Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology



SARAH FOLEY is currently a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. Her teaching activities include an undergraduate course on ‘Psychology and Computing’ and a postgraduate module on Qualitative Research Methods in applied psychology. Sarah’s research involves working with people with dementia to examine the use of technology and design for increasing social inclusion. She is interested in issues regarding who is included in the design of technology and ensuring more inclusive design processes. 


I wanted to participate in the DISCs project to learn more about how to engage critically with social justice in the classroom. In applied psychology, students are encouraged to critically engage with societal and cultural challenges. In my own teaching, I encourage students to consider how technology, and experiences with technology are critical social interactions that may exclude many lived experiences if they are not considered in the design phase. Raising students’ awareness and encouraging them to engage critically with social justice issues will help them to embed this learning into their thinking and development of technologies of the future. The DISCs project will help me to be active in my own teaching, and reflect on ways in which I can centre social justice issues in my teaching.

  • Critically reflect on my current teaching practices
  • Create learning environments that encourage students to consider the role of social justice in the design of technology
  • Evaluate these practices with students


To learn more about Sarah’s course development and planning for the Spring 2020 semester, please choose from one of the links below.


To learn more about Sarah’s pedagogical orientation and approach as well as her experiences of participating on the DISCs Project, please click on one of the links below.

What is the purpose of Higher Education?

What does it mean to incorporate social justice principles into my teaching?

Reflections on the DISCs Project