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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

Details Date
Member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland. 2010
Journal Reviewer for Child Development; Journal of Adolescence; Early Intervention in Psychiatry; Journal of Adolescent Research; BMC Public Health; BMC Psychiatry; Frontiers in Public Health; 2012
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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
Stigma in, editor(s)Eilis Hennessy, Caroline Heary & Maria Michail , Youth Mental Health: A New Approach, Open University Press, 2022, [Lorraine Swords, Eilis Hennessy & Caroline Heary], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Bhargav, M. & Swords, L., The Role of Thwarted Belongingness, Perceived Burdensomeness, and Psychological Distress in the Association between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Suicidal Ideation in College Students., British Journal of Psychology (Open), 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Brennan Emma, Swords Lorraine, Parenting with a spinal cord injury: A systematic review of mothers†and fathers†experiences. , Rehabilitation psychology , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McLoughlin Affraic, Wilson Charlotte, Swords Lorraine, Parents' Experiences of Their Children's Solid-Organ Transplant: A Meta-Ethnography of Qualitative Studies , Journal of Pediatric Psychology , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Eilís Ní Chorcora, Lorraine Swords, Mental Health Literacy and Help Giving Responses of Irish Primary School Teachers, Irish Educational Studies, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Monaghan Conall, Swords Lorraine, I'm still learning: perspectives on returning to education among early school leavers , International Journal of Inclusive Education , 2021, p1 - 14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Swords Lorraine, Hennessy Eilis, Heary Caroline, Qualitative methods advancing research into the expression and experience of stigma in childhood and adolescence. , Stigma and Health , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Monson Tracey, Swords Lorraine, Spratt Trevor, Establishing outcome measures in practice: Developing a model for services working therapeutically with children and families , The British Journal of Social Work , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Spratt, T., Swords, L. and Hanlon, H., Domestic Violence and Whole Family Interventions: Charting Change in the Lives of Service Users, British Journal of Social Work, 2021, p1-23 , Notes: [Published online advance access], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bhargav, Madhav & Swords, Lorraine, Adverse Childhood Experiences Predict Mental Health Functioning in College Students: A Test of Interpersonal Theory , Children & Young People's Mental Health Early Career Researchers' Forum, Online, 23 & 24 September , 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED

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Spratt, T., Swords, L. and Hanlon, H., A Therapeutic Response to Domestic Violence: Signs on the Road to Safety, Dublin, Daughters of Charity Child & Family Services, 2019, p1 - 57, Report, PUBLISHED
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 PhD Award Recipient 2019
Provost Teaching Award Nominee 2017
Union of Students in Ireland 'Teaching Hero' Award 2021
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.