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scheme
2017 Children’s Research Network Prevention and Early Intervention Research Initiative Grant
2020 Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship (Campbell UK and Ireland)