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Gráinne Ní Dhomhnaill

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Education
Roebuck Castle
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167971
Email: grainne.nidhomhnaill@ucd.ie

Biography

Professional Education

As a qualified primary teacher, I taught for several years in a school designed for co-operative teaching in Dublin. Following a B.A. degree, I completed the Higher Diploma in Education course in University College Dublin. This is a recognised teaching qualification for post-primary teachers.  My professional training as an educational psychologist was undertaken in University College London.

Professional Qualifications

- Fellow of The Psychological Society of Ireland

- Registered Educational Psychologist

Professional Activities: Indicative Activities


- Former President of The Psychological Society of Ireland, the professional body for psychologists in Ireland;

- Invited by the State Department of Education and Science to serve on a technical working party  to advise on the establishment of the National Educational Psychological Service;

- Appointed by a number of Irish and British universities as an external examiner for courses in initial teacher education at early years, primary and post-primary level. In some cases, this entailed  the observation of students' professional practice in schools;

- Served as the Course Director of the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology at University College Dublin. This is a professional training course for educational psychologists. I was involved in securing accreditation of the course by the British Psychological Society and by the Psychological Society of Ireland;

- Appointed as the Course Director of the Ph.D. degree programme in Educational Psychology;

- Served as the first Chief Examiner of the Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Educational Psychology organized by The Psychological Society of Ireland. Graduates of this programme are recognized educational psychologists;

- Member of the Division of Educational Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland;

- I have been involved in the accreditation of courses both in initial teacher education and in educational psychology in both the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere.

Description of My Research Interests



I have a particular interest in children and young people who encounter obstacles to their full participation in the education system. My research interests include children and young people with social, emotional, behavioural difficulties and mental health issues as well as those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
So a young child being bullied, a teenager who is not attending school, a college student struggling to cope with assignments, parents trying to secure appropriate educational provision for their child with special educational needs and teachers grappling with work-related stress are all of interest to me. The focus of my research is on bringing about systemic change so that the barriers encountered by children, young people, parents, teachers and other professionals in the education system may be overcome.

I am actively involved in a number of ongoing research projects.

Research Interests: Indicative Interests

- Educational Psychology and Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

- Inclusive Education
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

- Mental Health Issues


- Teacher Education

- The Psychology of Teaching and Learning

- Professional and Ethical Issues

- Higher Education

- Time Management


- Systemic and Consultative Methods of Intervention in Schools and Colleges

Research Related Activities: Indicative Activities
- I am passionate about research and am involved in research in the fields of both education and educational psychology;


-I am a member of the International Editorial Board for the journal CAISE Review;

- I enjoy reviewing research articles and have served as a reviewer of research articles for journals in  Education, Inclusive and Special Education, Nursing and Psychology;

- Appointed by universities in Britain and in Ireland as an external examiner of doctoral research in  educational psychology and in education;

- I present research papers at international and national conferences in both education and educational psychology;


-Served as external examiner of both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in both Education and Educational Psychology in both Ireland and Britain;

- I supervise the research of Ph.D. students in respect of the Ph.D. degrees in Education, Children and Youth Studies and in Educational Psychology.

- Am a supervisor of doctoral research undertaken by students for the degree of Doctor of Educational Psychology.

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I am actively involved in various professional activities both in Ireland and internationally.

Teaching



I thoroughly enjoy teaching and am working at present on the following courses:



EDUC 40310  Psychology in the Schools 
Role: Module Coordinator and Sole Responsibility for Course Delivery

EDUC 41510 Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology
Role: Module Coordinator and Sole Responsibility for Course Delivery

EDUC 42700  Educational Psychology Practice 
Role: Contributor to Course Delivery



EDUC 40140 Professional Practice Role: Contributor to Course Delivery






Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 1977.
Title: Irish Government Scholarship (Department of Education)
Year: 1989.
Title: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship
Year: 1992.
Title: University College Dublin Open Postgraduate Scholarship
Year: 2015.
Title: Fellowship of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Associations

Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland, Function/Role: Fellow
Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland , Function/Role: Registered Educational Psychologist
Association: Psychological Assocation of Ireland , Function/Role: Former President
     

Conference Contributions

Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2010) 'Absent From School: The Psychology of Non- Attendance'. [Oral Presentation], 40th Annual Conference of The Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone , 13-NOV-10 - 13-NOV-10.
Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2012) 'The Exercise of Professional Responsibility by the Trainers of School Psychologists'. [Oral Presentation], Helping the World's Children Realise Their Dreams, Colloquium of the International School Psychology Associaion, McGill University, Montreal, Canada , 09-JUL-12 - 13-JUL-12.
Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2012) 'Teaching in a Time of Transformation: Self-Care as an Ethical Imperative'. [Oral Presentation], Educational Research in a Time of Transformation: Insights, Influences and Impacts, Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Cork , 29-MAR-12 - 31-MAR-12.
Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2014) 'The Rights and Needs of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in School'. [Oral Presentation], Children's Rights and Needs: Challenges to School, Family and Society, Colloquium of The International School Psychology Association, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania , 15-JUL-14 - 18-JUL-14.

Committees

Committee : Advisory Board for the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology
Committee : Professional Programme Board
Committee : School of Psychology Undergraduate Research Ethics Review Committee (UREC-SPsy)
Committee : Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland
Committee : Undergraduate Ethics Committee, School of Psychology
Committee : Membership, Qualifications and Registration Committee
 

Education

Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H Dip in Education Subject:
Year 1997 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MEd Subject:
Year 1983 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1992 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1990 Institution: University College London
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 1980 Institution: St Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra
Qualification: BEd Subject:
     

Journals Edited

: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Publications

 

Book Chapters

O'Donnell, Grainne M. ; Gersch, Irvine S. (2015) 'Professional and Ethical Issues When Working with Children and Adolescents: An Educational Psychology Perspective' In: Tribe, Rachel and Morrissey, Jean (eds). Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists. London and New York: Routledge. , pp.184-196 [Details]
Gersch, Irvine S. ; Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2005) 'Professional and Ethical Considerations When Working with Children and Adolescents- An Educational Psychology Perspective' In: Tribe Rachel and Jean Morrissey (eds). Handbook of Professional Practice and Ethical Issues for Psychologists, Therapists and Counsellors. London: Brunner- Routledge. , pp.185-196 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

McGillicuddy, Sarah; O'Donnell, Grainne M. (2014) 'Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mainstream Post-Primary Schools in the Republic of Ireland'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18 (4):323-344. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Tansey, Anne ; Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (2003) 'The Perceptions and Practices of Primary School Teachers with regard to Dyslexia' Learn 24 :13-20. [Details]

Conference Publications

Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (1997) Perceptions and Preferred Prospects of School Psychological Services: Teachers' Views International School Psychology Association/ Guidance and Counselling Association, Australia In: School Psychology- Making Links: Making the Difference, Melbourne: International School Psychology Association/ Guidance and Counselling Association, Australia, , pp.211-213 [Details]

Published Reports

The Psychological Society of Ireland (2003) A Psycholgical Service to Irish Education. The Psychological Society of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
                                                                               

Articles

Ní Dhomhnaill, Gráinne (1996) International Developments in Educational Psychology. Dublin: Articles [Details]
                             

Research

Research Interests

Description of My Research Interests

I have a particular interest in children and young people who encounter obstacles to their full participation in the education system. My research interests include children and young people with social, emotional, behavioural difficulties and mental health issues as well as those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
So a young child being bullied, a teenager who is not attending school, a college student struggling to cope with assignments, parents trying to secure appropriate educational provision for their child with special educational needs and teachers grappling with work-related stress are all of interest to me. The focus of my research is on bringing about systemic change so that the barriers encountered by children, young people, parents, teachers and other professionals in the education system may be overcome. 

I am research active and am currently involved in a number of research projects on diverse topics.


