Researchers at UCD


Therese McDonnell

Teaching Fellow

School Of Economics
Newman Building
Dublin 4



In 2013 I was awarded a research scholarship from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to undertake my PhD, which I completed in UCD in 2016. My research focuses on early childhood, in particular on aspects of family life that impact child health and development.  I also have an interest in poverty and inequality, using national longitudinal data to investigate how factors that influence skill development and child health vary by socioeconomic circumstances. Prior to commencing my research career, I worked as a Chartered Accountant in the financial services and non-profit sectors for a number of years. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: DCYA PhD Research Scholarship


Association: Irish Economic Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Economic Association, Function/Role: Member



Peer Reviewed Journals

Therese McDonnell (2016) 'Non-Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: The Influence of Maternal Employment and the Mediating Role of Childcare'. Economic and Social Review, 47.4 (Winter 2016):499-541. [Details]

Working Paper

Therese McDonnell and Orla Doyle (2014) Maternal Employment, childcare and childhood overweight during infancy. Working Paper [Details]


Research Interests

Economics of human development, health economics, labour economics, inequality and poverty, early child development and education, and developmental psychology