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Dr Jolanta Burke

Senior Lecturer and Associate Programme Leader of Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

Helping people understand and apply positive psychology to live a better life

    Dr Burke is passionate about applying positive psychology in various fields. She has worked with businesses, such as Google, Pfizer, Cornmarket, The Big Lottery Fund, and many others, helping them use positive psychology research to help their teams and individuals in organisations thrive. Apart from applying positive psychology in business she also carried out research on applications of positive psychology in education. One of her studies assessed children who are involved in bullying (as targets, perpetrators, or bystanders) for positive psychological characteristics, in order to apply strength-based anti-bullying interventions. 
    Her passion, however, is the marriage of two fields Cyber Psychology and Positive Psychology.

    Dr Burke is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Associate Programme Leader for Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
    • British Psychological Society
    • International Positive Psychology Association
    • European Network for Positive Psychology 
    Dr Burke was commissioned to design and delivers a module on Psychology of Managing Thriving Organisations for Trinity College Dublin Business school in Ireland.


    Current research projects:

      - Positive Cyber Psychology: The impact of technology on wellbeing
      - Positive Music: The Examination of 'Now that's what I call music' lyrics.
      - The psychology of human potential

    Research projects I currently supervise (selected):

    • The role of mindsets in coaching
    • Increasing access to intuitive processing: A meta-analytical study.
    • The impact of cleanliness on wellbeing.
    • Finding the productivity sweet-spot: Examining the mediating effect of Psychological Capital and Trust on employee engagement and job performance.
    • Exploring well-being amongst UK vets
    • Friendship and the elderly: A systematic review.
    • Character strengths and flourishing among nurses in USA.
    • Happiness and thrift: The impact of spending money on wellbeing. 
    • Assessing well-being in Irish schools.
    • Evaluating a well-being intervention for Irish primary schools.
    • Creating space in the mind of an astronaut.
    • Investigating the concept of adventure wellbeing.
    • Positive Eating Intervention
    • The impact of children's attachment on parental wellbeing.



    Burke, J. (in press) Practical guide to using positive psychology in coaching: Personal, business and career.

    Burke, J. (2017). The clinical practice of well-being. The Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 17(4), 14-17.

    Burke, J. & Hackett, M. (2017). When Irish eyes are smiling: Irish therapists’ well-being and their passion for the work of counselling & psychotherapy. Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 17 (3).

    Burke, J. & Stephens, E. (2017). Applying positive psychology to sexual addiction. In T.Birchard & J. Benfield (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction. Abington: Routledge.

    Zhu, J.J., Lomas, T., Burke, J. Ivtzan, I. (2017). Exploring the role of purpose in the lives of career changers: A qualitative inquiry. Journal of Positive Psychology and Well-being, 1(2).

    Burke, J. (2016) Happiness after 30: The Paradox of Aging. Dublin: Jumpp

    Burke, J. (2016). Posttraumatic Growth: Examining an increase of optimism amongst targets of bullying in Ireland. The Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy 16(2), 11-15.

    Burke, J. & Minton, S.J. (2016). Rethinking well-being: Deficit vs strength approach in measuring the impact of bullying and cyberbullying in schools. In C. Mc Guckin & L. Corcoran (Eds.)
    Bullying and Cyberbullying: Prevalence, Psychological Impacts and Intervention Strategies. New York: Nova.

    Burke, J. (under review). Childlessness and flourishing: Tapping into the posttraumatic growth potential to boost psychological health of women, who want to have children but cannot. Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

    Burke, J. & Minton, S.J. (under review).  Wellbeing in post primary schools in Ireland: The assessment and contribution of character strengths. Irish Educational Studies Journal.

    Audin, K., Burke, J., & Ivtzan, I. (under review). Compassion Fatigue, compassion satisfaction and work engagement in residential childcare. The Scottish Journal of Residential Childcare.

    Hughes, N. & Burke, J. (under review). Sleeping with the frenemy: How subjective happiness, quality of life, risk of smartphone addiction and positive emotions are impacted by restricting “bedroom use” of smartphones and mobile devices.

    Schieren, C. & Burke, J. (under review). How do individuals with a calling retire? An Interpretative Phenomenological analysis on the presence of calling in the process of retirement transition and adjustment.

    Round, J. & Burke, J. (working). A dream of retirement: The longitudinal experiences and perceived retirement wellbeing of recent retirees following a tailored positive psychology intervention linking Best Possible Self expressive writing with goal-setting.

    Corbett, L. & Burke, J. (working). Mysterious potential: Toward a new understanding of fertility as fullness of being in childfree women.

    Oates, P. & Burke, J. (working). Improving the well-being of Jamaican parents: The effect of an intensely positive experience writing intervention.

    Dunleavy, G. & Burke, J. (working). Fostering a sense of belonging at an international school in France.

    Ebu, I. & Burke, J. (working). Using the PERMA model to evaluate the relationship between character strengths and employee wellbeing in an African sample.

    Burke, J. & Minton, S.J. (2013). Positive Psychology in Guidance Counselling. In J. McKenzie, L.
    Darby, P. King, C. Layton, C. McGuckin, & A. Tuffy (Eds.), School Guidance Handbook. Retrieved from




    • TCD grant (2013-2015)


    Positive Cyber Psychology

    Human Potential



    Positive Psychology, Coaching and Research (qualitative and quantitative)