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Lisa Christine Girard

Marie Curie Research Fellow

School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science
B205
UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland

Tel: +353 (1)716-4624
Email: lisa.girard@ucd.ie

Biography

I am a Marie Curie Post Doctoral Fellow (International Incoming Fellow) in Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Population Sciences based out of the Geary Institute, UCD. I received my Ph.D in Speech-Language Pathology from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2013. I also received a M.Ed in Human Development and Applied Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto in 2009 and a HBSc in Psychology, University of Toronto in 2007. 

My research interests have been concentrated around social behavioural development (particular focus on aggression, conduct problems, and peer exclusion) from infancy to early childhood and the associations with language, literacy, and cognition. I also  examine determinants of these developmental outcomes such as within child factors, the family environment, the classroom environment,  and teacher training. 

My current work focuses on the longitudinal impact of breastfeeding on children's behavioural and language problems from toddlerhood to adolescence. Factors implicated in breastfeeding initiation and duration in Ireland specifically are also under investigation in comparison to other European and North American Countries.     

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow (IIF)
Year: 2011.
Title: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award
Year: 2009.
Title: Open Fellowship Award
Year: 2008.
Title: Research and Development Graduate Assistantship
Year: 2007.
Title: Research and Development Graduate Assistantship
       

Conference Contributions

Girard, LC., Pingault, JB., Doyle, O., Falissard, B., & Tremblay, RE. (2015) Language development and prosocial behaviour in early childhood. Examining longitudinal associations in the UK Millennium Cohort Study. [Oral Presentation], Annual International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children (APPAC), Athens, Greece , 25-MAY-15 - 29-MAY-15.
Girard, LC., Pingault, JB., Doyle, O., Falissard, B., & Tremblay, RE. (2015) Developmental associations between conducted problems and expressive language: cross-lagged modeling in a population-based sample from the UK. [Poster Presentation], 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA), Vienna, Austria , 28-MAR-15 - 31-MAR-15.
Sarot, A., Girard, LC., Chomentowski, M., Falissard, B., & Moro, MR. (2015) [Oral Presentation], International Symposium on Education and Psychology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 01-APR-15 - 03-APR-15.
Girard, LC., Pingault, JB., Falissard, B., Boivin, M., Dionne, G., & Tremblay, RE. (2014) Physical aggression and language ability from 17 to 72 months: cross-lagged effects in a population sample. [Poster Presentation], International Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), Durban, South Africa , 11-AUG-14 - 15-AUG-14.
Girard, LC., Girolametto, L. (2012) An investigation of the relationship between social behaviour and phonological processing. [Poster Presentation], International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Alberta, Canada , 08-JUL-12 - 12-JUL-12.
Girard, LC., Girolametto, L. (2012) An investigation of phonological processing skills and social behaviours in junior kindergarten. [Poster Presentation], Connaught Global Challenge International Symposium, Toronto, Canada , 27-SEP-12 - 29-SEP-13.
Girard, LC., Girolametto, L., Weitzman, E. & Greenberg, J (2011) Educators¿ print referencing strategies and children¿s responses in two emergent literacy contexts. [Poster Presentation], International Congress for the Study in Child Language, Montreal, Canada , 19-JUL-11 - 23-JUL-11.
Kiefer, H., Chen, X. & Girard, L. (2008) Different strokes for different folks: Differences in cross-language orthographic transfer for Spanish-English and Chinese-English bilinguals. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), North Carolina, United States , 09-JUL-08 - 12-JUL-08.
 

Employment

Employer: Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP), University of Montreal, Canada
Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Education

Year 2013 Institution: University of Toronto
Qualification: PhD Subject: Speech-Language Pathology
Year 2009 Institution: OISE/University of Toronto
Qualification: MEd Subject: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Year 2007 Institution: University of Toronto
Qualification: BSc. (Hons) Subject: Psychology

Languages

English:
French:
       

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Girard, LC., Pingault, JB., Falissard, B., Boivin, M., Dionne, G., & Tremblay, RE. (2014) 'Physical aggression and language ability from 17 to 72 months: cross-lagged effects in a population sample'. PLoS ONE, 9 (11). [DOI] [Details]
Girard, L.C., Girolametto, L. (2013) 'Investigating the relationship between social behaviors and phonological awareness in preschool children'. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34 (3):123-130. [DOI] [Details]
Girard, L.C., Girolametto, L., Weitzman, E. & Greenberg, J. (2012) 'Educators¿ literacy practices in two emergent literacy contexts'. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 27 (1):46-60. [DOI] [Details]
Girard, L.C., Girolametto, L., Weitzman, E. & Greenberg, J. (2011) 'Training early childhood educators to promote peer interactions: Effects on children's aggression and prosocial behaviours'. Early Education & Development, 22 (2):305-323. [DOI] [Details]
             

Dissertations/Theses

Girard, LC (2014) An Investigation of the Predictors of Emergent Literacy Skills in Junior Kindergarten. Toronto, Canada: Dissertations/Theses Available Online [Details]
                                                                             

Research

Research Interests

My research experience and training has taken a multidisciplinary approach combining the fields of psychology, speech-language pathology, and education. My previous work has concentrated around social behavioural development (particular focus on aggression, conduct problems, peer exclusion, and prosocial behaviour) from infancy to early childhood and the associations with language, literacy, and cognition. I also  examine determinants of these developmental outcomes such as within child factors, the family environment, the classroom environment,  and teacher training. 

My current work focuses on the longitudinal impact of breastfeeding on children's behavioural development and language problems from toddlerhood to adolescence. Factors implicated in breastfeeding initiation and duration in Ireland specifically are also under investigation in comparison to other European and North American Countries.     

Keywords: aggression, conduct problems, peer exclusion, prosocial behaviours, language development, breastfeeding, population cohorts