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Dr. Lorraine Swords

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Lorraine Swords is an Assistant Professor with the School of Psychology and board member of the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre. Lorraine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2000 before completing a Master of Psychological Science in Health Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2002. She returned to UCD in 2003 to study for her PhD in Psychology on the topic of children's perceptions of psychological disorders in their peers. Prior to taking up her lectureship at Trinity in 2009, Lorraine worked as a researcher on the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland, Growing Up in Ireland. Lorraine's primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of developmental psychology and, along with her collaborators and postgraduate students, she researches, presents and publishes on topics relating to children's health and wellbeing. She has particular research interest in peer interactions in the context of physical or mental health conditions in childhood and adolescence, focusing on help-seeking, help-giving and stigmatizing responses.
  Child and Adolescent Mental Health   Child Health Psychology   Developmental Psychology   Peer Relationships
 Evaluating Early Childhood & Family Centre Services
 Evaluating the Dublin Safer Families Service
 Transnational Academic Careers in Child and Youth Welfare (TACHYwe)
 Family Well-being in Difficult Times: A Model of Factors Influencing the Well-being of Families on Limited Incomes in Ireland
 All You Need Is... Children's Perceptions and Experiences of Deprivation in Ireland

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Member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland.
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Psychological Society of Ireland 2003 Present
International Association for Youth Mental Health 2013 Present
European Network for Social & Emotional Competence 2015 Present
Hanlon, H. R. & Swords, L., Overthinkers, attention-seekers and wallflowers: peer perceptions of clinical anxiety disorders in adolescence, Journal of Public Mental Health, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Heary, C., Hennessy, E., Swords, L., & Corrigan, P., Stigma towards Mental Health Problems during Childhood and Adolescence: Theory, Research and Intervention Approaches, Journal of Child & Family Studies, 2017, pDOI 10.1007/s10826-017-0829-y , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Silke, C., Swords, L. & Heary, C. , The predictive effect of empathy and social norms on adolescents' implicit and explicit stigma responses, Psychiatry Research, 257, 2017, p18-125 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
International Student Exchange in, editor(s)J. Mirsky & L. Rubinstein , Transnational Teaching and Learning in Child & Youth Welfare, Padova, Italy, Centro Studi e Ricerca Sociale, 2016, pp7 - 184, [Zinn, D., Fargion, S., Share, M., Swords, L. & Nuttman-Shwartz, O], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Is Family Structure a Source of Inequality in Children 's Lives? in, editor(s)Williams, J., Nixon, E., Smyth, E. & Watson, D. , Cherishing all the Children Equally?, Dublin, Oak Tree Press, 2016, pp58 - 79, [Nixon, E. & Swords, L. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Silke, C., Swords, L. & Heary, C. , The Development of an Empirical Model of Mental Health Stigma in Adolescents, Psychiatry Research, 242, 2016, p262 - 270, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Crowe, M., O'Sullivan, A., McGrath, C., Cassetti, O., Swords, L., & O'Sullivan, M. , Early Childhood Dental Problems: Classification Tree Analyses of 2 Waves of an Infant Cohort Study. , JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 1, (3), 2016, p275 - 284, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Byrne, S., Swords, L. & Nixon, E., Mental Health Literacy and Help-Giving Responses in Irish Adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Research, 30, (4), 2015, p477 - 500, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Byrne, A., & Swords, L., "Attention seeker", "drama queen": the power of talk in constructing identities for young people with mental health difficulties, Mental Health Review Journal, 20, (2), 2015, p65 - 78, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kierans, J. & Swords, L., Exploring the Appearance Culture in Early Adolescence: A Qualitative Focus Group Approach in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), Journal of Adolescent Research, In Press, 2015, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Spratt, T., Swords, L. and Vilda, D., Why Measures Matter: Charting Change in the Lives of Children and Families, Daughters of Charity, October, 2018, p1 - 135, Notes: [ Example of evidence based practice], Report, PUBLISHED
Swords, L., Greene, S., Boyd, E., & Kerrins, L., All You Need Is Children's Perceptions and Experiences of Deprivation in Ireland , Dublin, September, 2011, Notes: [ISBN: 1-902230-38-8; 978-1-902230-38-2], Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Provost Teaching Award Nominee 2017
Lorraine's research interests are in the area of child and adolescent health and wellbeing, with particular focus on i) children's experiences of stress and mental health difficulties, help-seeking and coping and ii) children's perceptions of peers experiencing physical or mental health difficulties, help-giving and peer relationships, iii) children's experience of deprivation and social exclusion.