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Eilis Hennessy

Senior Lecturer

School Of Psychology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168362
Email: eilis.hennessy@ucd.ie

Biography

Eilis Hennessy is senior lecturer in developmental psychology in UCD School of Psychology and was Head of School from 2009 to 2012.  She has previously held lecturing positions in the Psychology Department in Sheffield University, and University College Cork and was a research officer in the Thomas Coram Research Unit in the University of London for three years.  She joined UCD School of Psychology in 1993.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Function/Role: Irish branch member
Association: British Psychological Society, Function/Role: Chartered Psychologist
       

Committees

Committee : Expert Advisory Group on the Early Years Strategy
Committee : Board of Directors St.Michael's House

Employment

Employer: Department of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
Position: College Lecturer (temporary)
Employer: Thomas Coram Research Unit
Position: Research Officer
Employer: University of Sheffield
Position: Lecturer

Education

Year 1980 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Heary, C., Hennessy, E. & Swords, L. (2014) 'Stigma associated with disease and disability during childhood and adolescence: A developmental approach' In: Corrigan, P (eds). The stigma of disease and disability: Understanding causes and overcoming injustices. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. , pp.205-222 [DOI] [Details]
Hennessy, E., Heary, C.; (2005) 'Exploring children's views through focus groups' In: Greene, S. & Hogan, D (eds). Researching children's experience. London: Sage. , pp.236-252 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Dolphin, L & Hennessy, E. (2016) 'Depression stigma among adolescents in Ireland'. Stigma and Health, . [Details]
Brady, A., Hennessy, E. & Polek, E. (2016) 'Teenage parenthood and child externalising and internalising problems: Evidence from the 'Growing up in Ireland' study'. Irish Journal of Psychology, . [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., & McKeague, L (2015) 'Adolescents' explanations for the exclusion of peers with mental health problems: An insight into stigma'. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30 (6):710-728. [DOI] [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., McKeague, L. & Hennessy, E. (2015) 'Adolescents' beliefs about the fairness of exclusion of peers with mental health problems'. Journal of Adolescence, 42 :59-67. [DOI] [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., O'Driscoll, C. & Heary, C. (2015) 'Retrospective accounts of self-stigma experienced by young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression'. Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 38 (2):158-163. [DOI] [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., O'Driscoll, C. & Heary, C. (2015) 'Peer Mental Health Stigmatization Scale: Psychometric properties of a questionnaire for children and adolescents'. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20 (3):163-170. [DOI] [Details]
McKeague, L., O'Driscoll, C., Hennessy, E. & Heary, C. (2015) 'Using implicit measures to explore children's intergroup attitudes: Methodological and practical considerations for researchers'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (1):1-13. [DOI] [Details]
Tatlow-Golden, M., Hennessy, E., Dean, M. & Hollwood, L. (2014) 'Young children's food brand knowledge. Early development and associations with television viewing and parent's diet'. Appetite, 80 :197-203. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
O'Farrelly, C. & Hennessy, E. (2014) 'Watching transitions unfold: A mixed-method study of transitions within early childhood care and education settings'. Early Years, 34 (4):329-347. [DOI] [Details]
Reynolds, D., Hennessy, E., Polek, E (2014) 'Is breastfeeding in infancy predictive of child mental wellbeing and protective against obesity at 9-years of age?'. Child Care Health and Development, 40 (6):882-890. [Details]
Dolphin, L & Hennessy, E. (2014) 'Adolescents' perceptions of peers with depression: An attributional analysis'. Psychiatry Research, 218 :295-302. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Wilson, F. E., Hennessy, E., Dooley, B., Kelly, B. D. & Ryan, D. A. (2013) 'Trauma and PTSD rates in an Irish psychiatric population: A comparison of native and immigrant samples'. Disaster Health, 1 (2):1-10. Available Online [Details]
