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Dr. Elizabeth Nixon

Associate 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
Kelly, L. Nixon, E. & Quigley, J., It's your turn: The dynamics of conversational turn-taking in father-child and mother-child interaction., Language Development Research, 2, (1), 2022, p37 - 68, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quigley, J. & Nixon, E. , Parent child directed speech in dyadic and triadic interaction: Associations with coparenting dynamics and child language outcomes. , Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 58, 2022, p125 - 135, 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, 13, (6), 2021, p1503 - 1516, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Nandy, A. Nixon, E. & Quigley, J., Communicative functions of parents' child directed speech across dyadic and triadic contexts., Journal of Child Language, 48, (6), 2021, p1281 - 1294, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Del Rosario, C., Slevin, M., Molloy, E., Quigley, J. & Nixon, E. , How to use the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development., Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice., 106, (2), 2021, p108 - 112, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Loewenson, R., D'Ambruoso, L., Duc, D.M., Hjermann, R., Lichuma, W., Mason, E., Nixon, E., Rudolph, N. & Villar, E., Equitable recovery from COVID-19: bring global commitments to community level, BMJ Global Health, 6, (1), 2021, pe004757-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lawler, M., Heary, C., Shorter, G., .& Nixon, E., Peer and parental processes predict distinct patterns of physical activity participation among adolescent girls and boys, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 20, (2), 2021, p497 - 514, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Nix, L., Nixon, E., Quigley, J., Keane, V., Perinatal depression and children's developmental outcomes at 2 years postpartum, Early Human Development, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Keegan, M., Nixon, E. & Creaner, M., Becoming a birth mother in the context of a planned same-sex family: "As amazing as it is, it's kind of a tough road to navigate"., Journal of Family Studies, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
McInerney, A., Creaner, M. & Nixon, E., The motherhood experiences of non-birth mothers in same-sex parent families., Psychology of Women Quarterly, 45, (3), 2021, p279 - 293, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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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