Centre Launch

From left to right: Prof. Philip O’Connell; Prof. Giuseppe de Vito, Prof. Richard Tremblay; Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, Dr Orla Doyle, Prof. John Frank, Dr Emily Logan, Prof. Colin Scott and Prof. Dympna Devine.

Dr Emily Logan, Irish Human Rights commissioner, launched the UCD Centre for Childhood and Human Development on December 12th 2016. The launch showcased the on-going research in relation to children and young people across the bio-psycho-social sciences in UCD. Below was the schedule for the day:

UCD Childhood and Human Development Research Centre Sutherland School of Law

December 12th

9.15am – 15.30pm


8.45am – 9.15am: Registration

9.15 – 9.40 am: Opening Comments:

  • Colin Scott, Principal College of Social Sciences and Law
  • Giuseppe de Vito Head, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • Dr Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

9.45am – 10.30am: Keynote Address

(Chair: Prof. Richard Tremblay)

Prof. John Frank

“Best Early Life Investments for Health Equity

over the Life Course”

10.30am – 10.45am Coffee break

10.45am – 12.25pm Irish Longitudinal Studies from Birth

(Chair: Dr Orla Doyle)

  • Impact of breastfeeding on cognitive and behavioural development Dr. Lisa Christine Girard
  • Connecting diet, dental health and obesity in preschool children Dr Michael Crowe
  • The contributions of twin studies to understanding bio-psycho-social development Prof. Richard Tremblay
  • Can twins help untangle gut-brain linkages? Dr Aifric O’Sullivan
  • Understanding cross-generational influences in the Lifeways Cohort study Dr Celine Murrin

12.25pm – 1.05pm Preventive interventions during pregnancy

(Chair: Prof Dympna Devine)

  • The ROLO Study Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe
  • The Preparing For Life Study Dr Orla Doyle

1.05 – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm – 15.20pm Development, Learning, and Transitions

(Chair: Dr Aifric O’Sullivan)

  • ‘Inter-generational Justice, Children’s welfare and wellbeing’ Prof. Dympna Devine
  • Executive Functioning Development and Assessment in the Early Years Dr Michelle Downes
  • Learning, Development and Educational Wellbeing: ‘What works’ in improving outcomes for children? Dr Seaneen Sloan
  • Well-being at the school-to-work transition: a montage of findings from national cohort data Dr Jennifer Symonds

15.20pm – 15.40pm Closing remarks

Prof. Richard Tremblay