O'Farrelly, C. & Hennessy, E. (2013) 'Considering the realities of salivary research with young children: What's spit all about?'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16 (4):323-335. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Rooney, B. & Hennessy, E. (2013) 'Actually in the cinema: A field study comparing real 3D and 2D movie patrons' attention, emotion and film satisfaction'. Media Psychology, 40 (4):405-422. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Tatlow-Golden, M., Hennessy, E., Dean, M. & Hollywood, L. (2013) ''Big, strong and healthy': Young children's identification of food and drink that contribute to healthy growth'. Appetite, 71 :163-170. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
O'Farrelly, C. & Hennessy, E. (2013) 'A comparison of saliva collection methods with preschool children: The perspectives of children, parents, and childcare practitioners'. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28 (3):292-295. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Rooney, B., Benson, C. & Hennessy, E. (2012) 'The apparent reality of movies and emotional arousal: A study using physiological and self-report measures'. Poetics, 40 :405-422. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E. & McKeague, L. (2012) 'Explicit and implicit stigma towards peers with mental health problems in childhood and adolescence'. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53 (10):1054-1062. Link to full text [Details]
McIntyre, R. & Hennessy, E.; (2012) 'He's just enthusiastic. Is that such a bad thing?: Experiences of Parents of Children with ADHD'. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17 (1):65-82. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Swords, L., Heary, C. & Hennessy, E.; (2011) 'Factors predicting children's acceptance of peers with ADHD and depression'. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52 (9):933-941. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Swords, L., Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; (2011) 'Development of the Children's Attributions about Psychological Problems in their Peers (CAPPP) Scale'. Child Care Health and Development, 37 (3):446-455. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Swords, L., Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; (2011) 'Adolescents' beliefs about sources of help for ADHD and depression'. Journal of Adolescence, 34 :485-492. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Hennessy, E., Hernández, R., Kieran, P., & McLoughlin, H.; (2010) 'Translating teaching and learning across disciplines in a modular system'. Teaching in Higher Education, 15 (6):675-689. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Quinn, M. & Hennessy, E.; (2010) 'Peer relationships across the preschool to school transition'. Early Education & Development, 21 (6):825-842. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; (2009) 'The Development of Children's Understanding of Common Psychological Problems'. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14 (1):42-47. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Byrne, A. & Hennessy, E.; (2009) 'Understanding Challenging Behaviour: Perspectives of Children and Adolescents with a Moderate Intellectual Disability'. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22 :317-325. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Hennessy, E., Swords, L. & Heary, C.; (2008) 'Children's understanding of psychological problems displayed by their peers: A review of the literature'. Child: Care, Health and Development, 34 (1):4-9. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Heary, C. & Hennessy, E.; (2006) 'Focus groups versus individual interviews: A comparison of data'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 27 (1-2):58-68. Link to full text [Details]
Guerin, S. & Hennessy, E.; (2002) 'Pupils definitions of bullying'. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 17 :249-262. [Details]
Heary, C., & Hennessy, E.; (2002) 'Focus group interviews in pediatric health care'. Journal of Paediatic Psychology, 27 :47-57. [Details]
Guerin, S. & Hennessy, E.; (2001) 'Examining reported involvement in bullying in Irish primary schools'. Journal of Child Centred Practice, 8 :55-65. [Details]
Rhodes, S., & Hennessy, E.; (2000) 'The effects of specialised training on caregivers and children in early-years settings: An evaluation of the Foundation Course in Playgroup Practice'. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 15 (4):559-576. [Details]
Hennessy, E., & Hogan, D. M.; (2000) 'Twenty-five years of developmental and child psychology in Ireland: An analysis of PsycLit and ERIC data bases'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 21 :105-121. [Details]

