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Research Statement

My research interests span developmental and personality psychology, mental health, and applied work. In particular, I examine how parent and adolescent traits contribute to parenting behaviour in different home and family contexts and influence outcomes for young people, including behavioural and emotional adjustment and mental health. I am also interested in unpacking the influence of adversity (e.g., adverse childhood experiences, chronic illness) on risk and resilience, and development and adaptation of interventions to promote positive outcomes. Lastly, I am passionate about public engagement and incorporation of lived experience in research. 

Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Clare McKeaveney in the School of Nursing & Midwifery on the project: Using the ADAPT Guidance to Refine a Video Educational Series for Kidney Transplantation and living donation (funded by the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund). I am also a member of the Interdisciplinary Research in Resilience and Cognition (InteRRaCt; Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou) lab in the School of Psychology. My PhD project, Parents and Children Together (PaCT; completed March 2022), provided a comprehensive look at the broad picture of how parent and adolescent traits, parenting behaviours, and contextual factors (e.g., SES) impact adolescent behavioural strengths and difficulties. As part of this research, I utilized SEM, hierarchical regression models, and network analysis to examine associations within parent-adolescent dyads. 

Research Interests

I am interested in conducting research focused on the parent-offspring relationship, personality and emotion, adversity/stressful life experiences, and adaptation of interventions to new contexts. 


2022-2023     ESRC funded NINE DTP fellowship; Finding the Balance: A longitudinal exploration of the parent-adolescent relationship and variations in emotion regulation due to family conflict

2020-2021     Larmor University Studentship, Research Scholarship 

2019-2021     Sir Richard Stapley Educational Grant

2019     Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, Queen’s University Belfast


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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    Truhan, Tayler (Recipient), 2021

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