Research Interests: Indicative Interests

  • Educational Psychology and Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Teacher Education
  • The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Higher Education
  • Time Management
  • Systemic and Consultative Methods of Intervention in Schools and Colleges.

Serving as a Reviewer of Research Articles: Indicative Activities

I have worked as a reviewer of research articles in the fields of:

  • Education
  • Inclusive and Special Education
  • Nursing
  • Psychology.

External Examining of Doctoral Research: Indicative Activities

  • Title of Thesis: Identification Strategies in the Saudi Learning Disabilities Programme: Primary Teachers' Perspectives, Ph.D. Degree in Education, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, 2016.
  • Title of Thesis: Promoting Resilience: Working with Children, Their Parents and Teachers, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, 2016.
  • Title of Thesis: An Exploratory Case Study of Parental Perspectives on New Schools in New Communities, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University College London, 2016.
  • Title of Thesis: What Contributes to a Sense of Belonging in School in African Caribbean Pupils Who Have Met National Standards in Key Stage 2? Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University College London, 2016.
  • Title of Thesis: Quality Dynamic Assessment Using the Delphi Technique to Identify the Competencies Needed for Effective Dynamic Assessment, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University College London, 2015.
  • Title of Thesis: From Ex-Quota to In-Quota: An Analysis of Guidance Counsellors' Perceptions of the Impact of 2012 Budgetary Cutbacks on Their Care Work Across Different School Types, Doctor of Education Degree, Dublin City University, 2014.
  • Title of Thesis: Use of an Adapted Version of the Dependency Grid to Investigate Social Support in Young People in Care, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Education, Environment and Planning, University of Manchester, 2013.
  • Title of Thesis: Teachers' Lives Within the Contexts of Policy, Change and Reform, Doctor of Education Degree, Dublin City University, 2009.
  • Title of Thesis: Learning to Be 'Teacher': A Case Study of Ten Beginning Primary Teachers in Schools in Designated Areas of Disadvantage, Doctor of Education Degree, Dublin City University, 2009.
  • Title of Thesis: Working with Home-School Support Workers to Develop Service Delivery, Doctor of Applied Educational and Child Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2008.
  • Title of Thesis: The Prevalence and Profile of Boys with Depression who Attend Schools for Pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Education, University of Manchester, 2005.
  • Title of Thesis: Joined- Up Working? Professionals' Perceptions of Inter-agency/ Inter-Professional Working and of Support for Children,  Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2003.
  • Title of Thesis: Understanding Self-Harm, Promoting Self-Esteem: A Multi-Agency Project to Develop Tier 1 Practice in Surrey, Degree of Doctor of Educational Psychology, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2003.
  • Title of Thesis: Fire-Setting Behaviour in School-Aged Children: Implications for the Role and Practice of Educational Psychologists, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Education, University of Manchester, 2003.
  • Title of Thesis: An Enquiry Into the Relationship Between Children's Academic Achievement and Their Out of School Activities, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2003.
  • Title of Thesis: Who Cares? An Exploration of Professionals' Awareness and Conceptualisation of Children Undertaking Significant Caring Responsibilities, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School  of Psychology, University of East London, 2002.
  • Title of Thesis: Improving Social Skills in Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Combining Direct Social Skills Training and Peer Mediated Interventions, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2001.
  • Title of Thesis: Training for Essex Educational Psychologists in Information and Communication Technology: An Assessment of Future Needs, Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree, School of Psychology, University of East London, 2001.

Internal Examination of Ph.D. Theses: Indicative Activities

Title of Thesis: Outreach: An Emerging Role for the Special School in an Age of Inclusion.
Degree: Ph.D. Degree in Education, 2015.
 
Previous Involvement in Ph.D. Supervision and Years of Involvement

Title of Thesis:Becoming an Educational Psychologist: A Grounded Theory of Selective Engaging.
Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 2008-2013.

Title of Thesis:The Assessment of Student Learning: A Study of Practices and Perceptions in
Undergraduate Hispanic Studies Programmes at Universities in the Republic of Ireland.
Degree: Ph.D. in Education, 2002-2008.

