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Eilis Hennessy

Professor

School Of Psychology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +35317168362
Email: eilis.hennessy@ucd.ie

Biography

Professor Eilis Hennessy teaches developmental psychology in the UCD School of Psychology and is Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning in the College of Social Sciences and Law.  She is the director of the Masters in Psychological Science and was Head of the School of Psychology from 2009 to 2012.   Her research addresses stigma, bias, and discrimination experienced by children and adolescents with chronic health problems with a particular focus on those who have mental health and behavioural problems. Her work has documented the prevalence of mental health bias and discrimination in children and young people from 8 years of age to 24 in schools and colleges in Ireland through her work with colleagues in NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin.  As part of this research programme she and her colleagues have developed and published questionnaires for measuring mental health stigma, examined the perception of stigma experienced by young people and their families, and worked with mental health charities to reduce stigma in secondary school pupils. 

Professional

 

Associations

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

Conference Contributions

Guerin, S. & Hennessy, E.; (1998) Examining bullying using a child-based definition. [Oral Presentation], annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland(1998, November), Kilkenny , 06-NOV-98 - 08-NOV-98.
Hennessy, E. (2014) Stigma and youth mental health: Applying insights from social and experimental psychology. [Invited Oral Presentation], School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham , 19-JUN-14 - 19-JUN-14.
Hickey, A., & Hennessy, E.; The role of support services in alleviating stress in families with a child who has a developmental disability. [Oral Presentation], annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland.(1998, November), Kilkenny .
Hennessy, E. & Hogan, D.; Twenty-five years of child and adolescent psychology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland(1998, November), Kilkenny .
Hennessy, E.; Childrens perceptions of child care. [Oral Presentation], Department of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.(1999, January), * .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McGee, H., Breathnach, F., & Fitzgerald, M.; Children's Views of Paediatric Hospital Services. [Oral Presentation], European Health Psychology Conference, Florence, Italy. (1999, September), Florence, Italy .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E. & McGee, H.; Childrens views of paediatric hospital services. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Psychology Society of Ireland, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.(1999, November), * .
Hennessy, E. & Flaherty, M.; Parents priorities in early childhood education: Japan and Ireland compared. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Psychology Society of Ireland, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.(1999, November). , Cork .
Hennessy, E. , ; Towards an understanding of childrens experiences of health and illness. [Oral Presentation], Psychology Society of Ireland, Annual Conference, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.(1999, November), Cork .
Hennessy, E.; Psychological aspects of childrens health and illness. [Oral Presentation], Symposium convened, Psychology Society of Ireland, Annual Conference, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.(1999, November), Cork .
Hennessy, E.; Parents, priorities and preschools. [Invited Oral Presentation], Conference of the St.Nicholas Montessori Teachers Association of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland.(2000, May), Kilkenny, Ireland .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McGee, H., Breathnach, F. & Fitzgerald, M.; Assessing the Quality of Hospital Services: What do Children Think is Important?. [Oral Presentation], British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Annual Conference. Bristol, England.(2000, September), * .
Donnelly, M. & Hennessy, E.; A comparison of the effects of the High/Scope curriculum with an alternative pre-school curriculum. [Oral Presentation], British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Annual Conference. Bristol, England.(2000, September), Bristol, England .
