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Aideen McParland


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    United Kingdom


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Dr Aideen McParland is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast. Prior to joining the school, she held the position of Assistant Professor at University College Dublin. Aideen obtained her PhD in Psychology from Ulster University and her doctoral thesis is titled, "Using eye-tracking technology to investigate and operantly condition gaze behaviour of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders". Aideen is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) with the British Psychological Society. In June 2019, Aideen became a professionally certified Entrepreneurial Educator with UCD Innovation Academy, a qualification reflecting her commitment to incorporating innovative pedagogies in University teaching. 

Research Interests

Aideen's research interests are predominantly in the fields of behavioural, experimental, and developmental psychology. Her post-doctoral research at Ulster University focused on cognitive and social predictors of early educational outcomes for children residing in socially disadvantaged areas of Dublin. This research used the nationwide 'Preparing for Life' dataset collected by the Geary Institute of Public Policy at UCD. Aideen's doctoral research took a behaviourist approach to develop a training tool to improve gaze behaviour of children with ASD. This training tool incorporated the latest desktop and remote eye-tracking technology as well as multimodal forms of stimuli ( working alongside the University of Texas at Dallas). Current research projects include using student samples to develop this behavioural training tool for atypical populations.  


Queens University Belfast;

Undergraduate Teaching

Level 1 Personal Tutor

PSY1009- Introduction to Methods in Psychology (including Level 1 labs)


Postgraduate Teaching

(MSc Psychology of Childhood Adversity)

PSY7034- Psychological Methods in Developmental Research ( Module co-ordinator)

PSY7080- Improving Outcomes Using Evidence Based Interventions

PSY7081- Theoretical Perspective on Childhood and Adolescent Development 

MSc Thesis Supervision


Previous Teaching (University College Dublin); 

Undergraduate Teaching 

PSY20020- Child and Adolescent Development ( Module Co-ordinator)

PSY30040- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Module Co-ordinator)

PSY20200- Psychology of Everyday Life

PSY30360- Research Project and Statistical Computing 

BA Thesis Supervision


Postgraduate Teaching

PSY40690- Mental Health and Neurology ( Module co-ordinator)  

MSc Thesis Supervision


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Research Output

Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    Experimental Analysis of Gaze and Eye-Tracking

    Gallagher, S., McParland, A. & Keenan, M., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Improving Student Resiliency Using "The Connected" Paradigm

    McParland, A., Cullen, K., Geoghegan, S., Carthy, E. & Walsh, N., Feb 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Can Eye-tracking Technology Improve Gaze Behaviour of Children with ASD?

    McParland, A., Dec 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Does Early Home Environment Influence Basic Numeracy Skills? The Preparing for Life Study

    Simms, V., McParland, A., Gilmore, C., Cahoon, A. & Doherty, N. N., 01 Dec 2018, Extending the Learning from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initative. 3 ed. Dublin, Ireland: Children's Research Network, Vol. 5. p. 69-72 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Highly Commended Presentation

    McParland, Aideen (Recipient), Mar 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Autism Expert by Experience Group Launch

    Aideen McParland (Speaker)

    14 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    UCD Festival of Education

    Aideen McParland (Presenter)

    20 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    UCD School of Psychology Seminar Series

    Aideen McParland (Presenter)

    27 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    University College Dublin (External organisation)

    Aideen McParland (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    UCD CHiLD Annual Conference (Event)

    Aideen McParland (Contributor)

    05 Dec 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network