• Understanding the development of school leaders’ and teachers’ well-being and emotional competencies; Under OBRSS funding, Associate Professor Corcoran serves as PI for a longitudinal study designed to examine the development of school leaders’ and teachers’ well-being and emotional competencies (Contact Professor Corcoran roisin.corcoran@ucd.ie).
     
  • The Professional Student Programme for Educational Resilience, (2017 - 2019); Funded by the Irish Research Council. In this research-practice partnership, UCD School of Education researchers are collaborating with two DEIS post-primary schools and subject specialist teachers to embed psychosocial competencies training into the English and SPHE school curricula. Through the mediums of these subjects, students will learn how to better manage the organisational, academic and social demands of secondary schooling and stay engaged in learning. The programme is being evaluated using a rigorous quasi-experimental design. (Contact Dr Jennifer Symonds jennifer.symonds@ucd.ie, and Dr Benjamin Torsney, benjamin.torsney@ucd.ie).
  • Level Up: Enhancing socially disadvantaged young people’s career, college and work readiness through a school-based training programme, (2017 - 2018); Funded by University College Dublin. This project assesses the feasibility of implementing a career and college readiness training programme with Transition Year students (age 15 - 16) in one DEIS post-primary school. The training programme is written by occupational and developmental psychologists as well as experts in creative pedagogies, and was originally used with unemployed young adults in Dublin city. (Contact Dr Jennifer Symonds jennifer.symonds@ucd.ie, and Dr Benjamin Torsney, benjamin.torsney@ucd.ie).
  • Quality of Life and Well-Being of children with Cystinosis across Family, Community and School, Cystinosis  Ireland, 2017. Commission review of research in relation to children with Cystinosis and related studies of children with chronic illness.  
  • Review of NCSE resource allocation process and evaluation of deployment of resources in schools, (2013); Funded by the National Council for Special Education; This research report was based on a national study of primary, second-level and special schools in Ireland. It examined how the additional resource system for pupils with additional educational needs is functioning in Irish schools. It explored the views of all stakeholders, including school personnel, pupils with additional needs and their parents, as well professionals from external agencies that support schools in responding to additional educational needs. The report has been influential in changing how resources will be allocated and deployed in Irish schools in the future. Kinsella, W, Murtagh, L. and Senior, J.
  • A cluster-randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of Zippy’s Friends, (2016–2018); Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (England). This project evaluates the impact of a school-based, social and emotional learning programme, designed to be delivered by the class teacher on a weekly basis throughout the course of a school year, on academic, social and emotional outcomes for 6-7 year olds in England. Trial registration: ISRCTN82558815 (contact Dr Seaneen Sloan, seaneen.sloan@ucd.ie)