Hennessy, E.; Monitoring a quality policy. [Invited Oral Presentation], Conference of the Cross Border Rural Childcare Project. Monaghan, Ireland.(1999, March), * .
Hennessy, E.; The childs view: Children as service evaluators. [Invited Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, Special Interest Group in Child and Adolescent Psychology, UCD, Dublin, Ireland.(1998, December), * .
Hennessy, E.; Consistency in young childrens reports of child care experiences. [Poster Presentation], 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Berne, Switzerland.(1998, July), * .
Hearns, S. & Hennessy, E.; Caregiver training and impact on adult behaviour and child development. [Oral Presentation], annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland.(1998, November), Kilkenny .
Hennessy, E., Moran, A., & Ward, A.; Longitudinal analysis of the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) by undergraduate Psychology students. [Oral Presentation], 33rd Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, 2002, November), Waterford .
Hennessy, E. & Moran, A.; Co-convenors: The challenge of virtual learning environments: Undergraduate learning and professional training. [Oral Presentation], 33rd Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Waterford.(2002, November), Waterford .
Hennessy, E.; What happens in after-school care? A comparison of childminders, relatives and crèches. [Poster Presentation], British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Annual Conference. Bristol, England.(2000, September), Bristol, England .
Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; Using focus groups with children: A comparison of three age groups. [Poster Presentation], the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.(2001, April), * .
Hennessy, E & Flaherty, M.; Priorities in childcare choices: Ireland and Japan Compared. [Poster Presentation], Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.(2001, April), Minneapolis, Minnesota .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McGee, H., Breathnach, F., & Fitzgerald, M.; The Development of an Instrument to Measure Childrens Satisfaction with Paediatric Hospital Services. [Oral Presentation], European Health Psychology Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland.(2001, September), St. Andrews, Scotland .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McGee, H., Breathnach, F., & Fitzgerald, M.; A Child-Centred Evaluation of Paediatric Hospital Services. [Oral Presentation], Second Biennial Health Services Research Conference, Cork, Ireland.(2001, September), Cork .
Hennessy, E.; Getting Childrens Perspectives on Childcare. [Invited Oral Presentation], Border Counties Childcare Network, North Eastern Health Board Health Centre, Rooskey, Monaghan. September 2001, Rooskey, Monaghan .
Moran, A., Hennessy, E., & Ward, A.; Evaluation of a Virtual Learning Environment in UCD: Using TopClass with First Year Psychology Students. [Oral Presentation], UCD Forum on Teaching and Learning, Teaching Awards Seminar, UCD(2001, October), * .
Donnelly, M. & Hennessy, E.; A comparison of High/Scope preschools and playgroups in the Border counties. [Oral Presentation], 32nd Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Westport, Ireland.(2001, November), Westport .
Moran, A., Hennessy, E., & Ward, A.; Teaching psychology through web-based technology: Evaluation of a pilot project. [Oral Presentation], 32nd Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Westport, Ireland.(2001, November). , Westport .
Moran, A., Hennessy, E., & Ward, A.; Longitudinal Analysis of student use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) with a large first year psychology class. [Oral Presentation], Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference (PLAT), York, England.(2002, March), York, England .
Hennessy, E. & Heary, C.; Childrens understanding of ADHD: Perceptions of causes and interventions. [Oral Presentation], 17th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Ottawa, Canada(2002, August), Ottawa, Canada .
Guerin, S. & Hennessy, E.; Approaching bullying from the Irish students point of view. [Poster Presentation], 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Berne, Switzerland.(1998, July), Berne .
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McGee, H., Breathnach, F., & Fitzgerald, M.; Childrens Views of Services: The Childrens Hospital Evaluation Questionnaire. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Surgeons Research Day, RCSI, Dublin.(2002, April), * .

