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    Research Statement

    I am a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), and a Fellow in the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI). I am interested in research which seeks to make a difference to the lives of children and young people, particularly in relation to their emotional health and wellbeing.

    My research projects focus primarily on measuring children’s wellbeing using standardised questionnaires such as KIDSCREEN within large-scale surveys in schools. Along with colleagues in ARK, I run the online Kids’ Life and Times (KLT) survey of Primary 7 children in Northern Ireland. I am also involved with colleagues in CESI on a large-scale longitudinal study of the role of schools in children’s wellbeing (WiSe). As a member of the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s I work with colleagues on a range of projects that involve a rights-based approach to research with children and young people.

    Current Research Projects

    Department of Education (2015-2019) Monitoring Shared Education and bullying among primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland (with Dr Dirk Schubotz).

    EU (2017-2019) Participation for Protection (with Dr Siobhan McAlister, Preofessor Laura Lundy, Dr Karen Winter, Dr Nicola Carr and partners in Austria, Belgium, Germany, RoI, Romania.

    Education Endowment Fund (2016-2018) Evaluation of the Reciprocal Reading Programme (with Dr Liam O'Hare, Professor Paul Connolly, Dr Sheila McConnellogue, Dr Andy Biggart, Dr Patrick Stark).


    Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

    Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Education



    I am Coordinator of the EdD Programmes in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW).

    I am a member of the Ethics Committee in SSESW.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - Children’s health and Wellbeing
    - Surveys of children and young people

    Frequent Journals

    • Child Care in Practice

      ISSNs: 1357-5279, 1476-489X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-489X


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.61 SJR 0.27 SNIP 0.46


    • Children and Society

      ISSNs: 0951-0605

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-0860


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.27 SJR 0.658 SNIP 0.931


    • International Journal of Educational Research

      ISSNs: 0883-0355

      Elsevier BV

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.6 SJR 0.673 SNIP 1.141


    • Ethnic and Racial Studies

      ISSNs: 0141-9870


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.67 SJR 0.999 SNIP 1.263


    • Child Indicators Research

      ISSNs: 1874-897X

      Springer Netherlands

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.75 SJR 0.592 SNIP 0.974


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