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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 and the MSc in Psychology (Conversion) in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in language development, with particular reference to early first language acquisition and to neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been funded by the Irish Research Council to conduct longitudinal research on language acquisition in early infancy with infant siblings of children with autism. She is also using the Growing up in Ireland study data to investigate risk and protective factors for early language development.
  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); International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Infant language predicts Fathers' vocabulary in Infant Directed Speech, Journal of Child Language, 47, (1 Special Issue), 2020, p146 - 158, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Fathers' but not Mothers' Repetition of Children's Utterances at Age Two is Associated with Child Vocabulary at Age Four. , Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 191, 2020, , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quigley, J., Nixon, E. & Lawson, S., Exploring the association of infant receptive language and pitch variability in fathers' infant directed speech, Journal of Child Language, 46, (4), 2019, p800 - 811, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McNally, S., McCrory, C., Quigley, J. & Murray, A., Decomposing the social gradient in children's vocabulary skills at 3 years of age: a mediation analysis using data from a large representative cohort study, Infant Behaviour & Development, 57, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McNally, S., Darmody, M. & Quigley, J., The social-emotional development of language minority five-year-old children living in Ireland. , Irish Educational Studies, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McEvoy, J., Treacy, B., Quigley, J. , A matter of life and death: knowledge about the body and concept of death in adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research , 61, (1), 2017, p89-98-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hourigan, S. & Quigley, J. , Influence of the Home Learning Environment on Expressive Language Ability Age 3: Evidence from Growing Up in Ireland, Childlinks, (1), 2017, p2 - 8, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Parental investment and child development in, editor(s)James Williams Emer Smyth Dorothy Watson Liz Nixon , Cherishing all the children equally? Ireland 100 years on from the Easter Rising., Dublin, Ireland, Oaktree, 2016, pp80 - 106, [Quigley, Jean & Nixon, Elizabeth], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Urm, Ada & Quigley, Jean, Father-infant interaction: 'Unpredictable' contingency & language development, XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 26 - 28, 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Quigley, Jean, Babysibs: Dyadic prosody, 30th World Congress of the IALP, Dublin, Ireland, 21-25 August 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  TARA - Full Text

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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;
Grant, Provost's Academic Development Fund. University of Dublin, Trinity College. 1999
Arts & Social Science Benefactions Fund. University of Dublin, Trinity College. 2000
New Lecturer's start-up Fund, Trinity College Dublin. 2001
IRCHSS Research Development Initiative 2008
Arts & Social Sciences Benefaction Fund 2012
Arts & Social Sciences Benefaction Fund 2014
Most of her research to date has centred on language acquisition and development, with a particular interest in socio-communicative and language development in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recently she is most interested in investigating the very beginnings of intentionality and language acquisition. Developments in language acquisition research are coalescing on earlier and earlier stages of development as the crucial times and her 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 accessing critical developments in the preverbal period.