Carmel was awarded her PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She is a Lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities at the Institute of Technology Carlow and a Research Associate at the Children’s Research Centre, TCD. Her research interests and publications are primarily in the areas of children and childhood.
Carmel qualified as a social worker in 1986 and holds a Masters in Social Science from University College Dublin. She practised for over 20 years as a Social Worker and Probation Officer in London, Belfast and Dublin. She has worked as an Independent Person and Complaints Investigator for Local Authorities in England and Wales. Carmel has considerable knowledge and experience of institutional reviews and quality assurance in the higher education sector. On behalf of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), she has acted as Panel Member and Chair of Programmatic and Institutional Reviews of third-level institutions.