Kieran O’Doherty

Academic Institution Affiliation: University of Guelph
Academic Institution Position/Title: Associate Professor
Academic Affiliation Faculty: College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) - Research
Hospital/Health Centre Affiliation Position:
Degree(s): PhD

Research areas of interest:
public deliberation as a method for involving broader publics in research
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Kieran C. O’Doherty is an associate professor in applied social psychology at the University of Guelph, and director of the Discourse, Science, Publics research Group. He is also editor of the journal Theory & Psychology. O’Doherty’s expertise lies primarily in the investigation of the social and ethical implications of science and technology. Particular areas of focus have included genetic testing, tissue biobanking, the human microbiome, salmon genomics, and soil microbial genomics. Contributions to the academic literature and practice include analyses of the meaning of genetic risk in genetic counselling sessions, and the development of theory and methodology to involve lay publics in the governance of biobanks. O’Doherty has also published widely on the use of qualitative methods and the use of public deliberation in science and technology. His current research involves an ongoing focus on the use of deliberative methods on diverse social issues, health psychology, and investigation of the broader social and psychological implications of emerging technologies. Current and previous funding sources include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation, Genome Canada and Genome British Columbia.