School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education


Primary Department
School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
01 700 9150
St Patrick's Campus
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Academic biography

Sinéad McNally is Assistant Professor in Psychology (birth to six) at DCU's IoE, specialising in developmental psychology and research methods in early childhood.Prior to joining DCU, Sinéad was Assistant Professor in Psychology at the National College of Ireland (2014-2016). She has  held two research fellowships on longitudinal studies of child development at Trinity College Dublin, including with the national Growing Up in Ireland study, and is a former scholar with the Irish  Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology for her doctoral studies on Autism. Sinéad leads the Early Language and Learning Lab at DCU's IoE which examines the ways in which early educational environments contribute to young children’s development and learning. Her research on gender in early science learning and her research on play in early childhood has attracted funding awards from Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council. Sinéad was a visiting research fellow at Boston University, USA (2018) and is currently a visiting academic at the University of Trento, Italy. She welcomes proposals for PhD research on young children's typical and atypical development, especially early language and play.