Other Journals

Hennessy, E. Donnelly, M.; (2005) 'After-school care in disadvantaged areas: The perspectives of children, parents and experts' . Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Booth, A., Hennessy, E., & Doyle, O. (2016) Measuring self regulation in childhood: Conceptual and methodological issues 15th World Congress of the World Association Association for Infant Mental Health [Details]
O'Sullivan, S., Doyle, E. & Hennessy, E. (2015) Evaluation of an Adolescent Mental Health Literacy Programme 'Beat the Blues' 19th Health Promotion Conference NUIGalway [Details]
Hennessy, E., Browne, A., Dooley, A. & O¿Donnell, S. (2015) Understanding the roles of adults and peers in the development of stigma towards ADHD: Contributions from three experimental studies Third International Youth Mental Health Conference [Details]
Hennessy, E. (2015) What is self stigma? Youth Mental Health and Self Stigma: Theory, Research and Practice [Details]
Bird, N., Costello, A., Duggan, S., Gilroy, J., McHugh, L., Long, R., & Hennessy, E. (2015) Mental health literacy amongst young people in Ireland Youth Mental Health and Self Stigma: Theory, Research and Practice [Details]
Hennessy E. (2014) Stigma and mental health Successful Development: The intersection of health, relationships and skills Centre for Research in Human Development, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, , 06-FEB-14 - 07-FEB-14 [Details]
Rooney, B., Hennessy, E. & Balint, K. (2014) Viewer versus Film: Exploring Interaction Effects of Immersion and Cognitive Stance on the Heart Rate and Self-Reported Engagement of Viewers of Short Films Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14 Link to full text [Details]
Hennessy, E. (2014) Ten stigma research findings and their implications School of Health Sciences Link to full text [Details]
Hennessy, E. (2014) How to tackle stigma and bias: Lessons from childhood diseases and disabilities Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Obesity in Ireland University of Ulster, Belfast, , 07-MAY-14 - 07-MAY-14 Link to full text [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C. & O'Driscoll, C. (2014) Exploring mental health stigma using quantitative and qualitative methods: Insights from children, adolescents, parents and young adults Stigma and prejudice: Advances in theory and research [Details]
Hennessy, E., Heary, C., McKeague, L., Murphy, D., O'Driscoll, C. (2013) Using Implicit Measures to Evaluate Mental Health Stigma and Attitudes to Help-seeking Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Impact on outcomes for children and young people Dublin, , 10-DEC-13 - 10-DEC-13 Link to full text [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C. & O'Driscoll, C. (2013) 'I think it scared them away': Qualitative accounts of peer relationships and living with a mental health problem during childhood and adolescence 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology [Details]
Hennessy, E. (2013) Stigma and youth mental health: The importance of social context International Association of Youth Mental Health Brighton, UK, , 30-SEP-13 - 02-OCT-13 Link to full text [Details]
Gibney, A., Hennessy, E., Farrell, L. (2013) Bridging the gap between theory and practice in creativity education EAIR 35th Annual Forum Link to full text [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C., O'Driscoll, A. (2013) 'Now that I look back I realise that' Young adults' retrospective accounts of mental health stigma experienced during childhood and adolescence 15th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry [Details]
Murphy, D. & Hennessy, E. (2013) Using Social Normative Feedback to Promote Young Adults to Seek Help for Mental Health Problems 43rd Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Sligo, Ireland, , 06-NOV-13 - 09-NOV-13 Link to full text [Details]
O¿'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., & McKeague, L. (2012) Implicit stigma towards peers with ADHD and depression in childhood and adolescence 5th International Stigma Conference [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C., & O'Driscoll, C. (2012) Development and Psychometric Properties of a Questionnaire to Measure Children's Stigmatizing Perceptions of Peers with Emotional and Behavioral Problems 5th International Stigma Conference [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C., & O'Driscoll, C. (2012) Do children and adolescents with mental health problems experience stigma? A qualitative study BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference [Details]
McKeague, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C., & O'Driscoll, C. (2012) The Stigma Experiences of Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems: A Qualitative Perspective 5th International Stigma Conference [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., & McKeague, L. (2012) 'He seems a bit weird'. Justifications for the exclusion of peers with mental health problems in childhood and adolescence 5th International stigma conference [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., & McKeague, L. (2012) Young people's responses to peers with mental health problems Stigma and Youth Mental Health [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E. & McKeague, L. (2012) Stigma towards peers with mental health problems in childhood and adolescence: An investigation of implicit and explicit stigma NUIG School of Psychology PSI CHI [Details]
O'Farrelly, C. & Hennessy, E.; (2011) Moving on up: Children's experiences of transitions to new classrooms in childcare settings Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development [Details]
McIntyre, R. & Hennessy, E.; (2011) Seeking multiple perspectives: A qualitative investigation of AD/HD in Ireland Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development [Details]