Committees

Committee : Child Development and Education Expert Panel of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland
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

Books

Guerin, S. & Hennessy, E.; (2002) PACTS 2: Aggression and Bullying. : BPS Blackwell. [Details]
Greene, S., Hennessy, E., & Hogan, D. M.; (2000) Irish Journal of Psychology, Special Issue on Child Development Research in Ireland. : *. [Details]
Hennessy, E., Martin, S., Moss, P., Melhuish, E.; (1992) Children and Day Care: Lessons from Research. : Paul Chapman. [Details]

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]
Hennessy, E.; (2001) 'Childrens experiences in after-school care' In: In A. Cleary, M. Nic Ghiolla Phádraig & S. Quin, , Cork: Oak Tree Press (eds). Understanding Children Volume 2: Changing Experiences and Family Forms. [Details]
Guerin, S., & Hennessy, E.; (1998) 'Student perceptions and definitions of bullying: A question of methodology' In: In D. M. Hogan, & R. Gilligan (Eds.) , Dublin: The Childrens Research Centre, Trinity College (eds). Researching childrens experiences: Qualitative approaches. [Details]
Melhuish, E., Moss, P., Martin, S., Hennessy, E., & Mooney, A.; (1992) 'Une recherche sur laccueil non parentale a Londres' In: In B. Pierrehumbert (ed.) , Paris: ESF (eds). LAccueil du Jeune Enfant. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Dolphin, L & Hennessy, E. (2017) 'Labelling effects and adolescent responses to peers with depression: an experimental investigation'. BMC Psychiatry, 17 (228). [DOI] [Details]
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., Swords, L. & Corrigan, P. (2017) 'Stigma towards mental health problems during childhood and adolescence: Theory, research and intervention approaches'. Journal of Child and Family Studies, . [Details]
Murphy, D., & Hennessy, E. (2017) 'Promoting college students to seek help for mental health difficulties: a social normative approach'. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 19 (1):14-25. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Scully, H., Alberdi, G., Segurado, R., McNamara, A., Lindsay, K., Horan, M., Hennessy, E., Gibney, E., McAuliffe, F. (2017) 'Child care exposure influences childhood adiposity at 2 years: Analysis from the ROLO study'. Childhood Obesity, 13 (2):93-101. [DOI] [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, . [DOI] [Details]
Dolphin, L & Hennessy, E. (2016) 'Depression stigma among adolescents in Ireland'. Stigma and Health, 1 (3):185-200. [DOI] [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. [DOI] [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 [DOI] [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 and Allied Disciplines, 53 (10):1054-1062. [DOI] 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]
Hennessy, E.; (1999) 'Children as service evaluators'. Child Psychology and Psychiatric Review, 4 :153-161. [Details]
Hennessy, E.; (1999) 'Using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale in Ireland: Do parents and service providers share its values?'. Early Years, 19 :12-25. [Details]
Hennessy, E., & Hayes, N.; (1997) 'Early childhood services in Ireland'. International Journal of Early Years Education, 5 :211-224. [Details]
McGurk, H., Caplan, M., Hennessy, E., & Moss, P.; (1992) 'Controversy, theory and social context in contemporary day care research'. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 34 :3-24. [Details]
Hennessy, E., & Melhuish, E. C.; (1991) 'Early day care and the development of school-age children: a review'. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 9 :117-136. [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

Hennessy, E., Nearchou, N., Heary, C., Swords, L., Silke, C., & Stokes, D. (2017) School based interventions to tackle stigma and bullying Interventions to tackle stigma and discrimination in relation to youth mental health [Details]
Booth, A., Doyle, O., & Hennessy, E. (2017) A randomized controlled trial and quasi-experimental examination of the impact of home visiting on self regulation Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development [Details]
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]
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]
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]
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) 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) 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) 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]
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, 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, 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) 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]
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'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) 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'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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
McIntyre, Ruth & Hennessy, Eilis; (2009) Parents' perspectives of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Ireland British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference [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'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) Students' motivation for module choices in an Irish University Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference Liverpool, UK, Available Online [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]
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., 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]

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 : Measuring children¿s satisfaction with paediatric services
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-98 / 30-JUN-20
Sponsor : Katherine Howard Foundation
Title : High/Scope curriculum evaluation in the border counties
Start Date / End Date : 18-JAN-00 / 31-MAR-00
Sponsor : Combat Poverty Agency
Title : After-school in disadvantaged rural and urban areas.
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-02
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Children's Perceptions of Psychological Disorders: A Development Analysis
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-03 / 01-DEC-07
Sponsor : Irish Dental Association (IDA)
Title : Feminisation of the Dental Profession in Ireland: Issues, challenges and recommendations
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-SEP-12
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Research support Teaching and Learning College of Human Sciences
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 31-DEC-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Self-Regulation in Early Childhood: Antecedents, Interventions, and Outcomes
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Proposal to bring Professor Patrick McGorry to UCD School of Psychology
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-15 / 31-OCT-16
Sponsor : National Centre for Youth Mental Health Ltd. (Headstrong)
Title : General Practitioner¿s attitudes towards self-harm in adolescents
Start Date / End Date : 11-MAY-15 / 30-JUN-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Predictors of Inclusion among Muslim Migrant Mothers and Their Children in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 31-MAR-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : School-Based Interventions for Reducing Stigma towards Peers with Chronic Diseases: A Systematic Review
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-16 / 30-JUN-17
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

Cal McDonagh, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
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.

