Sinead Smyth


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Dr Sinéad Smyth (BA Hons Psychology, PhD., PGCHEP) is an associate professor of psychology in the School of Psychology where she is also Research Convenor and Programme Chair of the MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing.

Prior to the establishment of the of Psychology she was a lecturer in Psychology the School of Nursing and Human Sciences (SNHS), Dublin City University from 20011-2019. She was Research Convenor of the SNHS from  In September 2017 - September 2018 and Deputy Head of the SNHS from January 2017- July 2019.  

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Egan, C.; McLaughlin, N.; McGarrell, M.; Gurrin, C.; Devlin, S.; Smyth, S. (2023) 'Expert Consensus on the Resource Needs of Autistic Children and Young People in Ireland During the Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic'. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, . [Link] [DOI]
2022 Nic Ghiolla Phadraig, A; Smyth, S (2022) 'Sleep mediates the relationship between having an autistic child and poor family functioning'. Sleep Medicine, 101 . [DOI]
2022 Bohan, C.; McDowell, C.; Smyth, S. (2022) 'Does the Immediacy of Feedback Matter in Game-Based Classroom Management? Analysis of the Caught Being Good Game With Adolescent Students'. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, . [Link] [DOI]
2023 Bohan, Clare; Smyth, Sinead (2023) 'The Effect of Schedule Thinning on Student Behavior During the Caught Being Good Game'. Behavior Modification, 47 (3). [DOI]
2022 Forde, J.J.; Smyth, S. (2022) 'Avoidance Behavior in Adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder is Related to Quality of Life'. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 34 . [Link] [DOI]
2021 Clare Bohan,., Sinéad Smyth, Claire McDowell, (2021) 'An Evaluation of the Caught Being Good Game With an Adolescent Student Population'. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 23 (1):42-52.
2021 Sinéad Smyth, Nadine Mc Laughlin, Cillian Egan, Cathal Gurrin, Katie Quinn, Maria McGarrell, Sarah Devlin (2021) 'Study protocol for autism specific transition resources (T-Res Study): developing a flexible resource package for dealing with the loosening and/or lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]'. HRB Open Research, 4 (12).
2021 Smyth, S; Mc Laughlin, N; Egan, C; Gurrin, C; Quinn, K; McGarrell, M; Devlin, S (2021) 'Study protocol for autism specific transition resources (T-Res Study): developing a flexible resource package for dealing with the loosening and/or lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions'. HRB Open Research, 4 . [DOI]
2020 Leonard, NM; Smyth, S (2020) 'Does training matter? Exploring teachers' attitudes towards the inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education in Ireland'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, . [DOI]
2020 Bohan, C; Smyth, S; McDowell, C (2020) 'An Evaluation of the Caught Being Good Game With an Adolescent Student Population'. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, . [DOI]
2020 O’Neill, S.J.; Smyth, S.; Smeaton, A.; O’Connor, N.E. (2020) 'Assistive technology: Understanding the needs and experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability in Ireland and the UK'. Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA, 32 . [Link] [DOI]
2018 Barron, R; Leslie, JC; Smyth, S (2018) 'Teaching Real-World Categories Using Touchscreen Equivalence-Based Instruction'. Psychological Record, 68 :89-101. [DOI]
2017 Sean Hughes, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Sinead Smyth (2017) 'Implicit Cross-Community Biases Revisited: Evidence for Ingroup Favoritism in the Absence of Outgroup Derogation in Northern Ireland'. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD, 67 (1):97-107. [Link] [DOI]
2018 Cantwell, M.; Walsh, D.; Furlong, B.; Moyna, N.; McCaffrey, N.; Boran, L.; Smyth, S.; Woods, C. (2018) 'Healthcare professionals' knowledge and practice of physical activity promotion in cancer care: Challenges and solutions'. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27 . [Link] [DOI]
2017 Smyth S; Reading BE; McDowell C; (2017) 'The impact of staff training on special educational needs professionals' attitudes toward and understanding of applied behavior analysis'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, . [DOI]
2017 Costello, KM; Smyth, S (2017) 'Group Contingencies to Increase School and Project Attendance in At-Risk Adolescents: A Pilot Study'. Education and Treatment of Children, 40 :379-400.
2014 Hyland, J.M.; Smyth, S.; O’Hora, D.P.; Leslie, J.C. (2014) 'The Effect of Before and After Instructions on the Speed of Sequential Responding'. Psychological Record, 64 . [Link] [DOI]
2012 Hyland, J., O’Hora, D., Leslie, J. & Smyth S (2012) 'Sequential responding in accordance with temporal relational cues: A comparison of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ cues'. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD, 62 :463-484.
2011 Brysbaert, M. & Smyth, S. (2011) 'Self-enhancement in scientific research: The self-citation bias'. PSYCHOLOGICAL BELGICA, 51 .
2009 Derakshan, N., Smyth, S., & Eysenck, M.W. (2009) 'Effects of state anxiety on task-switching: An investigation of attentional control theory'. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 16 :1112-1117.
2008 Smyth S., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Barnes-Holmes, Y. (2008) 'Acquired equivalence in human discrimination learning: Mediated generalization and verbal processes'. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34 :167-177.
2007 O’Toole, C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Smyth, S. (2007) 'A derived transfer of functions and the implicit association test'. Journal of the experimental analysis of behaviour, 88 :263-283.
2006 Smyth, S., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Forsyth, J. P. (2006) 'A Derived Transfer of Simple Discrimination and Self-reported anxiety functions in spider fearful and non-spider fearful participants'. Journal of the experimental analysis of behaviour, 85 :223-246.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2019 Le, T.K.; Ninh, V.T.; Dang-Nguyen, D.T.; Tran, M.T.; Zhou, L.; Redondo, P.; Smyth, S.; Gurrin, C. (2019) LSC 2019 - Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Lifelog Search Challenge LifeSeeker - Interactive lifelog search engine at LSC 2019 [Link] [DOI]
2015 Corrigan O.; Glynn M.; McKenna A.; Smeaton A.; Smyth S. (2015) Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL Student data: Data is knowledge: Putting the knowledge back in the students' hands
2015 Corrigan O.; Smeaton A.; Glynn M.; Smyth S. (2015) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Using educational analytics to improve test performance [DOI]
2015 Corrigan, O; Glynn, M; McKenna, A; Smeaton, A; Smyth, S (2015) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 14TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON R-LEARNING (ECEL 2015) Student Data: Data is Knowledge: Putting the Knowledge Back in the Students' Hands