O¿ Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., & McKeague, L. (2011) Explicit and implicit stigma towards peers with mental health problems in adolescence 15th European Conference on Developmental Psychology [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) Observing transitions: The effects of graduating to a new childcare class on young children's behaviour 40th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
McIntyre, Ruth & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) 'The child takes over': Parents' experiences of ADHD 40th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) Spitting for Science: An investigation of children's perspectives of saliva sampling devices 32nd International School Psychology Association Conference [Details]
McIntyre, Ruth & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) ADHD in the classroom: Experiences of teachers in mainstream and special educational settings 32nd International School Psychology Association Conference [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) Becoming the parent of a preschooler: Parents' perceptions of their children's transitions in early childhood care and education settings British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference [Details]
O'Driscoll, C., McKeague, L., Hennessy, E. & Heary, C. (2010) The stigmatization of psychological difficulties in children: An exploration of self and public stigma European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) Small Group Meeting [Details]
McKeague, L, Hennessy, E., O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C. & Fitzpatrick, C. (2010) The stigmatization of psychological difficulties in children: An exploration of self-stigma 40th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) 'We're here because we are big' Investigating children's experiences of graduating to new classrooms in early childhood care and education settings 20th European Early Childhood Association Conference [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2010) So you are looking for spit! An investigation of parents' perspectives of saliva sampling techniques 31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research [Details]
Heary, C., Hennessy, E. & Swords, S.; (2009) Children and adolescents' beliefs about sources of help for peers with psychological difficulties Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Denver, Colorado, USA, [Details]
McIntyre, Ruth & Hennessy, Eilis; (2009) Parents' perspectives of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Ireland British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference [Details]
Hennessy, E., Swords, L. & Heary, C.; (2009) Children's and adolescents' reactions to peers who are depressed: Beliefs about personal responsibility and the need for help Fourth International Conference on Stigma The Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, Available Online [Details]
McIntyre, Ruth & Hennessy, Eilis; (2009) Views and experiences of boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 39th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
O'Farrelly, Christine & Hennessy, Eilis; (2009) Observing transitions: The effects of graduating to a new childcare class on young children's behaviour 39th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
Quinn, M. & Hennessy, E.; (2008) Positive contributions of early peer relationships during the transition to school 20th Biennial ISSBD Meeting Available Online [Details]
Swords, L., Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; (2008) Measuring children's beliefs about psychological disorders in their peers: Development of the Causes of Psychological Problems Scal (CoPPS) 20th Biennial ISSBD Meeting Available Online [Details]
O'Keeffe, L., Hennessy, E.; (2008) Gender stereotyping in children's reports of emotional expression and help seeking behaviour 20th Biennial ISSBD Meeting Available Online [Details]
Hennessy, E., Hernandez, R., Kieran, P., McLoughlin, H.; (2008) Translating teaching and learning across disciplines in a modular system Does teaching and learning translate? Learning across the U21network Available Online [Details]
Hennessy, E., Hernandez, R., Kieran, P. & McLoughlin, H. (2008) Students' motivation for module choices in an Irish University Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference Liverpool, UK, Available Online [Details]
Hennessy, E., Swords, L. & Heary, C.; (2007) A model of factors predicting children's acceptance of peers with ADHD and depression Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Available Online [Details]
Hennessy, E., Griffin, C.; (2006) A comparison of children's and trainee clinical psychologists' beliefs about appropriate sources of help for mental health problems in childhood British Psychological Society Developmental Section annual Conference [Details]
Swords, L., Hennessy, E., Heary, C.; (2006) Children's understanding of psychological disorders: A developmental analysis International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development , 02-JUL-06 - 06-JUL-06 [Details]
Swords, L., Heary, C., Hennessy, E.; (2005) Children's understanding of mental health: A review of the literature British Psychological Society Developmental Section annual Conference [Details]
Swords, L., Heary, C., Hennessy, E.; (2005) Children's perceptions of psychological disorders: A developmental analysis of attitudes Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , 17-NOV-05 - 20-NOV-05 [Details]
Egan, A., Moran, A., Hennessy, E., O'Connell, M.; (2005) Evaluating a learning skills intervention for First Year students in University College, Dublin European Conference on Educational Research , 05-AUG-05 - 09-AUG-05 [Details]
Egan, A., Moran, A., Hennessy, E., O'Connell, M.; (2005) The design, implementation and evaluation of a learning skills intervention for First Year Psychology students European Conference on Educational Research , 05-SEP-05 - 10-SEP-05 [Details]

