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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:
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 and supervises postgraduate research on child development in early educational contexts. Before taking up her lectureship at DCU, she was a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the National College of Ireland (2014-2016) and Research and Policy Manager for the Childhood Development Initiative (2012-2013).    

Sinéad was awarded an Embark Initiative Scholarship by the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology for her doctoral research on language interventions for young children with Autism at Trinity College Dublin (2005-2009), and has held research fellowships on two longitudinal studies of children including Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (2010-2012). Her research examines the ways in which language environments contribute to young children’s language and social-emotional development, and her published research and teaching reflect a strong commitment to supporting policy and practice in early educational contexts. She has a special interest in the language development of young children on the Autism Spectrum and on language use in the preschool classroom.

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