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Dr. Elizabeth Nixon

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Elizabeth Nixon is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology based in the School of Psychology and a Senior Research Fellow at the Children's Research Centre. Elizabeth received a BA and MLitt Degree in Psychology from UCD and a PhD in Psychology and Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics from TCD. Her doctoral research explored how parenting practices and family relationships are negotiated and experienced by children and their mothers within lone-mother households and was carried out at the Children's Research Centre. Prior to taking up her lectureship in psychology in October 2006, Elizabeth worked as a Research Fellow at the Children's Research Centre where she was involved in the First National Study of Intercountry Adoption in Ireland, funded by the Adoption Board (published in 2007). Her research focuses onparenting and family as a context for children's development.
  Adoption   CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCES   Developmental Psychology   Irish childhoods, change and diversity   PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS   PARENTING
 Parental Ethnotheories among Immigrant and Irish Parents of Infants in Ireland
 National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland - Growing up in Ireland
 Discourses of Masculinity, Sexual Responsibility and Fatherhood among Disadvantaged Young Men in Ireland
 Children's Perspectives on Parenting Styles & Discipline: A Developmental Perspective
 A National Survey of Parenting Styles in Ireland

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Member of the Governing Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2008
Member of the Board of Professional Conduct, Psychological Society of Ireland 2008
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Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland 1997
Member of the British Psychological Society 1997
Member of the Society for Research in Child Development 2000
Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2000
Member of the United States National Council for Family Relations 2004
Greene, S & Nixon, E, Children as Agents in their Worlds: A Psychological-Relational Perspective, Oxon, UK, Routledge, 2020, 1 - 238pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Infant language predicts Fathers' vocabulary in Infant Directed Speech, Journal of Child Language, 47, (1 Special Issue), 2020, p146 - 158, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lawler, M., Heary,C. & Nixon, E, Peer Support and Role Modelling Predict Physical Activity Change among Adolescents over Twelve Months, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, (7), 2020, p1503 - 1506, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Fathers' but not Mothers' Repetition of Children's Utterances at Age Two is Associated with Child Vocabulary at Age Four. , Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 191, 2020, , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lawler, M., Heary, C. & Nixon, E., Irish adolescents' perspectives on the factors influencing motivation in team sport, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
McCarthy-Jones, S., Bulfin, A., Nixon, E., O'Keane, V., Bacik, I. & McElvaney, R., Associations Between Forced and "Persuaded" First Intercourse and Later Health Outcomes in Women, Violence Against Women, 25, (5), 2019, p528 - 548, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Donovan, A. & Nixon, E., "Weathering the storm:" Mothers' and fathers' experiences of parenting a preterm infant, Infant Mental Health Journal, 40, (4), 2019, p573 - 587, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quigley, J., Nixon, E. & Lawson, S., Exploring the association of infant receptive language and pitch variability in fathers' infant directed speech, Journal of Child Language, 46, (4), 2019, p800 - 811, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Leary, N., Jairaj, C., Molloy, E.J., McAuliffe, F.M., Nixon, E. & O'Keane, V., Antenatal depression and the impact on infant cognitive, language and motor development at six and twelve months postpartum, Early Human Development, 134, 2019, p41 - 46, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Brien, J., Creaner, M., & Nixon, E. , Experiences of fatherhood among men who were sexually abused in childhood, Child Abuse & Neglect, 98, 2019, p104177-, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Greene, S., Kelly, R., Nixon, E., Kelly, G., Borska, Z., Murphy, S., Daly, A., Whyte, J., Murphy, C., A Study of Intercountry Adoption Outcomes in Ireland , Dublin, The Adoption Board, 2007, 361, Report, PUBLISHED
Byrne, T., Nixon, E., Mayock, P., Whyte, J., Research Briefing - Free Time and Leisure Needs of Young People Living in Disadvantaged Communities. , Dublin, Children's Research Centre, TCD., 2006, Report, PUBLISHED
Cleary, A., Fitzgerald, M. & Nixon, E., From child to adult: A longitudinal study of Irish children and their families., Dublin, Department of Social & Family Affairs, 2004, 96, Report, PUBLISHED


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Best Research Article Finalist (2012) - One of my papers: Nixon, E. Greene, S. & Hogan, D.M. (2012, June). "Like an uncle but more, but less than a father"-Irish children's relationships with nonresident fathers. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3), 381-390 was selected by the United States National Council of Family Relations Men in Families Group as a finalist for the 2012 "Best Research Article by a New Professional" award for research advancing scholarship on men in families. The Men in Families awards committee considered 30 articles from 2012 and this paper was judged to be one of the top three. 2012
British Psychological Society Annual Conference Poster Prize (2008) - I was awarded the Prize for Best Poster Presentation at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference (out of approximately 250 poster presentations). 2008