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Dr. Jean Quigley

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Research Associate (Children's Research Centre)

Jean Quigley is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Psychology, Co-Director of the Infant and Child Research Laboratory and Director of the Psychology Conversion Course (H.Dip.Psych) in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in the psychology of language, with particular reference to early first language acquisition and to language development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her current projects focus on the critical role of parent-infant interaction for language development. This research has been funded by the Irish Research Council and the HRB among other bodies.
  Autism   Developmental pragmatics and child discourse   Language Acquisition and Development   Psycholinguistics
 Mother's Infant Directed speech in face to face interaction with normally developing infants and infant siblings of children with ASD
 Embodiment and medical technology
 Language interventions with non-verbal ASD children

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Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) 2000 Present
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
Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J., The Dynamics of Conversational Turn-Taking in Father-Child and Mother-Child Interaction. , Language Development Research, 2, (1), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Ataman-Devrim, M. Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Joint Attention Episodes during Interactions with Fathers but not Mothers at Age Two is Associated with Expressive Language at Age Three, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
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
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
Nandy, A, Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Observed and reported coparenting and toddlers' adaptive functioning., Infant & Child Development, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
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
O'Leary, N., Jairaj, C., Nixon, E., Quigley, J. & Keane, V. , Antenatal depression and maternal infant directed speech during the first postnatal year. , Infant Behaviour & Development. , 64, 2021, p101465 -, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quigley, J., & Nixon, E. , Toddler Talk: Gender and Context Effects. , IASCL 2021 , July 15-23 2021, 2021, Poster, PUBLISHED
Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Father-child shared book-reading in light- and heavy-text conditions. , TALKBANK, 2020, Dataset, PUBLISHED  URL

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O'Mara, S.M., Mangaoang, M.A., McMackin, D.M., Quigley, J., Relationship Of Language Disorder To Mnemonic Deficits After Unilateral Hippocampectomy In Human Patients, 2003, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED


Award Date
NUI Scholarship awarded for postgraduate study, 1st Place in Class, 1st Class Honours BA. 1987
My research area is the Psychology of Language. Language is central to all our lives and to the discipline of psychology. How we acquire, produce, understand, and use language, and how these processes are affected by a variety of factors and environments, are core topics in understanding human behaviour. Most of my research to date has centered on language acquisition and development, with a particular interest in socio-communicative and language development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developments in language acquisition research are coalescing on earlier and earlier stages of development as the crucial times and my work focusses on the identification and analysis of important interpersonal interactional variables for language acquisition and for overall optimal development. Using video microanalysis and advanced software and analysis programmes there are now real possibilities for identifying critical factors during the infancy period.