Slattery, Eadaoin

Slattery, Eadaoin

Name: 
Eadaoin Slattery
email: 
Eadaoin.Slattery@ul.ie
Role: 
PhD Student
course: 
Structured Ph.D.
department: 
Psychology
profile: 

Qualifications

B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Limerick (1:1, First Class Honours)

M.Sc. in Psychological Science (with Clinical Psychology) at the University of Limerick (1:1, First Class Honours)

 

Research Interests

Éadaoin is interested in the measurement and enhancement of cognition, with a particular emphasis on sustained attention, working memory and their interrelations. Her PhD research focuses on the development and evaluation of “Keeping Score!”, a novel, school-based attention training programme designed to improve sustained attention and working memory in children with attentional difficulties.

 

Project Supervisors

Dr Laura McAvinue, Dr Patrick Ryan, Prof. Donal Fortune

 

Project Title

Keeping Score!: The Development of a School-Based Attention Training Programme for Children with Attentional Difficulties

 

Project Description

In school, children are expected to listen to the teacher, follow instruction, wait for turns and keep on task. These requirements are challenging for children with attentional difficulties due to underlying problems in sustained attention and working memory. These related cognitive functions are essential for effective learning and functioning in school. As a result, children with attentional difficulties are at risk for a variety of negative educational outcomes, including low grades, repeating a year, teasing from peers, harsher punishment, low self-esteem and dropping out of school. This adverse impact highlights the need for early intervention for children with attentional difficulties. This project aims to develop and evaluate an attention training programme, Keeping Score!, that can be used by school personnel, in small group or one-to-one format, to enhance sustained attention and working memory in children with attentional difficulties

 

Project Funding

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (2018-2021)

University of Limerick, Department of Psychology Scholarship (2017)

 

Awards and Honours

  • Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (GOIP/2018/796)
  • Department of Psychology, University of Limerick PhD Scholarship Award (2017)
  • Best Postgraduate Research Project, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick (2017)
  • Best Poster Award, International Conference for Youth Mental Health (2016)
  • University of Limerick President’s list for Outstanding Academic Achievement on four occasions: Autumn Semester 2011/12, Autumn 2014/15, Spring 2014/15, and Autumn 2015/16

 

Publications

Slattery, E., McMahon, J., & Gallagher, S. (2017). Optimism and benefit finding in parents of children with developmental disabilities: The role of positive reappraisal and social support. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 65, 12-22.

Slattery, E.J, Ryan, P., Fortune, D.G., & McAvinue, L.P. (2019). Executive function versus IQ: The role of IQ, working memory and sustained attention in children’s reading achievement. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Oral Presentations

Slattery, E.J, Ryan, P., Fortune, D.G., & McAvinue, L.P. (2019, September). Executive function versus IQ: The role of IQ, working memory and sustained attention in children’s reading achievement. (2019, September). Oral presentation at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. Tenerife, Spain.

Slattery, E.J, Ryan, P., Fortune, D.G., & McAvinue, L.P (2019, September). Executive function abilities underpinning inattentive behaviour in children: The role of working memory and sustained attention. Oral presentation at the British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section and Developmental Psychology Section Joint Conference. Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Slattery, E. & Gallagher, S. (2017, April). Benefit finding and optimism in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities: The role of positive reappraisal and social support. Oral presentation at the Psychology Student Congress. National University of Galway.

McMahon, J. & Slattery, E. (2017, April). Developing and supporting educational communities of practice for research literacy. Oral presentation at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. University College Cork.

Slattery, E & McAvinue, L. (2016, April). Self-alert training: Implications for real-world task performance. Oral presentation at the All-Ireland Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Limerick.

 

Poster Presentations

Slattery, E. & McMahon, J. (2016, October). Responding to the mental health needs of Irish youths: The role of pre-service teacher training. Poster presentation at the International Conference for Youth Mental Health, Cork. (Best Poster Award)

Slattery, E., McMahon, J., & Gallagher, S. (2016, May). The psychosocial predictors of benefit finding in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities. Poster presentation at the Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, Cork.

Ryan L., Slattery, E., McMahon J., & Gallagher, S. (2016, May). The impact of school exclusion on the health of parents caring for a child with developmental disabilities. Poster presentation at the Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, Cork.

 

Invited Talks

Slattery, E.J. ADHD: An Overview & School-Based Interventions, SUPER-SEN School-University Partnership in Educational Research: Special Education, Scoil Íde, Limerick (20th May 2019)

Slattery, E.J. Understanding and Managing ADHD: Evidence-Based Methods for Teachers, School of Education, University of Limerick (19th February, 2019)

Slattery, E.J, Ryan, P., Fortune, D., & McAvinue, L. (2018, November). Keeping Score! Attention Training: A School-Based Intervention for Improved Attention. Talk given to the teachers of Scoil Íde Primary School, Corbally, Limerick.

 

Professional Activities

Member of SUPER-SEN School-University Partnership in Educational Research: Special Education Needs (University of Limerick & Scoil Íde, January – June 2019). This group explored increasing teachers’ use of evidence-based practices through journal clubs, workshops, etc. Funded by the Teaching Council of Ireland (John Coolahan Research Support Framework Award).

 

Teaching

Tutor: I taught undergraduate and postgraduate educational psychology modules to pre-service teachers, including Understanding Learning, Understanding Young People and How They Learn, and Inclusive Education 2: Special Educational Needs.

Teaching Assistant: I provided teaching assistance to undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students, including Practical Psychology II, Empirical Psychology and Advanced Analysis in Psychology I.

 

Memberships

Psychological Society of Ireland

European Society for Cognitive Psychology

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

 

Profiles

https://twitter.com/eadaoinslattery