May 2021 Monthly Memo

This month we welcome 2 new CHilD student members:

Katie Hill and Martina Kennedy from the UCD School of Nursing UCD School of Midwifery and Health Systems

Congratulations to the following CHiLD members on their recent achievements!


Dympna Devine (UCD School of Education): €50,627 from Research Council of Norway for project entitled Valuing the past sustaining the future: Education knowledge and identity across three generations in coastal communities.

Eilis Hennessy (UCD School of Psychology) : €34,434 from Irish Research Council for project entitled Inclusion and engagement of Children of Muslim background in creative activities in Ireland: Exploring its relevance describing hurdles and barriers identifying national and international best practices and experience in mitigating them.

Eilis Hennessy (UCD School of Psychology): €39,990 from Health Service Executive for project titled Education for parents on adolescent self-harm.

Karen Smith (UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice): €11,755 from Irish Research Council for project entitled Community Sponsorship Ireland: a participatory approach for increasing sustainability (CSI Project).

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh (UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice): €11,012 from Irish Research Council for project entitled Perspectives of refugees on questions of participation power and ethics in research (RefPPER).


•Ciara Treanor and Leah McCabe have joined Niki Nearchou as youth partners on the Your Youth Health Project.


·Taylor, L.K., Dautel, J., Maloku, E., & Tomovska Misoska, A. (in press). “Children’s outgroup prosocial giving in settings of intergroup conflict: The developmental role of ingroup symbol preference”. Developmental Psychology.

·McDonnell, T., Nicholson, E., Barrett, M., Bury, G., Collins, C., Cummins, F., Deasy, C., Denny, K., De Brún, A., Hensey, C., & McAuliffe, E. (2021) “Policy of free GP care for children under 6 years: The impact on emergency department attendance”. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 279.

·Nearchou, F. (2021) “Violence against Children by Teachers”. In T.K. Sackelford (Ed), The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence. Vol 2, 600-616: SAGE.

·O’Connor, C., Brassil, M., O’Sullivan, S., Seery, C., & Nearchou, F. (2021). “How does diagnostic labelling affect social responses to people with mental illness? A systematic review of experimental studies using vignette-based designs”. Journal of Mental Health, 1-16.

·Strimbu, N., O’Connell, M., Nearchou, F., & Ó’Sé, C. (2021). “Adaption and psychometric evaluation of the Presentation of Online Self Scale in adults”. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 3, 100073. 

·Prasher V.P., & Santos F.H. (2021) “Excelling in Life with Down Syndrome”.  Nova: ISBN: 978-1-53619-484-5 []


CHilD member, Niki Nearchou, organised an online webinar on Youth Mental Health & COVID-19: Reflections & Next Steps. This was part of the Your Youth Health Project (funded by Healthy Ireland) and included a panel discussion on changes introduced to youth’s lives by the pandemic and on lessons learned moving forward.