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Dr Sinéad McNally

Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education

Name: Dr Sinéad McNally
Department: Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2161
Email Address: sinead.mcnally@dcu.ie
Room: F211
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Sinéad McNally is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the Institute of Education, specializing in early child development (from birth to eight). Sinéad coordinates the Psychology and Research Methods modules on the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education programme and supervises postgraduate research in early child development and education. Before taking up her lectureship at DCU, Sinéad was a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the National College of Ireland (2014-2016).

Sinéad has  received several funding awards for her research in child development. A former IRCSET scholar for her doctoral research on language interventions for children with autism at Trinity College Dublin, Sinéad has held two research fellowships on longitudinal studies of child development including Growing Up in Ireland - the first national longitudinal study of children in Ireland. Her research examines the ways in which home and educational environments contribute to young children’s language and social-emotional development, and her published research reflects a strong commitment to supporting policy and practice in early educational contexts.

Sinéad's most recent project, Let's Talk About STEM, is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and looks at the way in which we use language to engage girls in science in early childhood education. This project partners with parents, educators, young children and researchers to highlight the potential impact of language use on girls' earliest engagement in formal science education.  

Sinéad is accepting applications for PhD students in all areas of child development and early childhood education, and especially welcomes applications on children's language and social-emotional development.

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