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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), Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), 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 2016 2019

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?

Simms, V., McParland, A., Cahoon, A. & Gilmore, C., Dec 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Using Eye-Tracking Technology to Teach Children with ASD to Follow Social Cues

Gallagher, S., McParland, A. & Mickey, K., Sep 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Highly Commended Presentation

Aideen McParland (Recipient), Mar 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2020

Autism Expert by Experience Group Launch

Aideen McParland (Speaker)
14 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

UCD School of Psychology Seminar Series

Aideen McParland (Presenter)
27 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

UCD Festival of Education

Aideen McParland (Presenter)
20 Feb 2019

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

University College Dublin (External organisation)

Aideen McParland (Reviewer)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

University College Dublin (External organisation)

Aideen McParland (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board