Modules Coordinated

201600   PSY20020     Psychology: Child & Adolescent Development
201600   PSY40650     Psychology: Psychological Interventions
201600   PSY30320     Psychology: Career development in psych
201600   PSY50030     Psychology: Psychology writing group II
201600   PSY40310     Psychology: Psychology writing group

Enhancement of Teaching

My belief in the importance of active learning led me to collaborate on an enquiry based learning (EBL) module with Dr Suzanne Guerin. EBL offers students a way of working in small groups to formulate links between theory and research and it also encourages students from different disciplinary backgrounds to work together and learn from one another. Topics were chosen based on their appeal to students and the method of module delivery was designed to permit expert input and student discussion and discovery. Observation of my teaching led me to adopt a more questioning style of interaction. I have also designed graduate academic writing modules (PSY 40310; PSY 50010) around peer review, collaboration and support. Each student presents a paper at one meeting and acts as reviewer for all other meetings. A series of questions guides the reviewers through constructive critical appraisal of one another's work. Feedback about the module from the participants has suggested that they have found it a valuable way to enforce deadlines for themselves, that they have learned a lot about the craft of writing and that they have gained valuable resources from peers. Articles that were first drafted for the writing group have been published in Childhood; Early Education and Development; Diversity in Health and Health Care and the Journal of Adolescence among others. The module was reviewed by a third party in 2008/9 and the findings were presented at the Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

My curriculum design begins by considering the current level of knowledge and likely interests of students. This involves starting the semester with topics that can serve as a 'hook' to engage students with the broad subject matter. I also take account of the timing of topics covered and assessment to ensure flow. I use module outcomes and student feedback to inform my choice of teaching method (lectures, class discussion), supporting material (e.g. films in class) and type of assessment. Teaching, however, must always involve dialogue and for many students this is most evident in assessment and formative feedback from the lecturer. I tailor the type of formative feedback to the level of the module. For example, in level 2 modules I give written comments on draft essays, whereas in level 3 modules students discuss essay plans with me. Student feedback suggests that this approach is key to allowing them to attain the learning outcomes. I also routinely get positive comments on my choice of topics, which students find interesting and engaging. I teach developmental psychology which encompasses every other branch of psychology but studied in the dynamic developing person. I encourage students in class to make links to their other psychology modules, and where appropriate to point to the importance of the insights of disciplines such as anthropology and sociology which tell us much about the context of human development. Over the last three years I led a group within that School of Psychology that designed a new taught masters to complement an undergraduate psychology degree by focusing on professional skill development, thereby allowing students to gain critical skills as a foundation for subsequent professional training. The programme has been very successful and is heavily over subscribed each year.

Developing as a Teacher

I work to keep my professional practice as a teacher up-to-date through attending seminars and talks, through conferences, reading and on-line resources. For example I attended the Writing Development in Higher Education (WDHE) conference in London in 2010 to develop my insight into encouraging academic writing skills in graduate students. My development as a teacher was particularly encouraged during my time as a Fellow in Teaching and Academic development because of the variety of seminars and conferences that I participated in at that time but also because it allowed me to develop a network of colleagues with a similar interest in the professional practice of teaching. I engage actively with other lecturers in developmental psychology, particularly those in NUIGalway and Trinity College Dublin with whom I regularly collaborate. While this collaboration is primarily research driven, we also routinely share teaching resources and discuss issues of common interest in curriculum design and teaching methods.

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