Other Publication

Year Publication
2023 Laverty, B.; Puthezhath Jayanandan, S.; Smyth, S. (2023) Understanding the relationship between sleep and quality of life in type 2 diabetes: A systematic review of the literature. [Link] [DOI]
2023 Cassidy, S.; Harvey, L.; Smyth, S. (2023) Examining the relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea and eating behaviours and attitudes: A systematic review. [Link] [DOI]
2022 Russell, A.; Scriney, A.; Smyth, S. (2022) Educator Attitudes Towards the Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Mainstream Education: a Systematic Review. [Link] [DOI]
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/11/2015 Shortlisted by the Irish Software Association for Outstanding Academic Achievement award Irish Software Association

Research Interests

Sinéad's research interests are in the areas of understanding behaviour in health and educational contexts.  Specific interests include sleep in clinical and non-clinical populations, game based classroom management, inclusion and inclusive education, adverse childhood experiences, and autism. Current projects include: Factors influence sleep quality in adults; Autism Specific Transition Resources (T-Res; funded by a HRB COVID-19 Rapid Response Award); Using group contingencies for classroom management in primary and secondary settings (previously funded by a DCU Career Enhancement grant).

Contract Researchers

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
Cillian Egan T-Res

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Brennan ,Ciara PhD-track Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Sinéad teaches on the BSc in Psychology.  Her modules include NS219 Personality Psychoology, NS229 Experimetnal Beahviour Analysis, NS336 ABA across the lifespan and NS4538 Programming for experimental Psychology.  She is also coordinator of the Psychology INTRA placement modules.  

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 INTRA IN311