Research Staff

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NameTelephoneResearch Area/Project

Dr Aoibheann Brennan-Wilson

+44 (0)28 9097 3484

Early childhood development, bilingualism, education and child maltreatment, and how each of these factors impacts academic outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Maria Cockerill


Improving learning in schools, specifically literacy, with a particular focus on pupils from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds. Educational programme design and evaluation, including randomised controlled trials.

Dr Nicole Craig

+44 (0)28 9097 5017 Early numeracy development, quantitative methods and effectiveness of educational interventions.

Dr Jenny Davison

+44 (0)28 9097 5926 Programme evaluation; child health and wellbeing; and theoretical applications to health-related behaviour change, specifically the Theory of Planned Behaviour.

Dr Paula Devine

+44 (0)28 9097 3034 ARK: social gerontology, men's health, public attitudes, quantitative methods, and the dissemination of social science information.

Dr Montserrat Fargas

+44 (0)28 9097 3195 Care Pathways and Outcomes Study.

Dr Aideen Gildea

+44 (0)28 9097 5193

Improving health, wellbeing and educational outcomes for young people; social mobility and parenting; supporting families; implementation science and evaluation.

Dr Jennifer Hanratty

+44 (0)28 9097 2593 Emotion regulation, mental health and wellbeing in children and young people.

Dr Julie-Ann Jordan

+44 (0)28 9097 5978 Youth development and understanding of educational, well-being and behavioural trajectories.

Dr Ciara Keenan

  Systematic review and meta-analysis methods.

Dr Grace Kelly

+44 (0)28 9097 3483 Social security, welfare reform, deprivation, social exclusion and the measurement of poverty.
Dr Abby Laishley +44 (0)28 9097 5902 Cognitive psychology and educational development, particularly early language and literacy skills in pre-school and primary school children, and decision making.

Dr Rebecca Loader

+44 (0)28 9097 1363 Education and social cohesion, identities in education, faith schools, intercultural education, and intergroup relations.

Claire McCartan

+44 (0)28 9097 5296 Child welfare, poverty and deprivation, and the mental health and wellbeing of children and families.
Dr Tracey McConnell +44 (0)28 9097 2434  Palliative care, end-of-life care, RCTs, music therapy, children and young people with social, emotional and/or behavioural problems.

Dr Lynne McKerr

+44 (0)28 9097 3177 Developmental disorders, in particular autism spectrum conditions and their impact on children, adults and caregivers; employment and education for people with disabilities; the archaeology and anthropology of children and childhood.
Dr Martina McKnight +44 (0)28 9097 5970  Children and young people, conflict, gender and research methods.

Dr Aisling McLaughlin

+44 (0)28 9097 5921 Longitudinal cohort studies, Cochrane systematic reviews, feasibility, pilot and randomised controlled trials of interventions and qualitative methods.

Dr Dominic McSherry

+44 (0)28 9097 5980

Children in care and adopted in Northern Ireland; the longer-term impact of early childhood adversity, particularly in relation to child neglect.

Laura Neeson

+44 (0)28 9097 3183 Child wellbeing; Intervention evaluation and process evaluation.

Dr Leeanne O'Hara

+44 (0)28 9097 3392   

Joanne O'Keefe

+44 (0)28 9097 3287 

Children and young people in the area of academic attainment, health and wellbeing.

Dr Nina O'Neill

+44 (0)28 9097 3168 Substance use and risk, interventions, evaluations and trial methodologies.

Dr Karen Orr

+44 (0)28 9097 3809 Education, psychology, community-based participatory research and children’s rights.

Dr Gareth Robinson

+44 (0)28 9097 3164 Internationalisation of Shared Education, particularly in the US and Israel, and the transnational network structures that emerge from such collaboration.

Dr Aimee Smith

+44 (0)28 9097 5066

childhood, youth and education, including educational attainment, and the creation and reproduction of identities (ethnic, religious and class) by young people and within institutions.

Dr Patrick Stark

+44 (0)28 9097 5924 Educational programme design and evaluation; language and literacy development; neuroscience, psychology and education.

Daryl Sweet

+44 (0)28 9097 3471 Mental health, Severe Mental Illness, Recovery, Psychosis, Social Network Analysis, Mixed-Methods Research, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Social Identity theory, Social Capital.


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