 
Title of Thesis:Stress and Burnout Among Educational Psychologists Working in an Irish Setting:
A Mixed Methods Study.
Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 2008-2012.

Title of Thesis:The Experience of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder of Second Level Schools.
Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 2008-2013.

Current Ph.D. Supervision

Title of Thesis: Understanding the First Year College Student Experience: Parents' Perspectives (Ph.D. Degree in Education).

Title of Thesis: A Psychosocial Exploration of the Social World and Parental Involvement in Education (Ph.D. Degree in Children and Youth Studies).

Title of Thesis: Social Influences and Academic Cheating: A Social Norms Perspective (Ph.D. Degree in Education).

Current Supervision of Doctoral Research for the Doctor of Educational Psychology Degree

  • Title of Thesis: The Impact of Mandatory Reporting on Professional Practice in Ireland.
  • Title of Thesis: The Well-Being of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders during the Primary-Secondary Transition: The Perspectives of Parents and Teachers.
  •  Title of Thesis: An Educational Psychology Perspective on Interventions for Children and Young People with ADHD.
  • Title of Thesis: Supports and Interventions in respect of School Non-Attendance.
  • Title of Thesis: Educational and Psychological Outcomes for Children in Care: A Case Study Approach.


External Examining of M.Phil Degrees: Indicative Activities

  • Title of Thesis: Risk Factors and Intervention: Child Engagement and Learning within Educational Psychology Practice, School of Education, Environment and Planning, University of Manchester, 2013.
  • Title of Thesis: The Role of the Educational Psychologist: Perspectives on Learning, School of Education, Environment and Planning, University of Manchester, 2012.


External Examining of M.Sc. Degree

  •  Title of Thesis:  Changing Teachers' Attitudes towards Inclusive Education: The Effectiveness of a Short In-Service Programme, Rehabilitation Management, Commerce Faculty, University College Dublin, 1996.

Supervision of M.Ed., M.A. degree in Education, M.Ed. (SEN) Theses: Indicative Activities
I have extensive experience of supervising students' research on a range of topics including but not limited to: Inclusive education, teacher education, teacher stress, non-attendance in school, educational transitions, dyslexia, social, emotional and behavioural issues, the role of the educational psychologist, parental involvement in education, play, psychological reports, bullying and ethical issues in professional practice.

Current Supervision of M.Ed. (SEN) Degree

Title of Thesis: Parental Attitudes towards the Provision of Care for Gifted Children in Ireland.


Professional Master of Education Degree: Supervision of Dissertations

Title of Dissertation: Inclusive Education and Young People on the Autism Spectrum: An Evaluation of the 
Pedagogical Practices of a History Teacher, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: An Investigation into the Area of Mental Health Issues in the Classroom, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: Reading Motivation in Second Year Students: A Comparison of Two Class Groups
From Different School Environments, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: Using Differentiation to Support the More Able Learner in the Irish Language Classroom, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: Changes in the Teaching of Irish History in Junior Cycle from 1922 to the Present Day in Ireland, 2016.
 
Title of Dissertation: The Perceived Effects and Inequality of Ability Grouping Practices in the Classroom,
2016.

Title of Dissertation: Beyond Academics: Socially Including Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in
the English Classroom, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: What are the Approaches and Methodologies That Can Be Implemented to Best Facilitate the Academic Development of Learners for Whom English is a Second Language in the
Context of CSPE? 2016.

Title of Dissertation: Social Class and Educational Attainment in Ireland, 2016.

Title of Dissertation: The Inclusive Education of Students with Down Syndrome in Mainstream
Post-Primary Education, 2016.

 
 

Recent Postgraduates



Ph.D. Research Supervision

I have supervised the research of students to completion for the Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology.

Supervision of Postgraduate Students' Research

I have extensive experience of supervising the research of postgraduate students for the degrees of:

M.Ed. Degree

M.A. Degree in Education

M.Ed. Degree in Special Educational Needs.


 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators


Sarah McGillicuddy

External Collaborators


Professor Irvine Gersch