Published Reports

Hennessy, E. & Donnelly, M.; (2003) After-school care in disadvantaged rural and urban areas: Making choices, having a good time and learning? . Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]
                                       

Working Paper

Hennessy, E. & Donnelly, M.; (2005) After-school care in disadvantaged areas: The perspectives of children, parents and experts. Dublin: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
                                             

Research

Research Interests

  • Health related stigma in childhood and adolescence
  • Children's experiences in out-of-home care.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : Peer relationships of 9-year-old children with chronic physical and mental health conditions in Ireland: Analysis of the Growing up in Ireland dataset
Start Date / End Date : 03-JUN-14 / 25-JUL-14
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Stigma and youth mental health
Start Date / End Date : 19-DEC-11 / 31-MAR-12
Sponsor : Dept. of Health and Children (DoHC)
Title : Where do I fit in here? Examining the impact of transitions on children's adjustment in early childhood care and education settings
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Growing up in Ireland Scholarship
Start Date / End Date : 20-SEP-10 / 19-SEP-13
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The effects of transitions on preschool children's cortisol levels
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : The stigmatization of psychological difficulties in children: an exploration of self and public stigma
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-12

Recent Postgraduates

  
  • Christine O'Farrelly (Ph.D.) Department of Children and Youth Affairs Scholarship holder. "Where do I fit in here? An investigation of children's experiences of transitions in early childhood care and education settings." Ph.D. awarded 2012.
  • Ruth McIntyre (Ph.D.) IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship holder.  "'It's not something to be ashamed of': Multiple perspectives and experiences of childhood ADHD". Ph.D. awarded 2012.
  • Brendan Rooney (Ph.D.). "Emotional Arousal and Regulation towards Fictional Films: A Mixed Methods Study". Ph.D. awarded 2011.
  • Fiona Kelly (Ph.D. Joint supervision with Dr Barbara Dooley) IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship holder. "The Effects of Trauma and Migration on the Mental Health Needs and Outcomes of Help-Seeking Migrants in Ireland". Ph.D. awarded 2010.
  • Lynsey O'Keeffe (Ph.D.) IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship holder "Gender stereotypes in young people¿s perceptions of emotional expression and help-seeking behaviour". Ph.D. awarded 2009.

Current Postgraduate Students

Ailbhe Booth, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I aim to support student learning through personal interactions and provision of well-designed material that can be accessed outside class-time. I encourage students to develop transferrable cognitive, social and personal skills. I facilitate independent learning and collaboration with peers.
       

Innovation & Leadership

Head of Teaching & Learning in the UCD School of Psychology from 2005-2009. UCD Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development from 2007-2009. I have researched and written about my teaching and published findings in peer reviewed journals as well as presenting them at international conferences. Conferences include: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference; 11th European Congress of Psychology; Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference. A collaborative study on modularisation was published in Teaching in Higher Education.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Amanda Gibney, School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Amanda's web page

External Collaborators

Dr Caroline Heary, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway Caroline's web page

Dr Lorraine Swords, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin Lorraine's web page