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Dr Cate McNamee

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Cate McNamee

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

My research centres on family dynamics and union formation, family and relationship wellbeing, and how these are shaped over the life course and by various dimensions of inequality.

Current research includes examining influence of grandparent support on family wellbeing, race-ethnic and socioeconomic differences in family outcomes, and complex family structures such as nonresident parent involvement.

My research aims to explain variations in family behaviours, preferences, and outcomes that in turn can inform policies to alleviate inequalities and improve family wellbeing.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • Family formation
  • Family wellbeing
  • Intimate relationships (marriage; divorce; remarriage; cohabitation; nonresident parenting; dating)
  • Fertility (contraception use; sexual behaviour; family size preferences; childlessness)
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Intergenerational relationships (grandparent; adult-children)
  • Race-ethnicity and socioeconomic inequality
  • Quantitative analysis including survival analysis and longitudinal methodology

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Research students

PhD area In Defence or Defiance of Motherhood: A case study examining the changing role of scientific and moral authority in influencing abortion law reform in Ireland. 
Name Michelle McCabe
Years of study 2012 - 2018 
Country RoI  


Alumni: Where are they now

PhD area A Family system perspective of teenage cannabis use 
Name Claire Cole
Years of study  
Country Northern Ireland 
Current Position Research Analyst, Lambert Smith Hampton  


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