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Dr. Kathleen Mc Tiernan

Assistant Professor (Clin Speech & Language Studies)

 


Kathleen McTiernan is Assistant Professor in Psychology, an elected Board Member of Trinity College Dublin and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Linguistics Speech and Communication Sciences. Professor McTiernan (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) is a Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of the psychology of language and communication with specific emphasis on the intersection of education and wellbeing. Professor McTiernan has received a Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning and a Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for excellence in curriculum design. Professor McTiernan holds a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc. from Case Western Reserve University and an MPhil, MA(jo) and PhD from Trinity College Dublin.
  bilingualism and multilingualism   Educational Psychology   Migration, multilingualism, multiculturalism   Narrative Complexity   Psycholinguistics   Psychology and Communication
 VirtuLApp
 Multilingualism and Language Learning: 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community'
 Life Long Learning in Applied Fields
 Knowing What We Know: Paradigmns of Knowledge Creation and Diversity in Problem Solving Approaches
 The Life Histories Archive: Exchanging Knowledge of the Lived Life

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Steering Committee of Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Academics, Teachers, and Researchers in Psychology 2017
As part of an expert team, I facilitated video recordings of multilingual class activities in primary schools. We documented best practice examples of how teachers and parents are making multilingual education a reality. I also contributed to a video series on education and multilingualism, as part of the VirtLApp FAQ series. The video recordings are available online as an educational resource for primary school teachers. MARCH 2020
National Contribution to Teaching and Learning Excellence: Educational Psychologist Consultant for the Development of Degree Programme NUIG. By invitation of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapy (IASLT) and the National University of Ireland Galway, I was a member of the original accreditation team requested to review the curriculum of the Bachelors in Speech and Language Therapy (NUIG). As the Consultant Psychologist on the initial accreditation team, I advised the Committee on issues relating to both the structure and design of the degree course. This led to the successful development and accreditation of a new Degree programme in Speech and Language Therapy at NUIG. 2003
Chartered Psychologist, Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) 2010
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Medium Medium Medium
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Psychological Society of Ireland Chartered Member (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) 2010 Present
American Psychological Association International Affiliate Member 2019 Present
European Educational Research Association 2018 Present
International Association of Language and Social Psychology 2019 Present
Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2018 Present
Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers 2010 Present
American Psychological Association 2002 2017
Multilingual Practices in Primary Education in Europe: A Scoping Review in, editor(s)Carson, Lorna, Chung Kam Kwok and Caroline Smyth , Language and Identity in Europe: The Multilingual City and its Citizens, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2020, pp125 - 144, [McTiernan, Kathleen, Aoife Parkes and Lorna Carson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Quarry, L. & McTiernan, K. , Developmental transitioning in education: Does the communication ability of adolescents on the autistic spectrum impact experience? , IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin, 17 May, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Quigley, D., Smith, M., McTiernan, K., Evaluating the impact of a universal language enrichment programmes in an area of low SES, IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin, 16/05/2019, 2019, Poster, PUBLISHED
McTiernan, K. , Supporting Transitions in Education: Educational Transitioning into Second Level and Higher Education for Adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum, Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , Wexford, Ireland, 08/11/2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ceroni, A., McTiernan, K., La Morgia, F. , The vocabulary richness of children's television in Ireland: A cross-generational comparison., The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, 25, 2018, p138 - 153, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Brunton, J. and McTiernan, K. , Supporting Transitions in Education, 08/11/2018, In:Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , 2018, Wexford, Ireland, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Quarry, L. & McTiernan, K. , Developmental transitioning in education: Does the communication ability of adolescents on the autistic spectrum impact experience? , Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , Wexford, Ireland, 08/11/2018, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Sheehy, A., McTiernan, K, Walsh , I.P. , Communication and the Adult with ADHD: Duties & Dilemmas in the Workplace , Creating the Future Now: Advancing Research and Clinical Practice, 30th World Congress IALP, Dublin Ireland , August 21-25 2016 , 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ni Dhufaigh, N. McTiernan, K. & Leahy, M., Does Students' Knowledge of Acquired Neurological Conditions Influence their Future Careers Preferences: A Survey of Irish SLT Students? , Creating the Future Now: Advancing Research and Clinical Practice. 30th World Congress IALP, Dublin, August 21-25 2016 , 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Conway A, Gilheaney O, McTiernan K, Walshe M, Validating a Novel Tongue Pressure Measurement Device: Research challenges , Dysphagia , European Society of Swallowing Disorders Congress, Brussels, Belgium, Oct 23rd 25th 2014, 30, 2015, pp242-, Notes: [ ], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in Curriculum Design 2014
Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2014
Provost's Teaching Award Commendation 2013
Visiting Fellow University of Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana 2013
Who's Who in Histories and Humanities Award 2008
My research is in the psychology of language and communication and consists of three interlinked strands: (1) identity formation and life-long learning, (2) comparative curriculum analyses, and (3) multilingualism and schooling in Ireland and Europe. My research strongly links to Trinity's interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation". My work focuses on transformative identities in relation to life-long learning and meaning making, multilingualism and social cohesion, integrated schooling in Ireland and Europe, curriculum design and development. I have published widely on these topics in peer reviewed international journals and I am internationally recognised for my work in these areas. My work creates new knowledge by asking important research questions: How can societies benefit from life-long-learning through intergenerational knowledge exchange? How do national school curricula address multilingualism and diversity? How can the needs of children with specific language and communication disorders be effectively met in schools and education systems? My work has strong policy resonance allowing me to build bridges between academic and community stakeholders in Ireland and in Europe. The outcomes of my research have shaped education policy-making, have contributed to wider academic debates in Ireland and internationally and have led to practical improvements in multilingual education in primary school settings.